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industriAll Europe confronts a continent in crisis

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 15:02

The second industriAll European Trade Union Congress took place on 7-9 June in Madrid, bringing together European unions in the manufacturing, mining, chemical and textile sectors to confront the challenges facing workers on the continent. 

Mexican union leader calls for immediate government action

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:06

Mexican trade union leader, Napoleon Gomez, is calling for the Mexican government to take immediate action to stop the grave violations of trade union rights in the country.

Holding multinational companies accountable

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 06:22

Jyrki Raina addressed the International Labour Conference 2016 in Geneva in the context of the discussion on decent work in supply chains. He joined the global union movement in calling for new standards to address labour rights violations in supply chains of multinational companies.

Four workers die in a series of accidents in Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 08:01

Accidents at Seiko Steel and Laskar shipbreaking yards in Sitakunda Upazaila claimed four lives and injured three workers.

Pakistan: Factory fire victims welcome renewed talks on compensation

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 02:37

The Meeting of the Ali Enterprises Affectees Association, held in Karachi on 28 May 2016, welcomed international-level talks on compensation for victims of Pakistan’s worst ever industrial accident.

Workers denounce anti-trade union practices at Gerdau steel plants

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 02:54

The Gerdau World Workers’ Council met in Montevideo, Uruguay from 16-18 May to address the global steel crisis and anti-trade union practices at Gerdau, which is the biggest producer of long steel in the Americas.

Enforceability key to changing Bangladesh’s garment industry

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:46

Three years after the creation of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, its current status and future challenges were discussed at a side event at the International Labour Conference in Geneva on 2 June. Despite some unacceptable delays in remediation progress, the Accord is making significant headway according to representatives from both workers and brands.

Mining unions fight back as commodities crisis hits

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 08:14

Representatives from mineworkers’ unions across the world met in Leipzig, Germany from 30 May to 1 June for IndustriALL’s World Mining and DGOJP Conference, hosted by German Mining, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Union (IG BCE).

Victory for striking Verizon workers

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 03:50

Following a 45-day strike, Communications Workers of America union (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) announced a tentative agreement with telecommunications giant Verizon on 29 May.

IndustriALL Executives afoot for Congress in Rio

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:24

Preparations for IndustriALL Global Union’s 2nd Congress in Brazil, organizing and campaigning, climate change and Industry 4.0 were key subjects debated by 200 participants at the Executive Committee meeting in Frankfurt on 25-26 May.

IndustriALL’s global leaders call on Volkswagen to get in line

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 09:52

IndustriALL Global Union’s Executive Committee adopted a resolution calling on German car manufacturer Volkswagen to respect trade union rights at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, USA.

Global federations collaborate against job losses in the North Sea

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:55

Unions affiliated to IndustriALL and the ITF met in Aberdeen to develop a common strategy to resist the assault on quality jobs by employers in the North Sea.

IndustriALL’s Global Worker is out now

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 04:51

IndustriALL Global Union’s seventh edition of Global Worker is out and includes a new set of profiles, reports and interviews from a workers’ perspective.

Pakistan – sacked shipbreaking workers reinstated

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:11

Around 350 shipbreaking workers have been reinstated with wages after a two-day strike led by IndustriALL Pakistani affiliate NTUF. Workers are continuing to demand that the government and employers ensure basic facilities at the country's dangerous shipbreaking yards.

STMicroelectronics workers call for investment in the future of the company

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:59

In the week leading up to STMicroelectronics’ annual general meeting (AGM) on 25 April, unions in France, Italy and Malaysia are protesting against the company’s financial strategy, as workers are being laid off despite an increasing workload.

IndustriALL women stand by quota demand

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00

IndustriALL Global Union’s Women’s Committee is determined to defend its resolution calling for a 40 per cent quota for women in IndustriALL, after meeting in Frankfurt, Germany on 24 May.

Multinationals are responsible for their supply chains

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 05:18

Multinational corporations (MNCs) dominate IndustriALL Global Union’s industrial, energy and mining sectors. But they employ only 6 per cent of the workers who make their products. We hold MNCs accountable for union rights and living wages throughout their supply chains.

JYRKI RAINA: Welcome to Global Worker

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 05:17

Multinational corporations (MNCs) dominate IndustriALL Global Union’s industrial, energy and mining sectors. But they employ only 6 per cent of the workers who make their products. In this issue of Global Worker, we examine how MNCs can be held accountable for union rights and living wages throughout their supply chains.

PROFILE: Unions in Turkey: holding the line for workers

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 04:57

Unions are under severe pressure to defend workers from exploitation as employers take advantage of anti-union legislation.

OPINION: What is beyond COP21?

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 04:35

Why is climate change a union issue? A transformation is coming, whether the
world takes action on
climate change or takes
no action and awaits the consequences. We must not allow it to become a violent scramble for resources
such as water, energy, and fertile land that completely dismisses workers’ rights and social protection. 

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