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Global unions criticize Bangladesh Government over EU compact

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:00

Three global unions have made a critical assessment of the Government of Bangladesh saying it is failing to comply with a compact made with the European Union in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Brazilian metalworkers’ prepare for industry challenges

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 03:00

IndustriALL Global Union Brazilian affiliate, CNM/CUT, is addressing the challenges facing industry with a workshop and book launch on 22 January in Porto Alegre, Brazil. 

Asia Pacific executive committee and women’s committee meet in Tokyo

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:45

IndustriALL Global Union’s Asia Pacific executive committee met in Tokyo, Japan, on 20 January to discuss congress preparations, activities and projects.

British government supports shipbreaking convention

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:10

The British government has expressed its intention to ratify the Hong Kong Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.

Why Industry 4.0 is both a social and technological revolution

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:50

As world leaders convene in Davos for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), this year’s theme on the fourth industrial revolution is set to have a major impact on IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates around the world. 

Online course on Workers´ Rights in a Global Economy

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:44

Want to deepen your knowledge on workers' rights in the global economy? The Global Labour University offers an online course open for everyone with an interest in the issue and the instruments that can be used to realize the rights.

3,700 mine workers under threat in Georgia

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 03:42

An IndustriALL Global Union affiliate in Georgia has launched a campaign in support of 3,700 workers at a manganese ore mine, following news that the mine will be shut down for four months.

ITUC report exposes hidden workforce in supply chains

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:45

A new report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has revealed a hidden workforce of 116 million people working in the global supply chains of only 50 companies.

Crown Holdings urged to commit to OECD guidelines

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 07:16

In its final statement, the U.S. National contact point (USNCP) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, recommends that Crown Holdings, Inc. should “explicitly commit itself to implementing the Guidelines” to ensure workers’ rights are respected.

Indonesian garment unions set for organizing drive

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 06:27

IndustriALL Global Union Indonesian garment and textile affiliates, Garteks and SPN, are actively preparing for an intensive year of organizing in 2016. 

Cambodia: garment workers killed on their way to work

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 09:19

Five people were killed and at least 68 more were injured when two trucks carrying workers collided in Cambodia's Kompong Spue province on 12 January.

Alcoa – forcing crew off ship in Australia and closing plants in the US

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:48

In the middle of the night on 13 January, 30 security guards boarded the Alcoa motor vessel Portland to remove five union crewmembers and escort foreign seafarers on to the ship that immediately left for Singapore.

INTERVIEW: Hashmeya Alsaadawe

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 02:30

Hashmeya Alsaadawe is president of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the General Union of Electricity Workers and Technicians in Basra (GUEWT), and a member of IndustriALL’s Executive Committee representing workers in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2003, she became the first woman in Iraq to be voted leader of a national union, and is believed to be the first woman to lead a union anywhere in the Arabic-speaking world.

What is industry 4.0?

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 03:38

The world of manufacturing is about to undergo a seismic shift. According to some, we are experiencing a fourth industrial revolution that will transform the way things are made. And the impact on workers will be huge.

IndustriALL solidarity for Somali union leader after assassination attempt

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 09:57

An important leader in Somalia’s independent trade union movement, Omar Faruk, closely escaped gunshots from three hit men outside the FESTU union office in Mogadishu on 29 December.

Agreement with H&M proves instrumental in resolving conflicts

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:34

A global framework agreement (GFA) signed between IndustriALL Global Union and Swedish clothing company H&M has been an accelerator in reinstating sacked workers at garment factories in both Myanmar and Pakistan just a couple of months after it came into force.

IndustriALL condemns arrests of Thai union leaders

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 07:28

IndustriALL Global Union strongly condemns the Thai military government after it invoked new powers under the Public Assembly Act 2015 to arrest two union leaders in Bangkok yesterday (6 January).

Women affiliates trained in Myanmar

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 08:49

Some 68 women leaders and members of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in the textile, garment and mining industries in Myanmar have been trained in team-building and leadership skills. 

Applications open for Global Labour University

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 06:54

The Global Labour University (GLU) is inviting applications for its courses as 2016 begins. 

Rio Tinto: question mark over safety record in France

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 05:09

Serious doubts have been raised over Rio Tinto’s reporting of incidents and worker injuries its Carbone Savoie site in France. 

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