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Cement unions commit to reinforce organizing in the Philippines

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 06:51

Having come together for a workshop on 13 – 14  February in Manila, Philippines, cement unions developed a national plan on organizing and recruiting of cement workers and precarious workers in the sector.


SWUTT fights lay-off of 494 workers in Trinidad and Tobago

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 02:58

Workers at the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Workers’ Union (SWUTT), an IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, held a protest march on 15 February after ArcelorMittal laid-off 494 workers.

23 out of 28 mine workers released in Iran

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 06:31

IndustriALL Global Union welcomes the reported release of 23 of 28 workers arrested last month but urges the government of Iran to set free five more who remain in custody.

“Hidup Buruh!” say Indonesian cement unions fighting for workers’ rights

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 07:29

40 union leaders representing workers of LafargeHolcim and Indocement (HeidelbergCement) in Indonesia stand up for workers’ rights in both groups. The union activists are adamant in strengthening their unions’ organizing efforts and include also outsourced and contract workers in a strong trade union movement in cement sector in Indonesia.

Global support for UK #heartunions campaign

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 02:40

#heartunions week is a week-long campaign led by the British Trade Union Congress (TUC) to show all the good work done by unions. But it is also a protest against the suggested Trade Union Bill, aimed at effectively weakening unions in the country. Global union leaders meeting in London on 12 February expressed their full support for the campaign.

Appeal launched against double life sentence for Pricol workers

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 06:00

An appeal has been launched on behalf eight former Pricol workers in India sentenced to double life imprisonment in a trial riddled with irregularities and contradictions.

Colombia: workers at Havells Sylvania poisoned by mercury

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 09:01

Workers at Havells Sylvania in Colombia held a protest march to pressure the lighting company into accepting responsibility for exposing them to toxic levels of mercury. 

IndustriALL calls on Pakistan to stop brutal repression

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:27

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Prime Minister of Pakistan to express solidarity with workers protesting against privatization and to urge the government to stop the brutal repression of peaceful demonstrations. 

Glencore unions build strength in Cape Town

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 03:03

Trade unionists from Glencore operations around the world made their voices heard in Cape Town on 10 February under the slogan “Glencore – we demand justice now”.

Spain: thousands join Madrid march against trade unionist trial

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:58

An estimated 5,000 people braved the wind and rain on a three-hour march in Madrid today to protest against the trial of eight trade unionists facing a total 66 years in prison for going on strike.

India: cement unions determined to protect precarious workers

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 08:12

IndustriALL’s Indian cement unions have agreed to make organizing precarious workers a priority, following a workshop held in New Delhi from 3 to 5 February 2016. 

Workers in Argentina face lay-offs

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 04:40

Workers in both the public and private sectors in Argentina are facing lay-offs and dismissals. IndustriALL Global Union rejects these measures and urges President Mauricio Macri’s government to promote social dialogue and respect workers’ rights.

Georgian glass factory workers on strike

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:14

Workers at the Ksani glass container factory went on strike on 5 February, after management continued to neglect union demands to sign a collective agreement and increase wages.

Stalemate continues at Morocco’s only oil refinery

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:17

A thousand workers at Morocco’s sole oil refinery are still in the dark about their future after the plant suspended production in August 2015 owing huge debts.

LafargeHolcim contract workers achieve fair settlement in India

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:21

After years of struggle, Indian cement union, PCSS, has reached a fair settlement for over 1,000 contract workers at Holcim (now LafargeHolcim). 

IndustriALL and ITUC support Indonesian living wage struggle

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:29

Speaking at a joint press conference in Jakarta today, ITUC and IndustriALL general secretaries Sharan Burrow and Jyrki Raina urged the Indonesian government to return to the bargaining table with unions for the discussion on a minimum living wage.

15,000 protest against TPPA in New Zealand

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 02:32

An estimated 15,000 people demonstrated through the streets of Auckland, New Zealand, on 4 February, as ministers from 12 countries met in the city to sign a divisive trade deal. 

Bangladesh garment factories still not safe

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:52

Dangerous garment factories are still a reality in Bangladesh as yet another fire erupts in Dhaka’s garment district.

IndustriALL demands release of Iranian workers

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:06

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the government of Iran to immediately release 28 workers arrested on 26 January.

USA: 18,000 steelworkers approve 3-year contract

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:24

IndustriALL affiliate United Steelworkers (USW) union have ratified a new three-year contract with U.S. Steel covering 18,000 workers at more than a dozen facilities across the United States.