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Unions picket General Electric Nigeria over unpaid benefits to 150 workers

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:11

Unions in the oil and gas sector are furious over the refusal of General Electric International Operations in Nigeria (GEION) to pay millions of US dollars allegedly owed to its Nigerian sub-contractor, the Arco Group, which is prejudicing outstanding gratuities and allowances of 150 workers.

ILO inquiry on the Philippines should include unions

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 03:58

Unions in the Philippines are calling on the government to include trade union representatives in the technical working group for International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) inquiry into the killings of labour activists in Philippines.

South Asia unions build strength by mapping supply chains

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:25

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from India, Pakistan and Nepal met in Kathmandu on 18-19 February 2020 to evaluate the progress made by the South Asia union building and multinational supply chain project and plan activity for the following years.

Due diligence: has France really laid the foundations to end corporate impunity?

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:26

On 24 October 2013, the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, triggered a huge outcry. Over a thousand people were killed when the building, which housed garment factories, collapsed. The tragedy drew attention to the conditions widely endured by workers employed by the subcontractors of major brands and European companies, such as Carrefour, Mango, Auchan and Primark. None of these multinationals have since been brought to justice. The obstacle lies with the buyer relationship and the difficulty, if not impossibility, of proving that the parent companies were aware of the working conditions of their suppliers’ employees.

Workers' rights in textile and footwear supply chains

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:59

IndustriALL Global Union and several of its affiliates ensured that workers’ rights were central at the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Textile and Footwear Sector on 11–13 February in Paris, France.  The Forum convenes over 500 representatives from government, business, trade unions and civil society to discuss key issues and risks related to due diligence in the global garment and footwear supply chain.

IndustriALL Bangladesh Council launches youth committee

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:26

Together with senior leaders of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) and the IBC Women’s Committee, 115 youth representatives participated at the convention which resulted in the launch of a youth committee.

Mexico must ratify ILO C176

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 03:17

On 19 February 2006, 65 workers died following a methane gas explosion at the Grupo Mexico mine in Pasta de Conchos, Mexico. Only two bodies were recovered before the company sealed the mine. As the 14th anniversary of the mining tragedy approaches, IndustriALL is calling on the Mexican government to ratify ILO Convention 176 on Safety and Health in Mines.

Bangladesh' shipbreaking yards continue to claim lives

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 05:00

Bangladesh is the top shipbreaking country in the world, but the industry’s dangerous working conditions have left two workers dead and more injured in the first weeks of February.

Unions can play an important role in intra-African trade

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:47

Trade unions as workers’ organizations can play important roles in intra-African trade between Sierra Leone and South Africa to ensure sustainable decent work, health and safety, and living wages, says IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers.

Global unions call for urgent ILO intervention in Algeria

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 09:26

Algeria’s government is systematically harassing, imprisoning and threatening independent trade union leaders and members.

Gender violence study in Brazilian garment factories provides a ‘wake-up call to action’

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 07:41

Gender-based violence and harassment at work is widespread in Brazil, and until the adoption of the world’s first global standard on violence and harassment at work, C190, little was being done to rectify it.

Brazilian oil workers on strike against layoffs at Petrobas

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:24

Brazilian oil workers' union FUP have called an indefinite national strike, protesting against Petrobas' plans to shut down a nitrogen fertilizer plant and lay off more than 1,000 workers.

Sustainability and Just Transition key to the future of mining in Africa

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 09:36

Environmental, social and governance issues remain challenges for the mining industry as it grapples with the new challenges of climate change and Industry 4.0.

Responsible mining protects workers’ and communities’ rights

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 08:39

With sustainability and responsible mining gaining momentum, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) standards for responsible mining is emerging as a credible tool for quality assurance. More than 30 representatives from unions, non-governmental organizations and community groups in 12 countries, met in Cape Town on 2 February to discuss how the tool can protect workers and community rights.

Myanmar unions protest against Arbitration Council decision

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 03:20

The Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) held a mass demonstration on 2 February in Yangon to protest against an Arbitration Council decision that denied full reinstatement to 260 workers of Thong Thai Textile factory who were fired for taking strike action.

Justice for 56 illegally dismissed chemical workers in Georgia

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 08:36

The Supreme Court of Georgia confirmed on 29 January, the decisions of two lower courts to oblige Rustavi Azot chemical plant to reinstate 56 employees with payment of their due wages for the past three years.

United Turkish metalworkers achieve wage increase

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 05:22

Through unity, determination and concerted action, the three unions reached a collective bargaining victory for around 130.000 of its members.

Using global framework agreements to organize

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:51

Over a two-year period IndustriALL affiliates in Turkey and Bangladesh have successfully organized more than 50 supplier factories as part of a programme to effectively implement global framework agreements. 

Unifor maintains refinery blockade as lockout approaches second month

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 11:53

Eight hundred members of Unifor Local 594 have been blockading the Co-op Refinery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada since they were locked out on December 5. They are offering to lift the blockade if the employer returns to the negotiating table.

Indonesian unions reject Omnibus bill

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 10:22

IndustriALL’s Indonesian affiliates unanimously reject the Omnibus bill on job creation, proposed by the country’s President Joko Widodo. The past week has seen continued union protests around the country.