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Brazilans protest against reforms on pension and education

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 02:50

Protestors in Brazil took a stand on 13 August against the social security reform promoted by the extreme-right president Jair Bolsonaro, and in defense of public education and employment.

Workers fear job losses at Glencore cobalt mine

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 06:09

Swiss mining and commodity trading company Glencore has announced that it will put Mutanda Mine in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo, under care and maintenance from 2020-2022, causing fear and uncertainty to over 7,000 mineworkers who might lose their jobs if the mine closes.

Taiwanese workers demand fair distribution of income

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:58

On 12 August, the president of Taiwan Petroleum Workers’ Union (TPWU) Zhuang Jue-An called on the Taiwanese government to increase the monthly minimum wage from NT$23,100 (US$744) to NT$28,862 (US$928), to ensure a fair distribution of income to workers.

Kazakh union leader freed

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 03:38

Through a special pardoning decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Erlan Blatabay, leader of the independent oil and gas workers’ union and vice-president of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KNPRK), was released from custody on 10 August.

Retraining and upskilling: solutions for the future of (human) work?

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 02:54

In three years’ time, 42 per cent of task hours will be performed by machines or algorithms and humans will take care of the remaining 58 per cent. New jobs will emerge in fields such as data, employing 133 million people around the world, whilst others, such as postal jobs, will disappear, leaving 75 million people out of work.

Turkish glassworkers on strike over long-standing union busting

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 02:37

Members of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate Kristal-Is are on strike since 26 July 2019 at Düzce Cam, one of the subsidiaries of Turkish-based glassmaker Okan Group in the town Düzce. Over a four-year struggle for union recognition, the glassmaker has used every union-busting tactics in violation of the national and international legislation, including dismissal of 80 union members and nominated union representatives.

Unions build unity through collective bargaining training in Madagascar

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:09

Collective bargaining is one of the ways through which trade unions build solidarity, respect, trust, better communication, and consensus amongst workers. However, collective bargaining negotiations are complex, with challenges that may not be immediately apparent.

Indian unions hold nationwide protest against anti-worker labour law ‘reforms’

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 06:45

A massive wave of protest across the country on 2 August against the Modi government’s corporate friendly labour law reforms highlights the crisis of social dialogue in India.

Northern Ireland shipyard workers occupy yard that built the Titanic

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 08:01

Workers at Harland and Wolff, the Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic, have occupied the 158-year old shipyard to protest against its closure.

Bangladesh unions organize medical camp for shipbreaking workers

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 07:30

Over 150 shipbreaking members of IndustriALL affiliates benefited from a medical camp organized on 26 July at Shitakund, Chattogram.

Four coal miners dead and nine injured in a Coal India accident

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:27

On the night shift at the Bharatpur open cast mine, at around 11.30pm on 23 July, a controlled explosion triggered a landslide trapping 13 coal miners. 

Union says corruption main cause of Zimbabwe’s power cuts

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 09:14

Power cuts of up to 18 hours are common in Zimbabwe as the country goes through another economic crisis. Corruption and looting are rife at state-owned companies like the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), as revealed by the country’s auditor general report for 2018. 

Cement unions in India commit to improve occupational health and safety

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 04:09

Cement sector union representatives from different parts of India gathered at Chennai on 29-30 July 2019 to take stock and improve occupational health and safety (OHS) initiatives, social dialogue and union power.

Young workers discuss strategies for the future of unions in Africa

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 03:31

Young workers in Sub Saharan Africa live in a region of high unemployment, inequality, poverty, low manufacturing and declining industrialization. Further, transformation at the workplace is taking place due to Industry 4.0 automation and artificial intelligence. 

South East Asian cement workers demand an end to unfair competition

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 09:02

IndustriALL Global Union’s South East Asia affiliates call upon governments take action to stop unfair competition and protect cement workers in the region.

Moroccan unions reject strike-restricting law

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 08:55

Trade unions in Morocco have launched a campaign against a draft law that violates the constitutional right to strike in the country.

Union picket at Spanish packaging company in Turkey enters ninth week

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 06:36

A picket by IndustriALL Global Union’s Turkish affiliate, Selüloz-İş, at Spanish-owned cardboard packaging company, Saica Pack, has entered its ninth week.

Czech energy company denies rights to Georgian workers

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 05:21

Energo-Pro Georgia, a Czech-owned hydropower company, continues to refuse to address the demands of its workers by meeting with the IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Georgian Trade Union of Energy Workers.

IndustriALL calls for release of Kazakh trade union leader

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 10:33

IndustriALL Global Union is calling for the immediate release of Kazakh trade union leader, Erlan Baltabay, after he was sentenced to seven years in prison by a Kazakh court on 17 July.

Indonesian shoe and accessory workers picket for unpaid wages

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 07:09

One hundred Indonesian workers are picketing in front of PT Mikwang Prima Indo (MPI) since the abrupt shut down of the shoe and accessory factory in February.