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Workers urge HeidelbergCement to start a proper social dialogue

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 09:07

Delegates from all over the world gathered near Frankfurt, Germany on 7 and 8 November 2019 to address issues at multinational building materials group HeidelbergCement over workers’ rights, health and safety and ongoing digitalization, and to develop a workers’ response.

Georgian thermal power plant workers gain wage increase after strike

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 08:16

After a six-day strike by workers of the Tbilisi hydroelectric power plant, the Georgian Trade Union of Energy Workers, an IndustriALL affiliate, reached an agreement with the employer to increase wages and start collective bargaining.

IndustriALL and Inditex create a global union committee

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 08:25

Renewing the global framework agreement which dates back to 2007, IndustriALL and Inditex, one of the world’s largest clothing retailers, have agreed to set up a global union committee, with the aim of sharing best practices across the industry.

IndustriALL condemns the coup in Bolivia

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 07:27

IndustriALL Global Union categorically condemns the coup that forced out Bolivia's legitimately elected president, Evo Morales, on 10 November 2019. 

IndustriALL women’s conference to debate union transformation for gender equality

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 06:54

The IndustriALL Global Union World Women’s Conference is to debate a transformative agenda for trade unions to ensure women’s equal representation, participation and leadership, and to achieve gender equality in the world of work.

Global dialogue gains traction in Berlin

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 08:46

Representatives from 16 multinational companies and 14 trade unions from across the world met in Berlin on 8 November for IndustriALL Global Union’s conference on corporate social responsibility and labour relations.

Australian union calls out BHP on contract work

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 04:54

IndustriALL affiliate CFMEU Mining and Energy, representing mine workers at BHP operations in Australia, attended the company’s annual general meeting on 6 November in Sydney, to question executives about the new labour hire subsidiary Operations Services.

Mine closure huge blow to workers

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 09:15

The decision to close an underground uranium mine in the Niger desert by 2021 would mean the loss 1,472 jobs and heavily impact communities in the nearby town of Arlit.

How IndustriALL project work helps unions in Indonesia

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 07:13

November 2019 saw two more good examples of how IndustriALL project work supports affiliates in Indonesia.

Action in shipbuilding and shipbreaking

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:16

Shipbreaking is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. When IndustriALL’s action group on shipbuilding-shipbreaking met in Marseille on 4-5 November, safety was high on the agenda, together with precarious work and increased campaigning for the ratification of the Hong Kong Convention.

Shine bright like a diamond: unions will fight to improve working conditions

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:03

Trade unions representing diamond workers met in New Delhi, India on 6 and 7 November. They focused on developing a plan to improve conditions in the diamond supply chain, which is mostly located in Asia and Africa.

Population out in force for general strike in Algeria

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 07:44

Algeria is in the grip of a three-day general strike as almost half the population has stopped work across the country to demand democracy, liberty and workers’ rights, say unions.

Release RCEP text immediately, say unions

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 04:12

India has withdrawn from the RCEP trade agreement, while the remaining 15 countries announced the end of negotiations and a commitment to sign the deal in 2020.

Union-made blazers for South Africa's Rugby World Cup champions

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 08:34

When South Africa beat England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan on 2 November, the 450 workers at the House of Monatic who belong to the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) celebrated a double victory — that of the Springboks and of their union’s “buy local” campaign.

Unionists, human rights activists and opposition politicians under siege in Zimbabwe,

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:06

When Munashe Chirowamari left home on 11 October 2018 to join fellow trade unionists on a demonstration organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) against the ever-worsening economic situation in the country, little did he know that the state would not recognise his right to protest.

Workers education conference discusses revival of textile and garment sector in Nigeria

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 06:20

Over 400 participants from the cotton, textile and garment industries including self-employed tailors and garment makers met in Abuja, 29-31 October, under the theme: Labour and industry in the next level. 

Young workers in Asia-Pacific planning ahead

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 13:13

Establishing youth committees at national levels and ultimately forming a regional network is the main goal of the recently concluded Youth Exchange Forum in Port Dickson, Malaysia, on 21-22 October. Building capacity and encouraging young workers to get involved in union activities are among the main strategies identified to strengthen the group.

Italian metalworkers strike for sustainable industry

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 01:55

Members of IndustriALL Global Union’s Italian metal sector affiliates, FIOM-CGIL, FIM-CISL and UILM-UL, put down their tools for two hours on 31 October to hold workplace assemblies demanding urgent policies for a sustainable industrial future.

Unions can shape the future of work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:13

Pro-active trade unions can shape and influence the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the digital economy, said a panel of unionists from Germany and South Africa at a Global Labour University  (GLU) conference in Johannesburg on 31 October.

Saint-Gobain union network demands genuine dialogue

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 06:03

Meeting in Paris, France, around 30 union leaders representing Saint-Gobain workers in nine countries worldwide, strongly expressed their desire for genuine dialogue with the company about the deep transformation called “Transform and Grow” which was launched November 2018.