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Indonesian paper workers fighting for their jobs

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 06:50

Management of the large pulp and paper company PT Tanjungenim Lestari is facing international outcry for allowing union busting of its workforce. The unionized handlers have worked for up to 20 years loading pulp and paper at different stages along the production line.

Polish wage strike at International Paper

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 02:35

Striking in demand of a monthly wage increase of 85 euros, workers at the International Paper (IP) Kwidzyn paper mill in Northern Poland started indefinite industrial action on 9 June.

Workers paid allowance after strike at DRC mine

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 06:12

Thousands of mine workers quarantined at Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine in Democratic Republic of the Congo for two-months as part of prevention strategies for Covid-19, held a successful strike on 23 May for payment of a special allowance.

This time standing in solidarity is just not enough

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 01:52

While the world cries out in the midst of a pandemic around the black lives matter movement, trade unions stand in solidarity in demanding justice, accountability and reform in the United States and also around the world.

MTN Plastik in Turkey sacks 26 union members

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 09:11

With a mass dismissal and threat of continuing to sack more trade union supporters, MTN Plastik is attacking its employees for joining IndustriALL affiliate Lastik-Is, a member of DISK national center.

Union in Tanzania stops attempt to cut wages

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 09:08

When Mazava Productions and fabrics East Africa announced that it is closing for three months and cutting wages by 50 per cent due to the Covid-19 pandemic, over 2,000 workers picketed at the garment factory.

BHP violates enterprise agreement to change shift system

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 06:26

Citing Covid-19 measures as an excuse, mining giant BHP Billiton has unilaterally changed the shift system at an Australian coal mine.

Unions call for non-cooperation against Modi government

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 11:23

Indian unions are intensifying their struggle against Modi government’s failure to protect workers’ interests during the Covid-19 lockdown and its aggressive attacks on workers’ rights. A day of non-cooperation is announced for 3 July.

All-night picket over 1,200 illegal lay-offs

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 10:08

Women workers at Euro Clothing Company ECC-2, India, supplier to global fashion brands like H&M, staged an overnight sit-in at the factory, protesting against the illegal lay-offs of 1,200 workers.

Principles for action on Covid-19 in textile, garment, shoes and leather industries

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 08:59

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on workers in textile, garment, shoes and leather (TGSL) industries.

Safety crisis in Indian mines call for ratification of ILO C-176

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 09:39

268 workers were killed and 748 workers suffered serious injuries in India’s mines between 2016 to 2019. A series of accidents in May suggest that 11 coal miners were killed and many more injured.

Stopping gender-based violence in the midst of a pandemic

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:59

The second webinar by global unions on 2 June illustrated how ILO Convention 190 can address the increase of violence during Covid-19.


Schlumberger workers win recognition

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 09:53

After a worker was lost his life at work, contract workers at international oilfield services company Schlumberger in Pakistan, have formed a union to defend their rights in the workplace.

Global agreement with Renault must entail negotiation of restructuring

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 05:07

The announcement last week that Renault is planning to cut almost 15,000 jobs has become a familiar occurrence in the auto industry, writes director Georg Leutert. But a precedent-setting agreement charts a way forward.

”We will not be robbed of our future”, say Spanish Alcoa workers

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 05:40

Spanish unions CC.OO de Industria and UGT FICA are fighting against Alcoa’s decision to close aluminium production at its operation in San Cibrai, Lugo, Galicia, laying off 534 workers.

Union intervenes to release mineworkers from Covid-19 quarantine camp

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 04:05

Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) recently intervened to end a month-long Covid-19 quarantine, in which workers lived in a makeshift camp at Chambishi mine on the copper belt.

Austrian chemical workers unite for fair deal

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 10:43

Chemical workers have been conducting collective actions at factories throughout Austria after a third round of sector bargaining failed as employers offer a drop in real wages for 45,000 people.

Proposed anti-union law threatens Ukrainian union movement

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 10:44

IndustriALL Global Union and its Ukrainian affiliates oppose the draft anti-union law №2681 that would seriously undermine freedom of association and eliminate the system of social dialogue in Ukraine.

Cambodian unionist released from jail

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 10:11

Cambodian unionist Soy Sros was released on 28 May, after being detained without trial for nearly two months. She was jailed for a post on social media criticizing her employer, Superl Cambodia Ltd, for suspending union members, including a pregnant woman.

Workers in Peru and Chile question BHP's response to Covid-19

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 07:37

Several unionized BHP workers in Peru and Chile are questioning the company's response to Covid-19. They state that new infections persist in Peru and that in Chile the company recruits only workers who do not have pre-existing health conditions.