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MENA women make progress in patriarchal societies

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:28

On 23-24 April, a network of women from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) met in Beirut, Lebanon to identify challenges, distinct issues and opportunities around women’s participation and representation in unions and the workplace.

Oil and gas unions build sustainability in volatile MENA region

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:17

Representatives from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) oil and gas unions met for the fifth time in Beirut, Lebanon on 23-24 April, as part of a network supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Delegates from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia attended, with guests from Norway.

Bangladesh unions call for Accord to continue on 6th anniversary of Rana Plaza

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:27

The IndustriALL Bangladesh Council called for the continuation of the Accord in Bangladesh in a demonstration today to mark the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Why transparency is key to transforming the fashion industry

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 03:03

Six years after Rana Plaza, the deadliest disaster in the garment industry, independent and transparent fire and building inspections by the Bangladesh Accord have transformed the safety of thousands of garment factories in the country, writes Jenny Holdcroft, assistant general secretary, IndustriALL Global Union.

Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa strengthened by solidarity

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:51

Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa face economic recession, deindustrialization, and precarious work coupled by high unemployment and poverty. Human and workers’ rights violations are common, including unfair retrenchments when mines and companies are closed. 

Swedish unions help to strengthen their Latin American peers

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 03:39

Representatives from Swedish unions IF Metall and Unionen met with IndustriALL Global Union leaders in Uruguay to plan the project to build union power in Latin America.

It is time to act on decent work for all e-waste workers

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:53

Representatives of governments, employers and workers from around the world gathered at the ILO in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss current and emerging issues related to the promotion of decent work in the management of e-waste. 

Ford workers in Russia demand decent compensation

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:58

More than 1,000 workers at the Ford-Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, will be laid-off in July 2019 due to the closure of the plant. Their unions demand the continuity of the plant under a new owner and a fair distribution of the funds allocated for compensation.

IndustriALL and H&M national monitoring committee established in India.

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:20

As part of the ongoing implementation of the global framework agreement (GFA), IndustriALL Global Union and H&M met to establish a national monitoring committee (NMC) in India.  

Malaysia: building union power by more members

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 02:44

In a national unity meeting in Malaysia on 6 – 7 April, IndustriALL Council and union leaders demonstrated a strong commitment to build union power by increasing union membership power in the country’s various industries.

Coal unions to intensify organizing precarious workers

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:43

Trade unions representing workers at Coal India Ltd will focus on organizing precarious workers and improving occupational health and safety following a training workshop held from 4-5 April 2019, at Raipur India. 

Belarusian workers face repression at Belaruskali

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:30

IndustriALL Global Union condemns the violation of fundamental labour rights at Belaruskali, Belarusian potash fertilizer company, faced by members of Belarusian Independent Trade Union, an affiliate of the IndustriALL Global Union.

Tchibo and IndustriALL continue to build industrial relations in the supply chain

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:26

The global framework agreement (GFA) between IndustriALL and the German retailer, Tchibo was signed in September 2016, and the parties continue to work towards effective implementation.

Botswana union challenges leader’s unfair dismissal

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:41

The unfair dismissal of Goleba Botshome, the general secretary of the Botswana Diamond Workers Union (BDWU), by Pluczenik Diamonds exposes the gross human and workers’ rights violations that are rampant in the diamond sector in Botswana.

The Accord must continue in Bangladesh until the government is truly able to ensure worker safety

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:35

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has given another short-term extension to the Bangladesh Accord, scheduling the next hearing to determine the safety program’s fate on 19 May 2019. UNI Global Union and IndustriALL Global Union, two signatories of the Accord, have issued a statement calling for a resolution that protects garment workers in the country.

Hyundai and Kia unions call for a global framework agreement

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 03:45

The Hyundai and Kia trade union network met in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on 8 and 9 April, with participants from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, India, Korea, Brazil and Turkey representing all plants covered by democratic and independent unions.

Strike for fair pay at Electrolux continues

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 08:32

After weeks of struggle, more than 420 workers at the Electrolux plant in Satu Mare, Romania, are still striking for a pay increase of €3/day.

Global #FreeLula protests

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 07:35

Demonstrations have been held around the world calling for justice and freedom for Brazil's former president Lula da Silva.

ArcelorMittal unions aim for stronger global dialogue

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 06:33

Unions from around the world at the world’s largest steel company ArcelorMittal resolved at a meeting in Rio de Janeiro to deepen their global relationship with the company to address continuing challenges.

Organizing diamond mineworkers in Lesotho

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 02:10

A union organizing team of ten travelled over 190 km from Maseru on 4 April — through winding, gravel tracks and a running river before reaching the Storm Mountain Diamond mine in Kao village, in the Butha-Buthe district of Lesotho. 

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