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Union busting at Sunstar Engineering in Thailand

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 05:08

Despite international pressure and action by global unions, workers’ rights are continuing to be violated in Thailand. Japanese automotive part manufacturer Sunstar Engineering has laid off union members, hiding behind the Covid-19 pandemic.

Global dialogue with Glencore addresses Southern African Coronavirus crisis

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:34

Dialogue between commodities multinational Glencore and unions in the mining industry has led to a joint approach to managing disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Nissan announces the closure of Catalan factories

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 09:40

Nissan has today announced the closure of three factories in Barcelona, with the loss 3,000 jobs and a further 20,000 jobs in the supply chain.

Dismissed Belarusian union activist should be reinstated

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 07:38

In Belarus, a country notorious for its wide use of short-term employment contracts, a court has denied union activist Mikalaj Valadzko’s claim for reinstatement after the German-based Redpath Deilmann refused to renew his short-term contract over his trade union activity.

Fair trade for all crucial in times of Covid-19

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 02:54

The negotiations on the Asia-Pacific Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are in their final stages. The agreement, once ratified, covers 30 per cent of the world's population and almost 30 per cent of the world's GDP. An inclusive and just deal that ensures access to medical supplies and food amid the global pandemic is important.

Four-hour strike at Italian ArcelorMittal sites brings results

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:09

IndustriALL Italian affiliates FIM, FIOM, and UILM declared a four-hour strike at all ArcelorMittal sites in Italy on 25 May. They are calling on the steel manufacturing multinational to urgently disclose its business plan, and engage in meaningful dialogue with the unions to ensure the viability of the plants while keeping jobs and decent working conditions for the entire workforce. Under pressure after the action was announced, representatives of the company and the government joined trade unions at virtual negotiation table.

One dead and seven injured at Bokaro steel plant, India

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 03:09

Four accidents in two weeks at Bokaro steel plant expose the poor safety measures at Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the leading public sector steel maker in India.

Electronics multinational Jabil fires 190 Italian workers during pandemic

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 10:04

Unions in Italy have condemned as illegal and irresponsible the layoff of 190 workers from the Marcianise plant and call for an indefinite strike.

Tribute to former IMF AGS David Fowler

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 09:39

David Fowler, a key figure of one of the founding organizations of IndustriALL Global Union, dies at the age of 87


Tripartite agreement to protect Sri Lankan workers

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 09:32

In a demonstration of social dialogue, Sri Lanka’s tripartite Covid-19 taskforce has reached an agreement to ensure payment of wages and employment to workers.

Unions in Madagascar protest against forced leave

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 06:34

When seven workers tested positive to the coronavirus at Tamatave Mine, owned by Ambatovy, and managed by Canadian company, Sherritt, 60 per cent of the workforce of mainly Malagasy workers were put on forced leave for six months on reduced pay.

Returning mineworkers test positive to Covid-19 in South Africa

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 04:35

With the easing of the country’s lockdown and with mineworkers returning to work, tests are showing that more workers have the coronavirus. On 24 May, AngloGold Ashanti said when they tested 650 workers at Mponeng gold mine in Gauteng Province, 164 tested positive for Covid-19.

Religious holiday allowance should not be deferred

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 04:20

Unions in Indonesia have sent a protest letter to the government after a circular was issued, saying that if employers are unable to pay the religious allowance during the coronavirus crisis, it can be paid by instalments or deferred to a date agreed by both employers and workers.

Council of global unions joint statement on the suspension of Indian labour laws

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 01:18

The CGU and ITUC calls on the government of India to respect its obligations under international labour standards and ensure that Sates which have suspended its labour laws immediately reverse these measures.

Women workers in the front lines

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 11:44

Global unions have joined forces for a gender equal new normal in a series of webinars addressing women workers in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. The first one took place on 19 May and discussed women workers in the frontlines.

Shell AGM fails to address union concerns

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 09:26

IndustriALL Global Union raised a number of questions ahead of Shell’s online AGM, held yesterday. Shell’s responses show the company remains unwilling to engage with unions at a global level.

Strike at Nissan Spain over uncertain future

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 08:58

Workers at two Nissan auto plants in Barcelona are on indefinite strike due to a lack of clarity about the future of Nissan operations in Spain.

Online campaign on ILO Conventions 190 and 183 in Cambodia

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 04:22

IndustriALL South East Asia office and Cambodian affiliates have joined forces in an online campaign, creating awareness on ILO Convention 190 on violence and harassment and Convention 183 on maternity protection.

Threat of job cuts at Volkswagen plant in Russia

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 04:00

At Volkswagen’s plant in Kaluga, Russia, workers who voluntarily resign are offered five to six months wages. IndustriALL affiliate ITUWA, is advising members to wait until an official process to reduce jobs is in place, as it would be more beneficial for the workers.

Iraq: protest at Basra Gas Company/Shell over non-payment of salaries

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 01:11

Workers at Basra Gas Company, a joint venture where Shell holds a major stake, launched a protest on 18 May over the company’s failure to pay salaries. Around 5,000 workers seconded from South Gas Company (SGC) to Basra Gas Company (BGC) have yet to receive their salaries.