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Not in our workplace, not in our union!

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 08:54

In the last year, nearly 100 affiliated unions have taken IndustriALL’s pledge to end violence and harassment against women in the workplace.

South African mineworkers’ union launches campaign against gender-based violence

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 08:42

When launching 16 days of activism against the abuse of women and children, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) remembered Nombuso Dube, a KwaZulu Natal provincial treasurer of the union’s women structure, and her mother, Mthokozile Dube, who were shot dead in October. 

Lives at risk in ExxonMobil dispute in Australia

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 08:19

A long-running dispute with oil and gas giant ExxonMobil and its contractor UGL is putting workers’ lives at risk and having a devastating effect on communities, reveals Troy Carter from the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) in an interview with IndustriALL.

Using global framework agreements in the Myanmar garment industry

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 06:54

Forty-two trade unionists from Myanmar gathered in Yangon on 16 and 17 November for a workshop on how to effectively implement global framework agreements (GFAs) in the textile and garment industry. 

Towards sectoral bargaining in the Bulgarian textile industries

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:40

Strengthening social dialogue, unions and employer structures on a path towards industry-level collective bargaining and living wages in the Bulgarian garment and footwear industries, was the main message at a seminar on 14-15 November 2018 in Sofia, attended by 40 national and local-level union representatives, industry associations, major brands, key suppliers and the Deputy Minister of Economy.

Korean workers down tools in national strike for Chaebol reform

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 09:22

Members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU) joined the KCTU general strike today calling for reform to chaebols and to labour laws.

Caribbean unions continue to strengthen outreach and cooperation in the region

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 08:04

Condemnation of the attacks on trade union rights and the crisis in the oil and steel industries in the Caribbean were high on the agenda of IndustriALL Global Union’s Caribbean meeting held in Paramaribo in Suriname on 12-13 November.

South African unions call for a Just Transition to renewable energy

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 06:31

Unions reject government plans to close five coal-fired power stations and award renewable energy contracts to independent power producers (IPPs) without a Just Transition plan in place. They say this will put close to 100,000 workers out of work.

Bangladesh and India must accelerate ratification of Hong Kong Convention

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 04:19

An IndustriALL delegation has met with ministries in Bangladesh and India to accelerate the process of ratification of the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) for safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.

IndustriALL gives evidence to UK parliamentary Select Committee

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 04:18

IndustriALL Global Union’s assistant general secretary, Jenny Holdcroft, was in London last week to give evidence on the sustainability of the fashion industry at the UK’s largest-ever audience for a parliamentary Select Committee.

Alcoa closure in Suriname: IndustriALL calls for a fair deal for workers

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 07:41

As Suriname’s parliament prepares to discuss a controversial agreement on Alcoa’s withdrawal from the country and the handover of its hydroelectric dam, IndustriALL and its Caribbean affiliates are calling on legislators to send the agreement back to the drawing board.

Bulgarian unions get organizing boost

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 03:16

IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union met with Bulgarian affiliates in Sofia on 13 November to strengthen union power and enhance organizing strategies against a background of declining membership and growing hostility to unions in the country. 

Myanmar unions fighting obstacles to organizing

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:56

Workers and unions in Myanmar often face difficulties in terms of union busting, low pay and rampant precarious work. IndustriALL’s union building project focuses on strengthening unions to fight back.

Bangladesh must keep Accord on Fire and Building Safety

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 07:49

IndustriALL Global Union strongly urges the government of Bangladesh to petition the High Court to lift a restraining order that seeks to expel the Accord from the country on 30 November. 

Global Glass Alliance and Owens-Illinois glass network launched in Perrysburg, Ohio

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:50

Over 150 delegates gathered in Perrysburg, Ohio, on 12 and 13 November 2018, and held the first ever meeting of the Owens-Illinois network in conjunction with the global glass alliance of the Glass, Molders and Pottery (GMP) council of the United Steelworkers (USW), and the USW glass workers.

US, Canadian and Mexican cement unions strengthen cooperation in multinational cement corporations

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:55

On 14 November 2018, 30 representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Canada and the USA, the United Steelworkers (USW) in Canada and the USA, and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers in Canada and the USA, met with representatives from Los Mineros from Mexico in order to improve networking and coordination in multinational cement corporations.

Thousands attend funeral of murdered Turkish trade union leader

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 06:11

Thousands of people gathered for the funeral of Turkish union leader, Abdullah Karacan, the day after he was fatally shot during a visit to meet workers at a Goodyear tyre factory in Adapazarı.

Congo mining unions unite to confront Glencore

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:16

Building a membership base through recruiting and organizing is a key strategy for strengthening union power to confront Glencore in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Memorial lecture pays tribute to slain woman worker in South Africa

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:08

Thembisile Lucia Yende, who worked for power utility Eskom, was murdered at work at a substation near Springs in 2017, and the main suspect was arrested but later released. The case has been provisionally withdrawn until more evidence is available.

IndustriALL and industriAll Europe condemn sentencing of Renault workers in Turkey

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:07

In a declaration published today, Industriall Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union have strongly condemned the sentencing of 26 Renault workers and trade union officials from the car manufacturer’s Oyak plant in Bursa, Turkey.

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