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Stop the war on wages and close the wealth gap

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 14:53

Multinational companies must stop the war on wages and give workers secure jobs with decent salaries, says IndustriALL Global Union as a new study from Oxfam shows that 26 billionaires own as much as the poorest 50 per cent of the world’s population. 

It’s no surprise that the Spice Girls T-shirt was made by workers on poverty wages

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:38

The bitter irony of a T-shirt promoting gender justice being made by women on poverty wages reflects an ongoing disconnect between campaigners in the West, and the realities of global supply chains.

IndustriALL suspends global agreement with Volkswagen

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 09:34

As the German car manufacturer consistently refuses to accord the same rights to its workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US, as it does in the rest of the world, IndustriALL Global Union is today suspending its long-standing global agreement with Volkswagen. 

Belarusian trade union case raised with the EU

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 14:34

Through a meeting with high-level officials on 16 January 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, IndustriALL Global Union, IndustriAll European Trade Union, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) through its Pan-European European Regional Council (PERC) and European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) brought concerns of deteriorating environment for democracy and fundamental rights in Belarus to the European Union authorities.

Workers at Turkish Saint-Gobain subsidiary strike for a fair contract

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 07:43

Workers at İzocam, a Turkish insulation manufacturer and subsidiary of French multinational Saint-Gobain, take strike action after failing to agree on a collective contract.

Russian unions join forces to negotiate collective agreement at Volkswagen

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 04:26

Two IndustriALL affiliates will jointly negotiate a collective agreement at Volkswagen plants in Kaluga and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, after putting aside their differences to hold a joint organizing campaign, allowing them to achieve the legal recognition threshold. Negotiations are scheduled to begin on 1 February.

Tunisian unions strike against IMF austerity

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 05:26

Tunisian union federation the Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT) is taking strike action in the civil service and public sector today after failing to agree a wage increase with the government.

PROFILE: Belarusian electronics union is no stranger to struggle

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 03:43

The Belarusian Radio and Electronic Industry Workers’ Union (REP) was formed in November 1990, at a time when countries that had been part of the Soviet Union became independent.

Rubber glove workers in Sri Lanka protest unjust terminations

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:39

Protesting workers at ATG Ceylon, a British-Sri Lankan manufacturer of industrial gloves, are demanding the reinstatement of five terminated union officers and members, and an end to union oppression at the company. 

Unions respond to reform of Malaysia's Industrial Relations and Trade Union Acts

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 02:53

Malaysia's government is in the process of reforming the country's Employment Act, and IndustriALL affiliates in the country are coming together to form a response and propose amendments.

Middle East and North Africa electricity unions develop action strategy

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:53

A network meeting of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) electricity sector was held in Amman, Jordan, on 17-18 December 2018.

FEATURE: Supply chain justice through binding global agreements

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 01:53

Global corporate power is beyond anything we have ever seen. Some are calling it the triumph of the multinational companies. The limits on the power and will of national governments to call corporations to account for their adverse impacts are clear for all to see. Global corporations are tearing up the social contract, the understanding that in order to operate in a society, companies abide by certain rules in the interests of their workers and the broader public.

IndustriALL Asia-Pacific Trade Union Network for Takeda meets

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:53

The second meeting of the Asia-Pacific region’s trade unions of Japanese pharmaceuticals multinational, Takeda, met in Tokyo on 15 November 2018. IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from Japan, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines constituted this meeting of the global network committee. 

Strike action reinstates union leaders in Myanmar

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:58

A two-week strike by garment workers at the Chinese-owned Cixing Knitting Factory in Myanmar has ended after the company agreed to reinstate seven sacked union leaders. 

Indian workers hold biggest strike in history

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:23

150 million Indian workers took strike action in what is reported to be the biggest work stoppage in history.

Desperate mine workers resort to hunger strike in Ukraine

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:23

In the Donetsk region of Ukraine, three female employees of the Kurakhivska coal mine of the state-owned coal-mining enterprise Selydivvugillya, went on hunger strike against wage arrears on 2 January 2019.

Moroccan unions launch “Month of Anger”

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 07:28

Unions will hold a series of protest and strike actions across the country until the government meets its social dialogue commitments.

Garment worker killed and 50 injured in Bangladesh clashes

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 06:49

A garment worker has been killed and another 50 injured after Bangladeshi police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at around 5,000 protesting workers on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, on Tuesday 8 January.

National Grid lockout ends with new 6-year contract

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 04:05

Some 1,250 workers at National Grid in Massachusetts, USA, will be returning to work under a new 6-year contract, ending a lockout lasting more than six months. 

Many dead in Afghanistan mine collapse

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 03:40

At least thirty people were killed, and several injured, when a mine collapsed in the northern parts of Afghanistan on 6 January.

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