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Colombian organizations march in support of Sintracarbón

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 10:14

As the strike at the Cerrejón mine in Colombia is approaching 50 days, civil, social and union organizations marched in solidarity with the workers and the union, Sintracarbón.

Kyrgyzstan must respect democracy and human and workers’ rights

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 07:55

Recent political events in Kyrgyzstan must lead the country to stability and peace and contribute to strengthening democracy, human and workers’ rights in line with international norms and standards, say IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliates.

Unions not consulted on Chevron Nigeria plans to lay-off 1,000 workers

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 07:37

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Nigeria that organize in the oil and gas sector, the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) say they were not consulted on the proposed lay-off of 1,000 workers at Chevron Nigeria.

Cement workers locked out three hours after strike starts

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 09:51

Management of Demix Béton, Canadian subsidiary of cement multinational CRH, locked out workers three hours after they went on strike over wage increase.  

Finnish paper makers break national bargaining

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 09:28

IndustriALL Global Union condemns the decision of the employers’ group in Finland to break the long-standing sector bargaining, as it attempts to reduce labour costs to expand profits.

HeidelbergCement network commits to fight back new challenges

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:42

About 40 participants from unions affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union and Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) met online to discuss developments and challenges for employees of German building materials multinational HeidelbergCement.

Kumho Tire broke the law to attack union

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 09:22

The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that the Korean multinational tyre manufacturer illegally suppressed a United Steelworkers (USW) 2017 organizing drive in Macon, Georgia.

BASF unions maintain unity against Covid-19 challenges

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 09:15

The IndustriALL trade union networks of BASF workers in Asia and Latin America are advancing towards stronger dialogue with the company. The world’s largest chemicals company, BASF, employs members of IndustriALL affiliated unions on all continents. While strong regional union structures are in place in Europe and the Americas, now the Asia-Pacific regional group is becoming equally mature, well-organized, and seeking an official relationship with regional management.


Tue, 10/13/2020 - 08:40

The first Japanese multinational to sign a Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL.

Nuclear workers join forces

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 05:55

Even with a pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, the nuclear sector remains fairly stable. But the current situation puts an increased focus on health and safety, which workers and unions must be involved in. That was the conclusion as 35 unionists from 15 countries unionists from around the world met online to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the energy sector.

Historic Just Transition plan to phase out coal mining in Poland

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 07:03

Polish unions, employers and the government reached an agreement on 25 September to phase out coal mines by 2049. Polish mine and energy workers' union NSZZ Solidarnosc SGIE is concerned about the deadline, as the move will potentially leave several million people without jobs in mining, energy-intensive industries, and other dependent employment.

Uproar over passing of omnibus law in Indonesia

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 05:39

Thousands of Indonesian workers from 30 provinces downed tools and took to the streets to express their anger over the passing of the omnibus law on job creation on 5 October. 

Fighting for decent work in South East Asia

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 07:52

Globalization brings capital and opportunities, but also shapes economic and labour policies that threaten the welfare of workers. Union leaders in South East Asia agree that trade unions must confront regressive labour laws in order to fight for decent work in the region.

Union federations unite in South African national strike

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 06:24

Thousands of workers took to the streets of South Africa’s main cities and towns to protest corruption, gender-based violence, and to protect jobs and collective bargaining agreements from arrogant employers.

Indian unions mobilize for national strike

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 06:09

Indian unions are calling for a nationwide strike on 26 November as a protest against the Modi government’s attacks on workers’ rights and poor Covid-19 response.

Young workers organizing drives in Ghana show strength of solidarity

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 04:50

Building union strength in the post-Covid-19 workplace is a top priority for trade unions in Ghana. As lockdown regulations become less strict on meetings, unions are going to factories and workplaces to recruit and organize more workers.

Union campaign brings improvements to Georgian labour law

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 06:28

After fighting for amendments to the labour code, Georgian unions’ campaign bore results on 29 September when Parliament voted for improvements related to labour inspections, mandatory rest time and anti-discrimination.

Cerrejón mineworkers hold firm: show your support

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 04:02

Workers at the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia are five weeks into a bitter strike against the imposition of a brutal new shift system. They need your support.

#UnionWin as garment workers are reinstated

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 08:41

Using the Myanmar Freedom of Association (FoA) Guideline, IndustriALL affiliate IWFM has achieved the reinstatement of three union leaders at Glory Fashion, who were dismissed after setting up a local union.

Thai rubber unions raise funds for fired Indonesian Goodyear workers

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 02:52

When 44 unionized workers at a Goodyear plant in Indonesia were fired this summer, Thai rubber workers rallied to support them, raising money for a solidarity fund.