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Global unions challenge LafargeHolcim shareholders

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:23

IndustriALL Global Union, Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and the Belgian trade union Centrale Générale / Fédération Générale des Travailleurs de Belgique (CG-FGTB) informed shareholders of the cement multinational LafargeHolcim at their annual general meeting held on 15 May 2019 in Switzerland about the misbehaviour of the company and demanded respect for the workers worldwide.

3,000 jobs lost expose precarious working conditions in Zambia’s copper mines

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:19

Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mine announced that it will close two shafts and retrench 600 permanent workers and a further 1,500 from contracted companies, and Zambian unions are angry.

Just Transition - and idea whose time has come

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:40

Affiliates of IndustriALL and its predecessors originated and named the concept of a Just Transition, which has since spread through the global labour movement. At the 2016 Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, IndustriALL re-affirmed its commitment to achieving a Just Transition.

Just Transition - what do trade unions demand?

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 05:49

For a Just Transition to a future in which the environment is protected and the economy is thriving, workers need sustainable industrial policies, with strong social protections, and support for workers – guided by social dialogue.

27 coalminers killed in Pakistan so far in 2019

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 04:38

At least 27 coal miners have been killed so far in 2019 in Pakistan mine accidents. Trade unions demand that the government immediately ratify ILO C 176 on safety and health in mines.

Labour reform: Mexico’s independent unions highlight progress

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:19

"Nothing will prevent us from organizing and mobilizing workers." This was the conclusion made by Mexico's independent unions after the new labour reform was published on 1 May, International Workers' Day.

Colombian union leaders receive death threats

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:10

Leaders of Colombian mining unions Sintracarbón, which is an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, and Sintramienergética received death threats after they met with Dutch members of parliament and representatives of Glencore, Cerrejon and Drummond.

A JUST TRANSITION FOR WORKERS

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:36

The transition to a cleaner, more sustainable economy must be economically and socially just and fair for workers and their communities.

Korean metalworkers fight Hyundai shipbuilding merger

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 03:07

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU) and civil society groups have joined forces to oppose the merger of Hyundai Heavy Industries with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.

Unilever and global unions sign agreement to restrict temporary jobs

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:47

IndustriALL Global Union, the IUF and Unilever have signed a breakthrough agreement to limit the use of temporary workers and protect permanent jobs in Unilever factories.

Malaysian law reforms must comply with ILO Convention on Freedom of Association

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:12

Ahead of labour law amendments that will be tabled in parliament in July 2019, IndustriALL Malaysia Council organized a round of consultation meetings on the Trade Union Act 1959 and Industrial Relations Act 1967 to seek wider consensus on issues such as freedom of association, fair labour practice and collective bargaining.

We will not give up on democracy in Turkey

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:53

Turkey’s decision this week to cancel the Istanbul mayor elections after they were won by the opposition marks another alarming example of the demise in democracy that is happening throughout the world, writes IndustriALL Global Union general secretary, Valter Sanches.

What unions can do to close the gender pay gap

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:45

The gender pay gap is one of the greatest illustrations of gender inequality in the world of work. Unions have an important role in ending the disparity between men’s and women’s wages.

End the repression of trade unionists in Fiji

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 08:30

On 1 May, International Workers’ Day, authorities in Fiji arrested the head of the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) and a number of union members to stop a protest planned to coincide with an international summit.

Law amendment will rid sham cooperatives from South Africa's textile sector

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:45

Taking advantage of loopholes in the laws governing cooperatives, employers in the garment and textile sector have been turning their factories into fake cooperatives to avoid paying decent wages and benefits.

Sri Lankan unions oppose oppressive new laws

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 03:18

The Sri Lanka IndustriALL Council of unions is calling on the government to protect fundamental human rights in the wake of the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people and injured over 500.

UK court rules in favour of hearing case of mine water pollution in Zambia

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 07:31

In a landmark case likely to open doors for lawsuits against multinational mining companies that discharge toxic waste into rivers where community livelihoods depend on, the UK supreme court held that the case brought against Vedanta Resources will be heard in the English courts.

Los Mineros demand union representation at LafargeHolcim Mexico

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 02:45

IndustriALL Global Union’s Mexican affiliate, Los Mineros, filed a legal claim to represent workers at LafargeHolcim’s Apasco plant in Hermosillo, Sonora state of Mexico. Workers, supposedly represented by the management-controlled CTM union, claim this organization does not defend their rights.

Unions bring progress and stability to Middle East and North Africa

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 09:56

“Welcome to the land of cedars and resistance!” was the message to the affiliated unions from eleven countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who came to Beirut, Lebanon, for the regional conference on 23 and 24 April 2019.

Mexico's labour reforms set to bring greater union democracy

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 09:33

The Mexican Senate has approved a new Labour Bill. While the new legislation will be a step forward for union democracy, it does not cover key issues such as outsourcing.

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