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Jailed union leader in Cambodia must immediately be released!

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:11

Soy Sros, a local union leader at Superl Cambodia, has been arrested and imprisoned for a post on social media criticising the suspension of union members, including a pregnant woman, during the coronavirus crisis.

Tunisian garment workers strike over dismissals of union leaders

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:06

Management at the Gartex factory, which produces ready-made clothes, is failing to apply labour laws and regulations and is violating collective agreements signed with IndustriALL affiliate Fédération Générale du Textile, de l'Habillement, Chaussure et Cuir (FGTHCC-UGT).

Union supports deal for small enterprises in South Africa to manufacture 14 million masks

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 07:58

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) supports a deal made by the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry to register small, medium, and micro-enterprises (SMMEs). The deals provides capacity to make 14 million masks and will help thousands of small companies to survive during the pandemic.

Global Unions Statement: LGBTI rights are a union issue

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 02:24

On May 17, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), the Council of Global Unions, a group of independent trade union organizations that represent over 200 million workers around the world, reaffirm our commitment to building respect and dignity for all workers. We believe every worker is entitled to work free from discrimination and violence regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics.

Finding new ways to fight back

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:03

Even during the best of times, going on strike can be difficult. Even more so after your local area is hit by tornados and the Covid-19 outbreak. But despite all the obstacles, in April, members of UAW Local 1407 stood united and fought for a fair contract at Cummins Filtration in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Indian states suspend labour laws and increase working hours

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:17

Some Indian states are using coronavirus as a pretext to attack working conditions. Many have increased the working day to 12 hours, while others have suspended or provided exemptions to labour law.

Eyes on pharmaceutical industry in the Covid-19 fight

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 07:30

The pharmaceutical industry is working intensively towards finding a treatment for COVID-19 or a vaccine against the virus that causes it, SARS-CoV-2. Their work in this time of crisis makes this group of IndustriALL affiliates and members even more important for all of us.

Protecting workers in Myanmar

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 06:55

IndustriALL affiliate IWFM has signed a framework for action with employers and ACT brands producing in the country, aiming to protect garment workers from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.

Unions fight to protect Nigeria’s oil and gas workers

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 05:20

Unions in Nigeria are vowing to challenge attempts by oil and gas companies to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to retrench workers and promote precarious working conditions.

Union seeks justice for worker shot dead by police in Nigeria

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 10:30

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum Workers (NUPENG) is seeking justice for its member, Chibuisi Chikezie Okameme, who was shot dead while at work by a police officer on Covid-19 enforcement patrol in Abia State on 5 April.

New cases of Covid-19 in Peru’s mines

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 07:56

As operations in Peru’s mines continue despite a state of emergency, the National Miners’ and Metalworkers’ Union (FNTMMSP) says 252 miners have contracted the disease and one has died.

Women demand more space in Turkish unions

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 05:55

A deep mapping exercise of women's structures and activities inside IndustriALL Global Union’s Turkish affiliates reveals the need for more space in membership and leadership of the unions.

Unions urge LafargeHolcim: "No feast in a time of plague!"

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 10:11

The international and European unions representing LafargeHolcim workers around the world urged the company’s shareholders, ahead of the annual general meeting (AGM), “to prioritize the protection of employment, income and the health and safety of all those who work for them worldwide” in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Korean pharmaceutical workers condemn Zoetis

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 07:50

IndustriALL Global Union has stepped in to support its Korean affiliate, KCTF, whose members are victim of labour violations at multinational animal medicine company Zoetis.

South East Asian unions turn online to defend workers’ rights

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 07:09

During social distancing and lockdowns, unions in South East Asia are using online platforms to address workers’ concerns over job insecurity and defend their rights.

IndustriALL raises questions ahead of Shell AGM

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 03:56

Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell will hold a closed, online annual general meeting next week because of the coronavirus crisis. IndustriALL has submitted questions to the company on its treatment of contract workers in resource-rich developing countries.

CFMEU wins appeal against BHP Operations Services

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 02:47

Australian union CFMEU Mining and Energy has won an appeal against the approval of two enterprise agreements covering workers employed by BHP’s in-house labour hire provider Operations Services.

Series of industrial accidents rocks India as work resumes post-lockdown

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 11:16

A toxic gas leak at LG Polymers India, a subsidiary of South Korean multinational LG Chem, resulted in the death of twelve people, including two children, with hundreds hospitalized.

Kinross Gold Corporation must ensure workers’ health and safety during Covid-19 crisis

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 06:37

Workers at Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania, owned by Canadian Kinross Gold Corporation, launched an indefinite strike on 5 May over non-compliance with labour laws and workers’ safety during Covid-19.

Veolia Moroccan subsidiary flouts labour laws and underpays wages

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 04:29

500 employees of Veolia’s Moroccan subsidy Amanor are stopped from receiving state aid during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the employer is refusing to register the workers with the national social security office.