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Trade union leader assassinated in Turkey

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:33

IndustriALL Global Union is horrified to hear that Brother Abdullah Karacan, general president of our Turkish affiliate DİSK/Lastik-İş (Rubber and Chemical Workers’ Union) was assassinated today, 13 November, while visiting union members at a Goodyear factory in the city of Adapazarı.

Shipbreaking - graveyard for ships or workers?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:00

Two workers have died and seven have been injured in a series of accidents at the Sitakund shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh. 19 people have been killed in Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards this year, the highest number in eight years.

Unjust verdict against union leaders in Belarus upheld

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:12

The city court of Minsk decided on 09 November to uphold the guilty verdict against two trade union leaders in Belarus, which has been widely condemned as unjust.

Global framework agreements are strategic tools

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 08:23

IndustriALL’s global framework agreement (GFA) working group met at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, on 8 and 9 November to report on how GFAs are being implemented, and look at ways of strengthening them. 

Auto unions develop value chain organizing strategies

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 09:02

Seventy-six trade unionists from 24 countries attended an annual meeting for unions in the auto sector held in Prague, Czech Republic from 16-18 October.

Unfair dismissal of union officials by Firestone Liberia condemned

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 08:43

Liberian unions are condemning the unfair dismissal of two union officials, Abel Ngigie and Edwin Fallah, by Firestone Liberia. This defies the Decent Work Act and the existing collective bargaining agreement between the multinational and the unions.

Thailand: Olympic 2020 partner Mitsubishi Electric humiliates workers

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:42

Join the LabourStart campaign and demand that Mitsubishi Electric reinstate  24 laid off and 48 excluded union leaders and members, and stop violating fundamental trade union rights.

Nigeria: Unions welcome new minimum wage

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:40

Unions are welcoming a new minimum wage of 30,000 Naira (US$83) recommended by the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage as an important step towards living wages in Nigeria.

Gildan Activewear continues to violate workers' rights in Haiti and Honduras

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:39

One year ago, Gildan's supplier in Haiti unfairly dismissed union leaders and activists, including 13 members of IndustriALL affiliate GOSTTRA after a strike to demand an increased minimum wage. The fired workers have not been reinstated and have even been placed on a blacklist, meaning they are unable to feed their families and pay their rent.

Iranian court sentences 15 HEPCO workers to prison and flogging for striking

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 02:59

Fifteen employees of the Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) have been sentenced to prison and flogging after striking over unpaid wages.

Victory for Boilermakers at Imerys Talc

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:26

Local D239 Boilermakers went back to work on 5 November in Three Forks, Montana, USA, with a new contract after more than a 90-day lockout by multinational Imerys Talc. 

Unions discuss Industry 4.0 and future social dialogue in Saint-Gobain

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:18

IndustriALL Global Union’s trade union network at Saint-Gobain meets in Paris, France on 30-31 October 2018 and promotes social dialogue in the group.

Unions demand global labour relations with HeidelbergCement

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 03:55

The global union network at HeidelbergCement held two days of intensive discussions and exchanges on 1 and 2 November in Frankfurt, Germany, about the situation in different countries where the company is present.

Safety remains elusive on second anniversary of Gadani shipbreaking accident

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 10:49

One day after the second anniversary of one of the deadliest accidents in the history of the Pakistani shipbreaking industry, there was yet another fire in the Gadani shipyard.

Irresponsible aluminium: Alcoa escalates global attack on workers

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 04:40

Alcoa has recently escalated its global attack on workers, contradicting the company’s claim that it produces aluminium responsibly.

Kenyan union takes Hela Intimates to court over workers’ rights violations

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:09

Pregnant workers fired for requesting maternity leave, and those joining unions facing dismissal: these workers’ and human rights violations have led to Hela Intimates being dragged to the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi.

Spanish coal unions win landmark Just Transition deal

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:10

After years of struggle, Spanish mining unions have won a landmark deal for a Just Transition from coal mining, with sustainable development for mining regions.

Unilever signs Memorandum of Understanding with IndustriALL and IUF

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:39

IndustriALL Global Union and its sister global union IUF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Anglo-Dutch global consumer goods producer Unilever, guaranteeing trade union rights and recognizing the two global unions as “internationally representative bodies”.

Four workers killed at Neharia underground mine in India

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:23

Four workers were killed and one seriously injured in a mine accident on 25 October 2018 at Western Coalfields Limited’s (WCL) Neharia underground mine in the Pench region, Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh.

Ukraine: angry unpaid miners take action underground

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 15:19

The tragedy of long-standing unpaid Ukrainian takes a new wave of actions underground. Angry miners, together with their union leaders and a parliamentarian, demand to pay out all the arrears in wages to miners for the period from June to September 2018 and for some months of 2015-2017.

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