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Trade unionists in Algeria arrested at protest

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 03:52

Trade union leaders and members of three independent unions in Algeria were arrested and detained for several hours during protest in central Algiers on 27 December.

First-ever collective agreement reached in Turkish gold mining

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 04:20

IndustriALL Global Union’s Turkish mining affiliate Maden-Is has reached a collective bargaining agreement with mining company, Tümad Madencilik, which is the first in the country’s growing gold mining industry.

Global Diamond Network demands better conditions in the supply chain

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 07:29

The IndustriALL Global Union Diamond Network meeting 19-21 December in Johannesburg, South Africa, attended by 25 delegates from Belgium, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe resolved to improve working conditions in the diamond supply chain.

New Year brings fresh tragedy for Pakistan’s coal miners

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 06:19

IndustriALL’s campaign for safer mines in Pakistan continues into 2019 as four miners were burnt to death and another miner seriously injured in a methane blast at a coal mine in Baolochistan’s Dukki district on 2 January. 

IndustriALL decries Belgian company’s union-busting in Turkey

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 03:30

IndustriALL Global Union has condemned the misuse of Turkish legislation by local management to stop freedom of association and collective bargaining at Belgian-owned polyurethane company, Recticel.

INTERVIEW: Luisa María Alcalde

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 03:17

“People are buzzing with enthusiasm – you can feel it in the air,” says Luisa María Alcalde cheerfully. It is truly the start of a new era for the people of Mexico: Andrés Manuel López Obrador was recently elected president, bringing hopes of democracy, gender equality, youth inclusion and the end of poverty and corruption.

It is also the first time a Mexican cabinet has achieved gender parity, with eight men and eight women of varying ages. Luisa María Alcalde is the perfect illustration of this new era. The 31-year-old is ready to head up one of the key ministries in the fight to protect workers’ rights – the ministry of labour and social welfare.

Germany bids farewell to hard coal after 200 years

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 12:12

Having played a key role in the development of Germany’s industry, mine workers together bid an emotional good-bye to hard coal extraction at the country’s last operational coal mine in Bottrop on 21 December. 

Turkey: 186-day strike at Mayr-Melnhof ends in victory for workers

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 11:46

Around 250 members of IndustriALL affiliate Selüloz-İş voted in favour of an agreement on 22 December, which contains important achievements.

IndustriALL mourns for 13 miners killed in Czech Republic

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 08:27

At least 13 miners have been killed and ten wounded in a methane explosion at the CSM coal mine in Karvina in the Czech Republic on 20 December.

Chemical and pharmaceutical unions build power in India

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 04:30

Meeting in Mumbai, India on 20 December 2018, IndustriALL Global Union’s Indian affiliates agreed to intensify their union building programme in the booming chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the country.

IndustriALL unions negotiate global dispute resolution mechanism with H&M

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 09:27

IndustriALL Global Union trade union affiliates representing garment workers at H&M have agreed upon a global dispute resolution mechanism with the Swedish fashion giant, as part of IndustriALL’s global framework agreement (GFA) with the company. 

Rubber unions in unity against attacks

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 05:41

Meeting in Mumbai, India on 18-19 December 2018, around 50 rubber union representatives from 15 countries in Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe engaged in a series of discussions to evaluate progress in implementing the Action Plan adopted by the World Rubber Conference in Pittsburgh, USA in September 2017.

Young Filipino workers pledge to be dynamic actors in society

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 09:57

Thirty-three participants aged between 20 to 35 years from ten Philippine trade unions affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union attended a national young workers’ training workshop. Sixty percent of the participants were young women.

More than 40 striking steelworkers detained in Iran

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 08:37

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the government of Iran to condemn to the arrest of more than 40 striking workers at the Ahvaz Steel complex, in brutal raids at their homes on 17 and 18 December.

Young trade union leaders in MENA region complete training

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 07:05

Thirty-two young trade union leaders from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Tunisia and Morocco became the first to graduate from a training programme set up to build capacity among young leaders and potential leaders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). 

Two former Ford executives sentenced for crimes against humanity in Argentina

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 05:09

An Argentine court has sentenced two former Ford executives at the company’s plant in Argentina for their role in the human rights crimes committed against Ford workers during the country's last dictatorship.

Mexican activists plan an exchange platform for energy transition

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:38

Nineteen representatives of independent trade unions and social movements in Mexico related to wind power and hydroelectric industries met on 3 December and agreed to create an exchange energy platform.

Unjust sentencing of Cambodian union leaders must be quashed

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 07:52

Six prominent trade union leaders in Cambodia have been given suspended jail sentences following a trial riddled with irregularities and lacking in evidence. IndustriALL Global Union demands that the sentencing be immediately overturned.  

Chemical and pharmaceutical unions push for worker protections at ILO global forum

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:40

IndustriALL Global Union trade unions from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries pushed for better worker protections at an International Labour Organization (ILO) global forum on digitalization and the future of work, from 10 to 12 December. 

German union IG BCE secures guarantees as Bayer set to slash jobs

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:43

IndustriALL Global Union’s German affiliate, IG BCE, has signed a joint declaration with Bayer in Germany, providing protection for workers against dismissal until the end of 2025. The pharmaceutical giant is set to cut around 12,000 jobs worldwide. 

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