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Union president fired in Serbia

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 06:07

Local union president, Dalibor Antanasijević, has been harassed for his union work and subsequently dismissed from his job at auto supplier Magna Seating in Serbia.

Union picket breaks deadlock in Malaysia

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 06:27

A one-day picket of Electronics Industry Employees’ Union Northern Region (EIEUNR) forced Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd to return to the negotiation table to continue bargaining for a collective agreement. The employer had declared a deadlock in the negotiations on 25 February.

BP pricing arrangement causes job losses in Trinidad & Tobago

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 05:06

The Oilfields Workers of Trinidad and Tobago is calling on the multinational BP to renegotiate a new pricing formula agreed with state-owned energy company which is damaging the fragile island economy. Companies in the petrochemical and manufacturing sector are struggling to cope with the sharp increase in price, and this has led to plant closures and job losses.

Indian Saint-Gobain worker dismissed for occupational illness

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 03:30

A former Saint-Gobain Crystals and Detectors worker in Bangalore, India, Jayaraj Mathangi, was fired for abstenteeism after developing severe health problems due to hazards he was exposed to at work.

Strengthening health and safety in Myanmar’s mines

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 03:45

Health and safety is a constant worry among miners in Myanmar. Mining Workers Federation of Myanmar (MWFM), the IndustriALL Global Union affiliate representing 7,500 miners in the country, is calling on the government and employers to improve health and safety, like ensuring emergency exits, clean drinking water and fire extinguishers at the worksites.

Lula calls for global coalition against inequality

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 09:58

Speaking at a public meeting organized by IndustriALL Global Union at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva on Friday 6 March, former Brazilian president Lula called for coordinated global action to confront inequality.

COVID-19: Urgent Economic Stimulus and Workplace Measures Required

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 09:56

Council of Global Unions Joint Statement

Historic march in Chile on International Women's Day

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 09:55

Unions, feminist and migrant groups in Chile marked this year’s International Women’s Day with a mass march in Santiago, raising awareness of  inequality, gender based violence and pushing for a gender equality agenda.

Workers in Cambodia and Myanmar hit hard by Coronavirus fall-out

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 08:30

The global outbreak of the Coronavirus is slowing down the economy and eliminating thousands of jobs in the global supply chain in South East Asia. Cambodia and Myanmar are among the most affected countries in the region.

South Africa: 378 trapped mineworkers safely rescued

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 08:44

378 mineworkers were rescued on 10 March after being trapped underground for nine hours. The workers were trapped when a UV 72 machine used to transport workers and materials underground caught fire at Sibanye Stillwater Simunye Shaft in Rustenburg.

Raising young workers’ voice on the streets

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 06:58

Yudi Suseno was one of 50 participants in the Asia Pacific youth exchange programme in Malaysia in October 2019, and has now begun to play key role in his union in Indonesia.

Union challenges unfair retrenchments at Scaw metals in South Africa

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:47

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), is challenging the dismissal last year of 163 workers at Scaw McKinnon Chain in Vereeniging, near Johannesburg.

Fighting gender inequality and violence in Madagascar

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:06

In Antananarivo the International Women’s Day (IWD) demonstration of Malagasy unions was the culmination of a week of training and capacity building on gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV).

Building trade union power in South-East Europe

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 03:21

Helping unions develop their organizing capacity is a priority for IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll Europe. Together, they have produced a practical guide to support and facilitate affiliates’ efforts to recruit more workers and build stronger unions in South-East Europe. 

The risks of investment treaties for the Colombian people

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 02:24

Colombia is one of the 10 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean with the largest number of claims filed by foreign investors, amounting to billions of dollars.

Vietnamese unions welcome new labour code

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 05:08

The passing of the new labour code embracing the principle of freedom of association in Vietnam is a decisive step welcomed by IndustriALL Global Union’s Vietnamese affiliates, however the struggle for workers’ rights is to be continued.

Symposium adopts plan to organize and fight precarious work in South Africa’s transport sector

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 03:02

Unions are determined to organize and fight precarious working conditions of low wages, contract and temporary work, and dangerous working conditions that are prevalent in the transport value chain.

Solidarity for struggle in Ukraine

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 15:21

On 25 February, the global union movement took solidarity action, supporting a global union federation mission to Kiev, as well as the Ukrainian unions struggling against draft labour and trade union laws in violation of core ILO conventions, national and European law.

Major unions join high-level transport symposium in South Africa

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 09:58

Being organized and working together is how we make the biggest impact, said IndustriALL general secretary Valter Sanches at a transport symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, focusing on how to appeal to the 76 percent of transport workers in the country that are unorganized.

ACT initiative: a potential strategy for living wages in Ethiopia

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 04:10

The campaign for living wages in Ethiopia is at the point where the question is not when the low wages will be increased but how soon this can be done.