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“We want an industrialized Africa” say IndustriALL affiliates

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:41

Around 80 participants from 20 Sub-Saharan African countries attended IndustriALL Global Union’s Conference on Industrialization in Africa, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 7 December 2018, to explore union strategies on sustainable industrialization of the continent.

Strong union presence in renewables is key to future

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:02

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from the mechanical engineering sector met in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 9 and 10 December 2018 to explore organizing in the rapidly growing renewables sector.

Austrian, Croatian and Slovenian textile unions cooperate on organizing

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 03:03

Unions from three countries agreed to cooperate on organizing and collective bargaining in Austrian-owned leather companies in Croatia and Slovenia, at a seminar in Zagreb, Croatia, on 3-4 December 2018.

IndustriALL mounts pressure on Volkswagen to engage with US union

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:07

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on German car manufacturer Volkswagen to immediately enter into bargaining negotiation with workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee represented by the UAW

Unions in Hungary protest against “slavery law”

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 04:26

10,000 workers demonstrated in Hungary’s capital Budapest on 8 December, to protest against proposed changes to the labour law, by some critics dubbed a “slavery law”.

Bangladesh government attempts to paralyze Accord and strip its independence

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 08:09

The Bangladesh Government is using proceedings before the Supreme Court of Bangladesh to prevent the Accord from operating, thereby putting workers’ safety at risk.

Union activists tortured in Iran as strike wave spreads

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:42

A wave of strike action across the province of Khuzestan has led to the arrest and torture of leading activists.

Lesotho union observes AIDS Day

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:11

One in six adults in Lesotho are living with HIV and AIDS according to UNAIDS. These include young women workers from the textile and garment sector, and unions are taking this up as part of their organizing.

Peru: Manufacturing unions facing up to the challenge

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 08:57

Peru is a bastion of orthodox neoliberalism, where institutions are weak and economic growth is all that matters. But IndustriALL Global Union affiliates (FENAIP, FETRIMAP and FNTTP) are fighting back. They recently agreed to form a national council in order to work closely together, and have planned a series of joint activities as part of a project funded by Union to Union. The two unions in the manufacturing industry are making gains for workers’ rights.

Shell’s hidden shame - Contract workers on the poverty line in Nigeria

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:38

Oscar Tamuno*, a driver for major Shell contractor, Plantgeria, has not had a wage increase in eight years. After paying taxes, pension contributions and union dues, he takes home 94,000 naira a month (US$258) working a 12-hour day, six days a week. And yet, Oscar is better off than many of his co-workers.

* Not his real name.

Trade unions across the globe show support for Bangladesh Accord

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 02:59

More than 200 trade union leaders from all corners of the world showed unanimous support for the Bangladesh Accord at IndustriALL Global Union’s Executive Committee meeting in Mexico on 29 and 30 November. 

Unions protest plan by Novartis to shed 2,550 jobs

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 09:20

Swiss-based pharmaceutical multinational Novartis plans to cut 2,550 jobs in Switzerland and the UK.

IndustriALL's Executive Committee calls for an end to protection contracts and stands up for union democracy

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:48

At its meeting in Mexico City on 29 and 30 November, IndustriALL Global Union's Executive Committee called for an end to protection contracts in Mexico, took steps to protect union democracy against the growing number of neoliberal governments around the world, and undertook to continue to combat gender-based violence.

IndustriALL makes joint declaration demanding Just Transition at COP24

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 07:07

IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union have issued a joint declaration demanding a Just Transition for workers as the world’s nations meet for the United Nations climate change summit in Katowice, Poland – COP 24.

Union signs recognition agreement with Walker Industries in Kenya

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 04:33

Unions are boosting their membership numbers and making the most of the growth of the manufacturing sector in Kenya. This has seen the recruitment of 725 workers at footwear manufacturer, Walker Industries.

IndustriALL COP24 Blog - Katowice, Poland

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 03:42

IndustriALL Global Union's director of sustainability, Brian Kohler, reports with a trade union perspective from the United Nations climate change conference taking place in Katowice, Poland, from 2-14 December.

South Africa: Plastics strike in sixth week

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:46

Over 10 000 workers in the plastics sector are on strike for the sixth week to demand better wages and working conditions, and to stop the erosion of wages and benefits.

Unions worldwide express support for Goodyear workers in Mexico

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:48

Representatives from Goodyear unions in Germany, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, South Africa and the United States have shown their support for workers fired from the Goodyear plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and have agreed on joint actions to ensure they are reinstated.

Yves Rocher workers stand strong after 200 days of resistance

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 04:52

As winter approaches, workers mark day 200 of their picket at the Yves Rocher-owned Flormar factory in Gebze, Turkey.

Inclusion of women the priority for IndustriALL women’s committee

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:23

The IndustriALL women’s committee, meeting in Mexico City on 28 November, stated its strong commitment to continue increasing women’s participation in trade unions.

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