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Indonesian metalworkers condemn illegal dismissal at PT Jui Shin

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:28

The Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers' Union (FSPMI) condemns the illegal dismissal of 197 workers from PT Jui Shin Indonesia. The union demands that the company respect labour law and reinstates all workers with full back pay.

IndustriALL Global Union and TUAC raise concerns at OECD Steel Committee

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:22

Taking the floor on the first day of the 88th OECD Steel Committee, IndustriALL Global Union and TUAC raised awareness on the risks faced by steel workers globally, who are extremely concerned with the dire situation in the steel sector. Recent OECD analysis shows that global steel production declined in 2019, with the exception of Asia and the Middle East. The Covid-19 pandemic has marked “the steepest decline in steel demand since the global financial crisis of 2008-09”, if not in history.

Workers’ rights and health are key issues for Indian cement unions

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:11

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated challenges for Indian cement workers, including mounting job losses, the threat of infection at work, lack of medical support and a race to bottom with the intensification of precarious work.

Shipbuilding and shipbreaking unions take action

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 08:32

IndustriALL Shipbuilding shipbreaking action group met online on 22 September to discuss global trends in the sectors and agree on an action plan going forward.

We will not be silent on state-sponsored violence in Zimbabwe, say South African metalworkers

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:03

The banning of protests, abductions and torture of activists and students, arrests of journalists and the intimidation of trade unions are not issues that we will be silent about,  says the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).

Modi government’s anti-worker laws met with union protests

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 00:40

Central trade unions in India came together in nationwide protests on 23 September to protest against a series of anti-workers policies passed by the Modi government.

Cambodian union leader reinstated

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 11:13

The Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW) has gained another victory in their fight for reinstatement of the 724 garment workers that were dismissed at Youli International in June, after a local union leader and a pregnant worker were reinstated on 21 September.

Unions approve agreement to save jobs at Volkswagen Brazil

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 10:28

Unions at the four Volkswagen plants in Brazil have negotiated a collective agreement safeguarding jobs for five years, as well as setting out further investments and a voluntary layoff package.

Support Ukrainian miners protesting underground

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 08:39

Today is the 18th day of the underground protest by 149 Ukrainian miners of the Kryvyi Rih Ore Plant, and the protesters' health is deteriorating. A LabourStart campaign to support miners’ demands has been launched.

Women fighting for democracy in Belarus

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 09:35

On 12 September, around 10,000 women marched on the streets of Minsk, demanding the departure of Lukashenko. Since the protests began in August, and despite violent repression, women’s peaceful marches and protests continue in Belarus.

Unions call for rapid and sustainable industrialization of Africa

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 09:27

Around 60 participants from IndustriALL Global Unions’ Sub-Saharan African affiliates attended a virtual think tank to discuss African industrialization during the Covid-19 pandemic and develop a concrete plan of action.

Paper, packaging and graphical unions team up on safety rights

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 08:25

Trade union members on all continents are working together this month to promote health and safety in the pulp, paper, graphical and packaging industries, particularly emphasizing workers’ rights to participate in safety management on the job.

Electricity workers in Pakistan demand safety

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 02:17

From 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, at least 53 electricity workers were killed at work, and many suffered severe injuries disabling them for life. And the day before a national safety day to remember the dead and promote safety, another fatal accident occurred.

Union says Covid-19 opportunism is behind wage disputes in South Africa

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 09:00

Textile and garment manufacturers want to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to reduce wages and benefits of over 75 000 workers, but the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) is standing firm against the push back in the wage negotiations.

Employer sues Eswatini union for strike damages

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 06:46

Taiwanese-owned FTM Garments is taking the Amalgamated Trade Unions of Swaziland (ATUSWA) to court over alleged loss of production for four days and damages to property following a picket two years ago. The union says the lawsuit is an attempt to weaken the union.

Fighting for workers’ rights in South East Asia

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:45

Unions in South East Asia are planning ahead for defending workers’ rights through struggle and advocacy, institutionalizing safety and health concerns in collective agreements, and building capacity for women and youth.

Inadequate minimum wage increase hits workers hard

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 05:27

In a blow against working families already fighting the pandemic, the Cambodian government has announced that 2021’s minimum wage is to be set at US$192. Unions had demanded an increase of US$12.35 from today’s minimum wage of US$190.

22 mineworkers killed in Pakistan

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:37

A massive landslide killed 22 workers at the Ziarat marble mountain on 7 September, taking the total number of workers killed in Pakistani mines this year alone to at least 97.

South Asia unions prioritize social protection, health and workers’ rights

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 07:25

In a series of meetings, IndustriALL’s South Asia affiliates described the devastating impact of Covid-19, health and safety challenges and renewed attacks on workers’ rights. Their response to overcome the crisis is universal social protection, defending workers’ rights and unity.

Union activists reinstated at Tanzila textile, Bangladesh

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 02:38

IndustriALL affiliate BGTLWF has reached an agreement with Tanzila textile and the BGMEA to reinstate12 workers who were fired for participating in union activities.