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Brazilian unions protest against pension reform and promise further action

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:44

Brazilian unions declared a national day of struggle in defence of universal, public social security, and organized a national assembly of the working class against attacks on pensions. They developed a new schedule of struggles and mobilizations throughout the country.

Glencore African union network opens dialogue with company

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 07:13

At a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on 7-8 February, around 20 union representatives from three African countries met Glencore’s global and country human resources managers to begin discussions on employment-related issues.

Calls for safety standards in artisanal mining as Zimbabwe’s flooded gold mines claim 28 lives

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 05:01

Eight artisanal miners were rescued last week while 28 died when Cricket and Silver Moon gold mines in Battlefields, 175km from Harare, flooded after heavy rains. More are missing and feared dead with heavy rains continuing to slow down rescue efforts.

Ukrainian miners protest underground against non-payment of wages

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 04:45

150 mineworkers at the Kurakhivska mine in the Donetsk region have started an underground protest, joining 40 colleagues who have been protesting in the 1\3 Novogrodivska mine since 18 February 2019.

Russian unions fight to save Ford plant

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:22

Workers fear that the Ford-Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad region, Russia, will close, at a cost of more than 1,000 jobs. Their trade unions have launched a campaign against the closure of the plant and called for support from global allies.

Trade unions in Brazil campaign against pension reforms

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 05:00

On 20 February, trade unions in Brazil will hold a national day to support universal, public social security and condemn plans to destroy the country's pension system.

Workers protest as Royal Enfield transfers union members across India

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:12

Workers at the Royal Enfield motorcycle factory in Oragadam, Chennai, India, took part in protest action after management undermined unionization efforts by transferring union office bearers and active members across India on 12 February.

Supporting Serbian workers to win a living wage

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:41

Meeting in Belgrade, Serbian affiliates pledged to increase organizing in the textile industries and reach for a branch collective agreement with living wages. For that, stronger unions and more representative employer associations are needed.

IndustriALL and Rio Tinto set QIT Madagascar Minerals on the path to constructive social dialogue

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:20

IndustriALL Global Union and Rio Tinto undertook a joint mission to resolve the troubled industrial relations climate at Rio Tinto’s QIT Madagascar Minerals.

Australian union resists Kimberly-Clark attempts to weaken conditions

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 02:55

After four years of negotiations and five votes on a new collective agreement, the CFMEU has signed an agreement with US-based tissue and personal care giant Kimberly-Clark.

Italian unions stage a massive protest against government policy

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:19

Hundreds of thousands participate in the rally organized by trade union federations in Rome, Italy on 09 February in protest against populist government policy based on austerity.

Why you need to know about tailings dams

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:16

No one ever hears about tailings dams until they go wrong. But when they fail, the results can be catastrophic. So, as their numbers increase, what exactly are tailings dams and why should we be worried?

Bangladesh Government set to throw away Accord achievements

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 07:15

The Bangladesh Government is set to throw away the achievements of the Bangladesh Accord, which was a response the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013 that claimed more than 1000 lives.

Rather than negotiate a responsible handover of Accord functions, the Government of Bangladesh is intransigent in insisting that the Accord leaves Bangladesh by a fixed date, regardless of whether there is a competent safety authority to replace it.

Zambia: Three mineworkers die in underground fire

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:05

Three mineworkers died on 8 February when a loader caught fire underground at Mopani Copper Mine’s Mindola North Shaft in Kitwe, Zambia. Another worker, who survived the fire, is being treated for burns.

Over 11,600 Bangladesh garment workers lose jobs and face repression

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:57

A massive wave of protesting garment workers demanding an increase of minimum wages swept across Bangladesh’ garment industry in December 2018 and January 2019. State repression following the protest has resulted in arrests and mass terminations of workers in more than a hundred garment manufacturing units.

South African unions oppose plans to privatize power utility Eskom

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 08:03

Unions are rejecting a proposal to dismantle the state-owned power utility Eskom made by the President Cyril Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation address on 8 February, saying this will cause job losses and retrenchments that will affect over 100,000 workers.

Brazilian metalworkers announce global action against General Motors’ threats

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:56

Brazilian metalworkers came up with a plan of action at their meeting in São Paulo on 1 February. They agreed to take global action against the threats made by General Motors and to participate in campaigns in support of retirement and the victims of the Brumadinho dam disaster.

African Mining Indaba: decent and sustainable work must be the future of mining in 2050

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:35

“What does the future of work entail when mining is done through automation, and how will workers and mine-affected communities’ benefit?” 

Young Cambodian workers move a step closer to leadership

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:02

On 30-31 January, 40 young trade unionists from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Cambodia attended leadership training in the capital, Phnom Penh. 

Timberland workers in the Philippines strike over union busting

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 09:15

Workers at Pulido Apparel Company Inc in the Philippines, which supplies global brands including Timberland, UGG, The North Face and J-Crew, have been on strike since 21 January after the company temporarily shut down its main factory to break the workers’ union. 

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