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Bárbara Figueroa receives the 2020 Arthur Svensson Prize

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 03:07

Bárbara Figueroa, president of Chile's Central Union of Workers (CUT), has received the 2020 Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights in recognition of her commitment to fighting for social justice.

South African court blocks Mondi from exploiting workers

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 02:04

Unions have successfully challenged paper and packaging multinational Mondi Group’s court application to avoid paying overtime during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Global action to support the garment industry

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 09:00

Brands and retailers are being called on to endorse priorities for action to support the garment industry and protect workers from the impacts of the global crisis.

In search of best practice protocol in the global mining industry

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 01:47

As trade unions around the world respond to the rapidly unfolding public health, economic and employment crisis, the respect for the ILO fundamental rights at work, including the right to refuse or shut down unsafe work is becoming urgent.

Protecting workers’ rights during lockdown in Mauritius

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 07:30

Trade unions in Mauritius are fearing a push-back from employers taking advantage of the pandemic to undermine workers’ rights and benefits.

Cambodian garment workers need support from brands

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 04:43

Garment unions in Cambodia are proposing brands and manufacturers contribute 40 percent respectively and the government 20 percent of the minimum wage for workers in factories that have suspended operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Brazil closes 47 unsafe mining dams

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 03:40

Brazil has ordered the immediate closure of 47 tailings dams as their stability could not be certified. More than half of the mines belong to Vale, the company responsible for the country's worst ever environmental and human disaster.

How is the global oil sector responding to Covid-19?

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 09:41

IndustriALL Global Union has contacted its affiliated unions with members in the oil sector, to map how the industry and its unions are responding to the coronavirus crisis.

Protecting women's rights during Covid-19

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 09:10

Due to persistent gender inequalities, women will be more exposed to the anticipated economic consequences of the pandemic. Governments, employers and unions must develop a gender-responsive approach to avoid reproducing or accentuating social and gender inequalities.

40 Brazilian companies call for a no-layoffs pledge

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 02:46

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, 40 Brazilian companies are calling on other companies not to lay off workers until at least the end of May.

The right to refuse

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:16

IndustriALL Global Union's publication on the right to refuse or to shut down unsafe work.

Massive crisis for Bangladesh’ garment workers

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 06:47

Thousands of workers in Bangladesh’ garment industry have lost their jobs and are denied wages as the country is under lockdown until 14 April. On 6 April, two workers were killed in an accident during protests.

The Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank must produce a plan to coordinate economic stimulus, public health action and debt relief - Statement by Global Unions, April 2020

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 09:47

There is no time to waste. Global Unions urge IFI leadership, the Development Committee, and the International Monetary and Finance Committee to agree on specific commitments for coordinated fiscal and monetary stimulus, urgent public health measures and support to developing countries.

Indonesian unions demand factory shutdown

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 07:24

GARTEKS and SPN, IndustriALL Indonesian affiliates in the textile sector, are fighting to keep workers’ wages and are demanding that factories are shut down, as the COVID19 pandemic begins to impact production in Indonesia.

Sintracarbón Colombia finaliza conflicto colectivo con Cerrajón y cancela huelga

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 05:48

IndustriALL Colombian affiliate Sintracarbón has withdrawn its list of demands from Cerrejón, ending the collective bargaining dispute and cancelling the strike approved by union members.

Namibia: 1,500 workers to be retrenched as mine closes

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 08:19

Skorpion Zinc mine has announced a suspension of operations on safety grounds and put the mine on “care and maintenance”, which risks turning the nearby community which depends on the mine for employment into a ghost town.

Malaysian unions fight for workers during lockdown

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 05:20

Trade unions in Malaysia have lodged complaints over factories remaining open during the lockdown, jeopardizing workers’ health and safety.

Unions warn of looming COVID-19 catastrophe in Zimbabwe

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:46

The lacklustre approach on COVID-19 by the Zimbabwean government can lead to a disaster in a country battling with widespread hunger, high unemployment, water shortages, and an economic crisis, says IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (ZEWU).

Japanese metalworkers secure wage increase

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:58

Through the JCM’s  Shunto (spring labour offensive), many unions at large companies in the Japanese metal industry have secured wage increases.

Argentinian union condemns LafargeHolcim for exposing workers to COVID-19

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 05:33

According to IndustriALL affiliate Asociación Obrera Minera Argentina (AOMA) Holcim (of the LafargeHolcim group) is demanding that employees continue work as normal, in violation of the emergency decrees adopted by the Argentinian government to protect against the corona virus.