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South Africa - Numsa demands fair deal for GM workers

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 04:14

IndustriALL affiliate in South Africa, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), is demanding a fair deal for the 1,500 strong workforce after General Motors announced its disinvestment from the country by the end of 2017.

Pakistan: fatal mine accidents kill seven coal miners

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 03:36

Seven workers lost their lives in two separate coal mine accidents at the Sor Range coalfield in Balochistan on 24 May 2017 and at the Lakhra coalfield in Sindh on 25 May 2017. 

IndustriALL raises labour matters at Glencore annual shareholders’ meeting

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:47

At Glencore’s 2017 annual general shareholders meeting in Zug, Switzerland on 24 May, IndustriALL Global Union, together with its affiliates UNIA of Switzerland and USW (Workers Uniting North America) expressed serious concerns on the growing list of violations that continue to impact workers and communities at many of the company’s operations.

Improving safety in the African oil and gas industry

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 04:16

Representatives of governments, workers and employers gathered in Maputo, Mozambique on 17 and 18 May to look at ways of improving occupational safety and health (OSH) in the oil and gas industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Freeport fires 2,000 workers as Grasberg strike enters second month

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:16

PT Freeport Indonesia has terminated 2,018 workers taking strike action at the massive Grasberg copper and gold mine in the Indonesian province of West Papua.

Turkish government bans glass sector strike

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:17

The Turkish government yesterday banned IndustriALL affiliate Kristal-İş from taking strike action against multinational glass manufacturer Şişecam.  

Global unions speak up for Kazakh trade unions

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 05:21

Amin Yeleusinov, chair of the Trade Union of Oil Construction Company was sentenced on 16 May to two-years imprisonment in Kazakhstan. The trade union leader dismissed all charges against him as unjust.

Workers Uniting driving paper sector solidarity

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:35

Two central affiliates in the IndustriALL pulp and paper sector, USW and Unite, continued building coordinated action with common employers last week together with IndustriALL.

Labour leaders lay down demands to G20

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:07

Leaders of Global unions and trade unions in countries of the G20 nations gathered in Berlin for the Labour 20 Summit on 16 and 17 May, to demand a more inclusive, sustainable and responsible model of globalization. 

IndustriALL takes ACT to G20

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:18

ACT, IndustriALL’s initiative with global brands to achieve living wages in garment supply chains, was presented as a model for sustainable global supply chains at this year’s G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting, held in Germany. 

The role of the ILO

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 03:51

The mission of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is to promote social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, based on the founding principle that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace.

Mass rally in support of effective labour inspectorate in Georgia

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:17

Trade union activists and students held a protest rally in Georgia during the day of public hearings about amendments to the Constitution. Despite pressure from the police, protesters defended their position and demanded that government take health and safety under strict control and establish an effective labour inspectorate.

IndustriALL slams deregistration of energy union in Algeria

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:36

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Minister of Labour in Algeria to condemn the de-registration of its energy union affiliate, SNATEGS, and the dismissal of its president, Raouf Mellal. 

Save Dave: Australian miner sacked after leading underwear protest

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:47

CFMEU delegate Dave McLachlan was sacked after a shift of miners at Appin mine stripped down to their underwear in protest at the lack of work clothes.

DNO continues to evade responsibility as court rules in favour of Yemeni workforce

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:13

DNO, the Norwegian company that fired its workforce by text message when war broke out in Yemen, is still trying to avoid paying its workers, despite three court rulings against it.

Ukrainian miners continue to protest, demanding better pay

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 04:27

The miners of the Ukranian enterprises Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Combine (KZRK) and Evraz Sukha Balka and workers of the ArcelorMittal-Kriviy Rih steel plant have been protesting for more than a week, demanding significant wage increases. They have created a joint strike committee to coordinate their actions under the leadership of IndustriALL affiliate Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU).

Georgian union calls for effective labour inspection after deadly accident

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 05:43

Four workers lost their lives on 9 May, at the Tkibuli Elizbar Mindeli mine in Georgia while repairing a lift. IndustriALL affiliate Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG), states that it is the worst industrial accident since 2010 and insists on the creation of an effective system of state labour inspections.

Russian autoworkers seek compensation for harmful labour

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 02:50

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Interregional Trade Union "Workers Association" (ITUWA) has initiated mass lawsuits by employees against the management of the company AvtoVAZ. 180 workers are seeking financial compensation for harmful working conditions,which was not paid for several years.

Pharmaceutical unions strengthen international solidarity

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:56

Around 120 trade union leaders representing pharmaceutical industry workers in 17 countries debated current and future challenges for workers in the industry.

A Just Transition to Sustainability

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:45

Sustainability is defined as the ability to meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.