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IndustriALL Executive Committee – stronger together!

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 08:15

Hard-won gains by unions are under attack around the world. During two days in Geneva, IndustriALL’s Executive Committee discussed union wins and challenges ahead, as well as the importance of fighting together for more power.

IndustriALL and London Mining Network demonstrate at Anglo American AGM

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 05:53

Anglo American’s shareholders were met by demonstrations outside the venue of its annual general meeting (AGM) at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 24 April. 

Ongoing strike at Fletcher Insulation, Australia

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 05:39

The strike at Fletcher Insulation Australia’s Dandenong site in Victoria has now reached over 70 days, and is continuing.

Rotterdam Convention discredited as chrysotile asbestos fails to be listed

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:07

The Rotterdam Convention has been utterly discredited, says IndustriALL Global Union as chrysotile asbestos fails to be listed as a hazardous substance by the Convention for the sixth time.

IndustriALL brings global solidarity to Bangladesh

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 06:09

Following the success of IndustriALL’s global campaign to free the jailed unionists in Bangladesh, General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union Valter Sanches visited Bangladesh to meet with the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council and congratulate them on negotiating an agreement with employers and the government.

IndustriALL demonstrates against asbestos on 28 April

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 04:59

On 28 April, the International Day to Commemorate Dead and Injured Workers, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate trade unions from all corners of the globe demonstrated in Geneva, Switzerland, demanding an end to the asbestos trade.

IndustriALL welcomes the creation of the Trade Union of Industry Workers of Russia

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 03:58

Three major Russian unions have merged to form the Trade Union of Industry Workers of Russia (ROSPROFPROM). The unions are Trade Union of Defense Workers of Russia, the Textile Workers' Union of Russia and IndustriALL affiliate the Engineering Workers' Union of Russia.

IndustriALL women set priorities for action

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:05

The IndustriALL Women’s Committee met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 26 April, setting an action plan for the immediate future. 

Ivory Coast: union condemns lay-offs at Libya Oil

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 08:14

Eight workers at Libya Oil in the Ivory Coast, have been laid off for economic reasons, something disputed by the union SYNTEPCI. The union is also rejecting the company's proposals to pay less compensation than it has done in the past.

Oil and gas union network in Middle East and North Africa grows in strength

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:15

The IndustriALL Global Union Middle East and North Africa Oil and Gas network meeting met in Beirut, Lebanon, on 19 and 20 April 2017, to develop strategies for building union power in the region.

Thermo Fisher workers fight for their jobs in Switzerland

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:49

Thermo Fisher Scientific staff at Écublens in Switzerland will maintain strike action in response to the decision by the board of the company in the US to ignore a negotiated agreement with IndustriALL Global Union Swiss affiliate UNIA.

Organizing and campaign workshop held in Philippines

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:44

An organizing and campaign workshop was held from 19-21 April in Manila, Philippines, to equip IndustriALL Global Union affiliates with skills and methods to pursue a coherent and structured campaign.

Rana Plaza - tragic anniversary marks need for Accord work to continue

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:55

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, killing 1,138 workers and injuring thousands more. Although progress has been made, efforts to make Bangladesh’s garment industry a safe place for workers are still needed and the Bangladesh Accord must continue beyond 2018.

White-collar world conference reveals urgent need to organize

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:13

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from 18 countries around the world met in Geneva, Switzerland, for the White-Collar World Conference on 19 and 20 April. 

Unite appeals for solidarity with Fujitsu UK workers

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:37

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, Unite, is appealing for solidarity action in support of Fujitsu workers in the UK, as the company plans to axe 1,800 jobs.

Iraqi union organizes Shell workers

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:14

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU) has succeeded in negotiating a union to represent 6,000 workers at a new joint venture with Shell.

MEPs demand respect for labour rights in Sri Lanka

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 08:33

A fact finding mission to Sri Lanka, including Members of the European Parliament, has concluded that workers must have the right to organize and bargain collectively if the country is to be granted preferential trading conditions by the European Union. 

Union action prevents potential repetition of Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:25

On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than a 1,000 garment workers, swift action by an IndustriALL trade union affiliate in the country has prevented a potential tragedy from taking place. 

Global support for workers at VW Chattanooga plant

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 14:28

Unions from Poland, Germany, UK, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, the U.S., and Switzerland convened in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to show solidarity for workers at the local Volkswagen plant. The German auto manufacturer is defying a court ruling and continues to deny workers their legal right to organize.

Trinidad and Tobago workers demand health and safety

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 09:27

Trade unions in Trinidad and Tobago held a demonstration to demand decent health and safety at work conditions