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Alcoa closure in Suriname: IndustriALL calls for a fair deal for workers

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 07:41

As Suriname’s parliament prepares to discuss a controversial agreement on Alcoa’s withdrawal from the country and the handover of its hydroelectric dam, IndustriALL and its Caribbean affiliates are calling on legislators to send the agreement back to the drawing board.

Bulgarian unions get organizing boost

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 03:16

IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union met with Bulgarian affiliates in Sofia on 13 November to strengthen union power and enhance organizing strategies against a background of declining membership and growing hostility to unions in the country. 

Myanmar unions fighting obstacles to organizing

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 09:56

Workers and unions in Myanmar often face difficulties in terms of union busting, low pay and rampant precarious work. IndustriALL’s union building project focuses on strengthening unions to fight back.

Bangladesh must keep Accord on Fire and Building Safety

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 07:49

IndustriALL Global Union strongly urges the government of Bangladesh to petition the High Court to lift a restraining order that seeks to expel the Accord from the country on 30 November. 

Global Glass Alliance and Owens-Illinois glass network launched in Perrysburg, Ohio

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:50

Over 150 delegates gathered in Perrysburg, Ohio, on 12 and 13 November 2018, and held the first ever meeting of the Owens-Illinois network in conjunction with the global glass alliance of the Glass, Molders and Pottery (GMP) council of the United Steelworkers (USW), and the USW glass workers.

US, Canadian and Mexican cement unions strengthen cooperation in multinational cement corporations

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:55

On 14 November 2018, 30 representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Canada and the USA, the United Steelworkers (USW) in Canada and the USA, and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers in Canada and the USA, met with representatives from Los Mineros from Mexico in order to improve networking and coordination in multinational cement corporations.

Thousands attend funeral of murdered Turkish trade union leader

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 06:11

Thousands of people gathered for the funeral of Turkish union leader, Abdullah Karacan, the day after he was fatally shot during a visit to meet workers at a Goodyear tyre factory in Adapazarı.

Congo mining unions unite to confront Glencore

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:16

Building a membership base through recruiting and organizing is a key strategy for strengthening union power to confront Glencore in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Memorial lecture pays tribute to slain woman worker in South Africa

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:08

Thembisile Lucia Yende, who worked for power utility Eskom, was murdered at work at a substation near Springs in 2017, and the main suspect was arrested but later released. The case has been provisionally withdrawn until more evidence is available.

IndustriALL and industriAll Europe condemn sentencing of Renault workers in Turkey

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:07

In a declaration published today, Industriall Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union have strongly condemned the sentencing of 26 Renault workers and trade union officials from the car manufacturer’s Oyak plant in Bursa, Turkey.

Trade union leader assassinated in Turkey

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:33

IndustriALL Global Union is horrified to hear that Brother Abdullah Karacan, general president of our Turkish affiliate DİSK/Lastik-İş (Rubber and Chemical Workers’ Union) was assassinated today, 13 November, while visiting union members at a Goodyear factory in the city of Adapazarı.

Shipbreaking - graveyard for ships or workers?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:00

Two workers have died and seven have been injured in a series of accidents at the Sitakund shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh. 19 people have been killed in Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards this year, the highest number in eight years.

Unjust verdict against union leaders in Belarus upheld

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:12

The city court of Minsk decided on 09 November to uphold the guilty verdict against two trade union leaders in Belarus, which has been widely condemned as unjust.

Global framework agreements are strategic tools

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 08:23

IndustriALL’s global framework agreement (GFA) working group met at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, on 8 and 9 November to report on how GFAs are being implemented, and look at ways of strengthening them. 

Auto unions develop value chain organizing strategies

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 09:02

Seventy-six trade unionists from 24 countries attended an annual meeting for unions in the auto sector held in Prague, Czech Republic from 16-18 October.

Unfair dismissal of union officials by Firestone Liberia condemned

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 08:43

Liberian unions are condemning the unfair dismissal of two union officials, Abel Ngigie and Edwin Fallah, by Firestone Liberia. This defies the Decent Work Act and the existing collective bargaining agreement between the multinational and the unions.

Thailand: Olympic 2020 partner Mitsubishi Electric humiliates workers

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:42

Join the LabourStart campaign and demand that Mitsubishi Electric reinstate  24 laid off and 48 excluded union leaders and members, and stop violating fundamental trade union rights.

Nigeria: Unions welcome new minimum wage

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:40

Unions are welcoming a new minimum wage of 30,000 Naira (US$83) recommended by the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage as an important step towards living wages in Nigeria.

Gildan Activewear continues to violate workers' rights in Haiti and Honduras

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:39

One year ago, Gildan's supplier in Haiti unfairly dismissed union leaders and activists, including 13 members of IndustriALL affiliate GOSTTRA after a strike to demand an increased minimum wage. The fired workers have not been reinstated and have even been placed on a blacklist, meaning they are unable to feed their families and pay their rent.

Iranian court sentences 15 HEPCO workers to prison and flogging for striking

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 02:59

Fifteen employees of the Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) have been sentenced to prison and flogging after striking over unpaid wages.


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