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Albanian: unions and employers want collective agreement

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 08:22

The textile, clothing, leather and shoe industries in Albania employ 51,000 workers, to which tens of thousands of informal workers can be added. Living wages and a unionised workforce are needed for a sustainable future for the country’s garment sector.

LafargeHolcim fires workers for organizing union in Mexico

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 08:09

Last week 28 and 29 March LafargeHolcim subsidiary Apasco fired other six workers in Hermosillo, Mexico for their affiliation to Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros Metalúrgicos, Siderúrgicos y Similares de la República Mexicana, Los Mineros, an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union. They were all permanent workers.

Workers in Algeria to stage further strikes

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 08:00

***UPDATE 3 APRIL 2019*** Workers in Algeria still plan to hold a three-day general strike starting 7 April unless a transitional government is put in place. Although President Bouteflika’s resignation is a victory for protestors, IndustriALL’s affiliate, SNATEG, is demanding a transitional government, which includes members of the opposition, in order to prepare for transparent presidential elections. SNATEG is also calling for the resignation of interim president and leader of the Senate, Abdelkader Bensalah. “The Algerian people do not have confidence in the present government installed by Bouteflika,” says SNATEG president, Raouf Mellal.

South African women’s council pickets against sexual harassment at UNISA

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 07:17

In a vibrant picket punctuated by struggle songs, dancing and chanting, over a hundred women from the IndustriALL Global Union National Women’s Council of South Africa (INWC-SA) came from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg to demand justice for Gugu Ncube.

Albanian unions and employers want collective agreement

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 07:00

The textile, clothing, leather and shoe industries in Albania employ 51,000 workers, to which tens of thousands of informal workers can be added. Living wages and a unionised workforce are needed for a sustainable future for the country’s garment sector.

South African women’s council pickets against sexual harassment at UNISA

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 05:44

In a vibrant picket punctuated by struggle songs, dancing and chanting, over a hundred women from the IndustriALL Global Union National Women’s Council of South Africa (INWC-SA) came from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg to demand justice for Gugu Ncube.

Workers in Algeria to stage further strikes

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 04:47

Workers in Algeria will hold a three-day general strike starting on 7 April to demand the immediate departure of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and a transition government that includes the opposition.  

Zambian union on organizing blitz for contract mineworkers

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 15:05

Mining companies in Zambia are increasingly employing workers through contractors instead of offering direct employment. Unions are recruiting and organizing to fight back this promotion of precarious work.

Zambian union on organizing blitz for contract mineworkers

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 07:00

Mining companies in Zambia are increasingly employing workers through contractors instead of offering direct employment. Unions are recruiting and organizing to fight back this promotion of precarious work.

Ethiopia: workers strike for a union in Hawassa industrial park

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:51

With no commitment towards addressing their grievances, thousands of textile and garment workers at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, went on strike 13-15 March demanding that the employers act on sexual harassment, improve health and safety and increase wages.

Ethiopia: workers strike for a union in Hawassa industrial park

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 06:24

With no commitment towards addressing their grievances, thousands of textile and garment workers at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, went on strike 13-15 March demanding that the employers act on sexual harassment, improve health and safety and increase wages.

Rubber workers in Turkey picket for union recognition

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 14:50

Workers at Kale Conveyor in Turkey stopped production on 6 March 2019 demanding better working conditions, union recognition and the reinstatement of two dismissed union activists.

Expanded training centre opens for shipbreaking workers in India

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:14

IndustriALL affiliate, the Alang Sosiya Ship Recycling General Workers’ Union (ASSRGWA) opened the second phase of its training centre and organized a training of trainers programme from 13 – 16 March 2019 with the support of IndustriALL and Dutch union, FNV.

VDSz historic Hungarian Hankook strike settled with major gains

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 09:15

The longest strike in the 116-year history of the VDSz was settled in the evening of 21 March at Hankook Tire. IndustriALL Global Union’s Hungarian affiliate VDSz negotiated a range of improvements for members after the walkout by 1,700 workers  cut the plant’s production by 75 per cent. The average financial gain achieved in the settlement is 18.5% per employee.

Africa energy network demands Just Transition

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 06:13

The Sub Sahara Africa Energy Network is demanding that governments and multinational companies must develop plans to deal with the impact of the transition to renewable energy without sacrificing jobs or creating precarious working conditions.

United call for sustainable shipbreaking in Bangladesh

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 05:41

Representatives from unions, employers and the government in Bangladesh called for sustainable shipbreaking and effective social dialogue, at a meeting organized by IndustriALL Global Union in Chattogram on 11 March 2019.

Unpaid garment workers in Indonesia target South Korea

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:45

More than 200 workers from a garment factory producing for global brands such as K-Mart, Target and Disney, demonstrated in front of the Indonesia Ministry of Manpower Office and the Embassy of South Korea in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 14 March, demanding six-months unpaid wages and benefits.

Towards living wages in North Macedonia

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 07:35

Organising thousands of new workers to build union power for higher wages and better coverage of branch collective agreements were debated at a seminar for national and local textile union leaders on 12-13 March in Skopje, North Macedonia.

IndustriALL National Women’s Council of South Africa is founded

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 06:54

On 14 March, women representatives from four IndustriALL affiliates formed the IndustriALL National Women’s Council of South Africa (INWC-SA). The committee immediately released a statement in support of Gugu Ncube, a young woman who has had to endure harsh treatment of both the police and her employer after putting forward accusations of sexual harassment of her boss.

Ukraine: Unions demand strong industry development strategy

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 05:36

Twelve IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Ukraine agreed on a Joint Declaration to develop an industrial policy and act in solidarity to defend and advance human and trade union rights.

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