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Long lockout at ABI, Canada, ends in win

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 01:29

Workers at Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc. (ABI) have voted by a 79.77 per cent majority to ratify the employer’s contract offer, bringing an end to one of the longest private-sector labour disputes in Quebec history. 1,030 USW Métallos members were locked out from work at the Alcoa plant for 18 months after the company refused to negotiate.

Asia-Pacific unions urge governments to ensure trade deal meets union demands

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 05:56

Unions in Asia-Pacific have urged the region’s governments to ensure that the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement meets five key union demands.

Argentina – historical march to victory in Glencore mine

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:21

After an historical march in San Salvador de Jujuy, over 600 workers from Glencore’s El Aguilar mine won improvements in working conditions and an effective safety plan to prevent new accidents in the workplace.

Kazakh trade union leader faces 8 years in jail

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 04:06

IndustriALL Global Union has called on the president of Kazakhstan to intervene in the trial of Erlan Baltabay, a prominent trade union leader who is facing eight years in a jail and lifetime ban on holding a union position. The court is due to give its verdict any day.

Albania: from union congress resolution to new law

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 21:42

At its congress in 2017, IndustriALL Albanian affiliate SPMSH passed a resolution calling for an increase in pensions for underground workers, to bring them into line with those received by the military. Earlier this month, the resolution became national law.

World chemical unions confront the future, united

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 08:20

The World Conference for the Chemical Industries met on 26-27 June at the headquarters of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate Petrol-İş in Istanbul, Turkey, bringing together 230 delegates from 45 countries, with interpretation into nine languages.

Ending migrant workers’ rights violations in Mauritius

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 08:15

The paradise island of Mauritius hosts more than 45,000 migrant workers. Migrant workers’ rights violations are common in the country’s textile and garment sector supply chain, including exploitation by recruitment agencies in the countries of origin, like Bangladesh, Madagascar, Nepal and India.

Nuclear workers building union power

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 05:35

IndustriALL’s international nuclear workers’ union network (INWUN) met in Ankara, Turkey, on 24-25 June to discuss the nuclear sector and how changes in energy policies affect employment and labour relations.

BASF unions strengthen global unity

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 00:26

Union representatives from 16 countries representing workers at worldwide operations of German-based chemical company met on 25 June at the headquarters of the Petrol-İş union in Istanbul, Turkey.

Unity, struggle and solidarity in the pharmaceutical industry

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 00:17

At the fifth IndustriALL Global Pharmaceutical Unions’ Network meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on 25 June 2019, around 90 union representatives from 23 countries reaffirmed their commitment to unity, struggle and solidarity in the pharmaceutical industry in the face of significant transformation.

IndustriALL renews global agreement with energy company Eni

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 08:40

IndustriALL Global Union has renewed its global framework agreement (GFA) with Italian energy company, ENI, at a meeting in Athens, Greece, on 21 June. 

IndustriALL sexual harassment policy

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 08:57

IndustriALL Global Union Policy on Sexual Harassment in Meetings and Activities

We did it! New ILO Convention on violence and harassment at work

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 08:03

This is an historic moment. Today the centenary International Labour Conference voted overwhelmingly to adopt a new Convention and Recommendation to end violence and harassment in the world of work.

Experts group explores transformation in the auto industry

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 05:15

The auto industry is experiencing rapid dramatic change, due to a technology shift to electrified and autonomous vehicles. IndustriALL Global Union hosted an experts’ meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 19-20 June to develop trade union strategies to respond to the transformation.

Asia-Pacific unions call for day of action for trade justice

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 02:58

Fifty union leaders resolved to organize a regional day of action for trade justice on 30 August as a collective effort to highlight the negative implications of free trade agreements in Asia-Pacific.

Trade union repression continues in Algeria

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 07:35

Independent Algerian trade union leader, Raouf Mellal, was at the International Labour Conference in Geneva this week to highlight the human rights abuses he and his fellow trade unionists have suffered at the hands of the Algerian authorities.

World unions march to UN for a fair social contract

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 03:24

On the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization, unions from around the world who are attending the International Labour Conference marched to the Broken Chair at the UN office in Geneva to call for a fair social contract for the 21st century.

Young unionists demanding justice for Lula

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:50

Young unionists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Germany participated in a solidarity action with ex-President of Brazil, Lula da Silva, demanding justice and his  release from prison.

UAW loses election at VW Chattanooga by 29 votes

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:00

Just as in 2014, right wing politicians, pressure groups, the company and union busting law firms invested all they could to prevent IndustriALL affiliate UAW to win the union elections at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.

United Steelworkers files ILO complaint against Quebec government

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:12

USW Métallos in Canada, whose 1,000 members in Bécancour, Québec, have been locked out from work at the Alcoa plant for nearly 17 months after the company refused to negotiate, has filed a complaint with the International Labour Organization.

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