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Building union power through an energy, mining and base metals ‘macro sector’ in Latin America

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 10:11

IndustriALL affiliates from the energy, mining and base metals sectors came together as a macro sector to discuss strategies for increasing their union power and building stronger union structures in a globalized world in constant flux.

More brands join ACT as progress continues

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 07:34

IndustriALL has signed Memoranda of Understanding with PVH and zLabels, bringing the number of ACT member companies to 20.

Young workers in Cambodia commit to building union power

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:53

35 young trade unionists in Textile, Garment, Shoes and Leather (TGSL) industries from IndustriALL Cambodian affiliates held a workshop in Phnom Penh on 14-15 September on the increasing young workers’ participation in trade unions.

Fired Yves Rocher workers take their case to Geneva and Paris

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:47

A delegation of trade unionists and workers dismissed from Yves Rocher’s Flormar factory in Turkey visited the ILO in Geneva and the company office in Paris.

Asia Pacific: Unions determined to build union power in growing chemical industry

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:10

Around fifty trade union leaders in the chemical industries from 11 countries in the Asia Pacific region came together to discuss current challenges in the rapidly-growing sectors and agreed on a road map.

Asia-Pacific paper unions mobilize on safety and Kimberly-Clark

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 04:09

Meeting in Jakarta, energetic pulp and paper trade union leaders from IndustriALL affiliates throughout the Asia-Pacific region celebrated their network’s growth in strength and size, took joint action in solidarity with sisters and brothers at Kimberly-Clark, and agreed to join the global campaign for health and safety rights in the sector.

eSwatini union condemns violence against striking workers

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 03:38

Garment and textile union workers are not relenting on their demands for better wages and working conditions despite the use of excessive force by the Royal eSwatini Police which led to the arrest and injury of scores of workers.

Italian steelworkers validate agreement with ArcelorMittal

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:02

Ilva Group workers - members of the IndustriALL affiliates Fim-Cisl, Fiom-Cgil and Uilm-Uil – voted by a very large majority of 93 per cent to approve the new agreement concluded on 6 September between the Ministry of Economic Development, trade unions and ArcelorMittal.

OECD Steel Committee: Trade conflict, overcapacity dominate discussions

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 09:43

There remain 540 million tons of excess steel capacity globally, putting steelworkers’ jobs at risk from massive dumping during the next industry downturn.

Flawed justice undermines hopes of working people in Brazil

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:42

For the first time since the military dictatorship of 1964-1985, Brazil is slipping back into a dark era of arbitrary rule amid attempts to abuse the legal system and protect the corrupt elites who were behind the parliamentary coup and impeachment of the legitimately elected president, Dilma Rousseff in 2016.

Young workers in Zimbabwe engage on the future of unions

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:55

Young and unionized workers in Zimbabwe live in a country in a state of flux but where there are immense opportunities to bring back the power of the unions whose existence is threatened.

New global trade union alliance formed at WestRock

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 02:13

Building solidarity and joint action, unions from around the world affiliated to IndustriALL and UNI Global Union have formed a new alliance of workers at the multinational paper and packaging company WestRock.

Kenyan union demands decent jobs in the auto sector

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 09:48

The automotive sector in Kenya is experiencing a growth spurt, with global companies Isuzu, Nissan, Scania, Tata, Toyota, and Volkswagen expanding assembly lines. With fewer permanent jobs and more precarious work, unions say this growth is of little benefit to workers.

Indian cement unions show concrete organizing results

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 09:32

IndustriALL Global Union held a cement union workshop on 10-11 September in Udaipur, India. Trade union leaders from across the country discussed trade union strategies for the growing cement sector on the Indian subcontinent.

United States: Imerys locks out Montana talc workers

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 08:34

Thirty-five members of Boilermakers Local D239 in Three Forks, Montana, have been locked out of an Imerys talc plant since 2 August 2018, after rejecting the company’s contract proposal to slash benefits and undermine working conditions. Among other demands, the company wants to freeze defined benefit pensions, end health care benefits for future retirees and gut established seniority protections.

ArcelorMittal: Promising dialogue but challenges remain in CIS

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 07:06

Union leaders representing nearly 50,000 ArcelorMittal workers in Kazakhstan and Ukraine recently met in Kiev to discuss common problems and joint solutions at the world’s largest steel producer.

Sub Saharan African regional meeting discusses how to assess union strength

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 10:06

Building strong unions requires checking the pulse of the union in governance, union structures, operational policies, sound administration, an active membership, and the payment of union dues.

IndustriaALL visits the Philippines as unions celebrate maternity win

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 07:33

An IndustriALL Global Union mission has visited affiliates in the Philippines as unions celebrate a maternity leave legal victory.

L20 unionists call on the G20 to fight inequality and precarious work

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 04:28

Representatives of international trade-union organizations attended the Labour 20 Summit (L20) in Mendoza, Argentina, on 4 and 5 September 2018. They called on the G20 to take steps to reduce inequalities, combat precarious work and ensure a fair transition to a low-carbon economy.

Interview: Napoleón Gómez Urrutia’s return to Mexico a triumph for freedom of association

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 05:06

After 12 years of self-imposed exile in Canada, the leader of the Los Mineros union, Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, has finally returned to Mexico, where he will take on a new role as senator for the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party led by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador. 


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