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Belarus: IndustriALL condemns arbitrary detention of independent union leader

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:33

Offices of several unions including IndustriALL Global Union affiliates REPAM and BITU were searched as part of a criminal investigation started against Gennady Fedynich and Ihar Komlik, REPAM chairperson and chief accountant, accordingly. Gennady is also a substitute executive committee member of IndustriALL.

IndustriALL to lead mission to Freeport operations in Indonesia

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 04:27

IndustriALL Global Union will lead a mission to Indonesia from 8-11 August, to support workers fired for striking at Grasberg mine and PT Smelting. Both operations are part-owned by US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan.

Fired by voicemail: an EDF worker speaks out

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 03:19

On 29 June 2017, EDF Luminus management in Belgium abruptly sacked 14 workers. IndustriALL spoke to one of the affected workers.

Los Mineros complete ten years on strike against Grupo Mexico

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 02:53

Ten years ago, three legal strikes broke out on health and safety issues in Grupo Mexico mines. The fight still continues against a company that is incapable of acknowledging its responsibility for tragedies caused by its negligence.

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South Africa: Mine accident kills four workers

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 06:45

The danger of working underground on South African gold mines was again demonstrated when four mineworkers were killed at work on Saturday 22 July at Tau Lekoa mine at Orkney, North West Province.

IndustriALL intensifies campaign to ratify Hong Kong Convention

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 08:23

IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliates ran two consecutive workshops in Bangladesh and India in July 2017 to discuss the importance of ratification Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

Unions and civil society in India call for a halt to secret RCEP trade talks

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 08:48

As the 19th round of trade negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) take place in Hyderabad, India, from 17-28 July, trade unions and civil society organizations in the country have joined forces to voice their concerns over the trade deal, and called for more transparency. 

Rio Tinto global union network welcomes commitments from company

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 06:23

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from Guinea, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Canada and the United States, meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, 19-21 July, as the Rio Tinto Global Network, welcomed a commitment from Rio Tinto to improve its relations with trade unions.

Ukrainian miners return above ground after pay promise

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 03:21

Miners at the Kapustin and Novodruzhska coal mines in the Lugansk region of Ukraine have come to the surface after a week of protesting underground over unpaid salaries. It follows a meeting on 20 July where the Minister of Energy and Coal approved the payment of outstanding wages, which in some cases stretch back to 2015.

Ukrainian miners return above ground after pay promise

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:13

Miners at the Kapustin and Novodruzhska mines in the Lugansk region of Ukraine have come to the surface a week of protesting underground over unpaid salaries. It follows a meeting on 20 July, at which the Ministry of Energy and Coal approved the payment of outstanding wages, which in some cases stretch back to 2015.

Serbia: Three week strike at FIAT ends

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:50

Two thousand striking workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) plant in Serbia – FCA Srbija – have suceeded in gaining a 9.5 per cent pay increase and keeping their annual bonus, amongst other gains, in a deal signed between Fiat and Serbian trade unions on 25 July. 

Algeria: 5,000 police used to stop energy workers’ march

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:54

Some 5,000 police officers in Algeria were deployed to stop a rally in the city of Bejaia on 20 July, arresting more than 600 union members and citizens in the process.

South Africa: Union victory over precarious work

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 09:01

In a major victory against precarious work, IndustriALL affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), won a case against temporary employment service providers, also known as labour brokers, in the Labour Court of Appeal on 10 July. The breakthrough came after years of continuous campaigns by South African trade unions to stop the intensified exploitation of workers by agencies, such as labour brokers.

Electrical sector in Latin America builds unity and strength

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 07:39

Union representatives from Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador shared two days of intensive discussions on the situation in the electrical sector in the region, and agreed to work to achieve unity and strength.

Miners in Peru call national strike against labour reform

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 07:13

Miners in Peru are taking indefinite national strike action against labour reforms attacking their rights and promoting precarious work.

Tanzania – new communication structure to increase union power

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 06:10

The TUICO/IndustriALL/Unifor IT & Communication project aims to equip, restructure and revolutionise communication between TUICO head office and their 22 regional branches, which service over 80,000 members around Tanzania, in 700 workplaces.

Locked out - Glencore moves to replace Oaky North miners with contractors

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 05:25

Workers at the Oaky North mine in Australia have been locked out of their workplace by mining giant Glencore, which has taken steps to replace the permanent workforce with casual contractors.

Bangladesh: workers win termination benefits

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 07:38

IndustriALL’s Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with H&M paves the way for 986 workers in six factories to receive termination benefits, and the disposal of cases filed against workers by suppliers following the crackdown on unions and workers earlier this year.

Union bashing in Ivory Coast’s oil sector must end

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:40

The oil industry in the Ivory Coast is rife with examples of union bashing. Workers at Libya Oil, Petroci and Klenzi face retrenchments, reduced benefits, job insecurity, harassment and threats of dismissal if staying in the union.