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Bangladesh union repression intensifies

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:42

A further nine trade union members from an IndustriALL Global Union affiliate in Bangladesh were arrested over the weekend as the government crackdown on garment workers escalates.

Pakistan: Two coal miners killed and one seriously injured

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:00

Two miners were killed and another seriously injured in an accident at a coal mine in the Mahi Toor Ghar area of Harnai Baluchistan province on 5 February.

Georgian workers prepare major protest

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:33

The Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG), an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, is organizing a major protest rally on 14 February 2016 to demand the reinstatement of 350 workers illegally dismissed from the Rustavi Azot plant.

OECD launches guidelines for garment and footwear sector

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:23

New guidelines aiming to transform risk assessment in the garment and footwear sector have been launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris on 8 February. 

Major strike at Escondida mine, Chile

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 07:53

2,500 miners at the Chilean company Minera Escondida, owned by the Australian multinational company BHP Billiton, began a legal strike on 9 February after negotiations with the company broke down.

Solidarity works! Sri Lankan workers vote for union

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:34

Setting a strong standard for other workers in the Sri Lankan free trade zones, workers at industrial gloves manufacturer ATG voted to establish their union on 7 February.

Machinists Union face crucial vote at Boeing in the US South

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:27

A union election in the US South is seen as a test case for labour’s ability to organize under Trump.

Police evict striking Gerdau workers in Colombia

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 09:20

Police in Colombia have evicted 47 workers, all trade union members, from the Gerdau Diaco plant, where they had been protesting peacefully since November last year.

IndustriALL launches MENA youth network

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 09:00

Some 45 young union leaders representing 23 national unions from 10 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) met in Marrakesh, Morocco on 20-21 December 2016 for the IndustriALL Global Union youth conference.

Bangladesh: Free jailed unionists and workers

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 04:41

Since December 2016 at least 26 trade unionists and garment workers have been jailed for trade union activity in Bangladesh, following demands to increase the minimum wage. Join IndustriALL Global Union in calling on the Bangladeshi government for their immediate release.

Authorities violently disperse chemical workers in Georgia

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:41

Workers protesting against their illegal dismissals at the fertilizer plant Rustavi Azot in Georgia suffered broken ribs and other injuries after they were violently removed from the company building by police.

North African aerospace unions come together to build power

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:32

The first Middle East and North Africa regional aerospace conference was held in Casablanca, Morocco, on 28-29 November 2016.

IndustriALL and Solvay renew their global framework agreement for five years

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 04:46

IndustriALL Global Union and Solvay have renewed their global framework agreement (GFA) for five years, reinforcing and adding commitments that provide the same basic labour and social rights to all Solvay employees at operations worldwide.

Sri Lanka: Workers protest arbitrary dismissals

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 08:07

Management at Global Star Logistics in Seeduwa, Sri Lanka, arbitrarily dismissed workers for forming a union.

Global Unions and LafargeHolcim to develop Global Framework Agreement

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 06:48

Global trade unions represented by IndustriALL Global Union and Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) met with representatives of LafargeHolcim on 23 January 2017 to launch the process for developing a Global Framework Agreement.

Bangladesh crackdown calls preferential EU trade deal into question

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 04:46

The latest crackdown on Bangladesh’s garment workers for demanding relief from poverty wages and hazardous working conditions must call into question the country’s continuing eligibility for trade preferences under the EU’s GSP regime, write Valter Sanches IndustriALL General Secretary, Philip Jennings UNI Global Union General Secretary and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Algerian union leader gets jail sentence for whistleblowing

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 02:52

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the Algerian government to drop charges against a union leader sentenced to six months in jail after revealing corruption at the state-owned energy company Sonelgaz. 

Hungary: workers put jobs on the line to defend sacked union leader

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:10

Workers at the Richard Fritz car window factory in Aszód, Hungary, braved management threats of dismissal to take part in a demonstration demanding the reinstatement of sacked union leader Edit Kovács.  

Victory for metalworkers in Turkey

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 09:27

Strike action by over 2,000 workers in Turkey has paid off as IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Birleşik Metal İş, wins a major victory in securing a better deal for metalworkers. 

South African union saves mineworkers’ jobs

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 08:56

Demonstrating the power of dialogue, a strong trade union and enabling legislation, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in South Africa has successfully averted the loss of 849 jobs.