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The role of the ILO

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 03:51

The mission of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is to promote social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, based on the founding principle that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace.

Mass rally in support of effective labour inspectorate in Georgia

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:17

Trade union activists and students held a protest rally in Georgia during the day of public hearings about amendments to the Constitution. Despite pressure from the police, protesters defended their position and demanded that government take health and safety under strict control and establish an effective labour inspectorate.

IndustriALL slams deregistration of energy union in Algeria

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:36

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Minister of Labour in Algeria to condemn the de-registration of its energy union affiliate, SNATEGS, and the dismissal of its president, Raouf Mellal. 

Save Dave: Australian miner sacked after leading underwear protest

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:47

CFMEU delegate Dave McLachlan was sacked after a shift of miners at Appin mine stripped down to their underwear in protest at the lack of work clothes.

DNO continues to evade responsibility as court rules in favour of Yemeni workforce

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:13

DNO, the Norwegian company that fired its workforce by text message when war broke out in Yemen, is still trying to avoid paying its workers, despite three court rulings against it.

Ukrainian miners continue to protest, demanding better pay

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 04:27

The miners of the Ukranian enterprises Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Combine (KZRK) and Evraz Sukha Balka and workers of the ArcelorMittal-Kriviy Rih steel plant have been protesting for more than a week, demanding significant wage increases. They have created a joint strike committee to coordinate their actions under the leadership of IndustriALL affiliate Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU).

Georgian union calls for effective labour inspection after deadly accident

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 05:43

Four workers lost their lives on 9 May, at the Tkibuli Elizbar Mindeli mine in Georgia while repairing a lift. IndustriALL affiliate Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG), states that it is the worst industrial accident since 2010 and insists on the creation of an effective system of state labour inspections.

Russian autoworkers seek compensation for harmful labour

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 02:50

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Interregional Trade Union "Workers Association" (ITUWA) has initiated mass lawsuits by employees against the management of the company AvtoVAZ. 180 workers are seeking financial compensation for harmful working conditions,which was not paid for several years.

Pharmaceutical unions strengthen international solidarity

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:56

Around 120 trade union leaders representing pharmaceutical industry workers in 17 countries debated current and future challenges for workers in the industry.

A Just Transition to Sustainability

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:45

Sustainability is defined as the ability to meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Indian coal unions plan nationwide strike

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:24

Around half a million coal workers in India are set to hold a three-day nationwide Strike from 19 to 21 June, 2017 over pensions and wages. 

Towards the creation of a national metal federation in Morocco

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 07:44

Automotive and aerospace unions from the Union Marocaine du Travail (UMT) federation met in Casablanca, Morocco, on 18-19 and 23-24 March 2017 and unanimously decided to set up a national metal federation to build power and better advance workers’ rights and interests.

Jailed Korean trade unionist Han Sang Gyun receives FNV award

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:44

Han Sang Gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), was awarded the Febe Velasquez trade union rights award at the Congress of the Dutch trade union confederation the FNV.

Electricity unions in Middle East and North Africa create network

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:38

Union leaders from Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan and Turkey have established a union network for the electricity sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at the electricity sector conference held on 4-5 May 2017 in Ankara, Turkey.

International trade unions show solidarity with Turkish workers

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:15

IndustriALL has taken part in a high-level mission to Turkey to hear first-hand from trade unions, politicians and civil society groups living under increasing repression in the country. 

UAW tells shareholders that Volkswagen must stop union busting

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 08:07

At the car manufacturer’s annual general meeting in Hannover on 10 May, Steve Cochran, president of UAW Local 42, took the floor to question Volkswagen on their employment policies at the plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

IndustriALL shows solidarity with FESITEX workers

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 02:43

IndustriALL Global Union expresses its solidarity with the Esfuerzo Democrático (Democratic Effort) union of SAE Tecnotex, which belongs to its affiliate in Nicaragua, the National Federation of Unions of the Textile, Garment, Leather and Footwear Industries (FESITEX), in its fight to reverse the sentences of 12 workers of that textile enterprise.   

Algerian trade union leader appeals prison sentence

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:53

Algerian trade union leader and whistleblower, Mellal Raouf, will begin an appeal against his six-month prison sentence at a court in Guelma on 11 May.

Freeport fires striking workers at Grasberg mine in Indonesia

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 08:54

Mining operator PT Freeport Indonesia is laying off workers taking strike action at the Grasberg mine.

Ukrainian miners achieve salary increases

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 07:50

Management at the Ukrainian mining company Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Combine (KZRK) has agreed to increase wages by 50 per cent. According to IndustriALL affiliate Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU), 440 miners have stopped the underground protest and come back up to continue negotiations.