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IndustriALL launches campaign for Health and Safety in Pakistan mines

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:38

Ten IndustriALL Global Union affiliates are urging the government of Pakistan to ratify ILO Convention 176 (C176) on Safety and Health in Mines. This follows a decision by IndustriALL’s Executive Committee in November 2017, for a global campaign to end fatalities in Pakistani mines.

Victory as strike ends at Rio Tinto QMM in Fort-Dauphin, Madagascar

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:00

Workers at Rio Tinto’s QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) operations downed tools twice in five days over management’s violation of their collective bargaining agreement relative to salary increases.  About 320 permanent workers out of 480 went out strike on 8 March.

Sae a Tecnotex Nicaragua illegally dismisses health and safety reps

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:00

Eight workers at the Sae A Tecnotex textile factory in Nicaragua have been fired illegally, and the union FESITEX is claiming a serious breach of freedom of association.  

Taking action on 8 March!

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:40

IndustriALL’s affiliated unions around the world took strong and colourful action to mark International Women’s Day 2018, with some unions adopting IndustriALL’s pledge to combat violence against women in the workplace.

Pakistan: Sacked GSK workers fight for justice

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 07:40

Pakistani management of the British pharmaceutical multinational GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has illegally dismissed over 150 workers after years of union busting and manipulation of contracts.

International women's day - unions must act to end violence against women at work

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 08:34

As women, men and unions take action around the world to highlight International Women’s Day, IndustriALL is calling for support for its campaign to end violence in the workplace.  

Tariffs and overcapacity focus of OECD steel meeting

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 08:12

Global overcapacity and plans by U.S. President Donald Trump to implement new tariffs dominated discussion at the biannual OECD Steel Committee meeting in Paris on 5 and 6 March 2018.

Union in Ghana calls for strike against retrenchment of 2,150 mineworkers

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 07:03

The Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMWU) has announced a series of strikes in solidarity with 2,150 mineworkers who face retrenchments at Gold Fields Ghana Limited Tarkwa mine – about 200km from Accra. There will be strikes on 13 March at Tarkwa and Damang, a sympathy strike by mining workers on 20 March, and a general strike on 27 March.

"100 days of snubbing Zimbabwean workers," says union federation

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 08:39

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade unions (ZCTU), the national centre to which IndustriALL Global Union affiliates belong, says President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration “met everyone” for consultations, but snubbed labour during its first 100 days in office.

IndustriALL urges Shell to intervene over fired trade union leaders in Brazil

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:53

IndustriALL Global Union has called on Royal Dutch Shell Plc to intervene in the unfair dismissal of three union leaders at its subsidiary Raízen Energia in Brazil.

Iran: 10 detained after protests over unpaid wages of 4,000 steel workers

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 04:14

IndustriALL Global Union is calling for the immediate release of ten steel mill workers detained after protests against unpaid wages of 4,000 workers at the Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz. 

DRC: IndustriALL supports mining code, demands greater share for workers

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:00

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), TUMEC, CSC, UNTC and OTUC, support a new mining code that will ensure that the country receives a greater share of the revenue earned from its mines.

Bangladesh garment workers call for increased minimum wage

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 07:19

The current minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh is US$68 and was set in 2013; now the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council is demanding an increase to US$192.

Sponsor of Bundesliga teams fires union members

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 07:48

German clothing company Roy Robson has fired eleven union members from its factory in Izmir, Turkey.

UK: GKN workers urge government to stop debt-fuelled takeover bid

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 06:23

GKN workers travelled from across England to the Houses of Parliament to demand that Theresa May’s government stop the debt fuelled takeover of one of the UK’s oldest companies.

Georgian workers demand better safety at work

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:01

According to official statistics, 1,300 deaths and injuries at work happened in Georgia since 2010. Workers, including members of IndustriALL affiliate the Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG), protested in Georgia, demanding safer working conditions.

“Gender-based violence is unacceptable and not part of the job”

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 07:32

Chidi King is equality director at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and says that the time to call for a convention on gender-based violence in the workplace is now.

Argentine unions reject Mercosur-EU agreement

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 05:00

The union confederations of Argentina, the two CTAs and the CGT, reject the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) and the European Union (EU).

South Africa: Metalworkers' fight against precarious work goes to the Constitutional Court

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 07:27

On 22 February, hundreds of members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), with support from the Casual Workers Advice Office, picketed outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg to defend the rights of temporary and contract workers against working under harsh precarious conditions of labour brokers. Singing and dancing outside the courts, the workers denounced the labour brokers.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Union organizes artisanal cobalt miners

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 03:52

When local communities in Kasulu and Chipuki, Kolwezi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) discovered cobalt in their backyards a few years ago, they started digging for the precious mineral. Then Chinese companies moved in and bought the concession.