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South Africa: Striking against precarious work in the plastics sector

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 06:19

Fed up with precarious working conditions of short-term contracts, low wages and no benefits, workers at Mpact Plastics and Flexible Plastics and Packaging in Pinetown, about 22km from Durban, South Africa went on strike on 13 September. Organized by IndustriALL affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the strikers were demanding permanent jobs and equal pay for work of equal value for contract workers, better wages, overtime pay, and benefits such as medical aid and pension.

IndustriALL files OECD complaint against steel producer Ternium

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 04:05

IndustriALL Global Union has lodged an OECD complaint against multinational steel producer Ternium for refusing to recognize and negotiate with a trade union at its operations in Guatemala.

Four coal miners die in Pakistan

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 08:11

The mine safety crisis in Pakistan continues, as at least four workers have been killed due to accumulation of poisonous gas in a coalmine in Quetta's Sanjdi area on 8 September 2017. According to reports today, another three workers have died under similar circumstances in a coalmine in the Harnai area.

Workers in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zones achieve historic increase in minimum wage

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 07:15

IndustriALL affiliates in the Dominican Republic have reached an agreement with employers in the free trade zones, establishing a minimum wage increase of 20.33 per cent.

Pakistan – little change five years after deadly fire

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 04:47

On the fifth anniversary of the Ali Enterprises factory fire in Baldia, Pakistan, survivors, victim’s families and others paid tribute to the 257 workers killed on 11 September 2012.

Global unions call for more brands to sign 2018 Bangladesh Accord

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:58

IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union are reaching out to global garment brands to be part of the 2018 Bangladesh Accord on fire and building safety. The 2018 agreement was announced by the global unions and brand representatives at the OECD in Paris this June. 

Brazil: miners’ union defends Amazon reserve

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 05:58

A Brazilian miners’ union is campaigning against opening the Amazon rainforest to mining operations.

Proposed ILO convention on gender based violence - take action now!

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:33

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on its affiliates to take action to support an ILO Convention on gender-based violence at work. 

Swaziland: Bring back AGOA status, say unions

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:53

An IndustriALL affiliate, Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA), and the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) met in Manzini, Swaziland on 29 August and agreed to support Swaziland’s readmission to the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). 

South Africa: Transformation too slow for women mineworkers

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:41

IndustriALL affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), organized a women’s march to the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg on 26 August, to protest the slow pace of transformation and empowerment for women working in the mines.

Korean union secures thousands of jobs for contract autoworkers

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 05:20

With just a month to go before 7 October, when IndustriALL Global Union takes a stand against precarious work, we take a look at the epic battle fought by IndustriALL affiliate, the Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU) at Hyundai Motor Company.

Iran: release imprisoned trade unionists Reza Shahabi and Esmail Abdi

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:50

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, demanding an end to the repression of trade unionists, and calling for the release of Reza Shahabi and Esmail Abdi.

French unions respond to new labour law

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:17

French President Emmanuel Macron faces a tough fight with unions as he introduces “reforms” to labour law.

Kazakhstan: IndustriALL demands safety improvements after three killed at ArcelorMittal

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 07:55

Three workers were killed and another three seriously injured on 31 August at JSC ArcelorMittal Temirtau’s Kazakhstanskaya mine in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan. 

South Africa: Five miners killed in goldmine

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:27

The bodies of the last two miners trapped underground at Harmony Gold’s deepest mine, Kusasalethu, in Carletonville, South Africa were recovered today (Thursday 31 August). It brings the total number of fatalities to five. 

Colombia - Sintracarbón denounces increase in accidents at El Cerrejón

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 03:06

With 13 accidents in one month, including five in one day, IndustriALL affiliate Sintracarbón is calling for improved health and safety at the El Cerrejón mine in Colombia. Although no fatalities, some workers suffered disabling injuries.

Grupo Mexico attacks Cananea workers during protest

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:35

Grupo Mexico has again used private security forces to evict a group of workers and former workers from the Cananea mine. The workers were protesting to demand benefits owed to them by the company. 

Zambia: Union condemns plans to cut 4,700 jobs at Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:35

IndustriALL affiliate the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) strongly opposes plans by Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) to sacrifice 4,700 jobs, and condemns the company’s use of intimidation and blackmail as a bargaining chip.

Georgian trade union signs strong collective agreement with Turkish glass company

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 04:43

After more than a year of negotiations, a collective agreement for the Ksani glass container factory in Georgia was signed. 

Willbes & Co reinstates 15 dismissed workers in the Dominican Republic

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 02:40

National and international solidarity, combined with intervention by global brands, played an important role in encouraging the Korean clothing company Willbes & Co to reinstate 15 workers who were dismissed for exercising their right to organize.

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