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Whirlpool signs framework agreement with representatives of Whirlpool and Indesit workers in Europe

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 05:21

Domestic appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has signed a framework agreement covering 24,000 workers.

Handbook on safety and health for sandstone mine workers released

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 04:04

A new publication on “Safety and health for sandstone mine workers” has been released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and IndustriALL Global Union. It aims to strengthen the capacity of informal sandstone mine workers to understand and improve workplace safety and prevent child labour.

Liquidation of Moroccan oil refinery a ‘catastrophe’

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:51

IndustriALL affiliates in Morocco are in shock as a Moroccan court has ordered the SAMIR oil refinery into liquidation, jeopardizing the jobs of more than 1,000 workers as well as the livelihoods of around 5,000 people dependent on the country’s only refinery.

Deep concern over Cambodian trade union law

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 07:24

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Cambodian Prime Minister expressing its deep concern over a proposed trade union law that is set to pass through parliament. 

IndustriALL warns Argentina not to weaken labour laws

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 04:54

On a visit to Argentina, IndustriALL general secretary Jyrki Raina warned the new government not to weaken labour laws and social protection, as a sustained economic crisis threatens jobs in the country.

Kazakhstan: ArcelorMittal debts lead to unpaid wages

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 09:20

Around 2000 contract workers at ArcelorMittal Temirtau in Kazakhstan have not been getting their wages because of the company’s extensive debts to its contractors.

Moldova: IndustriALL final workshop of the training of trainers project

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 08:31

On 15-16 March, the Labour Institute in Chisinau, Moldova, hosted the final workshop of the Training of Trainers project organized by IndustriALL Global Union and its French affiliate FO Metaux.

Lives on hold

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 04:08

Testimonies of textile and electronics workers show that precarious workers in the Cavite region in the Philippines are merely surviving and have a high risk of falling into poverty.

Unions defeat zero-hour contracts in New Zealand

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 03:44

In a major union victory against precarious work, on 10 March 2016 the New Zealand parliament unanimously passed a law banning zero-hour contracts.

Free trade requires labour norms and democratic control

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 03:31

Rules are needed for global trade, but they must include high labour norms and guarantee benefits for all, instead of weakening democratic control and favouring multinational corporations.

Sintracarbón celebrates bargaining victory at Cerrejón mine

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 04:00

After 62 days of difficult negotiations, the Colombian coal workers’ union SIntracarbón has reached an agreement at Cerrejón that recognizes the contribution made day in and day out by the 13,000 workers employed at the mine.

Crown evicts workers from Moroccan plant

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:06

American multinational packaging company, Crown Holding Inc, has ordered the eviction of workers from its plant in Agadir, Morocco.

Ukrainian coal miners demand industry support

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:58

Around 500 coal miners from all over Ukraine gathered in Kiev on 17 March and picketed the parliament building demanding it adopt two draft laws to settle some pressing socio-economical issues of the Ukrainian coal mining industry. 

Women trade unionists in Morocco unite to influence equality legislation

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 09:06

Women from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Morocco have come together for the first time to seek ways to influence a draft law which will set up a new institution for equality.

Mining unions come out fighting

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 05:10

Last week was a busy time for mining unions gathered in Bogotá to attend a series of meetings in the Colombian capital aimed at addressing the major challenges facing the sector.

Workers killed at Glencore’s Katanga mine in Congo

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 04:27

Three workers are confirmed dead and four remain missing at the Katanga mining company’s copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mine safety crisis in Pakistan: 10 more people killed

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:23

The mining industry in Pakistan is in in the grip of safety crisis as the avoidable loss of workers’ lives continues in the country.

Jyrki Raina visits Chile to support affiliates

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:07

Jyrki Raina, IndustriALL General Secretary, spoke at a press conference at the Santiago offices of the Chilean trade union centre, the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores  (CUT),  on 14 March to express support for IndustriALL affiliates and their campaign for labour reform.

Rio Tinto undermining right to strike

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:18

Rio Tinto has escalated a labour dispute at its aluminium smelter in Iceland by proposing that contractors be denied the right to strike. The company is also proposing to expand the use of lower paid contractors at the site.

Chevron sacks Bangladeshi workers by text message as part of union-busting

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 09:20

Multinational energy giant Chevron has sacked workers by text message in an ongoing case of intimidation aimed at discouraging union organizing.


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