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African textile, leather and garment unions meeting strategizes on AGOA

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 04:15

To counter mass unemployment and precarious work, unions in Sub Saharan Africa see job creation and decent work as critical. The unions also recognize the pivotal role of international trade agreements in providing the much-needed jobs. 

ILO Convention 176 is key for the mining industry

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 00:48

Beyond the usual sound bites and press statements, there is a danger that the mining industry might have gone numb, unfeeling and almost unresponsive, to the avalanche of deaths in the mining industry. These sound bites and press statements, by governments and mining companies referencing both public and private policy statements seem at odds with the reality experienced by mine workers and society.

Global unions target safety at work in pulp, paper, graphical and packaging

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 17:01

Workers in the pulp, paper, graphical and packaging sectors, represented globally by IndustriALL Global Union and UNI, are using this 2019 Workers Memorial Day to kick off a yearlong campaign around the three fundamental worker rights needed to make work safe:

Russia: trade unions prepare for wage dispute at Volkswagen

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 05:04

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates at the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga, Russia, have developed a joint action plan to increase their negotiating power as a stalemate with the company over wage increases is due to become a collective dispute under Russian law.

Kyrgyz unions oppose anti-union law

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 09:40

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Kyrgyzstan are demanding the  withdrawal of a draft law on trade unions, which significantly undermines independent trade unions.

IndustriALL condemns brutal arrest of Algerian union leader

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 07:32

IndustriALL Global Union strongly condemns the brutal and inhumane treatment of the president of its Algerian affiliate by police and demands that bogus charges against the union leader are dropped.

MENA women make progress in patriarchal societies

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:28

On 23-24 April, a network of women from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) met in Beirut, Lebanon to identify challenges, distinct issues and opportunities around women’s participation and representation in unions and the workplace.

Oil and gas unions build sustainability in volatile MENA region

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:17

Representatives from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) oil and gas unions met for the fifth time in Beirut, Lebanon on 23-24 April, as part of a network supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Delegates from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia attended, with guests from Norway.

Bangladesh unions call for Accord to continue on 6th anniversary of Rana Plaza

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:27

The IndustriALL Bangladesh Council called for the continuation of the Accord in Bangladesh in a demonstration today to mark the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Why transparency is key to transforming the fashion industry

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 03:03

Six years after Rana Plaza, the deadliest disaster in the garment industry, independent and transparent fire and building inspections by the Bangladesh Accord have transformed the safety of thousands of garment factories in the country, writes Jenny Holdcroft, assistant general secretary, IndustriALL Global Union.

Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa strengthened by solidarity

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:51

Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa face economic recession, deindustrialization, and precarious work coupled by high unemployment and poverty. Human and workers’ rights violations are common, including unfair retrenchments when mines and companies are closed. 

Swedish unions help to strengthen their Latin American peers

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 03:39

Representatives from Swedish unions IF Metall and Unionen met with IndustriALL Global Union leaders in Uruguay to plan the project to build union power in Latin America.

It is time to act on decent work for all e-waste workers

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:53

Representatives of governments, employers and workers from around the world gathered at the ILO in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss current and emerging issues related to the promotion of decent work in the management of e-waste. 

Ford workers in Russia demand decent compensation

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:58

More than 1,000 workers at the Ford-Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, will be laid-off in July 2019 due to the closure of the plant. Their unions demand the continuity of the plant under a new owner and a fair distribution of the funds allocated for compensation.

IndustriALL and H&M national monitoring committee established in India.

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 04:20

As part of the ongoing implementation of the global framework agreement (GFA), IndustriALL Global Union and H&M met to establish a national monitoring committee (NMC) in India.  

Malaysia: building union power by more members

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 02:44

In a national unity meeting in Malaysia on 6 – 7 April, IndustriALL Council and union leaders demonstrated a strong commitment to build union power by increasing union membership power in the country’s various industries.

Coal unions to intensify organizing precarious workers

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:43

Trade unions representing workers at Coal India Ltd will focus on organizing precarious workers and improving occupational health and safety following a training workshop held from 4-5 April 2019, at Raipur India. 

Belarusian workers face repression at Belaruskali

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:30

IndustriALL Global Union condemns the violation of fundamental labour rights at Belaruskali, Belarusian potash fertilizer company, faced by members of Belarusian Independent Trade Union, an affiliate of the IndustriALL Global Union.

Tchibo and IndustriALL continue to build industrial relations in the supply chain

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:26

The global framework agreement (GFA) between IndustriALL and the German retailer, Tchibo was signed in September 2016, and the parties continue to work towards effective implementation.

Botswana union challenges leader’s unfair dismissal

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:41

The unfair dismissal of Goleba Botshome, the general secretary of the Botswana Diamond Workers Union (BDWU), by Pluczenik Diamonds exposes the gross human and workers’ rights violations that are rampant in the diamond sector in Botswana.

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