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Asia Pacific unions demand Cambodian government release Rong Chhun

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 07:59

The Asia Pacific offices of the global union federations, including IndustriALL Global Union, call on the Cambodian government to immediately release the president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU,) Rong Chhun, and drop all charges against him.

What is ammonium nitrate, and why is it so dangerous?

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 08:17

A catastrophic explosion in Beirut, 4 August 2020, was believed to be caused by ammonium nitrate. The death toll exceeds 135 and may climb as more victims are found and severely injured people succumb to their wounds.

Nissan to keep production and employment in Spain until the end of 2021

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:05

After a long fight of almost three months, three IndustriALL Spanish affiliates - Federación de Industria de USO, UGT Federacíon de Industria, Construccíon y Agro and CC.OO de Industria - representing autoworkers at Nissan Barcelona signed an agreement with the company securing production and employment levels till the end of 2021.

Indian unions to observe “Save India Day” against Modi government

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 09:09

India’s central trade unions jointly called on workers across the country to take action on 9 August and intensify protests against the anti-worker policies of the Modi government.

Zimbabwean government labels union “terrorist organization”

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 03:30

The Zimbabwean government has used Covid-19 as a pretext to ban demonstrations. People who heeded the call on 31 July to protest corruption, human rights violations, capture of state institutions, and for workers’ rights and living wages were abducted, arrested, assaulted, tortured or forced into hiding. There has been widespread international condemnation.

IndustriALL solidarity with the people of Lebanon

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:25

IndustriALL is shocked and saddened by the terrible destruction and loss of life in Beirut, Lebanon, after an explosion at the city’s port.

Amplifying young workers’ voices in South East Asia

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 08:47

Despite numerous challenges confronting young workers in South East Asia during Covid-19 pandemic, IndustriALL Global Union’s youth continues to highlight and amplify young workers’ voices in the region.

Inditex and IndustriALL to cooperate on garment industry recovery plan

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 07:57

Inditex, the leading multinational company in the garment industry that owns Zara and other high street brands, and IndustriALL Global Union, will together support the global garment industry to recover from the crisis created by the pandemic.

Huge strike wave hits Iranian energy sector

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 07:38

Thousands of workers have taken strike action in Iran’s South Pars gas fields, protesting the late payment of wages and poor working conditions.

Call for Expression of Interest - Trade and Industrial Policy research

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 05:24

IndustriALL Global Union invites expression of interest to undertake a study “Trade and Industrial Policy: Implications for development and international labour standards” based on the attached terms of reference. 

Union busting at Shints garments in Ethiopia condemned

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 08:58

Over a number of years, management at Shints ETP Garments built cordial industrial relations with the union at the factory at Bole Lemi industrial park in Addis Ababa. Unfortunately, recent changes in management have seen the introduction of union busting tactics that are pushing back the gains.

Cerrejón Colombia announces change that will eliminate 1,200 jobs

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 03:21

Carbones del Cerrejón Limited Colombia (Cerrejón) announced a change in work shifts that will lead to the loss of 1,200 jobs. The Sintracarbón trade union has condemned the coal-mining company for not consulting workers first, and for violating the current collective employment agreement.

Japanese unions win 100 per cent increase in coronavirus subsidy

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 06:04

IndustriALL Global Union’s Japanese affiliates have won a 100 per cent increase in the employment adjustment subsidy (EAS), protecting the welfare of Japanese workers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Government harasses Malaysian union leader after safety concerns aired

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 08:24

Malaysian union leader N. Gopalkishnam has faced government harassment since airing safety concerns in a report for Channel 4 News in the UK. He believes the government should focus instead on taking serious steps to ensure the safety and health of workers in factories exporting personal protective equipment.

Successful organizing in Romania

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 05:07

In an industrial complex in Cugir, Romania, that used to house weapons factories, German auto giant Daimler is operating a transmission plant called Star Transmission. A large majority of the workers wanted to join a union, while local management tried to prevent it. 

Gas is the future for the Nigerian economy, say unions

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 10:10

Nigerian unions are optimistic that the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline, whose construction is underway, will contribute to the country’s industrialization and economic development efforts.

Mauritian employers use Covid-19 to push back against labour laws

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 09:05

In October 2019, Mauritian unions won a great victory when new labour law amendments were introduced after years of struggle. But employers have used the pandemic to push back.

Paper sector campaigning and reinventing to face Covid-19

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 10:16

United in their demand for safety and union rights during the pandemic, around 80 trade union leaders in the pulp and paper industry from around 20 countries met online to analyse impacts, approaches and responses from around the world to the impact of Covid-19 on the sector.

Covid-19 union solidarity from Canada to Madagascar

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 04:07

IndustriALL affiliates in Madagascar, Syndicalisme et Vie Sociétés (SVS) and Sendika Kristanina Malagasy (SEKRIMA) have partnered with the Canadian Steelworkers Humanity Fund (SHF) to carry out joint campaigns to stop the spread of the coronavirus among vulnerable communities and assist in creating community resilience.

Unique-Yanbal Peru dismisses 600 workers during the pandemic

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 02:41

In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, cosmetics and jewelry producer Unique-Yanbal in Peru, has dismissed 600 workers, nearly all women.