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IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union condemn Kimberly-Clark’s lack of respect for workers

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 01:00

Following a global trade union meeting the leading paper and graphical unions from around the world publically condemn the current unacceptable behaviour of Kimberly-Clark towards its workers worldwide.

eSwatini: Workers protest textile companies’ refusal to increase wages

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:25

Over 10,000 workers from five factories in Nhlangano took mass action to vent their anger over low wages last week. At Zheng Yong, workers were locked in the factory when the employers ran away.

Trinidad and Tobago unions unite in opposition to refinery sell off plan

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:29

Unions in Trinidad and Tobago are calling for a national shutdown this Friday against government plans to close the Petrotrin refinery. A government minister has warned that workers who take action could be fined or imprisoned.

IndustriALL appeals for Indonesian union leader to be reinstated

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 03:50

IndustriALL Global Union is demanding that the president of its Indonesian affiliate, the Federation of Pharmaceutical and Health Workers Union (FARKES), is reinstated after being sacked from his job as a hospital assistant manager on 29 August.

Shipbreaking unions in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh meet to coordinate union building

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 03:34

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh met to coordinate their campaigns for the rights of shipbreaking workers on 31 August and 1 September in Kathmandu, Nepal.

South Africa: CEPPWAWU congress agrees on roadmap for union revival

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 10:28

For seven years, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Chemicals, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) has been in a crisis. However, the convening of its 5th national congress is seen as an opportunity to mend the union.

Asia Pacific: BASF Regional Trade Union Network continues to grow

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 09:40

At its meeting in Singapore on 30-31 August 2018, union representatives from BASF operations in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam took decisions to strengthen their regional network, adopt a new work programme and form a new coordination structure. The meeting also received reports from BASF operations in Japan and Singapore.

Copper workers face threats in Chile

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 02:34

Leaders of the trade unions representing workers at Chile’s state-owned copper company Codelco are receiving threats over their union work.

Mexican union leader, Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, sworn in as senator

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 09:24

IndustriALL Global Union marked a historic moment as Mexican union leader, Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, returned to his country after 12 years in exile to be sworn in as senator, in a ceremony in Mexico City on 29 August. 

Stop union busting at world’s biggest hanger company

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 07:25

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on Mainetti, the world’s largest producer of fashion hangers, to stop union busting at its factory in Sri Lanka. 

“Back to the plantation!” Union fights refinery closure in Trinidad and Tobago

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 08:03

The Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) is opposing plans by the government of Trinidad and Tobago to close a refinery belonging to national oil company Petrotrin, with the loss of at least 2,500 jobs.

Union leaders in Colombia face threats and violence

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 05:08

Colombia is one of the ten most dangerous countries in the world for workers and trade union leaders, where 19 trade union members have been murdered so far this year. IndustriALL Global Union and other federations have expressed their concerns to Colombia's president, Iván Duque.

Garment unions in Cambodia and Myanmar step closer to a living wage

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 05:45

As part of IndustriALL's living wage campaign garment unions in Cambodia and Mayanmar met last week on 20 - 22 August 2018 todevelop and agree on joint demands and strategy for national sectoral bargaining in the apparel and footwear sector.

Beyond Bangladesh, OECD countries must act to save lives in the garment industry

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 08:36

On 24 April 2013, the world woke up to the reality of garment factory conditions in Bangladesh when more than a thousand workers were killed and over two thousand injured after the Rana Plaza garment factory complex, supplying western brands, collapsed. 

Belarus: Two independent union leaders convicted despite absence of proof

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 12:46

Today, on 24 August, after a two-week trial, the Sovetsky district court of the city of Minsk unjustly punished Gennady Fedynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate Belarusian radio and electronics industry workers’ union (REP), by undermining fundamentals of rule of law and fair trial. Increasing anger and outrage emerge among IndustriALL affiliates worldwide as Fedynich is a substitute member of the executive committee.

Croatian shipbuilders strike over non-payment of wages

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 03:21

4,500 workers at the Uljanik shipbuilding company in Croatia have taken strike action after the financially troubled company failed to pay their wages for July.

Liberian unions demand better working conditions at Firestone rubber plantations

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 08:58

Unions representing over 10,000 agricultural and industrial workers from the rubber plantations owned by Firestone-Liberia are demanding living wages, better housing, safe drinking water, access to electricity, and an end to discrimination and unfair labour practices.

Australia : 1,600 Alcoa workers strike over job security

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 05:25

Workers at five Alcoa sites in Western Australia have voted almost unanimously to take indefinite strike action after 20 months of negotiations with Alcoa failed to provide a guarantee of no forced redundancies.

New Zealand: workers at Sistema Plastics campaign for fair contract

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 08:04

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate E tū is demanding a fair collective bargaining agreement for workers at Sistema Plastics in Auckland, New Zealand, but has reached a standoff with the intransigent management who refuse to offer any additional increase in wages or conditions. Sistema is part of US-based Newell Brands, a producer of plastic storage containers.

New project launched for young Latin Americans

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:24

A new project aimed at young people has just been launched in Latin America and the Caribbean. IndustriALL and German donor organization, DGB Bildungswerk, are committed to working together for youth empowerment.

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