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Oil unions in Kuwait resume negotiations over demands

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 04:42

In an effort to end the indefinite strike announced in April, a delegation from IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate the Oil and Petrochemical Industries Workers Confederation (OPIWC) and oil unions in the country met with the Kuwaiti prime minister on 20 April. 

Settlement reached for state oil workers in Ivory Coast

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 04:33

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate SYNTEPCI has negotiated a strong settlement for 50 workers laid off by state-owned oil company Petroci in January.

USW cement workers in Canada reach agreement with LafargeHolcim

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:09

After several months of struggle and a three-month strike, cement workers at LafargeHolcim in Saint-Constant, Canada have won the battle in a conflict with the multinational cement producer.

Building sectorial union work in Bahrain

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 06:53

IndustriALL Global Union recently brought together key union leaders from metal, shipbuilding and energy sectors in Bahrain to look at ways of developing sectorial unions, in cooperation with the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU).

Unions in Belarus report new violations

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:21

Leaders from three of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in Belarus reported widespread violations of trade union rights in the country, during their meeting with IndustriALL assistant general secretary, Monika Kemperle on 29 April in the capital Minsk.

Industral Chile sponsors bill to declare lithium a strategic national resource

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:04

Industrial Chile, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, and the Confederation of Copper Workers (CTC) are sponsoring a bill to declare the Chemical and Mining Company of Chile (Sociedad Química Y Minería de Chile S. A. – SQM) and the production and commercialization of lithium to be a strategic national resource.

IndustriALL holds workshops across Kyrgyzstan

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 04:28

IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliate, the Mining and Metallurgy Trade Union of Kyrgyzstan (MMTUK), held a series of workshops for around 80 union members in different regions of Kyrgyzstan during the last week of April. Organizing and the ways to strengthen solidarity in the trade union were the main themes.

MENA oil and gas unions strengthen solidarity

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 04:42

Oil and gas unions from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) met in Beirut, Lebanon from 21 to 22 April, as the drop in global oil prices continues to impose new challenges on oil workers and unions in the region. 

FAIR committee discusses Total GFA monitoring and implementation

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 02:30

On 26 April 2016 union representatives met with Total company management in Paris, France to discuss further implementation and monitoring of the global framework agreement between IndustriALL and French-based energy giant Total signed in January 2015.

Heavy metal in Myanmar

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 01:00

Yangon’s South Dagon Industrial estate (Zone 3) is a labyrinth of metal workshops, stores and small factories. Nobody even knows the number of workers employed there. Some say 10,000 people, others 20,000.

The estate is an anvil of heat, dust and heavy metal, which is cut, machined, welded and hammered to order. From bolts, to plates, pylons, rigs and pipes, it is a testament to Burmese industry and ingenuity.

Rio Tinto unions build solidarity as company reaches out

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:01

The Rio Tinto global union network met in Brisbane, Australia this week, bringing together nearly fifty union leaders from Rio Tinto in eleven countries to discuss recent developments and update the network’s program of action.

Global solidarity on May Day

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:24

IndustriALL affiliates around the world took to the streets to celebrate May Day 2016, calling out for a living wage and a stop to precarious work.

Philippines: women boost skills in bargaining

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 08:25

Thirty-three women leaders from twelve IndustriALL affiliates in the Philippines completed a two-day workshop on Gender Equality in Collective Bargaining, held in San Mateo, Rizal from 25-26 April 2016. 

Unions in Madagascar ready to confront Rio Tinto and Sherritt

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:37

IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in Madagascar say they are determined to stand up for the collective rights of workers against multinational companies in a country where, despite enormous mineral wealth, 70 per cent of the population live on less than US$2 a day.

IndustriALL in solidarity with 40,000 striking Verizon workers

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:47

IndustriALL Global Union has expressed its solidarity with around 40,000 Verizon communications workers in the United States that have been on strike since 13 April.

IndustriALL Sub-Sahara Africa Regional Executive meets in Accra

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:28

More than 50 participants from 19 unions attended an extended IndustriALL Global Union Sub-Saharan Regional Executive Committee (REXCO) meeting in Accra, Ghana on 21 April. 

Ericsson global trade union network meets for the first time

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:43

Over 40 participants from 15 countries took part in the first meeting of the Ericsson global trade union network, organized by IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union in Nyon, Switzerland on 26-27 April.

Nuclear unions commemorate 30th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:48

IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliate, the Nuclear Power and Industry Workers Union of Ukraine, held the International Nuclear Workers’ Union Network (INWUN) meeting in Kiev, Ukraine to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the tragedy at Chernobyl.

Steel workers in Trinidad and Tobago stand up and fight for their rights

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 03:36

Steel workers in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago are standing up and fighting for their jobs and their rights in the midst of the steel crisis gripping the country.

Today, we remember the dead and fight for the living

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:43

28 April is International Day to Commemorate Dead and Injured Workers. The day is celebrated around the world, and is also called International Workers’ Memorial Day, the Day of Mourning, or World Day for Safety and Health at Work.


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