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Hungary: workers put jobs on the line to defend sacked union leader

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:10

Workers at the Richard Fritz car window factory in Aszód, Hungary, braved management threats of dismissal to take part in a demonstration demanding the reinstatement of sacked union leader Edit Kovács.  

Victory for metalworkers in Turkey

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 09:27

Strike action by over 2,000 workers in Turkey has paid off as IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Birleşik Metal İş, wins a major victory in securing a better deal for metalworkers. 

South African union saves mineworkers’ jobs

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 08:56

Demonstrating the power of dialogue, a strong trade union and enabling legislation, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in South Africa has successfully averted the loss of 849 jobs.

Two oil union leaders arrested in Kazakhstan

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 02:29

Trade union rights are rapidly deteriorating in Kazakhstan. On 21 January, police in Aktau arrested two union leaders from the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (CNTUK). The CNTUK was recently dissolved by authorities.

IndustriALL Japan Liaison Council established

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:40

The founding conference of the IndustriALL Japan Liaison Council (IndustriALL-JLC) was held on 8 December 2016.

Bangladesh: strife ends as Donglian fashion signs collective agreement with union

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:44

The Donglian Fashion Sommilito Sramik Union has signed a collective agreement with the company, ending years of union oppression.

Mexican unions continue fighting against rising petrol prices

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 03:49

IndustriALL affiliates in Mexico are protesting against rising petrol prices, announced on 1 January. Action started the following day around the country, and unions say they will continue until the government backtracks.

Why I went to Davos

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:00

By Valter Sanches, General Secretary, IndustriALL Global Union

Attacks on unions continue as Turkish government bans strikes

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:01

In the course of a couple of days, the government of Turkey has imposed decrees citing threats against national security, effectively banning thousands of workers from their legitimate right to strike.

PCSS stands for precarious workers’ rights at Jamul cement plant in India

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:45

On 19 January IndustriALL Global Union and its Indian affiliate Pragatisheel Cement Sharamik Sangh’s (PCSS) met with management of ACC Jamul Cement Works, owned by world leading cement producer LafargeHolcim. After the meeting the PCSS activists organized an impressive rally of cement workers followed by a public meeting near the plant.

Precarious work and safety key concerns for LafargeHolcim unions in India

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:56

Precarious work and health and safety topped the list of concerns at a meeting of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates at LafargeHolcim cement plants in India from 16-17 January 2017.

Bangladesh: Release arrested garment union leaders now!

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 03:06

IndustriALL Global Union together with Uni Global Union has launched an online campaign calling on the government of Bangladesh to immediately and unconditionally release garment trade union leaders detained in recent weeks.

Global unions back reinstatement of Hungarian union leader

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:42

IndustriALL Global Union is demanding the reinstatement of a union leader after she was illegally sacked for her trade union activities at an automotive supplier in Hungary.

NAM must reinstate fired union representative

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:06

A Dutch trade unionist will be in court on 19 January, demanding that his dismissal after 31 years from the oil company NAM, in which Shell and Esso own 50 per cent respectively, be overturned. He was dismissed with immediate effect in October last year after being falsely accused of having spread sensitive information relating to the company's pension scheme.

Workers’ rights are never out of fashion!

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 06:48

Half a million textile, garment, and footwear workers in Italy are on a general strike today, 13 January, demanding the renewal of the national labour contracts. A demonstration was held in Florence, coinciding with one of Italy’s major fashion events, Pitti Uomo.

Norwegian oil company DNO targeted by unions

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 08:43

Failure to pay workers in Yemen has made Norwegian oil company, DNO, a target of a trade union campaign.

Trinidad oil workers’ union wins pay increase

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 07:35

IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate in Trinidad and Tobago, has won a hard-fought battle for a pay rise, after 5,000 oil workers threatened strike action against state oil company Petrotrin. 

Kazakh authorities dissolve trade union center

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 04:12

IndustriALL Global Union expresses its outrage  over the dissolution of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (CNTUK).

Kazakh union leader is facing charges while her union is dissolved

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:15

On 9 January the authorities opened a criminal case against Larisa Kharkova, president of the International trade union confederation affiliate Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (CNTUK). She is accused of large-scale misappropriate use and embezzlement of union funds.

Five workers burn to death at Gadani shipbreaking yard

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 07:06

At least five workers have died in a fire onboard an LPG container ship at the Gadani shipbreaking yard in Pakistan on 9 January, in yet another deadly incident at the yard. Despite scores of fatalities at Gadani in the last few months, no measures have been taken to improve safety.