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Facing the living wage challenge in Ethiopia

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 04:13

For Ethiopian unions, the achievement of living wages for their members is a key goal if the country’s development objectives are to be met, including becoming a middle-income country. Yet the mechanisms that unions could use to achieve this goal, namely systems for establishing a minimum wage or conducting industry bargaining, have yet to be developed in Ethiopia.

Inditex GFA - working towards a national trade union network in Vietnam

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:59

The global framework agreement (GFA) between IndustriALL Global Union and Spanish retail giant Inditex, was the basis for a meeting in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam, where discussions centred on the creation of a national Inditex trade union network.

German steelworkers raise their voice

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 14:34

On 11 April, around 45,000 German steelworkers rallied in different cities all over Germany for the future of Europe’s steel industry. 

IndustriALL Pulp and Paper Work Group sets active agenda

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 06:49

The Pulp and Paper Work Group of IndustriALL Global Union brings together leading trade unions in the sector to plan and coordinate joint work. Meeting on 4 April in Pittsburgh and hosted by the United Steelworkers (USW), the unions exchanged information on employment, bargaining and the industry as a whole, and made campaign plans.

Sappi trade union network keeps momentum

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 19:20

Meeting alongside the United Steelworkers’, USW, paper sector conference in Pittsburgh, USA, the global trade union network of Sappi workers met to maintain its joint work

Hugo Boss continues to treat Turkish workers like garbage

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:02

In March, Hugo Boss fired Meryem Bicakci because she supports the Teksif trade union organizing at her factory. It is another sacking in a long-running union-busting campaign by the luxury fashion label at its largest production facility in Izmir, Turkey.

Demonstrations in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil in defence of democracy

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:27

IndustriALL’s affiliates in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil participated in a day of action held simultaneously in the three countries in support of the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, democracy and the rule of law.

Global unions demand social dialogue with LafargeHolcim

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:09

IndustriALL Global Union is teaming up with sister organizations, the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), to launch an online petition calling on LafargeHolcim to respect workers’ rights and improve health and safety jointly with the trade unions .

Mine safety: It’s time to ratify ILO Convention 176

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 02:48

There is a safety crisis in the mining industry. But a solution exists: on International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, it is time for action on mine safety.

IndustriALL keeping watch on Cambodia

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 08:37

IndustriALL Global Union will continue to keep watch on Cambodia to make sure workers’ rights are respected after a controversial new trade union law was adopted by parliament amid violent protests on Monday.

Another coal mine explosion in Pakistan: five killed and eight injured

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 03:04

Avoidable mining deaths continue in Pakistan as a methane gas explosion claims the lives of another five miners on 2 April 2016.

Victory in Trinidad & Tobago: reinstatement of 68 workers dismissed in 2013

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 09:41

The Oil Workers Trade Union (OWTU), affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union in Trinidad & Tobago, has won the reinstatement of 68 National Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (NP) employees who were dismissed in 2013. The company has complied with a court order following a three-year campaign by the union.

Guards open fire on shipbreaking workers in Bangladesh

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 08:53

Seven people, including a 16-year-old boy, were injured after guards at a shipbreaking company in Bangladesh opened fire on people protesting against the death of a worker. 

Lexmark workers dismissed for demanding labour rights

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 08:37

Workers at Lexmark's factory in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico are suffering poor working conditions with low pay and unsafe workplaces. When they tried to fight for their rights and organize an independent union, they were unfairly dismissed. IndustriALL Global Union calls on the Conciliation and Arbitration Board (JCA) to order their reinstatement.

South Korea: IndustriALL builds solidarity in fight back against government crackdown

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 07:58

A high-level IndustriALL Global Union delegation conducted a solidarity mission to South Korea, to show support for the union struggle, and to publicly mobilize to ensure the Park administration respects workers’ fundamental rights.

British steel industry on a knife-edge

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 09:42

The British steel industry was dealt a devastating blow today as Tata Steel announced its intention to sell all of its operations in the UK, which employ around 15,000 workers across 14 sites.

Mining community activist murdered on South Africa’s Wild Coast

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 08:48

IndustriALL is outraged by the murder of Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe, a community activist fighting the development of the Xolobeni mine.

Women in the Philippines call for 120 days’ maternity leave

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 05:16

Fourteen IndustriALL Global union affiliates in the Philippines marked International Women’s Day with a unified call for improved maternity protection. 

ArcelorMittal closes plant in Trinidad & Tobago leaving 600 workers unemployed

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 04:12

ArcelorMittal has closed down its steel plant in Trinidad and Tobago after adopting a policy of temporary lay-offs during the last four months. More than 600 workers have lost their jobs and are working hard to find a solution.

ThyssenKrupp launches online violations reporting system

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 02:58

As part of the Global Framework Agreement (GFA) signed with IndustriALL Global Union and IG Metall in March 2015, the German metal and engineering multinational, Thyssenkrupp, has launched a new system allowing labour-related violations and abuses to be reported online.

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