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Death toll rises to 18 at Indian coal mine collapse

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 08:48

The number of miners killed in a coal mine collapse in the Jharkhand state of India has risen to 18, with many miners still missing. 

Worst of the worst – shipbreaking in Pakistan

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 07:23

In an industry characterized by danger and exploitation, only the desperate risk their lives working in the shipbreaking yards of Pakistan.

Gas Natural Fenosa plans on keeping its Colombian subsidiary Electricaribe

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 07:42

Gas Natural Fenosa has stated its intention to invest in its Colombian subsidiary, Electricaribe at a meeting in Madrid with IndustriALL affiliate, Sintraelecol.

Sri Lanka garment workers protest over unpaid wages and benefits.

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 02:23

19 December 2016 members of the IndustriALL’s Sri Lanka affiliate CIWU staged a protest at Tri Star Apparel Exports (Pvt) Ltd.

Belarusian unions call for abolishment of decree on “social parasitism”

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 01:49

In a reply to the Belarusian President’s statement about correcting shortcomings in the decree "On prevention of social dependency”, IndustriALL affiliates say that the decree should be abolished instead of improved. 

Trade unions file OECD case against Renault-Nissan Alliance in three countries

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 08:16

Calling for the correction of the failure of French Renault S.A., Japanese Nissan Motor Co. and Dutch Renault-Nissan BV to undertake due diligence in order to avoid and address serious labour right violations reported at Nissan North America Inc.’s (NNA) manufacturing facilities in Canton, Mississippi, IndustriALL and its US affiliate the United Auto Workers (UAW) is seeking the good offices of the National Contact Points (NCPs) for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in three countries. The case follows strong recommendations delivered by the US NCP, including the offer of mediation, which were rejected by Nissan North America.

Update on the #Tipitapa12

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 03:21

The 12 workers arrested for taking part in a protest action against the dismissal of their union reps in Nicaragua, have been sentenced to jail.

Get your Congress special issue of the Global Worker now!

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 05:11

The latest issue of IndustriALL’s biannual magazine ‘Global Worker’ is available now in print and on our website.

Welcome to global worker

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 14:08

2016 is drawing to a close, and we can look back on a year filled with action. In my first months as General Secretary since Congress in October, IndustriALL has joined solidarity actions for Korea and the victims of the Mariana disaster in Brazil, as well as condemned deadly accidents in the world’s most dangerous industry, shipbreaking, in Pakistan.

Trade unions stand with Lula

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 13:32

Some 300 trade unions at the IndustriALL Global Union 2nd Congress in Rio de Janeiro unanimously endorsed a resolution supporting former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva and condemning the attacks on the working class in Brazil. 

Colombia's Trade Unions mobilize for peace

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 13:05


After five decades of civil war, a peace treaty was rejected by a narrow majority of the population in this deeply divided country. Colombia’s trade unions are determined to help build a just peace, working with civil society to achieve a settlement that begins to heal the deep wounds.

LafargeHolcim message heard “Workers’ rights are human rights”

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:00

LafargeHolcim workers, shop stewards, works councils and trade unions across the globe held actions on the occasion of International Human Rights Day on 10 December demanding the cement giant LafargeHolcim to respect human rights.

INTERVIEW: Valter Sanches

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 10:58

On 5 October 2016, Valter Sanches from Brazilian union CNM/CUT, was elected General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union. Sanches, a former metalworker and life-long trade union activist, will lead IndustriALL for the next four years.

DNO Yemen has property seized for failing to pay workers

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 09:32

Norwegian oil company DNO has had its property and assets seized by Yemeni authorities to reimburse arrears in wages and benefits after failing to pay workers for over a year work since June 2015.

Justice for the Tipitapa 12

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 08:17

Twelve workers face a possible jail sentence for taking part in protest action against the dismissal of their union reps in Nicaragua. IndustriALL Global Union has launched a campaign to defend them.

IndustriALL 2nd Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil3-7 October 2016

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 07:50

1,500 delegates from all over the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Three exciting days of Congress - from the colourful opening with President Lula’s speech getting standing ovations to discussions, elections and solidarity resolutions.

Each Congress session was themed after one of IndustriALL’s five strategic goals. Union representatives and one employer took to the stage to show delegates actions taken to build stronger unions, defend workers’ rights, confront global capital, promote a sustainable industrial policy and to fight precarious work.

Free and independent trade unions fight for workers’ rights in Iran

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 06:55

In October, the Union of Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) became the first affiliate from Iran to join IndustriALL. The affiliation is a significant step in a country where unions are persecuted and trade unionists imprisoned. 

Transforming how we organize

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 01:34

From its creation in 2012 IndustriALL Global Union has put special efforts into organizing. It is an indispensable part of all union programme, campaigns and activities.

Organizing in a fragile environment

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 00:12

As Somalia emerges from a long civil war, unions face the challenge of organizing in a society where the rule of law is weak.

India: Thousands of workers lose employment and wages

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 09:07

The demonetization process launched by India’s government has affected production, jobs and wages of workers across the country. There are fears that it will result in the loss of over 400,000 jobs and reduce India’s economic growth rate.