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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.

South Korean union leader Han Sang-gyun sentenced to three years in jail

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 06:10

The president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) was sentenced by the Seoul High Court for "leading a violent protest” in November last year.

Iran: petroleum workers win back pay after strike action

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 09:39

Workers at the Bushehr Petrochemical Complex won unpaid wages after taking strike action last week.

Trade union confederation in Kazakhstan faces dissolution

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 08:42

Five years after 17 striking oil workers were shot dead by riot police in Kazakhstan, trade union rights remain under severe repression in the country.

Dutch union threatens strike action at Shell over failure to agree new collective agreement

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 08:25

Dutch union FNV has indicated that it will take strike action at the Pernis refinery in the Netherlands if Shell does not meet its demands.

CMPC pulp and paper workers call for global agreement

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 04:25

The IndustriALL trade union network at CMPC met on 6-7 December in Concepción, Chile, and met company management to establish regional industrial relations.

Pirelli trade union network builds joint work

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 03:58

The IndustriALL Trade Union Network at Pirelli held its second annual meeting on 30 November and 1 December in Turin, Italy. 

Trade tariff victory for USW paper workers

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 02:56

Anti-dumping tariffs on paper products from China and Indonesia were extended by US authorities on 6 December. The decision by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) follows strong lobbying by the world’s largest paper workers union, USW, who were joined by US manufacturers in calling for the measures.

SWU wins better conditions for Siemens India workers.

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 09:16

Siemens Workers' Union (SWU), an IndustriALL Global Union Indian affiliate, has signed a wage settlement agreement with Siemens Ltd for workers employed at the transformer unit of the company factory in Thane, India.

CUB55 workers to return to work after union victory

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:31

Australian unions are celebrating an historic victory that will see 55 maintenance workers at Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) return to work after a 180-day dispute.

IndustriALL Myanmar affiliates make rapid progress, despite challenges

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 04:35

The Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) and the Mining Workers Federation of Myanmar (MWFM) participated in a series of IndustriALL workshops from 2-5 December on union building, gender and precarious work. 

Tunisian textile and garment union sees strong growth

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:50

An organizing campaign backed by IndustriALL Global Union in the textile and garment sector in the Middle East and North Africa is seeing strong results, with many unions reporting growth.

IndustriALL calls for urgent ILO action on deadly Chinese coal mines

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 08:54

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the International Labour Organization (ILO) urging it to intervene to improve safety in Chinese coal mines, following the deaths of 86 coal miners in a matter of weeks. 

India - IndustriALL affiliates share organizing strategies

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 05:01

IndustriALL South Asia office held a series of events in November 2016 to build union organizing initiatives and inform women trade union leaders on legal processes related to sexual harassment at the workplace. 

Workers mobilize globally against LafargeHolcim human rights’ violations

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 04:31

Workers at LafargeHolcim are holding a global day of action in advance of the 10 December International Human Rights Day to draw attention to the world’s largest cement maker’s widespread violations of workers’ rights.

IndustriALL builds presence in the Caribbean

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 04:08

An IndustriALL Caribbean regional council has been created to strengthen ties between unions and IndustriALL's presence in the sub-region.