IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the oil and gas sectors from Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore met in Taipei on 26-27 August 2016 to create a regional union network in Asia Pacific region.
Garment and footwear unions in Cambodia have agreed to demand US$179.60 as the monthly minimum wage for 2017, during a weekend of talks organized by IndustriALL Global Union, FES and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity.
In order to build strength and coordination, the IndustriALL pulp, paper and packaging unions of South East Asia have established a new trade union network with an ambitious action plan. Two multinationals have specifically been identified for action, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) and Kimberly Clark (KC).
IndustriALL Global Union condemns the coup against democracy in Brazil on 31 August, when the Brazilian Senate removed President Dilma Rousseff from office without presenting evidence that she has committed a crime and ignored people’s support for her.
The call by ten trade union centres for a general strike on 2 September 2016 received massive support from workers across India.
Meeting in Amman, affiliates from Jordan and Iraq came together on 29-30 August to discuss how unions can best confront the problem of low wages in their industries.
Caterpillar announced this morning that it will close its Belgian headquarters at Gosselies, Charleroi, in April 2017, and make all 2,200 workers redundant.
Trade unions in India will take part in a nationwide general strike on 2 September against the government’s anti-worker policies.
IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the Habib Fashions garment factory in Bangladesh to reopen, after it tried to block the registration of a trade union at the factory and subsequently shut down.
The electric power industry in Asia is undergoing a number of rapid changes that impact workers. IndustriALL affiliates from Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea recently met in Seoul to discuss challenges and solutions.
The labour court of Yemen has found in favour of the union after 200 staff were sacked by text message.
Maziyar Gilaninejhad of the Union of the Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) talks about the situation in Iran.
Authorities tried to disrupt a trade union conference in Salihorsk, Belarus dedicated to the 10-year anniversary of women's union network of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU).
A bilateral and definitive ceasefire agreed by the Colombian government and the FARC will bring peace to the country after 50 years of violence.
On 23 August 2016, Nigerian unions took part in a national protest against an escalating labour crisis caused by unpaid wages and the killing of workers.
The last time the Ugandan government revised the minimum wage was in 1984. Since then attempts to increase or table the revision of the minimum wage from US$1.75 per month (UGX6000) have remained fruitless.
Italian metalworkers’ unions FIM, FIOM and UILM collect funds for communities suffered from the recent earthquake in the central Italy.
500 redundancies in Arneses y Accesorios PKC Group, and 100 in Teksid: this is the current situation faced by workers in Mexico. Members of Los Mineros, an affiliate of IndustriALL, are struggling to get reinstated and put end to anti-union practices.
Training in gender equality and advocacy was held for women trade union leaders in Indonesia and the Philippines. Training is also scheduled for Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Ninety percent of the workers of the National Paper Factory in Colonia, Uruguay, have been laid off due to the factory’s economic difficulties. FOPCU, an IndustriALL affiliate, is negotiating their rehiring with the company and the ministry of labour.