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Anti-inequality protests intensify in Chile

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 05:54

More than a million people took part in the biggest demonstration in Chile since democracy was restored. The protestors are calling for an end to the country’s widespread social inequality, and have been out on the streets every day to make their demands heard.

Agreements unite formal and informal metal workers in Kenya

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:39

To effectively unite, recruit and organize informal metal workers, the Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers (AUKMW) and other unions have signed agreements with the Ambira Jua Kali Artisans Association and the Migingo Self Help Group Association.

Aerospace unions aim to take global solidarity to next level

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 10:38

The world’s most powerful aerospace unions, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, met in Singapore from 23-25 October 2019 and developed a comprehensive global strategy to take solidarity to the next level.

H&M suppliers in India discuss effective GFA implementation

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 09:10

More than a hundred H&M suppliers who employ hundreds and thousands of workers, participated in joint workshops organized by IndustriALL and Swedish clothing company H&M to discuss the global framework agreement (GFA) and its implementation.

Autoworkers vote to end GM strike

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 04:01

Members of the United Autoworkers (UAW) have voted to end the longest strike at GM since 1970.

French auto supplier union-busting in Turkey

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 09:04

Safe Demo Plastik, the Turkish subsidiary of French auto supplier Safe Group, is conducting an extensive strategy of union busting against members of IndustriALL Global Union’s Turkish affiliate Petrol-İş in the city of Bursa, centre of the auto sector in the country.

Strengthening union power in the Indian Aerospace sector

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 08:14

The IndustriALL Global Union aerospace steering committee met Indian aerospace union representatives on a maiden study trip to Delhi on 21 October 2019 and together resolved to increase IndustriALL activities in the sector.

Textile unions in Bosnia-Herzegovina organize for living wages

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 07:52

Bosnia-Herzegovina’s textile sector has grown in recent years, but with a legal minimum wage just above €200 per month, it still has among the lowest wages in South-East Europe.

North America cement unions meet in Canada

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 07:29

Union delegates from US and Canadian cement unions affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union met on 23 October 2019 in Laval, a large north suburb of Montreal, Canada to discuss trends and challenges in the cement sector faced by workers and their unions both inside and outside Northern America.

IndustriALL rejects violence and repression against the people of Chile

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 04:34

IndustriALL Global Union has condemned the violence and repression in Chile that have led to the deaths of at least 18 people, and called on the Chilean government to respect the rights of all people to freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration.

Workers’ Rights Act amendments a victory for Mauritius unions

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 03:29

On 4 October the Mauritius government agreed to the Workers’ Rights Act (2019) which will improve conditions on hours of work, shift work, vacation leave and for precarious workers in non-standard work. 

Ukrainian miners demand payment of wage arrears

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 02:59

The Ukrainian government has set aside money to pay wage arrears, but unions will protest outside parliament until the money owed to  more than 30,000 coal miners is paid.

IndustriALL demands release of 21 workers in Iran

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 10:53

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the president of Iran to demand the release of 21 workers detained after protesting at Azarab Industries in Arak, and condemned the brutal use of force against peaceful protestors at the company’s factory. 

US copper workers strike after decade with no pay rise

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:51

Two thousand workers have been on strike for a week at four Asarco copper facilities in Arizona, and one in Texas, after rejecting a four-year contract that would see no pay rise for most.

Spanish union leaders occupy Endesa offices

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:17

Union officials have occupied the offices of Spanish energy company Endesa to protest against the company undermining rights and benefits by failing to conduct collective bargaining in good faith.

Campaign to stop gender-based violence kicks off at South African factory

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 09:04

Dozens of workers, community members, non-governmental organizations, police and other government departments, gathered at chemical manufacturer Johnson Matthey's (JM) factory in Germiston, Johannesburg, on 19 October, to campaign against gender-based violence and femicide, which has reached alarming levels in South Africa.

Workers condemn Sanofi decision to leave Bangladesh

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 08:41

IndustriALL Global Union and its affiliate the Bangladesh Chemical, Energy & Allied Workers Federation (BCEF) are calling on French pharmaceutical company Sanofi to reconsider its decision to leave Bangladesh.

Unions in South-East Asia confront Industry 4.0 challenges

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 04:51

Trade union representatives from six countries in South-East Asia gathered in Bangkok on 16 and 17 October to discuss how to best protect workers as industry undergoes rapid transformation due to digitalization and automation.

Solidarity in the face of BHP’s race to the bottom

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:24

IndustriALL, together with London Mining Network, International Transport Federation, Unite the Union and others, joined forces in a joint demonstration ahead of the mining giant’s annual general meeting in London, calling on BHP to stop replacing permanent jobs with less stable, lower paid contract work.

Glencore workers call for dispute settlement protocol

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:25

Unions from Glencore operations in Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, USA, Peru, South Africa and Zambia came together to discuss the progress of IndustriALL’s Glencore campaign, launched in 2017. For the first time, Glencore executives attended the global union network meeting in Valledupar, Colombia, on 26 – 27 September.