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General Electric plans to cut 6,500 jobs in Europe

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:45

American technology and financial services giant General Electric plans to cut 6,500 jobs in Europe over the next two years, following a restructuring of the group. Trade unions are opposing the job slaying and demanding that the workers’ rights are respected in the process.

Madagascar – Court decision shows Sherritt is not above the law

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:16

A Supreme Court (Conseil d’Etat) in Madagascar has suspended a decision by the Ministry of Labour in favour of a union leader sacked by Canadian mining company Sherritt at its Ambatovy nickel mine. 

Improving safety for oil and gas workers in the Arctic

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 03:49

A delegation of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates took part in a meeting at the International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, aimed at improving health and safety for oil and gas workers in the Arctic. 

Union struggles for decent work building at Rio Tinto

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 03:25

Struggles are building in a number of countries against attempts by Rio Tinto to increase the use of precarious labour.

Foundation stone laid for shipbreaking workers’ training centre in India

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:48

More than 18,000 union members in the shipbreaking industry will benefit from a new training centre in Alang, India, due to be completed by August 2016.

Reinstate Thai auto workers says IndustriALL

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:01

More than 600 locked-out auto workers in Thailand must be reinstated, said IndustriALL in letters to the Thai government and Japanese company Sanko Gosei Ltd.

US Steelworkers rally against ArcelorMittal to demand fair contracts

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 08:12

Around 100 United Steelworkers (USW) members, retirees and supporters rallied at rush hour outside ArcelorMittal’s corporate offices in downtown Chicago on the morning of 27 January 2016 and delivered a loud and clear message directly to group chairman and CEO, Lakshmi Mittal, “We deserve a fair contract now!”. 

South Korea trade unionists holed up in offices

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:14

Lee Youngjoo has not left her Seoul trade union offices for several weeks. If she does, she is afraid she will be arrested and put in prison like her colleague, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) president, Han Sang-gyun.

Philippines: union actions at Sanofi Aventis lead to collective bargaining agreement

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:10

In January, union members at French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Aventis in the Philippines, took action in different regions of the country to end a collective bargaining deadlock. Negotiations between the local union and the company management had broken down in September 2015 over wage increases.

Miners’ union and companies want to improve industrial relations

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 03:06

The Mexican miners’ union and more than 40 companies share the same objective: tackle the problems caused by the global economy for both workers and companies. This was on the agenda when they met on 21-23 January to discuss how to improve industrial relations.

Kyrgyzstan: victory for striking gold miners

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:39

A three-day strike by workers at the Zhamgyr gold mine in Kyrgyzstan has resulted in victory after their demands have been met.

Avon, ‘the company for women’ hurts women in the Philippines

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 09:37

All across America, Europe and Asia, Avon is well known for its cosmetics and home products used by millions of women who themselves are part of the company’s direct sale agents.

Joint commitment to prevent workplace sexual harassment by IndustriALL, IUF and Unilever

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:27

Sexual harassment is a universal problem, both at the workplace and outside of it. It can damage lives and careers, cause lasting psychological, social and career damage and gravely undermine the working environment. 

Unions - voice of social justice in Davos

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:21

Global union leaders tell political leaders and business executives at the World Economic Forum in Davos that we need to build societies based on social justice and take care of workers in the ongoing industrial and energy revolutions.

Global unions criticize Bangladesh Government over EU compact

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:00

Three global unions have made a critical assessment of the Government of Bangladesh saying it is failing to comply with a compact made with the European Union in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Brazilian metalworkers’ prepare for industry challenges

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 03:00

IndustriALL Global Union Brazilian affiliate, CNM/CUT, is addressing the challenges facing industry with a workshop and book launch on 22 January in Porto Alegre, Brazil. 

Asia Pacific executive committee and women’s committee meet in Tokyo

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:45

IndustriALL Global Union’s Asia Pacific executive committee met in Tokyo, Japan, on 20 January to discuss congress preparations, activities and projects.

British government supports shipbreaking convention

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:10

The British government has expressed its intention to ratify the Hong Kong Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.

Why Industry 4.0 is both a social and technological revolution

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:50

As world leaders convene in Davos for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), this year’s theme on the fourth industrial revolution is set to have a major impact on IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates around the world. 

Online course on Workers´ Rights in a Global Economy

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:44

Want to deepen your knowledge on workers' rights in the global economy? The Global Labour University offers an online course open for everyone with an interest in the issue and the instruments that can be used to realize the rights.

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