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Trade unions in the Philippines develop organizers

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:04

IndustriALL Philippines held a three-day training workshop on organizing skills to enhance the capacity of field organizers.

From contract to permanent employment – fighting for workers in the supply chain

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 05:06

Indonesian pulp and paper union FSP2KI has successfully reinstated dismissed contract workers, as well as turning them into directly employed permanent employees.

FUP Brazil takes action to defend Petrobras

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 03:15

14 June was a day of struggle for Brazil’s oil industry workers defending the state oil company Petrobras and the Pre-Salt oilfields. Workers have called on the general public to unite to resist and win the battle.

Colombia - IndustriALL demands guarantees for assaulted USO union leader

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 02:05

Dibeth Quintana, a leader of the oil workers’ union, USO, was assaulted several times by an Ecopetrol security supervisor and national police officers. IndustriALL condemns this attack and demands guarantees from the Colombian government.

Young workers discuss Chilean IndustriALL union policies

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 04:53

Young workers affiliated to IndustriALL unions in Chile met to discuss union policies at a seminar in Santiago on 2 and 3 June.

Hyundai: stop union busting at your suppliers

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 03:52

Forty-one-year-old Han Kwang-ho was under constant attack for his trade union activities. Friday 24 June marks 100 days since Han, a union organizer at a Hyundai auto part supplier in South Korea, committed suicide. 

Caterpillar network meets UAW president Dennis Williams in Detroit

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 10:57

On 15 and 16 June, 29 Caterpillar trade union delegates from four continents met in Detroit, Michigan, at the invitation of IndustriALL Global Union and US affiliate United Auto Workers (UAW).

John Deere unions meet to strengthen cooperation

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 09:42

IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in North America, Brazil, Spain and Germany met in Detroit, Michigan on 13 and 14 June to advance IndustriALL’s John Deere trade union network.

Worker rights violations under spotlight at the ILO

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 10:36

The ILO Committee on Application of Standards at the 2016 International Labour Conference in Geneva heard testimonies from workers around the world facing increased repression and difficulties in exercising their rights enshrined in ILO Conventions.

Progress made towards an ILO standard on global supply chains

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 04:14

Meeting in Geneva at the 2016 International Labour Conference (ILC), the Committee on decent work in global supply chains, comprising representatives of workers, employers and governments, debated what the ILO must do to address labour rights deficits in the supply chains of multinational companies.

industriAll Europe confronts a continent in crisis

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 15:02

The second industriAll European Trade Union Congress took place on 7-9 June in Madrid, bringing together European unions in the manufacturing, mining, chemical and textile sectors to confront the challenges facing workers on the continent. 

Mexican union leader calls for immediate government action

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:06

Mexican trade union leader, Napoleon Gomez, is calling for the Mexican government to take immediate action to stop the grave violations of trade union rights in the country.

Holding multinational companies accountable

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 06:22

Jyrki Raina addressed the International Labour Conference 2016 in Geneva in the context of the discussion on decent work in supply chains. He joined the global union movement in calling for new standards to address labour rights violations in supply chains of multinational companies.

Four workers die in a series of accidents in Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 08:01

Accidents at Seiko Steel and Laskar shipbreaking yards in Sitakunda Upazaila claimed four lives and injured three workers.

Pakistan: Factory fire victims welcome renewed talks on compensation

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 02:37

The Meeting of the Ali Enterprises Affectees Association, held in Karachi on 28 May 2016, welcomed international-level talks on compensation for victims of Pakistan’s worst ever industrial accident.

Workers denounce anti-trade union practices at Gerdau steel plants

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 02:54

The Gerdau World Workers’ Council met in Montevideo, Uruguay from 16-18 May to address the global steel crisis and anti-trade union practices at Gerdau, which is the biggest producer of long steel in the Americas.

Enforceability key to changing Bangladesh’s garment industry

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:46

Three years after the creation of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, its current status and future challenges were discussed at a side event at the International Labour Conference in Geneva on 2 June. Despite some unacceptable delays in remediation progress, the Accord is making significant headway according to representatives from both workers and brands.

Mining unions fight back as commodities crisis hits

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 08:14

Representatives from mineworkers’ unions across the world met in Leipzig, Germany from 30 May to 1 June for IndustriALL’s World Mining and DGOJP Conference, hosted by German Mining, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Union (IG BCE).

Victory for striking Verizon workers

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 03:50

Following a 45-day strike, Communications Workers of America union (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) announced a tentative agreement with telecommunications giant Verizon on 29 May.

IndustriALL Executives afoot for Congress in Rio

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:24

Preparations for IndustriALL Global Union’s 2nd Congress in Brazil, organizing and campaigning, climate change and Industry 4.0 were key subjects debated by 200 participants at the Executive Committee meeting in Frankfurt on 25-26 May.