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Sexual harassment of garment workers in India exposed

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 03:47

Recent reports, including a television investigation, have revealed a pervasive culture of sexual harassment and stressful working conditions endured by workers in Indian garment factories in Gurgaon (now Gurugram) and Bangalore.

Akzo Nobel union network breaks barriers to organizing in Colombia

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 02:27

The network of Akzo Nobel trade unions in Latin America is using its strong influence to insist that workers in the company’s Colombian factory have the right to organize a union.

Colombian pulp, paper, packaging workers build power

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 02:13

IndustriALL Global Union conducted a workshop in Bogota on 18-19 July, bringing together Colombian members in the pulp and paper sector to share strategies for building power.

Indonesia: low wages in the textile and garment industry undermine workers’ rights

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 07:06

A planning meeting was held in Bogor, Indonesia, from 12-18 July, as part of a project to support affiliates in the Indonesian textile, garment, shoe and leather sector.

Thai women launch gender and maternity protection project

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 03:44

A project to achieve gender equality and improved maternity protection in Thailand was launched in Bangkok on 21 June as part of IndustriALL Global Union’s South East Asia project for women. 

IndustriALL challenges major lifts and escalators companies over safety

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:48

IndustriALL has laid down the gauntlet to four of the world’s biggest lifts and escalators companies demanding better safety in the sector. 

IndustriALL condemns attempted military coup in Turkey and calls for full democracy

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 04:53

On 15 July, Turkey again faced a military coup d’état like several times in the last decades, as the country’s armed forces attempted to overthrow the government with violence and bloodshed as a result.
“IndustriALL Global Union strongly condemns this attempted coup and calls for a swift return to Turkey's constitutional order,” says assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan.

IndustriALL India women’s committee calls for more women leaders

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:56

Maternity protection, sexual harassment in the workplace, violence against women and women’s representation in union leadership positions were some of the key issues discussed at a women’s committee meeting held in Delhi, India, on 14 July.

Georgia: from organizing to collective bargaining

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 03:40

IndustriALL Global Union has shifted the focus of its organizing project in Georgia to collective bargaining and collective agreements in response to the needs of its affiliate in the country. 

1,700 jobs under threat at South Africa gold mine

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:11

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), says it is determined to fight the retrenchment 1,702 jobs at the Cooke 4 gold and uranium mine in South Africa. 

Turkey: angry coal miners protest against privatization

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:04

Thousands of miners, politicians, NGOs and communities demonstrated against government attempts to privatize and close hard coal pits in the Zonguldak region in Turkey today. 

Finnish company PKC ignores court ruling and fails to reinstate miners

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 02:45

“Miners speak up against this new injustice! We give our complete support to the workers at Arneses y Accesorios,” announced IndustriALL Mexican affiliate Los Mineros. 

As abuses continue, so does Rio Tinto campaign

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 04:21

Dialogue between IndustriALL Global Union affiliates and Rio Tinto about establishing agreed global labour principles and structures for enforcing those principles continues, following a management reorganization at the company. 

NGWF action secures victories for Bangladeshi garment workers

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 09:25

Swift action by IndustriALL Global Union’s Bangladeshi affiliate, the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), in support of workers at Tejgaon Textile Limited (TTL) and Ananta Apparels Limited and Ananta Fashion Limited has resulted in significant victories. 

Ukraine: 50,000 rally against utility tariffs increase

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 03:37

Over 50,000 trade union members and workers from all over Ukraine rallied in Kiev on 6 July protesting against the sharp increase in utility tariffs. 

Botswana: IndustriALL calls for immediate action at deadly mine

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:18

In the last five years, 15 mineworkers at Bamangwato Concessions Ltd (BCL) mine in Botswana have died on duty in separate accidents. Despite numerous appeals to government to improve safety at the state-owned mine, conditions are in fact deteriorating.

IndustriALL and ENI agree on improved rights and world works council

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:46

IndustriALL Global Union and Italian energy giant Eni have renewed their global framework agreement, with improved rights for 33,000 direct employees in 65 countries including a world works council.

Justice at last for Tazreen fire victims

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 09:59

Compensation payments to the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh have finally been completed. More than a hundred people were killed and around 200 injured in the garment factory disaster in Ashulia on 24 November 2012.

Colombia: USO victory as oilfield comes under state control

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 07:42

After a five-year campaign, Colombian oil workers’ union USO, has won a major victory as state-owned oil company, Ecopetrol, takes full control of the country’s largest oilfield at Campo Rubiales.

Sri Lanka: thousands protest against anti-union discrimination at FTZs

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 04:33

More than 3,000 members of independent trade unions in Sri Lanka demonstrated against severe anti-union discrimination in Free Trade Zones (FTZs) in the country. 

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