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Kazakhstan: ArcelorMittal debts lead to unpaid wages

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 09:20

Around 2000 contract workers at ArcelorMittal Temirtau in Kazakhstan have not been getting their wages because of the company’s extensive debts to its contractors.

Moldova: IndustriALL final workshop of the training of trainers project

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 08:31

On 15-16 March, the Labour Institute in Chisinau, Moldova, hosted the final workshop of the Training of Trainers project organized by IndustriALL Global Union and its French affiliate FO Metaux.

Lives on hold

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 04:08

Testimonies of textile and electronics workers show that precarious workers in the Cavite region in the Philippines are merely surviving and have a high risk of falling into poverty.

Unions defeat zero-hour contracts in New Zealand

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 03:44

In a major union victory against precarious work, on 10 March 2016 the New Zealand parliament unanimously passed a law banning zero-hour contracts.

Free trade requires labour norms and democratic control

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 03:31

Rules are needed for global trade, but they must include high labour norms and guarantee benefits for all, instead of weakening democratic control and favouring multinational corporations.

Sintracarbón celebrates bargaining victory at Cerrejón mine

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 04:00

After 62 days of difficult negotiations, the Colombian coal workers’ union SIntracarbón has reached an agreement at Cerrejón that recognizes the contribution made day in and day out by the 13,000 workers employed at the mine.

Crown evicts workers from Moroccan plant

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:06

American multinational packaging company, Crown Holding Inc, has ordered the eviction of workers from its plant in Agadir, Morocco.

Ukrainian coal miners demand industry support

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:58

Around 500 coal miners from all over Ukraine gathered in Kiev on 17 March and picketed the parliament building demanding it adopt two draft laws to settle some pressing socio-economical issues of the Ukrainian coal mining industry. 

Women trade unionists in Morocco unite to influence equality legislation

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 09:06

Women from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Morocco have come together for the first time to seek ways to influence a draft law which will set up a new institution for equality.

Mining unions come out fighting

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 05:10

Last week was a busy time for mining unions gathered in Bogotá to attend a series of meetings in the Colombian capital aimed at addressing the major challenges facing the sector.

Workers killed at Glencore’s Katanga mine in Congo

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 04:27

Three workers are confirmed dead and four remain missing at the Katanga mining company’s copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mine safety crisis in Pakistan: 10 more people killed

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:23

The mining industry in Pakistan is in in the grip of safety crisis as the avoidable loss of workers’ lives continues in the country.

Jyrki Raina visits Chile to support affiliates

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:07

Jyrki Raina, IndustriALL General Secretary, spoke at a press conference at the Santiago offices of the Chilean trade union centre, the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores  (CUT),  on 14 March to express support for IndustriALL affiliates and their campaign for labour reform.

Rio Tinto undermining right to strike

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:18

Rio Tinto has escalated a labour dispute at its aluminium smelter in Iceland by proposing that contractors be denied the right to strike. The company is also proposing to expand the use of lower paid contractors at the site.

Chevron sacks Bangladeshi workers by text message as part of union-busting

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 09:20

Multinational energy giant Chevron has sacked workers by text message in an ongoing case of intimidation aimed at discouraging union organizing.

Women at work: The gender gap isn’t closing fast enough

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 06:46

A groundbreaking study released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) into gender equality at work makes for disappointing reading.

IndustriALL denounces attacks in Turkey and Ivory Coast

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 08:56

IndustriALL Global Union strongly condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Turkey and Ivory Coast and sends its heartfelt sympathies to the families of those killed in the assaults on Sunday.

Great victory for Los Mineros at ArcelorMittal

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 04:42

The Mexican Miners’ and Metalworkers’ Union (SNTMMSRM), affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union and better known as Los Mineros, has won a major victory. After a week on strike, it has reached an agreement with ArcelorMittal and found a solution to recent dismissals. 

Georgia: Union victory after month-long strike

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 09:59

A month-long strike of 170 workers that paralyzed operations at the Ksani glass container factory in Georgia ended on 5 March after tough 12-hour negotiations between the union and management.  

Europe: Unions raise their voice against General Electric through an action day on 8 April

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:20

Trade unions representing workers at General Electric (GE) in Europe have called a day of action on 8 April to oppose the company’s restructuring plan.