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Unsafe working conditions continue to kill miners in Pakistan

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 06:03

Three coal miners were killed by poisonous gas in a mine in the Duki area in Pakistan on 19 February.

Iranian workers struggle for justice

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 05:58

Maziyar Gilaninejhad of the Union of the Metalworkers and Mechanics of Iran (UMMI) talks about the challenges and struggles of Iranian workers, and the likely effects of the nuclear deal on the economy.

Women unionists in South East Asia mobilize for year ahead

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 07:54

Women trade unionists from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines are to make gender equality and maternity protection a priority in 2016, following a series of strategy meetings this month.

Great victory for Donglian Fashion workers in Bangladesh

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 04:07

Unwavering mobilization by the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (SGSF) trade union and solidarity action by Japan's largest industrial union, UA Zensen, has seen 12 workers reinstated at Donglian Fashion Ltd in Bangladesh. 

Rio Tinto Bunder project: un-kept promises for workers and communities

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 02:47

At the end of January, IndustriALL Global Union and the Indian National Mineworkers Federation (INMWF) visited Chattarpur, in Madhya Pradesh, India, where Rio Tinto is waiting for approval to develop a 300-metre-deep open-pit diamond mine.  

European unions fight for strike rights

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 09:25

Just after we managed to clear an attack by the employers on the right to strike at the ILO, unions in the UK and Spain have had to take up the fight. And it could spread to other countries too.

IndustriALL stages Nissan protest at the IOC

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 11:07

IndustriALL Global Union today picketed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, in protest against Nissan’s sponsorship of the Rio 2016 Games.

Nissan workers use dialogue and demonstration to advance their cause

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 04:36

Three trade union centres in Brazil are using a combination of dialogue and demonstration to advance the cause of Nissan workers. They organized a demonstration and a meeting with the Organizing Committee of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro. They demanded that Nissan should be made to observe the terms of its official sponsorship deal and not violate human rights in the company’s supply chain. 

IndustriALL affiliates review trade union organizing efforts in India

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 01:46

IndustriALL Indian affiliates are comitted to continue organizing precarious workers in the textile, garment, leather, steel, mining and energy sectors.

Challenging the status quo – the rise of TUMEC

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 07:37

In the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country ravished by a torrid past and raging civil war and with little tolerance for different voices, the rise of the Travailleurs Unis dans les secteurs Miniers, Métallurgie, Energie et Chimie Worker’s Union (TUMEC) is an inspirational story of trade unionism.

Nissan – Not fit to be an Olympic sponsor

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 09:00

Nissan is under fire from trade unions that say the car company is breaking Olympic guidelines for sponsors of the Rio 2016 Games. 

Spain: the Airbus 8 acquitted

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 08:40

In a ruling on 16 February, a Spanish court acquitted the eight Airbus workers facing prison terms of eight years and three months each for having participated in a peaceful strike in 2010.

Save our steel!

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 08:30

5,000 steel workers marched in Brussels on 15 February to call on the European Commission to act on the increasing threat to their jobs posed by imports of cheap steel from China.

Still no justice, ten years after the Pasta de Conchos homicide

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 08:17

Ten years after the mining homicide at Pasta de Conchos, Mexico, the government has still not conducted a thorough investigation into the real causes of the disaster, brought those responsible to justice, recovered the bodies or compensated the families of the victims.

Cement unions commit to reinforce organizing in the Philippines

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 06:51

Having come together for a workshop on 13 – 14  February in Manila, Philippines, cement unions developed a national plan on organizing and recruiting of cement workers and precarious workers in the sector.


SWUTT fights lay-off of 494 workers in Trinidad and Tobago

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 02:58

Workers at the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Workers’ Union (SWUTT), an IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, held a protest march on 15 February after ArcelorMittal laid-off 494 workers.

23 out of 28 mine workers released in Iran

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 06:31

IndustriALL Global Union welcomes the reported release of 23 of 28 workers arrested last month but urges the government of Iran to set free five more who remain in custody.

“Hidup Buruh!” say Indonesian cement unions fighting for workers’ rights

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 07:29

40 union leaders representing workers of LafargeHolcim and Indocement (HeidelbergCement) in Indonesia stand up for workers’ rights in both groups. The union activists are adamant in strengthening their unions’ organizing efforts and include also outsourced and contract workers in a strong trade union movement in cement sector in Indonesia.

Global support for UK #heartunions campaign

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 02:40

#heartunions week is a week-long campaign led by the British Trade Union Congress (TUC) to show all the good work done by unions. But it is also a protest against the suggested Trade Union Bill, aimed at effectively weakening unions in the country. Global union leaders meeting in London on 12 February expressed their full support for the campaign.

Appeal launched against double life sentence for Pricol workers

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 06:00

An appeal has been launched on behalf eight former Pricol workers in India sentenced to double life imprisonment in a trial riddled with irregularities and contradictions.