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Colombia: workers at Havells Sylvania poisoned by mercury

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 09:01

Workers at Havells Sylvania in Colombia held a protest march to pressure the lighting company into accepting responsibility for exposing them to toxic levels of mercury. 

IndustriALL calls on Pakistan to stop brutal repression

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 05:27

IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Prime Minister of Pakistan to express solidarity with workers protesting against privatization and to urge the government to stop the brutal repression of peaceful demonstrations. 

Glencore unions build strength in Cape Town

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 03:03

Trade unionists from Glencore operations around the world made their voices heard in Cape Town on 10 February under the slogan “Glencore – we demand justice now”.

Spain: thousands join Madrid march against trade unionist trial

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:58

An estimated 5,000 people braved the wind and rain on a three-hour march in Madrid today to protest against the trial of eight trade unionists facing a total 66 years in prison for going on strike.

India: cement unions determined to protect precarious workers

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 08:12

IndustriALL’s Indian cement unions have agreed to make organizing precarious workers a priority, following a workshop held in New Delhi from 3 to 5 February 2016. 

Workers in Argentina face lay-offs

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 04:40

Workers in both the public and private sectors in Argentina are facing lay-offs and dismissals. IndustriALL Global Union rejects these measures and urges President Mauricio Macri’s government to promote social dialogue and respect workers’ rights.

Georgian glass factory workers on strike

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:14

Workers at the Ksani glass container factory went on strike on 5 February, after management continued to neglect union demands to sign a collective agreement and increase wages.

Stalemate continues at Morocco’s only oil refinery

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:17

A thousand workers at Morocco’s sole oil refinery are still in the dark about their future after the plant suspended production in August 2015 owing huge debts.

LafargeHolcim contract workers achieve fair settlement in India

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:21

After years of struggle, Indian cement union, PCSS, has reached a fair settlement for over 1,000 contract workers at Holcim (now LafargeHolcim). 

IndustriALL and ITUC support Indonesian living wage struggle

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:29

Speaking at a joint press conference in Jakarta today, ITUC and IndustriALL general secretaries Sharan Burrow and Jyrki Raina urged the Indonesian government to return to the bargaining table with unions for the discussion on a minimum living wage.

15,000 protest against TPPA in New Zealand

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 02:32

An estimated 15,000 people demonstrated through the streets of Auckland, New Zealand, on 4 February, as ministers from 12 countries met in the city to sign a divisive trade deal. 

Bangladesh garment factories still not safe

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:52

Dangerous garment factories are still a reality in Bangladesh as yet another fire erupts in Dhaka’s garment district.

IndustriALL demands release of Iranian workers

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:06

IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the government of Iran to immediately release 28 workers arrested on 26 January.

USA: 18,000 steelworkers approve 3-year contract

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:24

IndustriALL affiliate United Steelworkers (USW) union have ratified a new three-year contract with U.S. Steel covering 18,000 workers at more than a dozen facilities across the United States.

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.