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Month: November 2018

IASWI strongly condemns Ali Nejati’s arrest and beating- All Haft Tapeh arrestees must be immediately released!

According to the telegram channel of Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Workers’ Syndicate Ali Nejati’s house was raided early this morning, Thursday 29 November, 2018. Security forces stormed the house without any legal warrants, and arrested Mr. Nejati, his son, Payman Nejati,…

Urgent Call: Esmail Bakhshi has been reportedly beaten and tortured

Urgent Call for Immediate and Unconditional Release of Mr. Esmail Bakhshi, Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Workers Representative. Esmail Bakhshi has been reportedly beaten and tortured According to reports that IASWI has received and also reported on telegram channels of Haft Tapeh…

South Africa: Plastics strike in sixth week

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) called for the indefinite strike on 15 October with support from another affiliate, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union, and other unions. The…

Unions worldwide express support for Goodyear workers in Mexico

30.11.2018 Representatives from Goodyear unions in Germany, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, South Africa and the United States have shown their support for workers fired from the Goodyear plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and have agreed on joint actions to ensure…

Yves Rocher workers stand strong after 200 days of resistance

Earlier this year, 132 workers were fired for joining the Petrol-İş union. The fired workers come to work every morning, and stay on the picket line until the end of the second shift. Politicians, journalists, trade unionists, community members and…

Inclusion of women the priority for IndustriALL women’s committee

The committee emphasized the importance of making more progress towards achieving the 40 per cent target for women’s participation included in IndustriALL’s statutes. Speakers stressed that participation is not just about being present in meetings, it means that women have…

Experts and policy makers join forces to remove obstacles to education for refugees and migrants

Education International has teamed up with UNESCO to discuss how to make the right to education a reality for millions of migrant and refugee children. Education International (EI) and UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report organised an event to present…

Illegal detention of human rights defenders

Education International has strongly condemned the illegal arrest and detention of the members of a solidarity mission with Lumad schools in the municipality of Talaingod, in Davao del Norte. In a letter dated 29 November and addressed to the President…

Women in the textile and garment sector in Ethiopia trained in labour law

A five-day workshop in Addis Ababa, 26-30 November, which drew 19 participants from women’s committees in the textile, garment and shoe factories, recognized the pivotal role of the law in employment contracts and discussed that it is always better for…

Tenaris/Ternium: Unions escalate struggle as chairman indicted in bribery case

Unions from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Romania and USA participating in the Tenaris-Ternium Workers’ World Council met outside of Mexico City on 26-27 July. It was the tenth anniversary of the council. SINTRATUCAR President Walberto Marrugo…

Education International calls on European education unions to keep democracy and solidarity alive

Education International’s General Secretary David Edwards has asserted his firm conviction that “the future of democracy is Europe,” and that “the future of solidarity is Europe.” Addressing delegates at the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) Special Conference, Education…

education unions move forward on inclusion, diversity and safety in schools

The capacity-building workshop on “Teachers’ unions for inclusion: embracing diversity and promoting safe schools” has provided a forum for Education International’s Nepalese affiliates to discuss and develop tools to influence national policies on inclusive education and safe schools for all;…

Fighting forward for a sustainable future in the shipbuilding and shipbreaking industry

The IndustriALL global conference on sustainable shipbuilding and shipbreaking took place in Singapore on 1-2 November 2018.  Hosted by Singaporean affiliates the Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Employees’ Union (SMEEU), the Keppel FELS Employees Union (KFEU) and the Keppel Employees Union…

We are just working to die, say Shell workers in Nigeria

IndustriALL’s mission to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in September this year saw Shell workers living in shocking conditions and found that She’ll workers were falling ill and dying as a result of inadequate healthcare insurance. “Our health insurance as it is,…

Global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle is attacking rights in Bangladesh

Dutch-based confectioner Perfetti Van Melle, makers of Mentos, Chupa Chups and Alpenliebe among other global brands, doesn’t believe workers in Bangladesh have the right to form a union, and is aggressively attacking workers attempting to form one. After a large…

Indonesia: Coca-Cola workers resisting anti-union dismissals take their struggle to company headquarters

Members of the independent union at Coca-Cola in Bandung took their fight for rights to the company’s national office in Jakarta on November 19 following a week-long collective refusal by victimized workers to leave the factory. The five workers who…

Statement by Mark Hancock and Charles Fleury on the Liberal government’s back-to-work legislation

Canada’s striking postal workers have the full support of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and its 665,000 members nationwide. During the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau called out the Harper government for “rolling back many fundamental labour rights that…

CUPE sends solidarity and sympathies to Oshawa auto workers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is sending solidarity and sympathies to the workers and families impacted by GM’s decision to shutter its plant in Oshawa. “This decision is devastating for the workers, their families, and so many communities around Oshawa…

EI’s 11th IFHERC highlights the importance of promoting and protecting academic freedom in an increasingly hostile environment

During discussions at Education International’s 11th International Further and Higher Education and Research Conference, participants from all corners of the world voiced great concern about political developments across the different regions that undermine academic freedom. Key takeaways from the conference…

Samsung must engage with unions to improve safety

After an 11-year struggle by SHARPS, a South Korean advocacy group which represents affected workers, Samsung Electronics has made a formal apology and finally offered compensation to former and current workers who have suffered serious occupational diseases, including lung cancer and…

A new toolkit to bring more inclusion into education

A new toolkit to bring more inclusion into education Topics in this post: Education International has developed a new toolkit for educators and education unions who work with migrant and refugee children to make the right to quality education a…

Belarusian union REP forced to replace leader Gennady Fedynich

23.11.2018 On November 22, 2018, the City Court upheld the verdict of the local penal court of August 2018 ruling that Gennady Fedynich has to leave his position as chairman of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Belarusian Radio and Electronic…

General strike in Tunisia against government cuts

23.11.2018 On 22 November, 670,000 public sector workers of the Tunisian union federation Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT) took part in a general strike to demand higher wages. An estimated 6 per cent of the population of Tunisia took…

Union activists face new repression and attacks in Kazakhstan

Please join the LabourStart campaign and call upon the Kazakh authorities to put an end to persecution and violence against independent trade union leaders, and ensure freedom and safety for trade union activities in the country. The Fuel and Energy…

Sanofi global union network calls to reignite genuine dialogue

The meeting of the Sanofi global union network was held at company headquarters in Paris, the day after the meeting of the European Works Council (EWC). In addition to EWC members, it was attended by union representatives from a number…

FNV and NGG members strike Jacobs Douwe Egberts in Utrecht, Netherlands and in 7 locations across Germany

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) workers in Utrecht, Netherlands and in 7 German locations (Bremen, Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, Elmshorn, Leipzig and Darmstadt) took strike action on November 22. In Utrecht, workers successfully shut down production at JDE for 24 hours, the…

Cement factory death mobilizes Albanian trade unions on safety

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Albania (SPMSH), in collaboration with the Centre for Labour Rights (CLR), organized the national seminar for 55 trade union representatives and others responsible for occupational health and safety in…

Using global framework agreements in the Myanmar garment industry

Participants, which included local union presidents and organizers, came from IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar (IWFM). More than 60 per cent of participants were young trade unionists. The workshop included a presentation on GFA brands in…

South African mineworkers’ union launches campaign against gender-based violence

22.11.2018 When launching 16 days of activism against the abuse of women and children, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) remembered Nombuso Dube, a KwaZulu Natal provincial treasurer of the union’s women structure, and her mother, Mthokozile Dube, who were…

Lives at risk in ExxonMobil dispute in Australia

22.11.2018 A long-running dispute with oil and gas giant ExxonMobil and its contractor UGL is putting workers’ lives at risk and having a devastating effect on communities, reveals Troy Carter from the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) in an interview…