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Successful national strike in Spain

1 April, 2012Over ten million workers supported a general national strike in Spain on March 29 called by two major union federations CC.OO and UGT.

Mexico: unions in Finland reject PKC's protection contract

11 April, 2012In Finland, the media, the company's biggest shareholder and trade unions organising PKC workers have spoken out against the company's protection contract with the CTM. Mexican workers had chosen the SNTMMSRM to represent them.

Outlawed pro democracy actions demobilised in Swaziland

13 April, 2012Once again, the outrageously oppressive government of Swaziland, flouts human and labour rights, demobilising pro democracy campaign actions planned for 12th April 2012, which marks the 39th year of an on going state of emergency in Africa's smallest nation.

IMF inspires young Russian union activists

16 April, 2012IMF representative Vadim Borisov discussed workers' actions across the globe with young union activists in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Mining and Metallurgical Workers Union of Russia (MMWU) organized two events in Chelyabinsk, one for young union leaders and the other for the activists at Mechel, leading Russian metal company.

Court declines to rule Benteler strike illegal in Russia

19 April, 2012On April 11 the regional court in Kaluga, Russia, closed the case on the legality of Benteler strike. A successful strike at the Volkswagen supplier company opened a collective bargaining process. However, negotiations are stalled, as Benteler management tries to force the union to sign a nondisclosure agreement.

IMF demands reinstatement of 204 sacked workers at auto supplier company in Indonesia

17 April, 2012IMF demands reinstatement of 204 workers at an automotive supplier company, PT. Surya Gemilang Perkasa, in Indonesia, dismissed for taking legitimate strike action on March 27 held after the company failed to implement court order to grant permanent employment.

Protestors call for better working conditions and environmental improvements at Vale

19 April, 2012Trade union and social movement leaders protest outside the offices of the Vale mining company in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They denounced the company's attitude to the environment and human rights and, after the death of two workers in Columbia, the lack of safety at the company's plants.

Spanish unions outraged at increase in union repression

2 May, 2012The Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) are outraged at the increase in arrests of trade unionists after the general strike on March 29, 2012.

Unionizing throughout Alcoa

7 May, 2012Bringing together Alcoa's global union network the day before the company's annual shareholders' meeting paid dividends for workers. Alcoa's Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld met with union leaders and committed to improving dialogue with unions including the global network.

Asbestos lobbying group dissolved in Canada

14 May, 2012The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) reports that the Chrysotile Institute, a pro-asbestos lobby group, funded by Canadian Government will stop its operation.