This is the tenth issue of IndustriALL's journal, Global Worker with a new set of features, interviews and profiles on a wide range of issues from a workers’ perspective.
Here is a snapshot of the content of this issue of Global Worker:
Corporate power is growing, and can no longer be constrained by national governments, even where the will exisits. So how do we acheive justice for workers acrioss increasingly complex supply chains?
Valter Sanches, IndustriALL General Secretary
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21 May 2019 at 11:10
On International Women’s Day this year, IndustriALL affiliates demonstrated their determination to advance gender equality at work. They called for women’s voices to be heard in unions, and more women in leadership positions.
21 May 2019 at 01:51
On 7 March, thousands of textile and garment workers went on strike at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, demanding better wages, safe working conditions and an end to sexual harassment. The workers were not represented by a trade union, because for the past two years, management at the industrial park has refused to allow unions to organize.
21 May 2019 at 01:21
The All India Cement Employees Federation (AICEF) and Unions United both affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union in November 2018. While defending the rights of precarious workers and women, both industrial federations have led struggles, built union structures and overcome challenges posed by employers.
21 May 2019 at 00:53
The Constitution of the International Labour Organization (ILO), adopted in the aftermath of World War I with the idea that there cannot be lasting world peace without social justice, has been described as the most ambitious social contract ever written. This year, 2019, will be the centenary of the ILO Constitution and to mark this event, on 22 January 2019 the ILO released the report of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, entitled “Work for a brighter future”.
21 May 2019 at 00:31
Natalia Marynyuk started her career in 1996 as an economist at the blast furnace shop No. 1 of the state-owned Kryvorizhstal Steel Works. The plant is named after the city where it is located, Kryvyi Rih, one of the ten biggest industrial cities in Ukraine.
15 January 2019 at 08:53
Global corporate power is beyond anything we have ever seen. Some are calling it the triumph of the multinational companies. The limits on the power and will of national governments to call corporations to account for their adverse impacts are clear for all to see. Global corporations are tearing up the social contract, the understanding that in order to operate in a society, companies abide by certain rules in the interests of their workers and the broader public.
8 January 2019 at 10:46
Peru is a bastion of orthodox neoliberalism, where institutions are weak and economic growth is all that matters. But IndustriALL Global Union affiliates (FENAIP, FETRIMAP and FNTTP) are fighting back. They recently agreed to form a national council in order to work closely together, and have planned a series of joint activities as part of a project funded by Union to Union. The two unions in the manufacturing industry are making gains for workers’ rights.
3 January 2019 at 10:17
“People are buzzing with enthusiasm – you can feel it in the air,” says Luisa María Alcalde cheerfully. It is truly the start of a new era for the people of Mexico: Andrés Manuel López Obrador was recently elected president, bringing hopes of democracy, gender equality, youth inclusion and the end of poverty and corruption.It is also the first time a Mexican cabinet has achieved gender parity, with eight men and eight women of varying ages. Luisa María Alcalde is the perfect illustration of this new era. The 31-year-old is ready to head up one of the key ministries in the fight to protect workers’ rights – the ministry of labour and social welfare.
5 December 2018 at 13:38
Oscar Tamuno*, a driver for major Shell contractor, Plantgeria, has not had a wage increase in eight years. After paying taxes, pension contributions and union dues, he takes home 94,000 naira a month (US$258) working a 12-hour day, six days a week. And yet, Oscar is better off than many of his co-workers.* Not his real name.
5 December 2018 at 12:17
2018 has been a year of bleak headlines, as democracy crumbles and rightwing authoritarian populists advance across the world. The human rights and global governance victories that we won are eroding; racists, xenophobes and warmongers feel the wind of opportunity at their backs.But instead of succumbing to despair, we focus on building strong unions to defend workers’ rights, and to stand up for our progressive values.
PROFILE: The Malaysian manufacturing union fighting to change labour law to make organizing more effective
4 December 2018 at 16:15
Gopal Kishnam is general secretary of the National Union of Transport Equipment and Allied workers in Malaysia (NUTEAIW). He says that organizing and changing the country’s labour laws are among the priorities for the union.
12 June 2018 at 09:36
IndustriALL Global Union’s campaign to end violence in the workplace has been embraced by affiliates all over the world since it launched in November 2017. More than 55 unions from from the USA to Turkey, and South Africa to the Philippines have taken IndustriALL’s pledge to end violence against women, recognizing their role in preventing abuse in the workplace and in unions.
25 April 2018 at 14:50
Global Worker is back with stories from unions around the world fighting for an economic and social model that puts people first. This issue looks at how IndustriALL Global Union continues to challenge the power of multinational companies, while globally, anti-union behaviour by governments and employers becomes more prevalent.
25 April 2018 at 12:39
After surviving a near-death experience in 2015, Glencore stocks are riding high on world markets: the company has just posted its best ever results. One reason is its dominance of supplies of cobalt, an essential mineral used in batteries for smart phones and electric cars. Cobalt prices are soaring, and Glencore controls supply through massive operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
25 April 2018 at 12:08
IndustriALL Global Union affiliate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Travailleurs Unis des Mines, Métallurgies, Energie, Chimie et Industries Connexes (TUMEC), is committed to fighting for workers’ rights, better pay, improved health and safety, and to organizing women.
25 April 2018 at 11:40
Elected in May last year, Marie Nilsson is president of Swedish industrial workers’ union IF Metall, a union with a predominately male membership. In October 2017, the #MeToo movement, highlighting sexual harassment against women, started to gain momentum, and the response in Sweden was huge, with some analysts comparing the movement to when women acheived the right to vote.
24 April 2018 at 23:01
IndustriALL Global Union encourages its unions throughout the world to develop sustainable industrial policies. But this can be challenging, especially for IndustriALL affiliates in Latin America and the Caribbean - a developing region where neoliberal policies are once again back on the agenda and threatening workers’ rights.
24 April 2018 at 22:03
Union busting is arguably the biggest threat to trade unions the world over. As unions come under attack from companies, governments and corrupt judiciaries, union-busting tactics are becoming increasingly sophisticated and no less severe
24 April 2018 at 16:33
Over last five years IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Mining and Metallurgy Trade Union of Kyrgyzstan (MMTUK) has grown from 15,000 to 27,250members. The union leadership explains the outstanding results by strong union policies aimed at becoming more attractive to workers.