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Canada reverses course on asbestos

21 September, 2012In an important development, Canada's Industry Minister, Christian Paradis, announced 14 September that Canada would drop its efforts to prevent the listing of chrysotile asbestos as a dangerous substance under the Rotterdam Convention. This may be a turning point in international efforts to ban asbestos.

Asbestos is a killer

14 July, 2014Unions make work safer!

IndustriALL demonstrates against asbestos on 28 April

28 April, 2017On 28 April, the International Day to Commemorate Dead and Injured Workers, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate trade unions from all corners of the globe demonstrated in Geneva, Switzerland, demanding an end to the asbestos trade.

International Asbestos Conference

5 March, 2014The BWI, in partnership with IndustriALL Global Union, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers, the Austrian trade Union GBH, and the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat is pleased to announce an international conference on asbestos to take place in Vienna on the 6th and 7th of May 2014.

Ban Asbestos: Indian unions engage in dialogue with Australian Senator

25 July, 2012Indian trade unionists and Australian Labor Party Senator, Ms. Lisa Singh, shared various aspects of the Ban Asbestos campaign in India and Australia in a meeting on 18 July at New Delhi. They resolved to work closely to intensify the campaign to ban asbestos.

Eternit owners’ crime judged expired and non-prosecutable in Italy

27 November, 2014On 19 November 2014 the public prosecutor of the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation has overturned the Turin court decision condemning the Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny, one of the owners of Eternit Group, claiming the sentence is not applicable because of the long period of time that has passed since the crime took place.

Help us stop the asbestos trade

13 March, 2017IndustriALL Global Union is calling on affiliates to take action to help stop the deadly trade in asbestos. Please download the letter to send to your government. 

Rotterdam Convention discredited as chrysotile asbestos fails to be listed

3 May, 2017The Rotterdam Convention has been utterly discredited, says IndustriALL Global Union as chrysotile asbestos fails to be listed as a hazardous substance by the Convention for the sixth time.

Global campaign against asbestos targets UN

5 May, 2015A global trade union campaign to stop the deadly trade in chrysotile asbestos is underway as the United Nations prepares to vote on whether to add the toxic mineral to a list of dangerous substances. 

Brazil Supreme Court bans asbestos use and sale

18 December, 2017Workers in Brazil have won a major victory: the Supreme Court of Brazil has banned the use and sale of asbestos.