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Kazakh authorities dissolve trade union center

12 January, 2017IndustriALL Global Union expresses its outrage  over the dissolution of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KNPRK).

Bangladesh crackdown calls preferential EU trade deal into question

2 February, 2017The latest crackdown on Bangladesh’s garment workers for demanding relief from poverty wages and hazardous working conditions must call into question the country’s continuing eligibility for trade preferences under the EU’s GSP regime, write Valter Sanches IndustriALL General Secretary, Philip Jennings UNI Global Union General Secretary and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Kazakh Oil Construction Company cracks down on union activists

7 April, 2017**UPDATED** On 7 April the court of Astana sentenced Nurbek Kushakbayev to two-and-a-half years in a corrective labour colony for his calls to hold a strike. This is the first time a union leader has been prosecuted through the recently adopted Criminal Code. The judge has also satisfied the OCC’s demand to collect KZT 25 million (US$80,000) from Kushakbayev for alleged harm caused to the company.IndustriALL has joined a campaign against the criminalization of union activities in Kazakhstan.

Jailed Korean trade unionist Han Sang Gyun receives FNV award

11 May, 2017Han Sang Gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), was awarded the Febe Velasquez trade union rights award at the Congress of the Dutch trade union confederation the FNV.

Algerian trade union leader appeals prison sentence

10 May, 2017Algerian trade union leader and whistleblower, Mellal Raouf, will begin an appeal against his six-month prison sentence at a court in Guelma on 11 May.

Brazilian metalworkers protest against Nissan

14 November, 2016Unions took to the auto show in São Paulo, Brazil, on 10 November to protest against Nissan’s anti-trade union practices and bad working conditions at their plant in Mississippi, USA.

Victory in Indonesia – release of 26 union activists

28 November, 2016After a two-hour trial on on 22 November, 26 trade union activists were released after having been charged with illegal participation in protest actions a year earlier.

Nigeria: unions stage national protest over labour crisis

31 August, 2016On 23 August 2016, Nigerian unions took part in a national protest against an escalating labour crisis caused by unpaid wages and the killing of workers.

Labour rights are human rights: UN report

19 October, 2016A powerful new UN report on freedom of assembly criticizes the “artificial distinction” between labour and human rights.

Australian unions tell Ansell AGM: protest postponed for Sri Lanka solution

15 October, 2015Leaders from three Australian trade unions spoke at the Ansell Annual Shareholders Meeting, in Melbourne, on 8 October to raise the labour dispute with the company in Sri Lanka.