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Colombia: Cepcolsa and Termotécnica refuse to negotiate with USO

12 September, 2012The Colombian oil industry workers’ union, which is negotiating on behalf of contract workers who provide services to Cepcolsa, says it will take action against two companies that refuse to negotiate and that have been ill-treating the workers for a long time.

Labour keeps up pressure for democracy in Swaziland

11 September, 2012Despite demobilization efforts of the Swaziland government, labour together with student bodies and civil society in the country pushed on with calls for multiparty democratic elections during the Global Week of Action on Swaziland, 3 to 7 September.

Unions struggle for democracy in Swaziland

11 September, 2012Despite violent repression by the Swaziland government, unions together with student bodies and civil society pushed on with calls for multiparty democratic elections during the Global Week of Action on Swaziland, 3 to 7 September.

Historic victory for trade union freedom in Myanmar

6 September, 2012IndustriALL Global Union rejoices as, after a lifelong campaign, trade unions restart operations inside Myanmar. The Federation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (FTUM) General Secretary Maung Maung returned to Rangoon on 4 September, after a 24-year exile in Bangkok.

Goldminers in Fiji call for union rights

4 September, 2012On strike for the last 21 years, the Fiji Mine Workers’ Union, an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, lodged a submission to the Constitutional Commission in Vatukola on 31 August calling for improved workers’ rights in the country’s new constitution.

Zimbabwean electricity utility continues to deny workers rights

30 August, 2012ZESA continues in its effort to have the electricity workers abandon their wage increases in exchange for the reinstatement of suspended workers, despite an order from the Minister of Energy for ZESA to uphold the arbitration award granting the increase.

Peace talks hoped to turn page on Lonmin troubles

30 August, 2012All efforts are now pushing towards a peace accord at the Marikana platinum mine, with 50 negotiators filling the neighbouring Rustenburg town hall under mediation of labour ministry officials.

Improving working conditions in Philippines EPZs

22 August, 2012IndustriALL Global Union and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) affiliates met with sportswear brands and suppliers in Cebu, the Philippines, on 17 August to discuss the barriers to workers’ rights in the Mactan Economic Zone, and explore possibilities for improving working conditions in the Zone.

Fontana Pietro workers in Turkey fight for union recognition

20 August, 2012Members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Birlesik Metal-Is at a Fontana Pietro metal plant are fighting for union recognition after union leaders were fired on 17 August.

IndustriALL condemns wild killings at South African Lonmin mine

17 August, 2012Conflict stemming from collusion between management and a yellow union, attempting to weaken IndustriALL’s affiliated National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), escalated into tragedy yesterday as at least 35 workers were shot dead by police at the Marikana platinum mine.