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PROFILE: Indian unions fight precarious work

20 May, 2019The 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.

REPORT: The Future of Work, and IndustriALL Global Union

20 May, 2019The 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”.

Welcome to global worker

20 May, 2019This issue of Global Worker is published at a time when the global political and economic climate continues to deteriorate. 

FEATURE: Why we need international union solidarity now more than ever

20 May, 2019A world in crisis needs a pathway to a better future. Unions can provide it. 

SPECIAL REPORT: Why is mining still so dangerous?

20 May, 2019Despite labour regulations and the efforts of unions, mining accidents take the lives of thousands of workers every year around the world and seriously damage the environment. Why is mining still so dangerous?

Will blockchains verify virtue in the value chain?

28 January, 2019The case of cobalt

PROFILE: Belarusian electronics union is no stranger to struggle

17 January, 2019The Belarusian Radio and Electronic Industry Workers’ Union (REP) was formed in November 1990, at a time when countries that had been part of the Soviet Union became independent.

FEATURE: Supply chain justice through binding global agreements

15 January, 2019Global 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.

Peru: Manufacturing unions facing up to the challenge

8 January, 2019Peru 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.

INTERVIEW: Luisa María Alcalde

3 January, 2019“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.