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Claiming to abide by good corporate practice, mining giant Rio Tinto’s behaviour includes major disputes with trade unions, communities, regulatory authorities, as well as over indigenous people’s rights.
Australian-based manufacturer of medical gloves and condoms, Ansell continues to attack its workers. Suspending striking trade union members in Sri Lanka and replacing them with contracted scabs puts a bad stain on Ansell’s products that are exported throughout the world.
The long overdue final agreement on compensation to Rana Plaza victims is still not finalised as brands continue to hesitate. Walmart, Carrefour, Bonmarché, Mango, Auchan and Kik refuse to sign the Arrangement.
Workers of the General Electric plant in Fort Edward, NY joined by union members and local communities announce a rally planned for Friday 18 October to protest against closure of their plant.
On 30 September to 3 October an Automotive Industry Meeting was held jointly by IndustriALL Global Union and FES Mexico in Mexico City. After the meeting IndustriALL’s Fernando Lopes, Helmut Lense and Suzanna Miller facilitated a meeting between the high- level representatives from JAW and Honda Unions in Japan, and two representatives from the independent Honda Workers Union (STUHM) from the Jalisco plant in Mexico.
On 10 and 11 October trade unionists from the USA, Germany, Finland, Brazil and Spain came together upon invitation of IndustriALL to assist at the first John Deere network meeting founded with the aim to open new communications and cooperation channels between workers of the company worldwide.
IndustriALL Global Union conveys staunch support to USW Local 8565 fighting for a decent employment contract at ThyssenKrupp’s Rotek subsidiary in Aurora, Ohio.
All plants of the German auto manufacturer Volkswagen worldwide are unionised and have a Workers' Representative System. Efforts are turned to the only outstanding plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Eleven brands join discussions on compensation to victims of Bangladesh factory disasters. Other key brands turn their back on workers' plight. Some advance payments agreed.
The IndustriALL Global Union sectoral activities in the paper industry now include the newly formed trade union network of workers of International Paper worldwide.
IndustriALL-affiliated unions at Alcoa are preparing to hold coordinated actions around the globe next week. They will demand fair wages, high health and safety standards and respect workers’ fundamental right to organize into unions.
Apple has failed to deliver on the promises of ending abuse of labour rights in its supply chain. The changes to have been made by July this year are sadly absent.
SKF: Oldest World Union Committee – not so old after all
A three day warning strike in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector in July was called off on the second day after the government intervened to set up two interministerial committees to address issues raised by the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (Nupeng).
The sharp decline in commodity prices in the international market is being felt in the mining sector in Madagascar, as Rio Tinto QMM’s subcontractor Omega plans to stop operations at Fort-Dauphin.
IndustriALL Global Union intervened in support of its Bosnia-Herzegovina affiliate in the city of Lukavac, as coke-chemicals company GIKIL fails to pay wages and attacks the union.
The action taken by a Gerdau worker in Colombia combined with national and international solidarity have led the company to agree to pay him health insurance for six years.
Gerdau-Diaco dismissed one of their employees, Luis Cruz, on 5 July. Cruz has chained himself to the factory gates at the Duitama plant in protest at the company’s action. He is legally protected against dismissal because of a workplace accident he suffered in 1994.
A new Global Framework Agreement (GFA) was signed on 14 June in Rome between Italian-based power and gas multinational company Enel Group and IndustriALL Global Union, Public Service International (PSI) and Italian trade unions.
An independent investigation of the Finnish auto parts company PKC in Mexico found widespread violations of workers’ rights, including firing workers who tried to form an independent union and sexual harassment.
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