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Bangladesh shipbreaking yards continue to claim lives

17 February, 2020Bangladesh is the top shipbreaking country in the world, but the industry’s dangerous working conditions have left two workers dead and more injured in the first weeks of February.

Unions can play an important role in intra-African trade

13 February, 2020Trade unions as workers’ organizations can play important roles in intra-African trade between Sierra Leone and South Africa to ensure sustainable decent work, health and safety, and living wages, says IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers.

Global unions call for urgent ILO intervention in Algeria

11 February, 2020Algeria’s government is systematically harassing, imprisoning and threatening independent trade union leaders and members.

Gender violence study in Brazilian garment factories provides a ‘wake-up call to action’

11 February, 2020Gender-based violence and harassment at work is widespread in Brazil, and until the adoption of the world’s first global standard on violence and harassment at work, C190, little was being done to rectify it.

Brazilian oil workers on strike against layoffs at Petrobas

11 February, 2020Brazilian oil workers' union FUP have called an indefinite national strike, protesting against Petrobas' plans to shut down a nitrogen fertilizer plant and lay off more than 1,000 workers.

Sustainability and Just Transition key to the future of mining in Africa

6 February, 2020Environmental, social and governance issues remain challenges for the mining industry as it grapples with the new challenges of climate change and Industry 4.0.

Responsible mining protects workers’ and communities’ rights

6 February, 2020With sustainability and responsible mining gaining momentum, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) standards for responsible mining is emerging as a credible tool for quality assurance. More than 30 representatives from unions, non-governmental organizations and community groups in 12 countries, met in Cape Town on 2 February to discuss how the tool can protect workers and community rights.

Myanmar unions protest against Arbitration Council decision

5 February, 2020The Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) held a mass demonstration on 2 February in Yangon to protest against an Arbitration Council decision that denied full reinstatement to 260 workers of Thong Thai Textile factory who were fired for taking strike action.

Justice for 56 illegally dismissed chemical workers in Georgia

4 February, 2020The Supreme Court of Georgia confirmed on 29 January, the decisions of two lower courts to oblige Rustavi Azot chemical plant to reinstate 56 employees with payment of their due wages for the past three years.

United Turkish metalworkers achieve wage increase

3 February, 2020Through unity, determination and concerted action, the three unions reached a collective bargaining victory for around 130.000 of its members.