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Four-hour strike at Italian ArcelorMittal sites brings results

26 May, 2020IndustriALL Italian affiliates FIM, FIOM, and UILM declared a four-hour strike at all ArcelorMittal sites in Italy on 25 May. They are calling on the steel manufacturing multinational to urgently disclose its business plan, and engage in meaningful dialogue with the unions to ensure the viability of the plants while keeping jobs and decent working conditions for the entire workforce. Under pressure after the action was announced, representatives of the company and the government joined trade unions at virtual negotiation table.

One dead and seven injured at Bokaro steel plant, India

26 May, 2020Four accidents in two weeks at Bokaro steel plant expose the poor safety measures at Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the leading public sector steel maker in India.

Electronics multinational Jabil fires 190 Italian workers during pandemic

25 May, 2020Unions in Italy have condemned as illegal and irresponsible the layoff of 190 workers from the Marcianise plant and call for an indefinite strike.

Tribute to former IMF AGS David Fowler

25 May, 2020David Fowler, a key figure of one of the founding organizations of IndustriALL Global Union, dies at the age of 87 

Tripartite agreement to protect Sri Lankan workers

25 May, 2020In a demonstration of social dialogue, Sri Lanka’s tripartite Covid-19 taskforce has reached an agreement to ensure payment of wages and employment to workers.

Unions in Madagascar protest against forced leave

25 May, 2020When seven workers tested positive to the coronavirus at Tamatave Mine, owned by Ambatovy, and managed by Canadian company, Sherritt, 60 per cent of the workforce of mainly Malagasy workers were put on forced leave for six months on reduced pay.

Returning mineworkers test positive to Covid-19 in South Africa

25 May, 2020With the easing of the country’s lockdown and with mineworkers returning to work, tests are showing that more workers have the coronavirus. On 24 May, AngloGold Ashanti said when they tested 650 workers at Mponeng gold mine in Gauteng Province, 164 tested positive for Covid-19.

Religious holiday allowance should not be deferred

25 May, 2020Unions in Indonesia have sent a protest letter to the government after a circular was issued, saying that if employers are unable to pay the religious allowance (THR) during the coronavirus crisis, it can be paid by installments or deferred to a date agreed by both employers and workers.

Council of global unions joint statement on the suspension of Indian labour laws

22 May, 2020The CGU and ITUC calls on the government of India to respect its obligations under international labour standards and ensure that States which have suspended its labour laws immediately reverse these measures.

Women workers in the front lines

20 May, 2020Global unions have joined forces for a gender equal new normal in a series of webinars addressing women workers in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. The first one took place on 19 May and discussed women workers in the frontlines.