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Unions in Africa campaign for ratification of ILO C190

26 June, 2020African governments and unions played a leading role in the negotiations at the ILO leading up to the adoption of Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work. Now, unions are campaigning for the convention to come into force and several governments are advancing the ratification process.

Government of India must take swift measures to prevent another Bhopal disaster

25 June, 2020A series of accidents has killed and injured workers and caused irreparable damage to the environment. IndustriALL is calling on the government of India to immediately address this systemic breakdown in safety controls to avert any further potential catastrophes.

Precarious working conditions of diamond cutting and polishing workers in Botswana expose jewellery brands

25 June, 2020Over 277 jobs were recently lost in Botswana’s diamond cutting and polishing sector. IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Botswana Diamond Workers Union (BDWU), is protesting against the precarious working conditions in the industry.

Asia Pacific energy unions urge governments to enforce health and safety

25 June, 2020Seventeen unions in South Asia and South East Asia have vowed to defend workers’ rights during the pandemic, urging governments to enforce safety and health practices to protect workers’ lives.

Increasing global strength

23 June, 2020IndustriALL’s Executive Committee approved the affiliation of eight new unions from Bahrain, El Salvador, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Switzerland and Zimbabwe, adding around 30,000 new members and one new country to the list of affiliated unions.

Lockout ends for refinery workers in Canada

23 June, 2020A dispute that lasted almost 200 days has ended after the Unifor Canada local 594 bargaining unit ratified a tentative agreement with the employer, Federated Co-operatives Limited.

ITUC calls out ten worst countries for workers

22 June, 2020International Trade Union Confederation has released their annual Global Rights Index, listing violations and restrictions of workers’ rights and freedoms in the world. The data is based on the situation in 144 countries. In its recent edition of the Global Rights Index, the ITUC notes the highest number of violations for the last seven years.

Unions under threat in Kyrgyzstan

22 June, 2020While the ex-chair of Federation of Trade Unions of Kyrgyzstan refuses to resign, the current leaders of FTUK are being prosecuted and a draft law depriving unions of independence is promoted in the parliament.

Indian cement unions decide on joint action

19 June, 2020Indian cement unions met virtually on 16 June 2020 to assess how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the industry and agree on common action. Over 30 union leaders and activists participated, from the Indian National Cement Workers’ Federation, All India Cement Employees’ Federation and Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh.

Myanmar: call for social dialogue over dismissals

18 June, 2020Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) is urging Jia Hao Fashion Industry to immediately engage in social dialogue over the dismissal of 79 workers and continuous protests outside their factory in Myanmar’s capital Yangon.