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Bridgestone global network builds on longstanding health and safety effort

10 July, 2019Leading trade unions at the largest tyre company in the world, Bridgestone of Japan, have coordinated joint action for many years, with a special focus on health and safety.

Cement unions in India commit to strong organizing drive

26 February, 2019Over 30 Indian cement sector representatives of IndustriALL affiliates across India gathered in Delhi on 21-22 February and committed to improve social dialogue, union organizing and recruiting initiatives.

Workers in Kyrgyzstan left without legal protection

7 March, 2019IndustriALL affiliates in Kyrgyzstan are calling on the government to restore administrative and criminal liability for violations of the country’s Labour code. A legislative reform launched on 1 January this year has led to a deterioration of labour legislation and is depriving workers of social protection.

Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa strengthened by solidarity

18 April, 2019Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa face economic recession, deindustrialization, and precarious work coupled by high unemployment and poverty. Human and workers’ rights violations are common, including unfair retrenchments when mines and companies are closed. 

Oil and gas unions build sustainability in volatile MENA region

24 April, 2019Representatives from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) oil and gas unions met for the fifth time in Beirut, Lebanon on 23-24 April, as part of a network supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Delegates from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia attended, with guests from Norway.

Unions bring progress and stability to Middle East and North Africa

2 May, 2019“Welcome to the land of cedars and resistance!” was the message to the affiliated unions from eleven countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who came to Beirut, Lebanon, for the regional conference on 23 and 24 April 2019.

Russia: trade unions prepare for wage dispute at Volkswagen

26 April, 2019IndustriALL Global Union affiliates at the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga, Russia, have developed a joint action plan to increase their negotiating power as a stalemate with the company over wage increases is due to become a collective dispute under Russian law.

Kazakh union leader freed

12 August, 2019Through a special pardoning decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Erlan Baltabay, leader of the independent oil and gas workers’ union and vice-president of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KNPRK), was released from custody on 10 August.

Turkish glassworkers on strike over long-standing union busting

9 August, 2019Members of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate Kristal-Is are on strike since 26 July 2019 at Düzce Cam, one of the subsidiaries of Turkish-based glassmaker Okan Group in the town Düzce. Over a four-year struggle for union recognition, the glassmaker has used every union-busting tactics in violation of the national and international legislation, including dismissal of 80 union members and nominated union representatives.

Northern Ireland shipyard workers occupy yard that built the Titanic

5 August, 2019Workers at Harland and Wolff, the Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic, have occupied the 158-year old shipyard to protest against its closure.