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South Asia unions build strength by mapping supply chains

19 February, 2020IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from India, Pakistan and Nepal met in Kathmandu on 18-19 February 2020 to evaluate the progress made by the South Asia union building and multinational supply chain project and plan activity for the following years.

Due diligence: has France really laid the foundations to end corporate impunity?

19 February, 2020On 24 October 2013, the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, triggered a huge outcry. Over a thousand people were killed when the building, which housed garment factories, collapsed. The tragedy drew attention to the conditions widely endured by workers employed by the subcontractors of major brands and European companies, such as Carrefour, Mango, Auchan and Primark. None of these multinationals have since been brought to justice. The obstacle lies with the buyer relationship and the difficulty, if not impossibility, of proving that the parent companies were aware of the working conditions of their suppliers’ employees.

Workers' rights in textile and footwear supply chains

18 February, 2020IndustriALL Global Union and several of its affiliates ensured that workers’ rights were central at the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Textile and Footwear Sector on 11–13 February in Paris, France.  The Forum convenes over 500 representatives from government, business, trade unions and civil society to discuss key issues and risks related to due diligence in the global garment and footwear supply chain.

IndustriALL Bangladesh Council launches youth committee

18 February, 2020Together with senior leaders of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) and the IBC Women’s Committee, 115 youth representatives participated at the convention which resulted in the launch of a youth committee.

Mexico must ratify ILO C176

18 February, 2020On 19 February 2006, 65 workers died following a methane gas explosion at the Grupo Mexico mine in Pasta de Conchos, Mexico. Only two bodies were recovered before the company sealed the mine. As the 14th anniversary of the mining tragedy approaches, IndustriALL is calling on the Mexican government to ratify ILO Convention 176 on Safety and Health in Mines.

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.