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African unions condemn global trade in used clothes as it suffocates textile sector

7 June, 2018African countries export cotton to Asia where it is spun into yarn and made into fabric from which garments are made and sold to big brands in Europe and the USA. Charity and thrift shops then buy the clothes after they have been worn and discarded. On the bottom of the consumption chain are African countries that import bales of the used clothes, and even underwear, for sale in the thriving informal markets common on the continent.

South Africa: Footwear strike for a living wage enters second week

17 July, 2018Thousands of workers in the footwear sector are on strike for a second week demanding a wage increase of 9.5 per cent while the employers are offering 6.25 per cent.

Call for the release of trade unionist Wonder Mkhonza charged with sedition in Swaziland

24 April, 2013IndustriALL Global Union condemns the arrest of Comrade Wonder Mkhonza, Deputy General Secretary of the Swaziland Processing, Refining and Allied Workers Union.

Unionists of the world ride for workers’ rights

13 June, 2013On Wednesday 12 June trade union leaders and activists from around the world joined together to participate in a bicycle ride called ‘Route of Shame’ to visit missions and embassies in Geneva, Switzerland and draw attention to countries consistently violating workers’ rights.

South African unions optimistic after election of new government

4 June, 2019It has been a busy past few weeks for South African politics following national and provincial elections, and the swearing in of Members of Parliament, the president and cabinet ministers. Unions are optimistic on prospects for job creation and a better economy.

If you are unhappy resign, Ethiopian workers told

13 June, 2019It seems like work experience in Ethiopia’s growing textile and garment sector matters little for some employers.

Miners trapped underground at Impala Platinum in South Africa

19 May, 2016IndustriALL Global Union is deeply concerned to learn that two workers are missing after a mine collapse in Rustenburg, South Africa.

Rio Tinto global union network welcomes commitments from company

27 July, 2017IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from Australia, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Canada and the United States, meeting as the Rio Tinto Global Network in Johannesburg, South Africa from 19-21 July, welcomed a commitment from Rio Tinto to improve its relations with trade unions.

Mozambique: South-South solidarity boosts leadership skills for women

21 August, 2017An IndustriALL initiative is bringing together 25 women from its affiliate in Mozambique, SINTIME, who are participating in a leadership training programme supported by Canadian affiliate Unifor.

Zambia: Union condemns plans to cut 4,700 jobs at Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines

25 August, 2017IndustriALL affiliate the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) strongly opposes plans by Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) to sacrifice 4,700 jobs, and condemns the company’s use of intimidation and blackmail as a bargaining chip.