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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.

Southern African Energy Network confronts challenges

8 November, 2016Trade unions from the energy sector, including IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, met in Johannesburg, South Africa from 13 to 14 October for the Southern African Energy Network’s (SAEN) annual conference. 

IndustriALL Global Union briefing

24 June, 2012How Rio Tinto mistreats its African workforce Tuesday 26 June 2012 10:30 Foreign Press Association, 25 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5AP, London

New global labour force, IndustriALL Global Union, targets mining giant Rio Tinto

26 June, 2012One week after its creation, IndustriALL Global Union announced its intention to shine a light on Rio Tinto’s unethical behavior around the world, starting with the release of a report on the company’s operations in Africa.

Jyrki Raina's speech to the Foreign Press Association, London

26 June, 2012One week after the creation of IndustriALL Global Union, General Secretary Jyrki Raina announces to the Foreign Press Association his intention of shining a light on Rio Tinto’s unethical behavior around the world, starting with the release of a report on the company’s operations in Africa.

Unions oppose Xstrata - Glencore merger

4 July, 2012IndustriALL Global Union joins the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) in Australia, the United Steelworkers (USW) in Canada and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in South Africa and takes the position against the planned merger of Xstrata and Glencore.

Workers must come first in proposed EADS and BAE merger

19 September, 2012The recent announcement of a proposed merger between EADS and BAE Systems has been met with concern and questions from unions representing workers in both companies.

Workers mobilize to put a STOP to Precarious Work

9 October, 2014On 7 October, the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW), unions around the world mobilized to put the spotlight on the damaging impacts of precarious work.

Rio Tinto workers protest in 13 countries

16 October, 2014In a coordinated day of defiance on 7 October workers organized protests at Rio Tinto operations in over a dozen countries.

Women call for quotas at IndustriALL

16 October, 2014Women at IndustriALL Global Union’s Sub-Saharan Africa regional women's conference have called for a 40 per cent quota for women's representation at all levels of the organization, following a decision on 14 October 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa.