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Moms deserve better than diamonds from Rio Tinto

5 May, 2015This Mother’s Day, an international coalition of unions is calling on the world’s largest jewellery retailer to clean up its supplier of diamonds. They are urging Signet to demand that multinational mining and metals company Rio Tinto improve its practices so that they respect workers’ rights, indigenous peoples and the environment.

Workers locked out of Canadian aluminium smelter after negotiations break down

25 January, 2018More than a thousand members of United Steelworkers Local 9700 have been locked out of Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc (ABI), in Bécancour, Quebec, Canada.

Mission accomplished! Canadian Steelworkers stop Glencore attack after nine month strike

28 November, 2017371 members of the United Steelworkers – Syndicat des Métallos in Quebec, Canada, have won a new contract with the Glencore-managed CEZinc refinery after nine months of strike action.

PROFILE: Merger in Canada creates super union

28 November, 2013Two of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in Canada, CAW and CEP, have joined forces to form a new trade union, Unifor. The new Canadian super union represents 300,000 workers in industry and services. New president Jerry Dias pledges focus on organizing and communities.

Canada reverses course on asbestos

21 September, 2012In an important development, Canada's Industry Minister, Christian Paradis, announced 14 September that Canada would drop its efforts to prevent the listing of chrysotile asbestos as a dangerous substance under the Rotterdam Convention. This may be a turning point in international efforts to ban asbestos.

CAW and CEP on path to create new union

30 August, 2012Nearly 1,000 delegates of Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) voted in favour of creating a new union with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ (CEP) union of Canada at the CAW convention in Toronto on 22 August.

USW report exposes Crown Holdings’ bad corporate governance

31 January, 2014On 30 January 2014 IndustriALL Global Union’s North American affiliate United Steelworkers (USW) representing workers at Crown Holdings in the U.S. and Canada recently released a new report analysing key governance problems at the company.

LafargeHolcim locks out and illegally replaces workers in Canada

9 November, 2016LafargeHolcim management in British Columbia, Canada, has locked out approximately 70 members of the United Steelworkers, USW Local 816, since 17 October at the Texada Quarrying Ltd. limestone mine.

Ontario government opens inquiry into 18-month strike at Crown Holdings

17 March, 2015IndustriALL Global Union joins its North American affiliate, the United Steelworkers (USW), in welcoming the decision of the Ontario Government to open an inquiry into an 18-month strike over wages and conditions at Crown Holdings in Toronto.

Lockout at LafargeHolcim Texada in Canada ends with agreement

9 March, 2017Members of IndustriALL affiliate United Steelworkers(USW) Local 816, locked out by LafargeHolcim in Canada at the Texada Island limestone mine since 17 October 2016, have reached an agreement.