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Recent debate in the US about Team USA’s Olympic uniforms being produced in China has sparked controversy on the trend of clothing multinationals resorting to cheaper production in developing countries. This trend is not new and continues to impact workers in low wage countries, Play Fair demands that multinational companies do more.
Last week United States Senators expressed dismay and outrage to learn that the uniforms for American Olympians were produced in China. But this is not new. For years unrestrained globalization has seen textile and clothing multinationals race to the bottom in the search for cheaper and cheaper production.
In response to Glencore and Xstrata’s arrogant refusal to meet with a delegation of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates to discuss labour issues in light of their intended merger, IndustriALL joined a delegation of activists in a demonstration at their headquarters in Zug, Switzerland.
Trade unions representing Xstrata’s and Glencore’s unionized workforces across the world have voiced their opposition to the proposed merger of the two companies and especially the extreme retention bonuses being paid to Xstrata management.
IndustriALL 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.
Eight new affiliates join newly formed IndustriALL
The affiliates of IndustriALL Global Union salute the Fijian union movement for their continuing role in the struggle for the re-establishment of democracy and the protection of the rights of Fijian workers and their families.
The newly born IndustriALL Global Union elects its leadership and tries to reach consensus on regional representation on its executive body.
Dorje Khatri, who conquered the highest mountain in the world and set an IndustriALL Global Union flag on top, was awarded 1,000 Swiss Francs at the IndustriALL Founding Congress to support progressive gender activities of his union.
Addressing the plenary of the International Labour Conference, Said Iqbal, the leader of IndustriALL affiliate FSPMI, proposed that the ILC take action to improve wages and reduce precarious work.
11 employees were killed and several sustained serious burn injuries in a major explosion on June 13, 2012 at RINL Visakhapatnam steel plant, Andhra Pradesh, India.
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