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IndustriALL Assistant General Secretary, Kemal Özkan, addresses a STOP Precarious Work rally outside an Avon factory in Sao Paolo, Brazil with affiliate CNQ-CUT
Thanks to the strikes organized by Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz workers in Brazil and to national and international solidarity, the two companies have agreed to reinstate dismissed workers. When workers unite and fight for their rights, they can achieve their goals.
On 17 August, Volkswagen announced that 100 workers are to lose their jobs at its plant in Taubaté, Brazil. Workers have responded by declaring an indefinite strike. IndustriALL Global Union offers its support and solidarity to the workers and calls on the company to negotiate in order to avoid an unwanted dispute.
The Global Labour University (GLU) invites trade unionists and labour activists to apply to its Masters in "Labour and Development" at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and "Social Economy and Labour" at the University of Campinas, Brazil.
After the 24-hour strike on 24 July, members of the main oil industry union in Brazil, FUP/CUT, are preparing another strike in September in defence of Petrobras.
An expanding coalition of unions is demanding that Ansell live up to its slogan Ansell Protects.
The Brazilian Senate met on 30 June to vote on bill PLS 131/2015 under the Senate’s urgent business procedure, when a bill goes directly to a plenary vote without being examined by technical committees. The bill would remove Petrobras’ exclusive rights to exploit the Pre-Salt oilfields. However, the Senate decided to postpone voting as it felt a more detailed debate was necessary.
The strike at the Mercedes Benz plant in Brazil in protest at 500 dismissals continues and support is growing for the striking workers. Leaders of the chemicals and other sectors showed their solidarity by attending the workers’ camp on 25 June.
A delegation of Brazilian trade unions and labour representatives met at the International Labour Conference (ILC) to discuss a proposed law which will allow private employers to use outsourcing indiscriminately.
Workers at Volvo Brazil have ended the longest strike in the company’s history. An agreement on pay and on job security was finally reached on 1 June, ending a 24-day strike that was called in response to company threats to dismiss workers.
Trade unions in Brazil and their social movement partners are calling for a general strike on 15 April, after the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to adopt a bill favouring the liberalization of outsourcing.
The Brazilian parliament will vote on a bill liberalizing outsourcing in the country on 7 April. On the same day, several IndustriALL affiliates jointly with their confederations centres plan a demonstration in the capital Brasilia to try to prevent the law from being adopted.
The ABC Metalworkers’ Union has signed agreements with motor manufacturers Toyota and Ford guaranteeing workers’ jobs at two major plants in São Paolo state, Brazil.
IndustriALL Global Union joins and supports its Brazilian affiliates in their current struggle to keep oil giant Petrobras accountable in public hands. Amid deep scandal and crisis, the unions say: charge those guilty of corruption, but Petrobras is ours.
A six-day strike by more than 5,000 workers at General Motors in Brazil has resulted in a union victory, with the car manufacturer dropping plans to lay off 800 staff.
Ozano Pereira da Silva, 77, president of the Guarulhos, Aruja and Itaquaquecetuba Union of Paper Industry Workers, was strangled at the union office.
The Tenaris Workers’ World Council and the Ternium Trade Union Network met in Vespasiano, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on 19-21 November to examine the situation at the companies’ plants in various countries and to formulate an action plan.
Protecting the lives of mine workers and ensuring that the lucrative mining sector contributes to sustainable development were key issues on the agenda of the regional mining network, held in Sao Paolo from 15 to 17 November.
Workers at Foxconn’s second plant in Jundiaí, Brazil have succeeded in attaining the same salary and career opportunities as employees in the company’s other major plant in the city.
In a move to strengthen workers’ position in the John Deere group, union representatives from around the world committed to intensify cooperation in the global trade union network at a meeting in Germany on 4-5 September.
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