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Trade unions in Sri Lanka receive confirmation that they will be consulted on proposed changes to labour laws.
A workshop was organized on 25 October in Colombo under the IndustriALL/Unifor organizing project for women organizers and activists in Sri Lankan Export Processing Zones (EPZs). The participants were from IndustriALL affiliated unions in Sri Lanka involved in organizing workers in the Katunayake, Biyagama & Panadura Free Trade Zones (FTZs) in Sri Lanka.
Leaders from three Australian trade unions spoke at the Ansell Annual Shareholders Meeting, in Melbourne, on 8 October to raise the labour dispute with the company in Sri Lanka.
Unionists from the textile, manufacturing and construction sectors in Australia descended on the Melbourne-headquarters of condom and glove manufacturer Ansell today to demand better treatment of workers in Sri Lanka.
IndustriALL Global Union and its major trade union affiliates in Sri Lanka are planning coordinatad organizing drives in the tough environments of Free Trade Zones, where workers’ rights are systematically treated with less importance than profit.
An expanding coalition of unions is demanding that Ansell live up to its slogan Ansell Protects.
IndustriALL affiliates in Sri Lanka have through collective actions achieved a wage increase for private sector workers by 15 – 35 per cent, making the minimum national wage for the sector around US$74.
A year ago, almost 200 shoe workers were sacked for organizing a trade union at Bata supplier, the Palla & Co factory in Sri Lanka.
Representatives from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in India and Sri Lanka have developed a strategy to combat precarious work, in a regional coordination meeting in New Delhi on 22 to 23 November 2014.
IndustriALL Global Union’s Australian affiliates rallied at the Ansell Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Melbourne on 16 October, calling on the company to respect the rights of workers in its Sri Lankan factory.
As part of the ongoing efforts to change the Sri Lankan law, IndustriALL affiliates marked the World Day For Decent Work (WDDW) by Handing over a petition to co-coordinating secretary of President Rajapakse.
Sri Lankan union and IndustriALL affiliate FTZGSEU took action on 11 October to mark the one-year anniversary of the strike against Ansell. Workers gathered in front of the main gate at the Biyagama Export Processing Zone, Sri Lanka, to show authorities and Ansell management that the fight continues.
As part of the ongoing efforts to change the Sri Lankan law in regard to precarious work, a workshop was held on 24 September in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The IndustriALL affiliated FTZGSEU union in Sri Lanka is campaigning for workers’ justice at Palla and Company Ltd. after mass sackings and union-busting by the employer. Bata is one of the major brands to have sourced from Palla and now needs to live up to its supply chain responsibilities.
IndustriALL Global Union renders tribute to Bala Tampoe who passed away on 1 September. Bala was 92 and led his union IndustriALL affiliate Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers Union (CMU) for more than 60 years; he negotiated with every Prime Minister since Sri Lanka’s independence.
Unions held a rally outside of Ansell’s Australian headquarters following the denial of entry visas to a delegation of Sri Lankan union members. The Australian government denied the visas in an apparent attempt to shield glove and condom maker Ansell from public exposure of its harsh and unjust treatment of its workers in Sri Lanka.
The conflict at the Ansell factory in one of Sri Lanka’s free trade zones has seen 294 workers out of a job since October. The Supreme Court has instructed Ansell to negotiate a settlement with the trade union FTZGSEU, which the company blatantly refuses to do.
Jyrki Raina, General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, describes his experience about an inspiring and energetic series of trips to Asia.
Dismissed workers at Ansell Lanka have marched on the streets of the Biyagama free trade zone in Sri Lanka to show they will not give up until they are reinstated. IndustriALL demands government mediation after the Supreme Court instructed Ansell to find a settlement with the union.
As the strike at Ansell continues, IndustriALL Sri Lanka Council shows support and demands that management immediately take action to stop the strike.
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