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What is ammonium nitrate, and why is it so dangerous?

7 August, 2020A catastrophic explosion in Beirut, 4 August 2020, was believed to be caused by ammonium nitrate. The death toll exceeds 135 and may climb as more victims are found and severely injured people succumb to their wounds.

Unique-Yanbal Peru dismisses 600 workers during the pandemic

22 July, 2020In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, cosmetics and jewelry producer Unique-Yanbal in Peru, has dismissed 600 workers, nearly all women.

Chemical and pharmaceutical unions confront Covid-19 together

6 July, 2020IndustriALL members are producing materials used in the fight against the pandemic; from sanitisers, to protective masks, medicines, and eventually a vaccine. Strong union action is protecting working conditions, and safe and healthy workplaces.

Austrian chemical workers unite for fair deal

2 June, 2020Chemical workers have been conducting collective actions at factories throughout Austria after a third round of sector bargaining failed as employers offer a drop in real wages for 45,000 people.

Eyes on pharmaceutical industry in the Covid-19 fight

15 May, 2020The pharmaceutical industry is working intensively towards finding a treatment for COVID-19 or a vaccine against the virus that causes it, SARS-CoV-2. Their work in this time of crisis makes this group of IndustriALL affiliates and members even more important for all of us.

South Korean pharmaceutical workers condemn Zoetis

12 May, 2020IndustriALL Global Union has stepped in to support its Korean affiliate, KCTF, whose members are victim of labour violations at multinational animal medicine company Zoetis.

Series of industrial accidents rocks India as work resumes post-lockdown

8 May, 2020A toxic gas leak at LG Polymers India, a subsidiary of South Korean multinational LG Chem, resulted in the death of twelve people, including two children, with hundreds hospitalized.

GSK factory in South Africa to reopen after 99 workers test positive for COVID-19

1 May, 2020When five workers tested positive for COVID-19 at the Epping plant of pharmaceutical multinational Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) in Cape Town, the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) raised an alarm with the management and the health authorities.

Chemical sector unions respond to Covid-19

24 April, 2020With powerful unions, large multinational companies, important sectoral bargaining agreements, the chemical industry sees a significant response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Raising young workers’ voice on the streets

11 March, 2020Yudi Suseno was one of 50 participants in the Asia Pacific youth exchange programme in Malaysia in October 2019, and has now begun to play key role in his union in Indonesia.