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Workers' rights in textile and footwear supply chains

18 February, 2020IndustriALL Global Union and several of its affiliates ensured that workers’ rights were central at the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Textile and Footwear Sector on 11–13 February in Paris, France.  The Forum convenes over 500 representatives from government, business, trade unions and civil society to discuss key issues and risks related to due diligence in the global garment and footwear supply chain.

Myanmar unions protest against Arbitration Council decision

5 February, 2020The Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) held a mass demonstration on 2 February in Yangon to protest against an Arbitration Council decision that denied full reinstatement to 260 workers of Thong Thai Textile factory who were fired for taking strike action.

Using global framework agreements to organize

31 January, 2020Over a two-year period IndustriALL affiliates in Turkey and Bangladesh have successfully organized more than 50 supplier factories as part of a programme to effectively implement global framework agreements. 

INTERVIEW: Beauty Zibula

9 January, 2020From factory to parliament in South Africa.

Union network calls Coats to convene social dialogue meeting

12 December, 2019IndustriALL’s union network at UK textile company Coats is calling for social dialogue to strengthen industrial relations at Coats’ workplaces around the world.

43 workers killed in Delhi factory fire

11 December, 2019The deadly factory fire accident in Delhi on 8 December exposes the vulnerability of India’s informal workforce as well as the government’s passive attitude towards workers’ safety.

Ethiopia: towards a common collective bargaining strategy

28 November, 2019Unions meeting at a collective bargaining strategy workshop concluded that bargaining together, they could achieve better wages and working conditions.

Unions in Cambodia urge EU not to withdraw EBA benefit

25 November, 2019IndustriALL affiliates in Cambodia are calling on the European Union (EU) not to withdraw the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, as a step to protect garment workers’ employment in the country.

Joint action in South-East European textile industries

19 November, 2019Textile, clothing, leather and footwear industries employ more than 600,000 people in eight South-East European countries, with the proximity to major European markets providing growth opportunities. But with salaries as low as €200-400 per month in some countries, union leaders are reporting that it is difficult to attract young workers.

German supermarket Lidl joins ACT

19 November, 2019By signing the ACT MoU with IndustriALL Global Union in November 2019, Lidl became the first German discounter to commit to ensuring living wages in its garment and footwear supply chain through freedom of association, collective bargaining and responsible purchasing practices.