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Textile and garment unions in South East Asia build networks

15 July, 2019Trade union leaders from IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in seven countries in South East Asia resolved to build networks and increase organizing in the textile and garment sector despite threats and harassment.

We don’t support low wages says Ethiopian labour minister

12 July, 2019Low wages in the textile and garment sector of less than US$30 per month are being widely condemned by trade unions in Ethiopia. Now the government is also calling for minimum living wages.  

Myanmar unions call on brands to join ACT in fight for living wage

8 July, 2019IndustriALL’s Myanmar affiliates are committed to continue the fight for a living wage through building union power and industry wide collective bargaining, and called on global brands and retailers to support the ACT initiative.

If you are unhappy resign, Ethiopian workers told

13 June, 2019It seems like work experience in Ethiopia’s growing textile and garment sector matters little for some employers.

Unionist elected Member of Parliament in South Africa

3 June, 2019It is rare for garment workers to leave their factory machines and swop work clothes for the formal dressing of a country’s parliament. This is the story of a Durban garment worker who recently got elected to South Africa’s sixth parliament.

Organizing in the textile and garment sector in Thailand

21 May, 2019IndustriALL organized the first workshop in Thailand on organizing in the supply chain for textile, garment, shoes and leather (TGSL) sector affiliate, Textile Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation of Thailand (TWFT) on 3-4 May in Bangkok.

PROFILE: Organizing in the garment and textile sector in Ethiopia

20 May, 2019On 7 March, thousands of textile and garment workers went on strike at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, demanding better wages, safe working conditions and an end to sexual harassment. The workers were not represented by a trade union, because for the past two years, management at the industrial park has refused to allow unions to organize. 

Law amendment will rid sham cooperatives from South Africa's textile sector

8 May, 2019Taking advantage of loopholes in the laws governing cooperatives, employers in the garment and textile sector have been turning their factories into fake cooperatives to avoid paying decent wages and benefits.

African textile, leather and garment unions meeting strategizes on AGOA

29 April, 2019To counter mass unemployment and precarious work, unions in Sub Saharan Africa see job creation and decent work as critical. The unions also recognize the pivotal role of international trade agreements in providing the much-needed jobs. 

Bangladesh unions call for Accord to continue on 6th anniversary of Rana Plaza

24 April, 2019The IndustriALL Bangladesh Council called for the continuation of the Accord in Bangladesh in a demonstration today to mark the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.