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Safety crisis in Bangladesh shipbreaking yards continues

29 May, 2019At least eight workers have been killed, and 35 injured this year in accidents in Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards. The number of fatalities since 2017 is around 47.

Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling boosted by Japanese ratification

2 April, 2019The campaign to clean up ship breaking – the most dangerous job in the world - has received a major boost as Japan becomes the first Asian country to ratify the Hong Kong Convention.

United call for sustainable shipbreaking in Bangladesh

25 March, 2019Representatives from unions, employers and the government in Bangladesh called for sustainable shipbreaking and effective social dialogue, at a meeting organized by IndustriALL Global Union in Chattogram on 11 March 2019.

Turkey ratifies Hong Kong Convention for safe recycling of ships

4 February, 2019IndustriALL Global Union welcomes Turkey’s ratification of the Hong Kong Convention for the safe and environmentally sound ship recycling, but says more countries must urgently follow suit.

Fighting forward for a sustainable future in the shipbuilding and shipbreaking industry

27 November, 2018IndustriALL Global Union shipbuilding and shipbreaking unions adopted an action plan for 2019-2022 and agreed to promote safety and sustainable industrial policy and to develop trade union networks in multinational corporations.

Shipbreaking - graveyard for ships or workers?

13 November, 2018Two workers have died and seven have been injured in a series of accidents at the Sitakund shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh. 19 people have been killed in Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards this year, the highest number in eight years.

Safety remains elusive on second anniversary of Gadani shipbreaking accident

5 November, 2018One day after the second anniversary of one of the deadliest accidents in the history of the Pakistani shipbreaking industry, there was yet another fire in the Gadani shipyard.

Pakistan: Seven workers injured in a fire at shipbreaking yard

17 October, 2018The fire started on 14 October as workers were breaking the oil tanker Kriti in the plot number 10 in the Gadani shipbreaking yard located in Baluchistan Province, Pakistan. The tanker is owned by an individual Alam Khan. Initial reports suggest that seven workers were injured as result of a fire, three of them are in critical condition due to severe burns.

Shipbreaking unions in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh meet to coordinate union building

5 September, 2018IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh met to coordinate their campaigns for the rights of shipbreaking workers on 31 August and 1 September in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Pakistan: Shipbreaking workers win union rights

2 May, 2018In a significant achievement, workers at so called re-rolling mills near Pakistan's Gadani ship-breaking yard have received union registration and are now formally recognised as a collecive bargaining agent.