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Turkish glassworkers on strike over long-standing union busting

9 August, 2019Members of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate Kristal-Is are on strike since 26 July 2019 at Düzce Cam, one of the subsidiaries of Turkish-based glassmaker Okan Group in the town Düzce. Over a four-year struggle for union recognition, the glassmaker has used every union-busting tactics in violation of the national and international legislation, including dismissal of 80 union members and nominated union representatives.

French court orders Saint-Gobain to pay compensation to Oise workers

12 June, 2019The labour court of Compiegne, France issued a verdict on 3 June ordering Saint-Gobain to compensate 130 employees of its specialized glass manufacturing and processing factory in Thourotte in the department of Oise.

Global Glass Alliance and Owens-Illinois glass network launched in Perrysburg, Ohio

15 November, 2018Over 150 delegates gathered in Perrysburg, Ohio, on 12 and 13 November 2018, and held the first ever meeting of the Owens-Illinois network in conjunction with the global glass alliance of the Glass, Molders and Pottery (GMP) council of the United Steelworkers (USW), and the USW glass workers.

Georgian workers beaten by security guard

11 October, 2017More than 200 workers at a windows and doors manufacturing company in Tbilisi, Georgia, have achieved justice after suffering violence and pressure from the employer and the police. 

Georgian trade union signs strong collective agreement with Turkish glass company

25 August, 2017After more than a year of negotiations, a collective agreement for the Ksani glass container factory in Georgia was signed. 

Turkish glass workers win large increase after unprecedented action

12 June, 2017Glass workers at Şişecam factories in Turkey have signed a collective agreement that includes a good wage increase after staging work-ins at nine factories.

Turkish government bans glass sector strike

23 May, 2017The Turkish government yesterday banned IndustriALL affiliate Kristal-İş from taking strike action against multinational glass manufacturer Şişecam.  

Fletcher Insulation workers vow to continue fight for fair contract

30 March, 2017Members of the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) at Fletcher Insulation near Melbourne, Australia, have vowed to continue a five-week work stoppage at the manufacturing plant.

Hungary: workers put jobs on the line to defend sacked union leader

30 January, 2017Workers at the Richard Fritz car window factory in Aszód, Hungary, braved management threats of dismissal to take part in a demonstration demanding the reinstatement of sacked union leader Edit Kovács.  

Georgia: Union victory after month-long glass strike

14 March, 2016A month-long strike of 170 workers that paralyzed operations at the Ksani glass container factory in Georgia ended on 5 March after tough 12-hour negotiations between the union and management.