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India: fighting precarious work in the cement industry

8 July, 2015On 1 July a rally was organized by IndustriALL Global Union affiliate “Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh” (Progressive Cement Workers Union) or PCSS for the redeployment and rehabilitation of more than 1000 cement workers in India.

New cement giant LafargeHolcim ignores the voice of employees

18 June, 2015More than 60 delegates representing workers of two merging cement multinationals Lafarge and Holcim from all continents gathered on 16 and 17 June in Egerkingen, Switzerland to discuss challenges and consequences faced by the workforce during and after the mega-merger process.

Over 200 workers protest at Holcim’s AGM

18 April, 2013Workers from all over Europe were outside Holcim’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Switzerland, in protest against the Europe-wide job cuts and plant closures at Holcim sites.

Set Edi Iriawadi Free!

16 May, 2013Indonesian cement worker, Edi Iriawadi, was imprisoned after taking action to protect workers at Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa plant, which is part of the Heidelberg Cement Group, from intruders that entered the factory in September 2012. IndustriALL demands that Indonesian authorities and the company stop these violations.

Cement unions commit to reinforce organizing in the Philippines

18 February, 2016Having come together for a workshop on 13 – 14  February in Manila, Philippines, cement unions developed a national plan on organizing and recruiting of cement workers and precarious workers in the sector. 

Workers at Italcementi prepare for a national strike

20 April, 2016The Italian unions Feneal Uil, Filca Cisl and Cgil Fillea representing Italcementi cement workers, have announced a strike in response to the industrial plan proposed by the government, which may result in 415 dismissals this year and further 250 redundancies in 2017.

Unions from the US and Canada create network in the cement sector

12 September, 2016On 8 September 2016, unions from the United States and Canada representing workers in the rapidly changing cement sector met in Washington D.C. to discuss future cooperation.

Union stands for workers’ rights at Indocement/Citeureup plant

2 March, 201770 shop stewards from IndustriALL Indonesian affiliate FSP ISI at one of the biggest cement plants in the world, Citeureup, met for a training organized by IndustriALL Global Union on 1 March.

New European Works Council agreement sends strong signal for a global deal with LafargeHolcim

29 March, 2017On 27 March in Paris, LafargeHolcim signed an agreement on creation of the company European Works Council (EWC). This sends a promising signal for the upcoming process towards a global framework agreement.  

LafargeHolcim: Final step taken towards Global Framework Agreement

13 July, 2017On 12 July 2017, LafargeHolcim and global unions, IndustriALL and BWI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Zurich, as final step towards a Global Framework Agreement (GFA). The MoU is a prelude to the GFA, reaffirming the commitment to a comprehensive agreement, to be signed later this year.