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Mozambique: Union shocked by appalling conditions at plastics factory

4 April, 2018Workers at a Chinese-owned plastics factory in Mozambique are being forced to work in shocking conditions according to IndustriALL Global Union trade union affiliate, SINTIQUIAF, which organizes more than 15,000 workers in the chemical and allied industries.

Scab-made medical gloves sicken Ansell workers in Sri Lanka

19 November, 2013Australian-based manufacturer of medical gloves and condoms, Ansell continues to attack its workers. Suspending striking trade union members in Sri Lanka and replacing them with contracted scabs puts a bad stain on Ansell’s products that are exported throughout the world.

Freudenberg

25 May, 2012The agreement with German rubber and plastics producer, Freudenberg spells out minimum labour standards that the company will adhere to including all ILO Core Conventions that embrace trade union rights, workplace equality, protection of health, safety and environmental criteria, and bans on child labour and forced labour.

Sistema Plastics workers win 16 per cent wage increase

22 January, 2019IndustriALL Global Union congratulates its affiliate E tū members’ successful campaign in New Zealand, achieving a new collective bargaining agreement that improves the workplace.

Workers reported cracks before Pakistan factory collapse

5 November, 2015IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Pakistan say workers warned management about cracks in a four-storey polythene factory before it collapsed on 4 November.

South Africa: Striking against precarious work in the plastics sector

14 September, 2017Fed up with precarious working conditions of short-term contracts, low wages and no benefits, workers at Mpact Plastics and Flexible Plastics and Packaging in Pinetown, about 22km from Durban, South Africa went on strike on 13 September. Organized by IndustriALL affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the strikers were demanding permanent jobs and equal pay for work of equal value for contract workers, better wages, overtime pay, and benefits such as medical aid and pension.

IndustriALL Sri Lanka Council demands immediate Ansell reinstatements and withdrawal of charges

26 November, 2013As the strike at Ansell continues, IndustriALL Sri Lanka Council shows support and demands that management immediately take action to stop the strike.

International union campaign delivers agreement at Georg Fischer in Turkey

24 July, 2014IndustriALL Global Union’s Turkish affiliate, Lastik-Is, has thanked IndustriALL, Swiss affiliate UNIA and all other supporters for the solidarity campaign that contributed to the signing of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with George Fischer Hakan Plastik, beating an attempt at union-busting.

Georg Fischer consistently spurns union rights in Turkey

3 April, 2014IndustriALL Global Union repeatedly calls on Swiss-based multinational company Georg Fischer to put an end to violations of union rights in Turkey and demands immediate reinstatement of 37 dismissed workers.

Australian unions protest denial of visas to dismissed Ansell workers

26 August, 2014Unions held a rally outside of Ansell’s Australian headquarters following the denial of entry visas to a delegation of Sri Lankan union members. The Australian government denied the visas in an apparent attempt to shield glove and condom maker Ansell from public exposure of its harsh and unjust treatment of its workers in Sri Lanka.