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25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 2012 marks the 13th year that world civil society has commemorated this day, with the UN General Assembly designating the day at its 54th session.
As workers throughout Europe were striking against the neo-liberal austerity agenda the Gerdau Workers’ World Council was supporting them from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In the third incident of violent police action at Xstrata’s South African Kroondal operations in a week, police fired on mineworkers during a protest on 13 November, arresting 37 including shop stewards.
At the IndustriALL founding Congress in Copenhagen in June 2012, affiliates resolved to support a global campaign to STOP Precarious Work, including mobilizing their members around October 7, the World Day for Decent Work.
It was decided in the Gerdau Workers World Council that workers around the world would come together and demand respect for workers at Brazilian multinational Gerdau in Colombia.
See the new campaign leaflet of the Gerdau Workers’ World Council, one of the most active worker networks of IndustriALL affiliates, taking united action to defend the rights of Gerdau workers in Colombia.
Under difficult circumstances Austrian metalworkers win a pay rise of up to 3.4 per cent for 180,000 workers in this year’s bargaining rounds.
A course for training women only was held in Serang, Indonesia from 21 to 23 October in the framework of the MNC project. This project is sponsored by LO/TCO and fnv and aims to train workers in the use of international standards to promote workers’ and trade union rights.
Since August 2012, workers at Hercules Steel in Kutaisi, Georgia, have carried out a secret organizing campaign, and in October proposed the management to begin negotiations.
150,000 people came to London on 20 October 2012 to participate in union-organized actions against austerity imposed by the government.
Members of the United Steelworkers, North American affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, voted in favour of the new agreement with U.S. Steel.
After a 24-hour strike, workers at Tenaris Confab voted to accept the proposal presented by the employer in the evening of 27 September 2012.
Tenaris claims that there is low production in order to justify firing workers with high seniority and suffering illnesses.
Sintrametal and the Gerdau Workers’ World Council met with ministers and members of the government last week.
Thousands of workers gathered on 22 September in Bern, Switzerland demanding the industrial sector be saved. Four local unions called for the strengthening of the collective labour agreement (CLA) and secure jobs.
IndustriALL Global Union’s network in Tata Steel will seek to develop an ethical partnership with company management at a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand later this month.
In response to the dismissal of almost 300 workers at the end of August from two of Brazilian multinational Gerdau’s Colombian steel plants, a group of workers at Muña has decided to get organised and link up with the Sintrametal metalworkers’ union.
Gerdau has dismissed 180 workers from its Tocancipá plant and 90 from its Muña plant. Sintrametal is calling on the government to support the country’s workers. The company has blamed the economic crisis for the dismissals.
IndustriALL’s Alcoa global union network has pledged support to workers in Portovesme in Italy fighting for the future of their plant. Unions representing workers in the plant have been working around the clock to find ways to keep the workers’ jobs.
On 2 September 1,000 metalworkers rallied against the closing of aluminium production at Bogoslovsky, an aluminium plant in Krasnoturyinsk (Sverdlovsk area, Russia), which is part of the Rusal group.
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