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Namibia: 1,500 workers to be retrenched as mine closes

3 April, 2020Skorpion Zinc mine has announced a suspension of operations on safety grounds and put the mine on “care and maintenance”, which risks turning the nearby community which depends on the mine for employment into a ghost town.

Malaysian unions fight for workers during lockdown

3 April, 2020Trade unions in Malaysia have lodged complaints over factories remaining open during the lockdown, jeopardizing workers’ health and safety.

Unions warn of looming COVID-19 catastrophe in Zimbabwe

2 April, 2020The lacklustre approach on COVID-19 by the Zimbabwean government can lead to a disaster in a country battling with widespread hunger, high unemployment, water shortages, and an economic crisis, says IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (ZEWU).

Japanese metalworkers secure wage increase

2 April, 2020Through the JCM’s  Shunto (spring labour offensive), many unions at large companies in the Japanese metal industry have secured wage increases.

Argentinian union condemns LafargeHolcim for exposing workers to COVID-19

2 April, 2020According to IndustriALL affiliate Asociación Obrera Minera Argentina (AOMA) Holcim (of the LafargeHolcim group) is demanding that employees continue work as normal, in violation of the emergency decrees adopted by the Argentinian government to protect against the corona virus.

Belarus: work contract not renewed over union activity

1 April, 2020Mikalaj Valadzko’s work contract was terminated by German-based Redpath Deilmann over his activities in IndustriALL affiliate Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU). 

ACT brands commit to responsible business practices in Bangladesh

31 March, 2020ACT signatory brands have expressed their commitment to maintain responsible business practices and social dialogue with union representatives from IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), amid the corona virus outbreak.

Sri Lankan union protects workers amid Covid-19

31 March, 2020The Sri Lankan government took action as IndustriALL affiliate FTZ&GSEU’s called to transport workers stranded in boarding houses in free trade zones back to their homes. Now the union is urging the government to ensure due wages are paid. 

Covid-19 - Advice for workers and employers

30 March, 2020IndustriALL Global Union views occupational health and safety as a matter of workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities. The extraordinary situation created by the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, does not change these fundamentals. In fact, they are now more important than ever.

Myanmar union calls for paid stay-at-home leave

30 March, 2020Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) is calling on employers to accept a one-month shutdown of factories to help prevent an outbreak of the corona virus, while workers are paid the minimum wage.