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INTERVIEW: IndustriALL general secretary Valter Sanches

17 January, 2017On 5 October 2016, Valter Sanches from Brazilian union CNM/CUT, was elected General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union. Sanches, a former metalworker and life-long trade union activist, will lead IndustriALL for the next four years.

Workers’ rights are never out of fashion!

13 January, 2017Half a million textile, garment, and footwear workers in Italy are on a general strike today, 13 January, demanding the renewal of the national labour contracts. A demonstration was held in Florence, coinciding with one of Italy’s major fashion events, Pitti Uomo.

Norwegian oil company DNO targeted by unions

12 January, 2017Failure to pay workers in Yemen has made Norwegian oil company, DNO, a target of a trade union campaign.

Trinidad oil workers’ union wins pay increase

12 January, 2017IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate in Trinidad and Tobago, has won a hard-fought battle for a pay rise, after 5,000 oil workers threatened strike action against state oil company Petrotrin. 

Kazakh authorities dissolve trade union center

12 January, 2017IndustriALL Global Union expresses its outrage  over the dissolution of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KNPRK).

Five workers burn to death at Gadani shipbreaking yard

10 January, 2017At least five workers have died in a fire onboard an LPG container ship at the Gadani shipbreaking yard in Pakistan on 9 January, in yet another deadly incident at the yard. Despite scores of fatalities at Gadani in the last few months, no measures have been taken to improve safety.

Ending conflict in a polarized society: Colombia's trade unions mobilize for peace

9 January, 2017After five decades of civil war, a peace treaty was rejected by a narrow majority of the population in this deeply divided country. Colombia’s trade unions are determined to help build a just peace, working with civil society to achieve a settlement that begins to heal the deep wounds.

2016 – a year of intensive campaigning for IndustriALL

6 January, 20172016 was another momentous year for IndustriALL Global Union. Four years after the organization was founded in Copenhagen, IndustriALL held it’s second Congress in October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was attended by some 1,400 trade union members from more than 100 countries.  

Oil workers battle against restructuring of Turkish Petroleum

5 January, 2017Oil workers in Turkey were forced to call off a press conference and demonstration against plans to restructure Turkish Petroleum, following a ban by the Government. 

Major strike looms at Trinidad oil company

5 January, 2017Some 5,000 oil workers in Trinidad and Tobago are poised for strike action over attempts by the state-owned oil company to impose a six-year wage freeze.