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Owens Illinois glass workers alliance takes action

24 January, 2013The Global Glass Alliance of Unions at Owens Illinois (O-I) officially announced their coalition of workers at the company in four continents to CEO Al Strouken on 10 January 2013. The alliance will rally globally during the week of 4 February in joint protest of the company’s increasing hostility to its workers.

ITUC campaign in defence of the freedom of association in Guatemala

24 January, 2013Trade unions are to write to their governments asking them to urge the ILO Governing Body to approve the creation of a Commission of Inquiry to examine the grave and systematic violations of ILO Convention 87 on the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise (1948) in Guatemala.

Mexico’s Supreme Court unfairly rules against SME

31 January, 2013Disgrace for Mexico’s Supreme Court as three out of five of its members vote to overturn an appellate court judgement to reemploy over 16,000 electrician workers of the SME union, sacked en-masse in 2009.

Thai Electrolux workers fight against dismissal

31 January, 2013Swedish-based household appliance multinational Electrolux continues to make a mockery of its commitments to uphold minimum labour rights standards throughout its operations, including those made in the Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with IndustriALL Global Union.

Global Unions condemn new Fiji military decree

24 January, 2013IndustriALL Global Union joins with the ITUC and the Global Union Federations in condemning the Fiji Political Parties Decree aimed at eliminating existing opposition political parties and to prevent new ones from being registered.

Carbones de Cerrejón workers vote to go on strike

31 January, 2013Carbones de Cerrejón workers in Colombia have voted to go on strike at the beginning of February. Their union, Sintracarbón, is hoping that the company will make a new proposal that will meet workers’ demands and end the dispute that began on 29 November last year.

Brazilian chemical workers win 39 hour week

13 February, 2013Workers in the chemical sector have won a major victory in negotiations with the German transnational company BASF. The agreement reduces the working week and puts an end to long and exhausting working days.

Pakistani unions demand justice for textile workers

1 February, 2013Outraged by the news that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf called for murder charges to be dropped against the brothers who own a Karachi garment factory where 259 workers were killed, unions in Pakistan protested on 30 January 2013.

FNV Bondgenoten to take action for Mexico days

14 February, 2013Dutch affiliate FNV Bondgenoten will mark the Mexico days of action with a mobilization at the Mexican Embassy in the Hague on 19 February.

Mexico days of action start strong

14 February, 2013The days of action on Mexico from 18 to 24 February have had a kick start this week with almost 7,000 messages already sent protesting the dismissals of Los Mineros members at PKC and the release of 9 political prisoners of the Mexican Union of Electricity Workers.