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Why Industry 4.0 is both a social and technological revolution

20 January, 2016As world leaders convene in Davos for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), this year’s theme on the fourth industrial revolution is set to have a major impact on IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates around the world. 

Workers in Argentina face lay-offs

8 February, 2016Workers in both the public and private sectors in Argentina are facing lay-offs and dismissals. IndustriALL Global Union rejects these measures and urges President Mauricio Macri’s government to promote social dialogue and respect workers’ rights.

Argentine unions protest at Atucha dismissals

12 July, 2017IndustriALL Argentinian affiliates SMATA and UOM, joined a solidarity protest for 1,000 dismissed workers at the Atucha nuclear plant.

Kimberly-Clark trade unions around the world angry with mass job cuts announcement

31 January, 2018The US-based multinational personal care company unilaterally announced a massive cut of 5,000 to 5,500 jobs on 23 January. The cut of 12% of the global workforce will mostly come through closing 10 of Kimberly-Clark’s 91 factories. Which 10 factories has not been announced. 

Sae a Tecnotex Nicaragua illegally dismisses health and safety reps

14 March, 2018Eight workers at the Sae A Tecnotex textile factory in Nicaragua have been fired illegally, and the union FESITEX is claiming a serious breach of freedom of association.  

Italian unions protest against 1,425 layoffs at Indesit

12 June, 2013The Italian trade unions protest against the reorganization announced by the company early in June.

Uruguay: paper union seeks to negotiate the rehiring of 270 workers

24 August, 2016Ninety percent of the workers of the National Paper Factory in Colonia, Uruguay, have been laid off due to the factory’s economic difficulties. FOPCU, an IndustriALL affiliate, is negotiating their rehiring with the company and the ministry of labour.

Strike at Volvo Brazil ends with worker victory

4 June, 2015Workers at Volvo Brazil have ended the longest strike in the company’s history. An agreement on pay and on job security was finally reached on 1 June, ending a 24-day strike that was called in response to company threats to dismiss workers.  

Willbes & Co reinstates 15 dismissed workers in the Dominican Republic

24 August, 2017National and international solidarity, combined with intervention by global brands, played an important role in encouraging the Korean clothing company Willbes & Co to reinstate 15 workers who were dismissed for exercising their right to organize.

Smurfit Kappa workers protest against union-bashing in Colombia

18 October, 2018On 8 October, IndustriALL affiliate Sintracarcol began a week of protests against Cartón de Colombia S.A., owned by multinational Smurfit Kappa, in a response to the firing of a number of workers, as well as other anti-union actions.