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Global unions have condemned the inhumane treatment of more than a thousand protestors detained by Algerian police, and are calling for an end to the escalating repression of trade unions and trade union leaders in Algeria.
After the recent tragic deaths of six mine workers in Pakistan, with many more injured, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF) staged a protest action in Quetta to demand the government address the problem of poor working conditions and ratify ILO Convention 176 on Safety in Mines as a matter of urgency.
Mining and Metallurgical Trade Union of Kyrgyzstan (MMTUK), an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union, managed to safeguard labour contracts with 370 employees of the Chinese mining company Full Gold Mining in the Jalal-Abad region of Kyrgyzstan. The employer agreed not to conduct mass layoffs and transfer all the benefits from the previous labour contracts.
13 December ***UPDATE*** IndustriALL Global Union is relieved to learn that two Algerian trade union leaders detained by authorities on 12 December have been released. But government oppression of their union, SNATEGS, continues.
IndustriALL affiliate the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NGPU) reports that union members are placed under pressure and have their labour rights violated at mines owned by Evraz Sukha Balka in the Dnepropetrovsk region of Ukraine. Private security employed by the company regularly conducts searches of workers.
IndustriALL Global Union affiliates around the world are preparing to take action on 10 December to demand that Shell respects the human rights of all Shell workers, wherever they work.
Two miners employed by Torex Gold Resources of Mexico were killed during a peaceful strike by armed thugs hired by the Confederación de Trabajadores Mexicanos (CTM).
IndustriALL Global Union has launched a solidarity campaign with the Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG) and its primary organization at Rustavi Azot fertilizer plant in Georgia.
The National Commission on Human Rights in Indonesia has found that the sacking of thousands of workers at Freeport’s Grasberg mine in Papua was a violation of human rights and is recommending the reinstatement of the workers.
Algerian trade union leader, Raouf Mellal, is facing six months in prison for whistleblowing at one the country’s biggest enterprises Sonelgaz, while his union is courageously fighting a sustained attack on its members at the state-owned energy company.
More than 200 workers at a windows and doors manufacturing company in Tbilisi, Georgia, have achieved justice after suffering violence and pressure from the employer and the police.
Mine workers at two state enterprises in the Ukraine, Volynvuhillia in the Volyn region and Myrnohradvuhillya in the Donetsk region, have started protests, demanding the payment of salaries overdue for several months. The miners are supported by IndustriALL affiliates the Coal Mining Workers’ Union of Ukraine and the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU).
IndustriALL Global Union is questioning the nomination of the CEO of Ternium, one of Latin America’s largest steel producers, for a prestigious award by the World Steel Association (worldsteel).
Grupo Mexico has again used private security forces to evict a group of workers and former workers from the Cananea mine. The workers were protesting to demand benefits owed to them by the company.
Some 5,000 police officers in Algeria were deployed to stop a rally in the city of Bejaia on 20 July, arresting more than 600 union members and citizens in the process.
Despite the union winning a lawsuit against Russia’s largest car manufacturer AvtoVAZ, 1,100 workers have yet to receive their compensation for three years’ work in harmful conditions.
Union leaders from around the world held a loud protest at the gates of steel producer, Ternium, in Guatemala City on 5 July to demand the company obey the law and negotiate with the union at the plant.
Workers at the Azim Group’s Orchid and Savar factories in Bangladesh, were attacked at the factory gates for wanting to form a union. Now company management has filed criminal charges against 61 of its workers.
A smelting plant in East Java that is heavily reliant on copper concentrate from PT Freeport Indonesia’s controversial Grasberg mine, has provoked a labour dispute of its own.
IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Minister of Labour in Algeria to condemn the de-registration of its energy union affiliate, SNATEGS, and the dismissal of its president, Raouf Mellal.
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