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Unilever has come under criticism from unions for being short-sighted when announcing the target to increase profits by 20 per cent by 2020. The Unilever European Works Council says that employees will be left to foot the bill.
The global chemical industry has faced a number of large mergers and acquisitions in the last couple of years. This is the result of a big restructuring in the sector as part of multinational companies’ strategies to consolidate through mergers and acquisitions, and develop strategic partnerships.
A chemical union in Bosnia and Herzegovina is fighting to save 1,000 jobs at the GIKIL coke plant in Lukavac.
Collective bargaining agreements negotiated by IndustriALL affiliates, SYNTICS and SUTIDS unions, recently saw 123 daily workers getting permanent jobs in Senegal. Those with five to 10-years-experience were either being permanently employed or receiving on-the-job training.
French-based multinational “merchandising solutions” company DIAM sacked 80 union members at its plant in Turkey after an organizing drive.
Around 120 trade union leaders representing pharmaceutical industry workers in 17 countries debated current and future challenges for workers in the industry.
The lives of hundreds of precarious workers have been dramatically improved by unions after they were regularized and organized in a campaign against precarious work.
IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the chemical industry in the Asia Pacific region maintain their unity through strong union networks.
The second meeting of Latin American chemical sector workers took place in Montevideo, Uruguay on 28-29 July. The meeting stressed the importance of strengthening regional networks in order to achieve change and improvements for workers in the industry.
An IndustriALL Global Union study of precarious workers in Brazil has highlighted the financial, psychological and physical costs of outsourcing on workers’ lives and families, in a country where outsourced workers represent 27 per cent (around 13 million) of the workforce in the formal sector.
In January, union members at French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Aventis in the Philippines, took action in different regions of the country to end a collective bargaining deadlock. Negotiations between the local union and the company management had broken down in September 2015 over wage increases.
All across America, Europe and Asia, Avon is well known for its cosmetics and home products used by millions of women who themselves are part of the company’s direct sale agents.
Sexual harassment is a universal problem, both at the workplace and outside of it. It can damage lives and careers, cause lasting psychological, social and career damage and gravely undermine the working environment.
Trade union leaders in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries from all over Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) attended the first regional meeting of IndustriALL chemicals sector workers. The aim was to share and analyze the current trade union situation and labour relations and plan actions and activities on the problems that affect them.
IndustriALL’s fifth edition of Global Worker is out now with a fresh new look. The magazine includes a new set of features, interviews and profiles on a range of different topics from a workers’ perspective.
Around 200 delegates from some 40 countries representing chemical workers gathered in Hannover, Germany on 6 - 7 May. Participants at IndustriALL Global Union’s World Conference for the Chemical Industries debated challenges and identified responses of the unions.
IndustriALL Global Union’s global framework agreement partner, Belgian-based chemicals company, Solvay, has taken the lead in labour relations in the chemical industry in forming a Global Forum with participation of union representatives from different continents.
The Turkish subsidiary of Austrian-based building materials company, Egger Group, is continuing its union busting tactics and dismissals at its Roma Plastik plant in Gebze.
American and European trade unions shared their common concerns at the Dow North American Labor Council (DNALC) Meeting in Pennsylvania, USA on 14 October.
IndustriALL Global Union expresses its outrage over Syngenta’s long-standing punishment with unacceptable treatment against union leaders and members, ignoring local and supreme court rulings in Pakistan.
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