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Global unions IndustriALL, ITUC, PSI and IUF, representing some 200 million workers, delivered a letter to the permanent mission of Algeria in Geneva, Switzerland, today (5 February), to protest against the repression of independent trade union leaders in Algeria.
As Royal Dutch Shell Plc announces its biggest profits since the oil market collapse, IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the company to create permanent jobs for its workforce, the majority of which are contract workers.
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.
Trinidad and Tobago’s government recently announced a restructuring of state-owned oil company Petrotrin, which is in debt due to the fall in oil prices and unpaid taxes. In response, IndustriALL affiliate OWTU is organizing protests at Petrotrin’s Trinmar offshore operations at Point Fortin.
Workers at an oil refinery in Ballsh in southwest Albania took action to demand two months of unpaid wages and insurance, as well as 13 months of wages missing from previous years’ settlements.
Together with global union federations PSI and IUF, IndustriALL is joining forces with LabourStart in a campaign to counter the Algerian government’s continued crackdown on affiliated union SNATEGS.
IndustriALL Global Union affiliate in the Ivory Coast, SYNTEPCI, is continuing to fight violations against workers’ rights at Klenzi Distribution SA, Libya Oil, and Petroci, giving a strike notice on 3 November.
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 Global Union’s oil and gas affiliates in Iraq have come together for the first time to establish a trade union network to better protect the rights of workers in the sector, at a meeting in Basra on 24 November.
IndustriALL Global Union accepted the affiliation of nine new trade unions at the recent Executive Committee meeting held in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, in November.
More than 1,000 workers added their names to a petition to the public broadcaster, calling on the organization to send an investigative team to report on terrible working conditions and unpaid wages.
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.
IndustriALL Global Union, the International Labour Organization (ILO), IndustriALL affiliate the Russian Oil, Gas and Construction Workers Union (ROGWU) and the All-Russian sectoral association of employers in the oil and gas industry held an international conference in Surgut, Russia, on "Topical issue of wages in the North: international and national aspects" on 16 and 17 November.
Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil/Esso is allowing a contractor, UGL to cut wages and conditions by up to 30 per cent and introduce harsh anti-family rosters for workers in Victoria, Australia. In response, the workers are protesting outside the Longford gas plant in south-eastern Victoria 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
“We want genuine change” was a sentence that was heard many times during the meeting of the working group on gender, in Bogota, Colombia, on 16-17 October.
IndustriALL Global Union’s Moroccan affiliate, the Syndicat National des Industries du Pétrole & Gaz Naturel (SNIPGN-CDT), will hold a march on 28 October to demand the government takes immediate action to restart operations at the country’s only oil refinery.
Some 40 trade unionists from Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal and Vietnam met in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei from 2-3 October 2017 for IndustriALL Global Union’s Asia-Pacific Electric Power Trade Union Network meeting.
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.
Thirty-five trade unionists from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam gathered in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta for IndustriALL Global Union’s Asia-Pacific Oil and Gas Union Network meeting on 28-29 September 2017.
Oil and gas unions representing workers at Shell operations in five continents took a stand against precarious work on 7 October, the World Day for Decent Work.
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