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Workers at Zimbabwe’s state owned utility, ZESA, have been suspended after a threatened strike on 10 July 2012. The President of Zimbabwe Energy Workers’ Union (ZEWU), Angelina Chitambo, is amont those that have been suspended along with two other elected officials of the union, Tariro Shumba and Dennis Mukote.
IndustriALL affiliate, the Utility Workers Union of America is calling for solidarity after the electric and gas utility company Consolidated Edison locked out 8,500 workers on 1 July 2012.
Norwegian labour minister, Hanne Bjurstrom, forced the dispute in the country’s oil and gas industry into arbitration at 23:30 on 9 July, just half an hour before the country's oil companies planned to lock out offshore oil and gas workers.
IndustriALL affiliates in Iraq were at the forefront of a major demonstration and picket on the morning of 25 June 2012 in Basra. Fresh from her election as an Executive Committee member of the new IndustriALL Global Union, Hashmeya Muhsin al-Saadawi, leader of the Electricity Utility Workers’ Union, was one of the leaders of the protest which also included the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU), Federation of Workers Councils Unions of Iraq and other Basra based organizations. Protesters marched and chanted slogans denouncing the continued blatant government intervention into internal trade union affairs and the ban on trade union organization in the public sector.
Minutes after the IMF congress’ decision, the sixth and final congress of the ICEM, meeting today in Copenhagen, Denmark, confirmed the new organization IndustriALL Global Union.
IndustriALL Global Union members can show solidarity with oil workers in Iraq who continue to organise for their rights despite the continuing use against them of a vicious anti-trade union law, held over from the Saddam-era.
Power multinational Endesa meets unions from its operations worldwide in a regular global council, as stipulated in the Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL.
The agreement reflects the company's "commitment to respect basic human and trade union rights in the community, acknowledging the fundamental principals of human rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the OECD guidelines on Multinational Companies."
Vallourec, a world market leader in the field of seamless tubes, signed an "Agreement on the principles of responsibility" on April 9, 2009.
The ICEM and Norwegian oil and gas producer Statoil signed an agreement in July 1998 in coordination with Norsk Olje og Petrokjemisk Fagforbund (NOPEF), the Norwegian trade union.
The Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, the world’s third largest energy company, embodies many of the social principles that we expect companies in extractive industries to adhere to.
The first company based in Eastern Europe to sign a Global Framework Agreement, OAO Lukoil is a major Russian oil and energy company. The GFA is signed with the IndustriALL-affiliated Russian Oil, Gas and Construction Workers Union (ROGWU).
The agreement, effective in all countries in which Electricite de France (EDF Group), the rapidly expanding French utility has controlling companies, affirms a commitment to uphold all Fundamental ILO Core Conventions on Trade Union and workers' rights, UN Declarations on Human Rights, and the ten principles of the UN's Global Compact.
A declaration on Principles of Social Responsibility exists with German-based engineering company GEA, specialized in process technology, thermal and energy technology as well as air treatment and dairy farm systems.
GDF SUEZ, the world’s second largest gas, water services, and electric utility, IndustriALL, the Building and Woodworkers International (BWI), and Public Services International (PSI) are committed to the “Global Agreement on Fundamental Rights, Social Dialogue, and Sustainable Development”. The agreement contains best practice language on trade union rights.
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