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DNO, the Norwegian company that fired its workforce by text message when war broke out in Yemen, is still trying to avoid paying its workers, despite three court rulings against it.
Union leaders from Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan and Turkey have established a union network for the electricity sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at the electricity sector conference held on 4-5 May 2017 in Ankara, Turkey.
Algerian trade union leader and whistleblower, Mellal Raouf, will begin an appeal against his six-month prison sentence at a court in Guelma on 11 May.
Eight workers at Libya Oil in the Ivory Coast, have been laid off for economic reasons, something disputed by the union SYNTEPCI. The union is also rejecting the company's proposals to pay less compensation than it has done in the past.
The IndustriALL Global Union Middle East and North Africa Oil and Gas network meeting met in Beirut, Lebanon, on 19 and 20 April 2017, to develop strategies for building union power in the region.
IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU) has succeeded in negotiating a union to represent 6,000 workers at a new joint venture with Shell.
Trade unions in Trinidad and Tobago held a demonstration to demand decent health and safety at work conditions
**UPDATED** On 7 April the court of Astana sentenced Nurbek Kushakbayev to two-and-a-half years in a corrective labour colony for his calls to hold a strike. This is the first time a union leader has been prosecuted through the recently adopted Criminal Code. The judge has also satisfied the OCC’s demand to collect KZT 25 million (US$80,000) from Kushakbayev for alleged harm caused to the company. IndustriALL has joined a campaign against the criminalization of union activities in Kazakhstan.
IndustriALL Global Union affiliate Unite the Union has condemned the sale of the Forties pipeline to Ineos.
IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate in Algeria has announced plans for a three-day national strike by workers at state-owned energy giant, Sonelgaz, on 11,12 and 13 April.
IndustriALL Global Union is urging the Moroccan government to safeguard the jobs of more than 1,000 workers as it considers bids to buy the country’s debt-ridden oil refinery.
IndustriALL Global Union’s energy director, Diana Junquera Curiel, held two days of meetings with chairs of trade union affiliates in the Russian energy sector in Moscow on 15 and 16 March.
IndustriALL Global Union is calling for the immediate release of at least nine trade unionists arrested on 21 March by security forces in Algeria.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has won a Just Transition deal for workers at the Hazelwood power station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
FNV executive member Bob van Luijk has won an unfair dismissal case against Shell/NAM.
Since 2014 IndustriALL affiliates in India have organized more than 63,000 new members, including a large number of precarious workers.
IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the Algerian government to drop charges against a union leader sentenced to six months in jail after revealing corruption at the state-owned energy company Sonelgaz.
IndustriALL affiliates in Mexico are protesting against rising petrol prices, announced on 1 January. Action started the following day around the country, and unions say they will continue until the government backtracks.
A Dutch trade unionist will be in court on 19 January, demanding that his dismissal after 31 years from the oil company NAM, in which Shell and Esso own 50 per cent respectively, be overturned. He was dismissed with immediate effect in October last year after being falsely accused of having spread sensitive information relating to the company's pension scheme.
Failure to pay workers in Yemen has made Norwegian oil company, DNO, a target of a trade union campaign.
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