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For the last 15 years, management at PH Cooling Towers in Kolkata, India, has denied workers wage revision, resulting in distress and hardship for the workers and their families. Management’s response to the union’s demand for a wage revision was the dismissal of three workers. When the union organised a one-day token strike at Paharpur Cooling Towers on 26 February, management employed local goons and attacked three union activists.
In a meeting organized by IndustriALL Global Union, Lifts and Escalators workers from the “Big Four” met in Vienna on 11 and 12 November and adopted the “Vienna Declaration” to improve working conditions in the sector. Thirty-six trade union reps from 13 countries worldwide came together to strengthen network activities.
On 10 and 11 October trade unionists from the USA, Germany, Finland, Brazil and Spain came together upon invitation of IndustriALL to assist at the first John Deere network meeting founded with the aim to open new communications and cooperation channels between workers of the company worldwide.
Ten unions in Swaziland have successfully come together to form Amalgamated Trade Unions of Swaziland, Atuswa. The merger builds greater unity amongst workers in the manufacturing sector.
Lift and escalators builders unite for better conditions.
IndustriALL affiliate United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) vows to continue effort to save 950 jobs from being relocated, despite GE’s rejection of the union’s offer on 23 June.
Workers at Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group in the USA have been standing strong on the picket line since 24 March. They unanimously rejected the last offer from the company on 10 May and no new negotiations are scheduled yet.
On 16 May two unions merged into a Trade Union of Industry Workers of Armenia at a Congress in Erevan.
Metalworkers’ unions from the Asia Pacific region discussed organizing, union building and improving minimum wages at a meeting aimed to strengthen unity between the unions under the banner of IndustriALL Global Union.
Every year in February, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Japan Council of Metalworkers' Unions (JCM) participates in the Spring Labor Offensive, where they submit demands to management on wage and working conditions, and engage in collective bargaining.
Case New Holland (CNH) and Fiat/Chrysler union delegates united in action as CNH union delegates meet for the first time and agree to strengthen their links within the Fiat Group
Trade unions at Caterpillar in Belgium stand united in face of Caterpillar’s announcement that it intends to lay off 1,400 workers at its plant in Gosselies.
While the minimum wage went up by 2.3 per cent this year and the social security ceiling by 1.8 per cent, minimum salaries for engineers and executives in the metalworking industries in France continue to stagnate. They will not stop regressing until a plan running over a couple of years is put in place starting this year which raises minimum salaries by 3 per cent.
Numsa has rejected Eskoms’ proposal to the South African energy regulator for a 16 per cent increase each year for the next five years, raising concerns that workers and the poor will ultimately pay the price.
Preparations are continuing for actions around the world marking the 2013 Mexico Days of Action, 18-24 February.
On 15 November unions and management of Italian-based producer of domestic appliances, Indesit, jointly established the Global Committee.
25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 2012 marks the 13th year that world civil society has commemorated this day, with the UN General Assembly designating the day at its 54th session.
Construction Equipment and Agricultural Machinery set the pace for union networks in Mechanical Engineering Participants in the Construction and Mining Equipment & Agricultural Machinery meeting identify companies for building trade union networks and emphasize the need to intensify the fight against precarious work
At the IndustriALL founding Congress in Copenhagen in June 2012, affiliates resolved to support a global campaign to STOP Precarious Work, including mobilizing their members around October 7, the World Day for Decent Work.
Under difficult circumstances Austrian metalworkers win a pay rise of up to 3.4 per cent for 180,000 workers in this year’s bargaining rounds.
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