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Peru is a bastion of orthodox neoliberalism, where institutions are weak and economic growth is all that matters. But IndustriALL Global Union affiliates (FENAIP, FETRIMAP and FNTTP) are fighting back. They recently agreed to form a national council in order to work closely together, and have planned a series of joint activities as part of a project funded by Union to Union. The two unions in the manufacturing industry are making gains for workers’ rights.
In Indonesia, starting from 8 October, workers at PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp and Paper are staging a series of actions demanding the reinstatement of 12 unlawfully dismissed workers.
Meeting in Jakarta, energetic pulp and paper trade union leaders from IndustriALL affiliates throughout the Asia-Pacific region celebrated their network’s growth in strength and size, took joint action in solidarity with sisters and brothers at Kimberly-Clark, and agreed to join the global campaign for health and safety rights in the sector.
Building solidarity and joint action, unions from around the world affiliated to IndustriALL and UNI Global Union have formed a new alliance of workers at the multinational paper and packaging company WestRock.
Following a global trade union meeting the leading paper and graphical unions from around the world publically condemn the current unacceptable behaviour of Kimberly-Clark towards its workers worldwide.
Fifty trade union leaders from the ‘macro sector’ of manufacturing industries across Latin American and the Caribbean met for the first time from 13 to 15 August in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their aim was to discuss the future world of work and come up with joint initiatives.
IndustriALL Global Union today visited the picket line of a MM Süperpak Ambalaj factory in Izmir, Turkey, where workers are on their 52nd day of strike action. Management shows bad faith by refusing to meet while pressurizing union members in Gaziantep to quit the union.
Around 250 workers from IndustriALL Global Union’s Turkish affiliate, Selüloz-Is, are on strike at factories of packaging company MM Süperpak Ambalaj, a subsidiary of Austrian-based Mayr-Melnhof, after the union rejected management’s offer of a zero per cent wage increase in exchange for employment security.
Workers have had enough at US-based tissue and personal care giant Kimberly Clark’s Millicent Mill in South Australia. The 265 members of IndustriALL’s proud affiliate CFMMEU have started strike action this week, announcing that they are “Fighting Back”.
A strike on 13 June by IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, FSP2KI, involving 500 outsourcing workers at one of Indonesia’s biggest pulp and paper companies, has led to significant gains for workers.
On 11 June, workers at Protisa Peru mobilised to protest against job discrimination and the company’s systematic persecution of trade unionists.
Five hundred outsourcing workers at one of Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper mills will go on a three-day strike starting on 13 June.
On 4 May 2018, IndustriALL signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with hygiene and health company Essity, together with Swedish affiliate Unionen’s President Martin Linder, and the Essity European Works Council Chair Frank Gottselig from Germany (IG BCE).
WestRock trade union colleagues from US, Asia, Europe, Australia and Latin America, met on 20 April in London, UK. The meeting adopted a plan to establish a global alliance of all unions representing WestRock employees around the world.
The US-based multinational personal care company unilaterally announced a massive cut of 5,000 to 5,500 jobs on 23 January. The cut of 12% of the global workforce will mostly come through closing 10 of Kimberly-Clark’s 91 factories. Which 10 factories has not been announced.
The three global unions today signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with the renewable materials company Stora Enso at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, in the presence of ILO Director General Guy Ryder. Observer signatures were made by the presidents of the Swedish Paper Workers’ Union, the Swedish Union of Forestry, Wood and Graphical Workers’, and the Finnish Paper Workers’ Union.
***UPDATE*** On Monday 15 January, IndustriALL Global Union's Finnish affilaite, Pro, scored a victory after steadfast resistance from its members. Both trade union Pro and employers’ association, Finnish Forest Industries, approved the mediation proposal of the National Conciliator for the paper sector’s white-collar employees to increase salaries, and all strike actions were immediately cancelled. Pro succeeded in securing a pay rise for workers and resisted employers' demands to weaken the industry-wide collective agreement.
Some 120 trade unionists from 24 countries gathered in Budapest, Hungary, for IndustriALL Global Union’s World Conference for the Pulp and Paper Industries, setting an action plan for the next four years.
More than 40 workers from the region’s pulp and paper sector met on 25-26 October in São Paulo, Brazil, to draft an action plan to strengthen trade unions in the sector.
Representing tens of thousands of members, pulp and paper sector trade union affiliates of IndustriALL in South East Asia met in Jakarta, Indonesia on 24-25 August 2017.
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