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IndustriALL Global Union’s Australian affiliates rallied at the Ansell Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Melbourne on 16 October, calling on the company to respect the rights of workers in its Sri Lankan factory.
Sri Lankan union and IndustriALL affiliate FTZGSEU took action on 11 October to mark the one-year anniversary of the strike against Ansell. Workers gathered in front of the main gate at the Biyagama Export Processing Zone, Sri Lanka, to show authorities and Ansell management that the fight continues.
More than thirty participants representing workers employed by the third largest tire-maker from the United States, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Netherlands unanimously decided to re-activate the Goodyear Global Union Network which had been formed in 1999.
Since the start of its Hungarian operations, leading Korean tire maker Hankook has been relentless in its union busting.
For more than a month, 600 striking Michelin workers have been camping in front of the Ministry of Labour in Bangkok. On 9 April, IndustriALL Global Union together with all affiliates in the newly formed Confederation of IndustriALL Labour of Thailand met the workers to show global support for their struggle.
The conflict at the Ansell factory in one of Sri Lanka’s free trade zones has seen 294 workers out of a job since October. The Supreme Court has instructed Ansell to negotiate a settlement with the trade union FTZGSEU, which the company blatantly refuses to do.
Dismissed workers at Ansell Lanka have marched on the streets of the Biyagama free trade zone in Sri Lanka to show they will not give up until they are reinstated. IndustriALL demands government mediation after the Supreme Court instructed Ansell to find a settlement with the union.
Nearly 1,000 workers at Ansell Lanka Pvt. Ltd. in Sri Lanka have been on strike since 11 October after long-standing problem against their fundamental rights.
Negotiations on new collective bargaining agreements have been concluded in succession over the last weekend, covering union members at leading companies in the US tyre industry. The outcome is a big step forward for the workers.
Leading tire manufacturer Michelin pushes forward on international restructuring programme while unions demand respect for the affected workers.
On 16 May two unions merged into a Trade Union of Industry Workers of Armenia at a Congress in Erevan.
On May 17, IndustriALL Argentine affiliates will meet to discuss the fight against precarious work. The Argentinian Pneumatic Workers Union (SUTNA), which has made this struggle a priority, is a model. Today, thanks to SUTNA, precarious workers represent less than 1 per cent of the tyre production workforce, down from 15 per cent in 2008.
Meeting in Hungarian capital Budapest on 22-24 April 2013, the IndustriALL Global Union World Conference for the Rubber Industry’s more than one hundred participants from some twenty countries committed to reinforce trade union workers at the dominant multinational companies of the sector.
The United Steelworkers of North America has been conducting robust bargaining for fair contracts at two multinational tire manufacturers. USW members ratified new contracts this week at three Titan International plants, while Steelworkers at Firestone Polymers LLC in Orange, Texas went on strike on 18 March to defend existing health care benefits.
Representatives of the Uruguayan union central, PIT-CNT, IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Americas delivered a letter addressed to the Mexican president at the Mexican Embassy in Uruguay, anticipating the president’s official visit to Uruguay, and calling on him to intervene to settle labour disputes in Mexico.
IndustriALL’s affiliate Petrol-İş gained legal recognition as the union representing workers at Standard Profil in Turkey at the end of December 2012 and has commenced collective negotiations after a four-year organizing campaign.
On 28 December 2012, 997 temporary workers employed at two Bridgestone Tyre plants in Karawang and Bekasi, Indonesia gained permanent employment.
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.
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.
Workers at Goodyear are demanding a relief allowance for stand in workers who cover for those going on break, which had been the standard practice in the company for more than 10 years.
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