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REPORT: The African Continental Free Trade Area – will it promote fair trade, economic development and decent work?

21 November, 2019On a continent with high unemployment, where most of the working-age population of 705 million people work in the informal sector, do claims that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement will create decent jobs stand up to scrutiny?

Russian auto workers union oppose sanctions

18 November, 2019IndustriALL affiliate Automobile and Farm Machinery Workers' Union of Russia (AFW) claims that US sanctions are negatively affecting the Russian automotive industry and threatens around 400,000 jobs.

Release RCEP text immediately, say unions

7 November, 2019India has withdrawn from the RCEP trade agreement, while the remaining 15 countries announced the end of negotiations and a commitment to sign the deal in 2020.

Indian unions call for sustainable trade and industrial policy

1 October, 2019Manufacturing unions in India say the country’s trade and investment agreements have contributed to a crisis of precarious work, low wages and poor working conditions, as well as the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

IndustriALL affiliates in Asia-Pacific to mobilize for fairer trade

29 August, 2019IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the Asia-Pacific region will hold a day of action on 30 August to raise concerns about the impact on workers and society of a new generation of trade agreements that are currently being negotiated behind closed doors.

Asia-Pacific unions urge governments to ensure trade deal meets union demands

3 July, 2019Unions in Asia-Pacific have urged the region’s governments to ensure that the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement meets five key union demands.

Asia-Pacific unions call for day of action for trade justice

21 June, 2019Fifty union leaders resolved to organize a regional day of action for trade justice on 30 August as a collective effort to highlight the negative implications of free trade agreements in Asia-Pacific.

African textile, leather and garment unions meeting strategizes on AGOA

29 April, 2019To counter mass unemployment and precarious work, unions in Sub Saharan Africa see job creation and decent work as critical. The unions also recognize the pivotal role of international trade agreements in providing the much-needed jobs. 

BRICS unions discuss decent work and sustainable development

31 July, 2018The BRICS Trade Union Forum (BTUF), an alliance of union federations from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is demanding a developmental and democratic model as an alternative to the dominant global financial institutions, especially the IMF and the World Bank.

Building power to make a difference

5 July, 2018IndustriALL’s regional conference in Kuala Lumpur on 3 – 4 July, brought together unions from the region, providing a platform to highlight and discuss wins, struggles and how to promote women and youth in union structures.