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Sintracarbón signs agreement with Cerrejón Colombia and avoids strike action

4 March, 2024Colombian union Sintracarbón signed a collective bargaining agreement with multinational Carbones del Cerrejón Limited on 27 February, ending a dispute and preventing a strike. The agreement provides for additional benefits, including higher wages, the conversion of temporary contracts into permanent contracts and longer maternity leave.

Legal enforceability necessary for sound industrial relations

1 March, 2024The OECD forum on due diligence in the garment and footwear sector on 21-22 February in Paris, brought together governments, businesses, unions, civil society, and academia to discuss challenges and risks, as well as learnings and solutions related to responsibly implementing due diligence in the global garment and footwear supply chains. 

EU law on due diligence: industrial workers won't accept failure

29 February, 2024On behalf of the 50 million workers they represent in 140 countries, industriAll Europe and IndustriALL Global Union denounce the unacceptable political setback as EU several Member States fail to live up to the political agreement they themselves reached in December 2023 as they yesterday turned down the adoption of the European law on due diligence.

Revised minimum wage in Bangladesh is not enough

28 February, 2024Last year, the minimum wage for Bangladesh’s ready made garment (RMG) was revised, but this year’s demand from the textile workers, who are involved in the production of the fabric, has gone unheard as last week, the wage board fixed the minimum wage for cotton textile sector workers at BDT10,000 (US$90).

Bangladesh’s government must sincerely implement ILO Roadmap

27 February, 2024Ahead of the upcoming ILO Governing Body meeting in March, the report submitted by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) on the implementation of the Roadmap appears to be an exercise of ticking boxes instead of working towards upholding the spirit of the Roadmap process. IndustriALL is calling on the GoB to sincerely implement the Roadmap.

India: workers’ strike ahead of upcoming general elections

16 February, 2024Today millions of workers in India went on strike to highlight real issues of working people ahead of the country’s upcoming general elections this year. Main demands of trade union organisations include withdrawal of the four labour codes, fixing the minimum wage at INR26,000 (US$313), withdrawal of the proposal to privatise public sector enterprises, including the Vishakhapatnam Steel Plant, and restoration of the old pension scheme for organised and unorganised workforces. 

Turkish miners missing after landslide

15 February, 2024Nine mine workers are still missing after a cyanide-laced landslide swept across a valley in İliç, Erzincan, running into an open pit and crashing into a road where mineworkers were travelling by vehicle.

Garment workers in Sri Lanka attacked by employer

15 February, 2024On 9 February, management of Sumithra Group in Sri Lanka physically assaulted union members in the Hasalaka factory and forcefully prevented workers from attending a union meeting scheduled that day. According to the union, brands sourcing from the factory include ASDA, Superdry and Dillard’s.

Cost-of-living crisis hurdle for organizing in Ethiopia

15 February, 2024IndustriALL Global Union affiliated unions organizing in Ethiopia's automotive, chemical, electronics, energy, mining, pulp and paper, petroleum, and textile and garment sectors met in Addis Ababa on 13 February to discuss how to strengthen their recruitment and organizing strategies to boost membership amidst a dire cost-of-living crisis. 

Gaza’s journalists face hunger as well as bombing

14 February, 2024As the war in Gaza continues, global union federations are shining a light on the crisis workers face across all economic sectors. Through a series of essays and articles on our websites, we aim to expose the conflict's devastating impact on livelihoods, safety and well-being for working people while emphasizing the urgent need for a ceasefire. When possible, we will give information about how you can take action to help these workers in Gaza.