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Young trade unionists reimagining international trade unionism

5 December, 2023The Global Labour Institute hosted its autumn school in Paris from 27 to 29 November. IndustriALL affiliates formed part of the delegation who deliberated on challenges in organizing, trade unionism and youth, trade unionism and authoritarianism, and trade unionism and the environment. 

South Africa: 12 workers killed at Impala Platinum Mine

30 November, 2023What could have been a joyous end of shift for 86 miners at Impala Platinum Holding Limited, Implats, mine in Rustenburg on 27 November ended up in a horrific accident that claimed the lives of 12 workers and seriously injured 74 workers who are in hospital.

Unions at ArcelorMittal demand that company puts workers first

29 November, 2023Health and safety, undermining collective agreements, lack of investment, weakening social dialogue, precarious and dangerous working conditions were key issues on the agenda at the ArcelorMittal global network meeting held on 16 and 17 November.

Building union power along Pou Chen supply chain

28 November, 2023The Pou Chen trade union network met for the second time in Indonesia on 22-23 November. The meeting, part of the project on developing global supply chain industrial relations for the textile, garment, shoes and leather sector through advocacy and action, focused on sectoral priorities, including due diligence, just transition and building union power through supply chain industrial relations.

Shipbreaking unions plan for entry into force of Hong Kong Convention

27 November, 2023South Asian shipbreaking unions met in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 24-25 November, to evaluate a three-year organizing project supported by FNV Mondiaal, which ends this year. The industry is going through tremendous change as it prepares for the entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention (HKC).

OECD debates labour issues in shipbuilding

23 November, 2023At a meeting at its Paris headquarters on 21 November, the OECD Shipbuilding Committee (WP6) held a workshop on labour issues in the shipbuilding industry. IndustriALL Global Union and IndustriAll Europe shared the perspective of trade unions, while workers’ representatives from Japan, Norway, South Korea and Spain also joined the meeting.

Uruguayan metal workers' union obtains shorter working week

23 November, 2023In a major victory for the union, IndustriALL affiliate in Uruguay, National Union of Metal and Allied Workers (UNTMRA), has managed to obtain a reduction in working hours.

Latin American workers look to using due diligence to defend their rights

17 November, 2023IndustriALL affiliates in Latin America and the Caribbean met in São Paulo, Brazil, on 7 November to discuss how to use due diligence to defend workers’ rights throughout the supply chain.

Unions protest police brutality against trade unionists in Nigeria

16 November, 2023On 1 November, Joe Ajaero, Nigeria Labour Congress president, who is also the general secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees, affiliated to IndustriALL, went to Imo State to meet workers and plan protests to curb wage theft after some workers have not been paid their wages for more than 20 months. During the meeting he was arrested by heavily armed police and taken into custody where he was blindfolded and beaten up.

Unions in Bangladesh demand revision of new minimum wage

16 November, 2023Minimum wage protests in Dhaka continue as workers’ demand of a higher minimum wage remains unmet. Police has been violently breaking down the protests and to date four workers have been killed and several others seriously injured. Police has registered over 60 criminal cases, in which nearly a hundred workers have been arrested, including six local union leaders.