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Honda workers meet in Mexico City

16 October, 2013On 30 September to 3 October an Automotive Industry Meeting was held jointly by IndustriALL Global Union and FES Mexico in Mexico City. After the meeting IndustriALL’s Fernando Lopes, Helmut Lense and Suzanna Miller facilitated a meeting between the high- level representatives from JAW and Honda Unions in Japan, and two representatives from the independent Honda Workers Union (STUHM) from the Jalisco plant in Mexico.

Thousands protest against Crown Holdings

11 October, 2013Trade unions across the globe express their solidarity with the locked out workers of Crown Holdings, the U.S. based multinational, tramping unabashedly on workers’ rights in Canada and Turkey.

Violent aftermath of Cambodian strike

11 October, 2013A strike among garment workers in Cambodia following demands for a monthly pay rise of US$14 sparked mass dismissals and arrests in June. The imprisoned workers are still in jail, waiting for charges to be filed against them.

Strike at Thai Rayon in Thailand

10 October, 2013For the first time in 39 years history of Thai Rayon textile factory in Ang Thong, Thailand, the workers voted and walked off the jobs following the deadlocked CBA negotiation between the trade union and local management.

Concern in the Netherlands about conditions in Colombian coal mines

10 October, 2013More than half of the coal used in the Netherlands is imported from Colombia. Concerns have emerged about the situation in the Colombian coal industry, where activists and peasants are threatened and murdered, working conditions are precarious and trade union rights are violated.

Holcim has to take responsibility for workers

9 October, 2013Holcim trade union network meets in Belgium and discusses joint strategies to answer Holcim’s attempt to generate 1.5 billion CHF (1.2 billion Euros) extra-profits on the back of their workers.

Justice for Crown workers in Canada and Turkey

3 October, 2013An international campaign for basic rights for the workers at the operations of Crown Holdings Inc. in Canada and Turkey gathers steam.

Somali unions face intimidation, death threats and bombs

1 October, 2013The harsh reality of organising workers in Somalia was vividly shown in September, when the ITUC-affiliated Federation of Somali Trade Unions, FESTU, discovered a bomb buried at the entrance gate of the union headquarters in Mogadishu. Probably placed the previous night, the bomb was the latest attempt to intimidate the union.

Workers denounce illegal lockout at Kronos in Canada

1 October, 2013320 workers locked out since June 2013 at the Kronos Canada Inc. factory in Varennes, Québec, gathered together with their families on 20 of September 2013 to denounce once again the intransigence of their employer.

Bangladeshi garment workers rally for a decent wage

24 September, 2013200,000 Bangladeshi garment workers mobilise for three days in Dhaka and elsewhere calling for a living wage and strongly rejecting a derisory employers’ wage offer in negotiations.