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Solidarity support needed for suspended ZESA workers

14 August, 2012135 workers at Zimbabwe’s state owned utility, ZESA have been suspended indefinitely without pay and benefits on 17 July after a threatened strike on 10 July 2012. Hearings for these workers, which by law should take place within 14 days of their suspension, have been continually postponed and are now scheduled to begin on 16 August 2012.

Sacked workers reinstated at FCMP metal factory in Turkey

10 August, 2012Birlesik Metal-Is secured the reinstatement of unfairly dismissed union members on 9 August 2012 at FCMP TR Metal, a screw-machining and assembly plant, which is part of French-based FCMP Développement.

Zimbabwean Miners Allege Abuse by Controversial Anjin

10 August, 2012On 3 August 2012, 1,500 workers at a mine controlled by Anjin Investments were fired when the labour court ruled their strike action illegal. Workers were demanding better pay and working conditions, in their eighth strike in two years. Workers were told to vacate company housing and reapply for their positions, if they wished to continue work at the mine.

International intervention brings settlement for Pirelli workers in Egypt

9 August, 2012A positive settlement was reached on 24 July, ending a labour conflict at tyre giant Pirelli’s Alexandria plant in Egypt, and reinstating five dismissed trade union officials and activists.

Supervisor killed in a protest at Zambian Collum Mine

8 August, 2012A Chinese supervisor at Collum Coal Mine in Zambia was killed and another seriously wounded after being hit by a trolley pushed at them by workers on 4 August 2012. Workers were angry that the mining company had failed to raise wages in line with new minimums set by the Zambian government.

Metal workers in Turkey fight for union recognition

30 July, 2012IndustriALL Global Union supports Birlesik Metal-Is in its fight for union recognition at Ceha BüroMobilyalari, a metal furniture factory in the city of Kayseri, where the union organized a big majority of the 800 employees.

8,500 utility workers locked-out in New York

19 July, 2012IndustriALL affiliate, the Utility Workers Union of America is calling for solidarity after the electric and gas utility company Consolidated Edison locked out 8,500 workers on 1 July 2012.

Recognition victory for Mexican metalworkers

19 July, 2012The protracted battle of Mexican metalworkers at DMI to organize into STIMAHCS finally ended in victory on 6 July, after a patient and determined fight that illustrates the barriers to trade union freedoms in Mexico.

Adidas and Nike told to meaningfully engage in Indonesia

17 July, 2012The international Play Fair Alliance has today called on international sportswear brands and their suppliers to participate meaningfully in discussions to advance an important agreement on freedom of association in Indonesia.

New business and human rights resources for trade unionists

16 July, 2012The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has released a briefing note on the United Nations (UN) Framework for Business and Human Rights (the “Ruggie Framework”) and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.