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Violation of trade union rights in Kyrgyzstan

25 October, 2023For several years, there has been a systematic campaign aimed at establishing state control over trade unions in Kyrgyzstan. Now, Kyrgyzstan’s secret service has visited the country’s union offices to seize the last ten years’ financial documents, in blatant contradiction of the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan and the ILO Conventions ratified by the country. 

South Korean unions challenge government at UN

24 October, 2023South Korean trade unions and civil society organizations, including IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Korean Metal Workers’ Union, demonstrated at the Broken Chair in Geneva last week before making a submission at the UN Human Rights Committee.

We want a business and human rights treaty with stronger protections for workers

23 October, 2023This week, the UN negotiations for a business and human rights treaty will resume for its ninth session in Geneva, Switzerland. Together with the ITUC and the other global unions, IndustriALL are pushing for a legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

US brands must sign binding agreements to protect workers

19 October, 2023IndustriALL is working with affiliates and allies to promote supply chain industrial relations centred on workers’ rights and legally binding agreements with global brands and retailers. This contrasts with the prevailing voluntary, private auditing model which has not been protective of workers’ rights and has brought risk to companies and investors alike.

Thai workers demand Ratification of ILO Conventions 87 and 98

16 October, 2023On World Day for Decent Work, 7 October, approximately 800 trade unionists marched from the Democracy Monument to the United Nations office in Bangkok, calling for an end to precarious work, a stop to reforming the state enterprise and Ratification of ILO Conventions 87 and 98. 

Sweden must respect international law

4 October, 2023The situation for Belarusian union activists continues to deteriorate, mainly in the country, but also for those in exile. Leader of Free Metalworkers' Union Ala Tsvirko, who left the country in 2021 to avoid detention over her union activities, is now facing deportation from Sweden, putting her life in danger.

Union to contest unjust court judgment against Malagasy unionist

20 September, 2023On 15 September, the Appeals Court in Antananarivo dismissed an application by Sento Chang for the nullification of his conviction and sentence over posting about union activities on social media. SVS, an IndustriALL affiliate, is determined to contest the unjust court judgement. 

We need mandatory human rights due diligence laws now

19 September, 2023Presenters at the Mary Robinson Speaker Series on business and human rights concur that debates are shifting from voluntary measures of due diligence to a mandatory due diligence that includes international human rights and labour standards. The webinar held on 14 September took place under the theme: Raising the bar: regulating cororate abuse. 

Building organizing power in South East Asia

19 September, 202320 organizers met in Bangkok, Thailand to complete their three-year Organizers’ Development Programme (ODP), a joint training developed by IndustriALL and IG Metall focusing on strategic organizing, methods and campaigns. The aim is to provide organizers with skills and knowledge to develop organizing strategies, strategic planning and campaigning.

Unions demand African Union include labour provisions in business and human rights policy

13 September, 2023Inclusion of ILO fundamental rights, decent work, Convention 190, informal economy workers, corruption and the creation of social dialogue spaces are some of the provisions which trade unions want included in the policy.