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Women fighting for democracy in Belarus

17 September, 2020On 12 September, around 10,000 women marched on the streets of Minsk, demanding the departure of Lukashenko. Since the protests began in August, and despite violent repression, women’s peaceful marches and protests continue in Belarus.

Unions in South Africa slam PPE procurement corruption

2 September, 2020IndustriALL Global union affiliates in South Africa are supporting the current probe by the country’s Special Investigating Unit into fraudulent activities in the awarding of tenders to supply the government with personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Union activist detained in Belarus over protest action

3 September, 2020Lizaveta Merliak, international secretary of Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU), an IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, was arrested in front of her house in Grodno on 30 August. Thanks to pressure from activists both inside and outside Belarus, she was released from custody but will face trial later.

Kyrgyzstan: Stop pressure on trade unions

1 December, 2020For two years, unions in Kyrgyzstan have been under threat and authorities are now increasing pressure. Global unions have launched a LabourStart campaign to support Kyrgyz unions.

Trade unionism is not a crime; activists are not terrorists

28 November, 2020Council of Global Unions statement on the day of action on the Philippines 

Union fights sexual harassment at Hippo Knitting garment factory, Lesotho

17 May, 2021After reports that workers at Taiwanese-owned Hippo Knitting are subjected to sexual harassment and violence in the workplace, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Independent Democratic Union of Lesotho (IDUL), are fighting back against the rampant violations.

Kazakhstan must respect democracy and fundamental rights

11 January, 2022Nearly 8,000 people have been detained and more than 160 people have been killed following mass protests triggered by a doubling of gas prices in Kazakhstan. The violent response yet again stresses the need for democracy and recognition and respect for fundamental human and workers’ rights in the country.

Government of Belarus ignores ILC conclusions

10 June, 2022The government of Belarus was widely condemned at the International Labour Organization International Labour Conference #ILC2022 for its attacks on independent trade unions, by workers' representatives, governments and employer bodies.Despite this, the country didn't even wait until the end of the ILC to intensify the crackdown.

Kazakhstan must respect union rights

7 June, 2022For the fifth time in six years, the ongoing violations of union rights in Kazakhstan are brought before the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards during the International Labour Conference in Geneva.

Tunisia’s public sector workers launch general strike

15 June, 2022Workers in Tunisia’s public sector will go on a general strike tomorrow, 16 June, after negotiations with the government to protect workers from the rising cost of living in the country have failed. The general strike coincides with a period when there is a huge blow against democracy.