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Global Labour University announces new Master programs

7 January, 2014The Global Labour University (GLU) invites trade unionists and labour activists to apply to its Masters programmes in ‘Labour Policies and Globalisation’ at the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany) and the newly launched Masters in ‘Labor and Global Workers’ Right’s’ at Penn State University (USA).

Fight against precarious work: a central demand in Rio Tinto Campaign

2 March, 2014Rio Tinto is notorious for its union bashing tactics and abuse of precarious workers. As a consequence, IndustriALL Global Union launched in Cape Town, South Africa, on 6 February, its global corporate campaign against mining giant Rio Tinto. The main aim of this campaign is to force a seismic shift in the way Rio Tinto relates to workers and trade unions across their operations.

FUP and Petrobras launch Workers’ Network

10 March, 2014From 25 to 27 February 2014 the Brazilian Oil Workers’ Union FUP hosted a meeting to launch the workers’ network of Petrobras. A global agreement was signed with Petrobras in 2011, and now it is up to the network to make a living agreement.

Senate postpones vote on Petrobras bill due to lack of debate

2 July, 2015The Brazilian Senate met on 30 June to vote on bill PLS 131/2015 under the Senate’s urgent business procedure, when a bill goes directly to a plenary vote without being examined by technical committees. The bill would remove Petrobras’ exclusive rights to exploit the Pre-Salt oilfields. However, the Senate decided to postpone voting as it felt a more detailed debate was necessary.

ArcelorMittal workers in Kazakhstan take to the streets

16 June, 2012During tripartite negotiations the management of ArcelorMittal Temirtau (Kazakhstan) refused to implement a 30% wage rise. On 19 May the workers took to the streets in an action which gathered over 3,000 people.

Caterpillar locks out workers in Australia

27 June, 2012Bucyrus, a member of Caterpillar group of companies, producer of mining machines in New South Wales, Australia locked out 150 workers, members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU). IndustriALL Global Union calls for solidarity.

Belgian unions spearhead proposals to save jobs at Caterpillar

9 July, 2012Belgian affiliates of IndustriALL Global Union representing Caterpillar workers at the Gosselies plant have pushed for negotiation with management to find alternatives to the non-renewal of fixed-term work contracts.

Unions oppose Xstrata - Glencore merger

4 July, 2012IndustriALL Global Union joins the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) in Australia, the United Steelworkers (USW) in Canada and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in South Africa and takes the position against the planned merger of Xstrata and Glencore.

Sri Lanka should learn from J Crew’s exit

3 August, 2012The recent decision by US retailer J Crew to pull future orders from its Sri Lankan supplier Mirrai PVT Ltd. after the manufacturer refused to correct serious violations is sending a message to the industry that codes of conduct can be more than paper tigers.

IndustriALL calls for legal and fair elections at PKC Mexico

13 August, 2012Elections at PKC are due to be held in September, when workers will choose which union they want to represent them, the miners’ union or the CTM. The workers have accused the company of threatening them and putting pressure on them to go back to work.