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Ethiopia: workers strike for a union in Hawassa industrial park

26 March, 2019With no commitment towards addressing their grievances, thousands of textile and garment workers at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, went on strike 13-15 March demanding that the employers act on sexual harassment, improve health and safety and increase wages.

We don’t support low wages says Ethiopian labour minister

12 July, 2019Low wages in the textile and garment sector of less than US$30 per month are being widely condemned by trade unions in Ethiopia. Now the government is also calling for minimum living wages.  

Sanand Ford India workers protest against meager wages

15 March, 2019For the past 27 days, workers at the Ford India plant in Sanand, Gujarat, have been boycotting food provided by the company in protest against management’s refusal to increase wages in collective bargaining negotiations.

Fighting poverty wages in Zimbabwe

12 June, 2019With prices of basics changing every day, Zimbabwean workers are struggling to make ends meet. The recent devaluation of the national currency has further reduced buying power, and most workers are living in poverty.

Why no mention of workers at Davos?

13 January, 2015As leaders from government and business prepare to descend on Davos for the World Economic Forum, working people are ignored in this year’s theme on the ‘new global context’. 

Romania: protest against shifting cost of social security onto workers’ shoulders

15 November, 2017Protests engaging many thousands across the country took place on 12 November 2017 in many big cities of Romania including Alba Iulia, Arad, Constanța, Brăila, Brașov, Cluj-Napoca and others.

Ethiopian textile unions campaign to end poverty wages

10 May, 2018Wages as low as 600 Ethiopian Birr per month (US$20) continue to haunt workers in Ethiopia’s textile and garment sector. Salaries are not enough for workers, over 90 per cent women, to pay for transport, food and housing, or to support a family. These workers are part of Ethiopia's working poor, while making clothes for brands from Europe, the US and Asia including H&M, Tchibo, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.

North American workers mobilize for a NAFTA agreement taking their needs into account

2 October, 2017Canadian union Unifor is continuing its efforts to ensure that Mexico improves labour standards and that, together with Canada and the United States, it manages to negotiate a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ensuring equal conditions for workers.

Minimum wage win for unions in Mauritius

13 December, 2017Years of campaigning by trade unions in Mauritius have paid off as the government approves a new minimum wage package totaling 9,000 Mauritian rupees per month (US$257) from next year.

Changing behaviours - organizing in Myanmar

16 April, 2018Yes, a Korean-owned garment factory in Yangon, Myanmar, is in some ways a rarity among the many other factories found in the township Hlaing Thar Yar. Workers here have formed a trade union and have negotiated a collective agreement with management.