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Fire in Philippines footwear factory kills 72

20 May, 201572 workers died in a fire in a slippers factory in Valenzuela City, Philippines, on 13 May. With no proper fire exits and barred windows, workers had no means of escape.

Workers in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zones achieve historic increase in minimum wage

12 September, 2017IndustriALL affiliates in the Dominican Republic have reached an agreement with employers in the free trade zones, establishing a minimum wage increase of 20.33 per cent.

South Africa: Striking against precarious work in the plastics sector

14 September, 2017Fed up with precarious working conditions of short-term contracts, low wages and no benefits, workers at Mpact Plastics and Flexible Plastics and Packaging in Pinetown, about 22km from Durban, South Africa went on strike on 13 September. Organized by IndustriALL affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the strikers were demanding permanent jobs and equal pay for work of equal value for contract workers, better wages, overtime pay, and benefits such as medical aid and pension.

Protecting workers in Myanmar

14 May, 2020IndustriALL affiliate IWFM has signed a framework for action with employers and ACT brands producing in the country, aiming to protect garment workers from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.

“We will be killed by hunger before the coronavirus gets us”

6 May, 2020Over 18,000 workers in the textile and garment sector in Eswatini have not been paid since the announcement of the lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19. This means that the workers have no money to buy food, pay rent, bills and other basics.

Victory for Indonesian unions as parliament postpones debate of controversial bill

27 April, 2020Indonesian unions have won the first battle to defeat the controversial Omnibus bill on job creation, as President Joko Widodo announced a delay in the debate.

Iraq: protest at Basra Gas Company/Shell over non-payment of salaries

20 May, 2020Workers at Basra Gas Company, a joint venture where Shell holds a major stake, launched a protest on 18 May over the company’s failure to pay salaries. Around 5,000 workers seconded from South Gas Company (SGC) to Basra Gas Company (BGC) have yet to receive their salaries.

Union settles tough wage negotiations in the garment sector in South Africa

18 December, 2020After four months of negotiations, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU), settled a wage agreement in the garment industry on 8 December.

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.

Increased minimum wage for Cambodia’s garment workers

29 September, 2022After several rounds of negotiations in the National Council on Minimum Wage (NCMW), the Cambodian government has decided to increase the minimum wage for the garment sector with US$6 to US$200, effective as of 1 January 2023.