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ACT initiative: a potential strategy for living wages in Ethiopia

27 February, 2020The campaign for living wages in Ethiopia is at the point where the question is not when the low wages will be increased but how soon this can be done.

Unions and employers urge global brands to support Sri Lanka’s apparel industry

17 August, 2022IndustriALL Global Union affiliates and the employers’ organization in Sri Lanka are urging global apparel brands sourcing from the country to keep placing orders and help the country through the current crisis.

Kenya glass workers win after strike for living wages and safety gear

15 September, 2022After a strike for living wages and personal protective equipment, workers at Future East Africa Cooperation (FEAC) negotiated a collective bargaining agreement to improve wages and health and safety at work.

Sri Lankan workers struggle due to high inflation

27 October, 2022At a living wage workshop held in Colombo on 20 October, trade unionists expressed concern over workers not being paid a living wage in the country. 

Garment workers in Ethiopia need strong unions

3 December, 2019Located in the Sidama Region, Hawassa Industrial Park is the largest in Ethiopia with potential to employ over 60,000 workers, in line with government policies to create decent jobs for millions of the unemployed. The park currently employs about 25,000.

Turkish workers dismissed after wage increase demand

30 March, 2023Members of Birleşik Metal-İş at auto-supplier company, Mata Otomotiv, were dismissed by their employer as response to their legitimate demands of a wage increase.

Union protests in Casablanca disrupted by security forces

15 June, 2023The Confédération Démocratique du Travail (CDT) called for a national protest on 4 June to denounce the weakening of purchasing power and increasing prices in the country. Moroccan security forces surrounded protesters in an attempt to prevent the march. 

Brazil enacts law to ensure equal pay for women and men

18 July, 2023Brazilian President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva has signed a law guaranteeing equal pay for women and men. This is a historic step for a country where women workers earn lower average wages than men, even when their levels of education, jobs and length of service are similar.

Nigerian unions protest anti-poor policies

7 August, 2023On 2 August in a national strike to protest the increasing cost of living and the introduction of anti-poor policies in Africa’s largest economy, thousands of workers took to the streets of Nigeria’s 36 states and main cities including the capital, Abuja. 

Paper and packaging workers on picket line for 137 days

24 October, 2023Workers at the paper and packaging company WestRock, New Jersey, USA, have been on strike for 137 days. Members represented by United Auto Workers Union (UAW) Region 9 have been on the picket line, fighting against the company’s demand that workers leave the union insurance plan and go into the company plan, which would mean a cut to their benefits.