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40 000 power loom workers in Pakistan strike for better wages

11 August, 2022Over 40,000 power loom workers in Faisalabad responded to a call for a strike to demand social security cover and an increase in wages. The workers, who have been on strike since 1 August, have also been demonstrating on the streets of Faisalabad where over one million workers are employed in power looms.

Union takes Zheng Yong garments to court over dismissal of 20 workers in Eswatini

4 August, 2022Garment manufacturer Zheng Yong Swaziland has dismissed 20 workers for going on a strike for minimum living wages, and the Amalgamated Trade Unions of Swaziland (ATUSWA) is challenging the dismissals.

Union wins in wage negotiations in South Africa

14 July, 2022To bolster the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU)’s perpetual campaign for living wages, the union’s negotiating teams won above inflation wage increases across most sectors.

Unions sign wage deal at power utility Eskom in South Africa

7 July, 2022After a week-long strike to push for wage increases and standing firm against a surge of fake news to discredit the unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and Solidarity, signed a wage deal with Eskom on 5 July.

Unions reject poverty minimum wages in Zimbabwe

15 June, 2022IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Zimbabwe that organize in the chemicals and plastics, energy, garment and textile, metals and engineering, mining, and other manufacturing sectors, are rejecting a minimum wage of ZWL $25,000 (US$77) that was announced by the ministry of public service, labour, and social welfare which they say is a poverty wage.

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.

South African unions end three-month strike in the gold sector

15 June, 2022The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) jointly signed a collective agreement at Sibanye Stillwater on 11 June. The agreement comes after a three-month strike and concludes negotiations in the gold sector that began last year.

Caterpillar workers on strike in Northern Ireland

9 June, 2022Workers at Caterpillar sites in Northern Ireland have been on strike for nine weeks over decent pay. The US mechanical engineering giant is reporting huge profits while the workers, creating the very foundation for this wealth, have to choose between heating or eating in the midst of the current cost of living crisis.

Building social protection for garment workers

2 June, 2022The Covid-19 pandemic left millions of garment workers around the world without jobs and pay, bringing to light the precarious work environment they have faced for decades. A change is needed in the sector, including an urgent need for social protection for garment workers.

Union reaches wage agreement with ArcelorMittal South Africa

30 May, 2022After a two-week strike in which workers marched on the streets and engaged in negotiations simultaneously, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) signed an above inflation agreement of 6.5 per cent with ArcelorMittal South Africa.