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Bangladesh Accord’s binding arbitration process scores legal win

17 October, 2017A unanimous decision by an arbitral tribunal in The Hague bolsters the legally-binding enforcement mechanisms of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. The ruling, announced last night, allows complaints lodged by IndustriALL and UNI against two leading fashion brands to proceed to the next stage of arbitration, where they will be judged on their merits.

Belarusian trade union leader freed

4 October, 2017Ihar Komlik was released on 2 October 2017 after making a written undertaking not to leave the country. A trade union leader and chief accountant of the Belarusian Radio and Electronics Industry Workers’ Union (REP), an affiliate of IndustriALL, Komlik has been in custody for two months since 2 August. The criminal investigation against him and Gennady Fedynich continues.

IndustriALL and Inditex celebrate 10th anniversary of GFA

4 October, 2017Today, in a joint event, Inditex and IndustriALL Global Union, which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries, celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Global Framework Agreement, signed to protect and promote labour conditions throughout Inditex’s entire supply chain. 

Georgian trade union signs strong collective agreement with Turkish glass company

25 August, 2017After more than a year of negotiations, a collective agreement for the Ksani glass container factory in Georgia was signed. 

Pakistan: Shipbreaking workers win wage increase

14 August, 2017Shipbreaking Workers Union Gadani (SBWUG) called off their strike on 4 August after negotiations with the employers association yielded significant results, including a wage increase.

Bangladesh: workers win termination benefits

20 July, 2017IndustriALL’s Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with H&M paves the way for 986 workers in six factories to receive termination benefits, and the disposal of cases filed against workers by suppliers following the crackdown on unions and workers earlier this year.

Fight for future jobs pays off

18 July, 2017More than 250 new jobs will be created at Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant, as battery production is added as new product group.

LafargeHolcim: Final step taken towards Global Framework Agreement

13 July, 2017On 12 July 2017, LafargeHolcim and global unions, IndustriALL and BWI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Zurich, as final step towards a Global Framework Agreement (GFA). The MoU is a prelude to the GFA, reaffirming the commitment to a comprehensive agreement, to be signed later this year.

Turkey: Conflict resolved at sock and underwear factory

13 July, 2017IndustriALL Global Union intervening with well-known brands have successfully ended the conflict at Beks Sock and Underwear Factory, with the employer recognizing the union.

First union agreement reached at SKF factory in Czech Republic

3 July, 2017The newly born union signed their first collective agreement on 28 June 2017 at SKF Lubrications in Chodov, Czech Republic.