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Zimbabwean unions campaign against Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy

2 September, 2021Seven IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Zimbabwe are embarking on a campaign to encourage workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19 amid hesitancy caused by anti-vaccination messages on social media and other platforms.

Covid-19 spreads in Myanmar’s factories

25 August, 2021Two members of Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) have died from Covid-19 and more than 100 of factory-level union leaders have been infected, as the health protocols on handling the Covid pandemic are being largely ignored.

South African union demands reversal of retrenchment notice for 200 miners

19 August, 2021The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is demanding a reversal of the retrenchment notice to lay off 200 workers out of a workforce of 301 at China Africa Precious Metals (CAPM) gold mine in Matlosana, saying CAPM did not exhaust all options before making the decision.

ST Microelectronics Malaysia - don’t put profit before workers’ safety

17 August, 2021Over the last months, 19 employees at ST Microelectronics, Malaysia, have died from Covid-19. More than 100 employees are still infected and around 600 workers are placed in quarantine.

Bangladesh garment workers suffer as factories reopen during Covid-19 lockdown

3 August, 2021On 1 August, Bangladeshi garment export factories resumed operations with just two days’ notice, despite the strict lockdown imposed across the country.

Union-run clinics in South African garment sector certified for Covid-19 vaccination

8 July, 2021Industrial primary health care clinics in the garment sector, run by IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) and some employers, are now certified by the department of health to carry out Covid-19 vaccinations.

Unions concerned by slow Covid-19 vaccination in Sub Saharan Africa amid surging infections

1 July, 2021In the absence of Covid-19 vaccines that can reduce prevalence, slow down mutations, severe disease and death, the region is heading towards a catastrophe if immediate action is not taken by governments, employers, and other stakeholders, say IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Sub Saharan Africa.

Concerns over violence in Colombia raised at ILC

17 June, 2021Violation of ILO Convention 87 on freedom of association in Colombia was on the agenda at ILO Committee on the Application of Standards during the International Labour Conference.

Garment workers shot demanding extended Eid holidays

14 May, 2021On 10 May, around 20 garment workers at the Ha-meem group, supplying garments for among others H&M, Gap and Zara, suffered injuries from rubber bullets during a demonstration demanding an extension of Eid holidays, from three to at least the usual ten days.

Union busting at Novartis in India

12 May, 2021In the last few years, workers at Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis’ operations in India have been subjected to rights violations, where the local management refuses to engage with the long-established union.