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Thai Auto Growth offers opportunity and challenges for unions.

22 August, 2012Over 60 union leaders from The Confederation of Thai Electrical Appliances, Electronic, Automobile and Metalworkers (TEAM) and the Automobile Labor Congress of Thailand (ALCT) co-organized a seminar on 10 August titled “Growing Auto Industry; what are the impacts on workers?” in greater Bangkok. The unions hope with closer cooperation they can have a greater influence on the future shape of the industry.

IndustriALL calls for legal and fair elections at PKC Mexico

13 August, 2012Elections at PKC are due to be held in September, when workers will choose which union they want to represent them, the miners’ union or the CTM. The workers have accused the company of threatening them and putting pressure on them to go back to work.

Philippines union movement fights against precarious work

2 August, 201216 trade unions in the Philippines representing textile, garment, metal, auto, electronics, cement and mining industries joined hands to develop an Action Plan against Contract and Agency Labour/Precarious Employment in July.

Recognition victory for Mexican metalworkers

19 July, 2012The protracted battle of Mexican metalworkers at DMI to organize into STIMAHCS finally ended in victory on 6 July, after a patient and determined fight that illustrates the barriers to trade union freedoms in Mexico.

Argentinean industrial unions create industrial confederation

19 July, 2012Industrial trade unions in Argentina representing workers in the mechanical engineering, metalworking, construction and textile sectors have formed the Confederation of Industrial Trade Unions of Argentina (Confederación de Sindicatos Industriales de la Republica Argentina).

Mexican mine workers denied fair union election

10 July, 2012IndustriALL pledges support for Los Mineros in its efforts to defend the interests of workers at the La Platosa mine in Mexico after it lost by one vote a ballot conducted in extremely intimidating circumstances. Last week’s union election at the La Platosa mine in Durango shows how employers in Mexico hold all the cards when workers try to organize to defend their interests.

ITUA signs CBA at Benteler in Kaluga, Russia

5 July, 2012The Interregional Trade Union of Autoworkers (ITUA), an IndustriALL affiliate, signed a collective bargaining agreement at Benteler in Kaluga, Russia, thus securing the success of the March strike at the plant.

Iraqi workers protest against the latest government interference

29 June, 2012IndustriALL affiliates in Iraq were at the forefront of a major demonstration and picket on the morning of 25 June 2012 in Basra. Fresh from her election as an Executive Committee member of the new IndustriALL Global Union, Hashmeya Muhsin al-Saadawi, leader of the Electricity Utility Workers’ Union, was one of the leaders of the protest which also included the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU), Federation of Workers Councils Unions of Iraq and other Basra based organizations. Protesters marched and chanted slogans denouncing the continued blatant government intervention into internal trade union affairs and the ban on trade union organization in the public sector.

Congress ends, history of IndustriALL begins

20 June, 2012Founding Congress of IndustriALL Global Union concluded on 20 June 2012. A new 50-million strong global federation was created; ‘a global union superpower’, as one Tweet put it.

Precarious work in India

19 June, 2012Indian governments put more workers into precarious jobs than private sector bosses.