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Peru textile unions step up campaign against short-term contracts

20 July, 2012Two Peruvian textile workers’ federations are launching an ‘adopt a Congress person’ campaign as part of their efforts to end a law which has condemned workers to a lifetime of short-term contracts in appalling working conditions.

Bridgestone workers still on strike in Bahia, Brazil

20 July, 2012The workers have been on strike for 20 days and have received support from the USW in the United States, which has promised to seek channels of mediation with the company.

8,500 utility workers locked-out in New York

19 July, 2012IndustriALL affiliate, the Utility Workers Union of America is calling for solidarity after the electric and gas utility company Consolidated Edison locked out 8,500 workers on 1 July 2012.

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).

The true cost of Olympic uniforms

18 July, 2012Recent debate in the US about Team USA’s Olympic uniforms being produced in China has sparked controversy on the trend of clothing multinationals resorting to cheaper production in developing countries. This trend is not new and continues to impact workers in low wage countries, Play Fair demands that multinational companies do more.

Solidarity does make a difference at Caterpillar

18 July, 2012AMWU members at Caterpillar mining machinery plant in New South Wales have achieved an important victory in their struggle for a nine-day fortnight and pay increases for all workers.

The true cost of cheap clothes

18 July, 2012Last week United States Senators expressed dismay and outrage to learn that the uniforms for American Olympians were produced in China. But this is not new. For years unrestrained globalization has seen textile and clothing multinationals race to the bottom in the search for cheaper and cheaper production.

Adidas and Nike told to meaningfully engage in Indonesia

17 July, 2012The international Play Fair Alliance has today called on international sportswear brands and their suppliers to participate meaningfully in discussions to advance an important agreement on freedom of association in Indonesia.

New business and human rights resources for trade unionists

16 July, 2012The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has released a briefing note on the United Nations (UN) Framework for Business and Human Rights (the “Ruggie Framework”) and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.