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UNION PROFILE: Paperiliitto wins historic strike

31 May, 2022The Finnish paper workers’ union Paperiliitto was formed in 1906 and counts 13,000 active members, 32,000 including retired members. The union represents 97 per cent of all workers in the country who manufacture paper, pulp and paperboard or work in paper processing. 

UNION PROFILE: Collective action builds union power, says Rose Omamo

31 May, 2022When unions go on strike, engage in negotiations, collective bargaining, social dialogue, and social security, as well as campaign for workers’ rights and workplaces free of gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH), they do so as a collective. It is this collective that builds union power and where the strength of the union lies, argues Rose Omamo, the general secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers (AUKMW), affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union. 

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.

Philippine unions fight for living wage

30 May, 2022Amid a fuel price hike and the erosion of real wages, Philippine unions are fighting for a living wage by filing petitions with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs).

Glencore workers on strike in Canada

30 May, 2022630 members of IndustriALL affiliate Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelworkers are on strike at Glencore’s Raglan mine in Canada over the extensive use of subcontracting and a lack of respect from the employer.

IndustriALL solidarity visit to Ukraine

25 May, 2022IndustriALL Global Union has met with affiliated unions in Ukraine, visiting communities broken by bombing and listened to firsthand accounts of what the invasion means for Ukrainian workers and unions.

Strike continues at ArcelorMittal South Africa after Labour Court ruling

25 May, 2022After the Labour Court dismissed the interdict to stop the strike at ArcelorMittal South Africa, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has resumed the strike for a seven per cent wage increase and for cash benefits.

Democratic trade unions in Mexico can become reality

25 May, 2022Mexico’s labour law reform from 2019 opens the way to true labour relations, the chance to establish new and democratic unions and therefore improves the basis for freedom of association. The new collective agreement signed between the National Independent Trade Union of Automotive Workers of Mexico (SINTTIA) and US car giant General Motors on 10 May is a testament to that - but the road ahead is long.

Pakistan’s deadly coal mines

23 May, 2022More workers have lost their lives in Pakistan’s deadly coal mines. According to IndustriALL affiliate PCMLF, in May alone, 18 miners have been killed at work.

Organizing Madagascar’s textile and garment industries

23 May, 2022Under the theme - union organizing dynamics in the textile, garment, shoe, and leather industries in Madagascar - the unions that organize in the sectors met in Antananarivo 16-17 May to discuss how to sustain and build union power in a post-Covid economy.