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Atle Høie: Welcome to Global Worker (#1 2022)

6 July, 2022Ensuring that workers and unions are part of the discussions around tomorrow’s workplaces is central to what we do. 

Union wins in wage negotiations in South Africa

14 July, 2022To bolster the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU)’s perpetual campaign for living wages, the union’s negotiating teams won above inflation wage increases across most sectors.

Baseline expectations for asset managers on fundamental labour rights

13 July, 2022The Global Unions’ Committee on Workers’ Capital (CWC) has released its baseline expectations for asset managers on fundamental labour rights. Developed by trade unions and pension fund board members as part of the CWC Asset Manager Accountability Initiative, the expectations will help asset owners hold the asset managers they contract accountable on fundamental labour rights. 

Massive job losses reverse union gains in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park

21 July, 2022After a long and difficult campaign to gain access to organize and recruit members in Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, the Industrial Federation of Textile, Leather, and Garment Workers Trade Union (IFTLGWTU) says its efforts are unravelling from the huge job losses caused by factory closures.

Update on Ukraine

28 July, 2022Nearly five months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the situation continues to deteriorate. Leaders of IndustriALL affiliates talk about a shrinking space to operate in, as members are losing their jobs.

Global brands purchasing practices linked to abuse of garment workers in South Asia

10 August, 2022Purchasing practices of global brands are increasing the risk of abuse for workers at the far end of the supply chain in the textile and garment sector.

Sexual harassment blocks young women’s training in Kenya’s automotive industry

11 August, 2022At a two-day workshop in Nairobi, 3- 4 August, sexual harassment was identified as impeding young women from pursuing learnerships and skills training in Kenya’s automotive industry. One of the participants narrated how difficult it is for young women to enter the industry as technicians, artisans, or mechanics because of the pervasive sexual harassment.

Miners at Glencore Peru demand better working conditions

17 August, 2022Over 1,000 workers at Glencore-controlled mining firm Los Quenuales are taking action to press the company to respect outsourcing limitations and collective bargaining rights, provide better food and to comply with occupational health and safety requirements.

Government and employers must ensure safe mining in Pakistan

1 September, 2022Pakistan’s mining industry is riddled with workplace safety violations and occupational disease. Exposure to coal dust leads to various health issues, including serious lung and heart ailments and spinal injuries. Add to that the dangers of methane gas poisoning, suffocation, underground explosions, or mine walls collapsing, leading to numerous fatalities every year.

Strengthening workers’ power along the Pou Chen supply chain

6 September, 2022More than 25 trade unionists from Pou Chen production facilities in Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam met in Ho Chi Minh City on 30-31 August, committing to building solidarity and improving industrial relations.