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German supply chain law reaches parliament

22 April, 2021The proposed law on due diligence in supply chains has its first reading in the Bundestag, the German parliament, on 22 April. Unions are concerned that employers’ associations will attempt to block it or dilute its proposals.

German unions win the argument on due diligence in supply chains

17 February, 2021German unions have argued for years that a law on due diligence in supply chains – Sorgfaltspflichten - is necessary. Now their arguments are being taken seriously, and a new law on due diligence in supply chains is expected to be passed before the elections in autumn 2021.

Hitachi-ABB power grids workers strike for future of the plant

3 December, 2020In response to ABB Power Grids’ unilateral decision to close the Hanau plant in Germany, 350 workers went on strike on 3 December.

Tchibo and IndustriALL commit to support suppliers

12 November, 2020In order to minimize the impacts of the pandemic, IndustriALL and German brand Tchibo have signed a joint declaration, reinforcing their longstanding cooperation in order to support the economic and social recovery of the global garment industry through the Covid-19 crisis.

German unions stand up to Continental

30 September, 2020Demonstrations on 29 and 23 September, brought thousands to the streets of Hannover and Aachen as IndustriALL affiliates IG Metall and IG BCE protested against Continental’s decision to close plants in Germany. The tyre and auto parts giant plans to slash up to 13,000 jobs in the country, starting with 1,800 in Aachen.

Hyundai’s union busting in Germany

3 July, 2020At the end of June, a German union member defended his rights as a worker, trade unionist and member of the works council at the Hyundai research and development centre, at the regional labour court in Frankfurt, Germany.

Fight for your rights!

16 June, 2020For eight years, Hyundai has tried to sack a German trade unionist. On 19 June, a German labour court will rule on the case.

ThyssenKrupp unions urge company to keep elevator business

16 January, 2020The thyssenkrupp Elevator Group Works Council has written to the management of the troubled firmed urging them not to completely sell off the elevator business to raise funds.

German auto workers demand Just Transition

28 November, 2019Workers in the auto supply chain in the German state of Baden-Württemberg are demonstrating against industry plans to deal with technological change by cutting jobs and conditions.

German supermarket Lidl joins ACT

19 November, 2019By signing the ACT MoU with IndustriALL Global Union in November 2019, Lidl became the first German discounter to commit to ensuring living wages in its garment and footwear supply chain through freedom of association, collective bargaining and responsible purchasing practices.