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Building union power in Latin America's textile sector

27 August, 2014Trade union leaders in the textile, garment, leather and footwear sectors in Latin America came together in Brazil earlier this month to discuss how to use global framework agreements and trade union networks to build union power.

Regional paper and cellulose sector aims to form federation

2 August, 2016More than 30 leaders of trade unions in the Latin American paper and cellulose industry shared ideas on forming a federation that would help to build networks and strengthen the industry in the region.

Uruguay: paper union seeks to negotiate the rehiring of 270 workers

24 August, 2016Ninety percent of the workers of the National Paper Factory in Colonia, Uruguay, have been laid off due to the factory’s economic difficulties. FOPCU, an IndustriALL affiliate, is negotiating their rehiring with the company and the ministry of labour.

IndustriALL condemns the coup against democracy in Brazil

3 September, 2016IndustriALL Global Union condemns the coup against democracy in Brazil on 31 August, when the Brazilian Senate removed President Dilma Rousseff from office without presenting evidence that she has committed a crime and ignored people’s support for her.

Mexican Senate approves labour law reforms

24 October, 2016On 13 October 2016 the Mexican Senate unanimously approved an initiative that amends Articles 107 and 123 of the Mexican Constitution, paving the way for a significant advance for workers in the country.

Uruguayan affiliates resolve to continue organizing

11 November, 2016When evaluating the work carried out by affiliates UNTMRA, UOC and FOPCU during the three-year project period 2014-2016, the IndustriALL Uruguay national council unanimously approved a resolution to continue implementing organising activities in 2017 using their own financial resources.

Defending democracy in Brazil and in the region: Declaration of the Regional Council of Global Unions and the CSA

20 October, 2015The Regional Council of Global Unions and the CSA express their deep concern at recent events that threaten democracy in Brazil. The presidential elections are a reflection of the sovereignty of the people's will, as expressed at the polls electing Dilma Rousseff with 54.5 million votes, and must be respected by all the powers of the nation and the opposition groups that were defeated in the 2014 elections. 

CUT youth in Brazil discuss racial equality

4 November, 2015Forty young workers from the industrial sector met on 22-24 October to discuss racial equality. The movement needs to pursue this issue in order to promote equality and reduce discrimination.

Uruguayan unions march for rights and decent pay

4 November, 2015With banners, placards and T-shirts bearing the movement’s slogans, IndustriALL’s Uruguayan affiliates (UNTMRA, UOC and FOPCU) and other trade unions (SUNCA, SIMA, FOEMYA, SUA -AGUJA, SUTMA and SUTCRA) marched in defence of their labour rights, including decent pay, education and health and safety.

Peru: Manufacturing unions facing up to the challenge

8 January, 2019Peru is a bastion of orthodox neoliberalism, where institutions are weak and economic growth is all that matters. But IndustriALL Global Union affiliates (FENAIP, FETRIMAP and FNTTP) are fighting back. They recently agreed to form a national council in order to work closely together, and have planned a series of joint activities as part of a project funded by Union to Union. The two unions in the manufacturing industry are making gains for workers’ rights.