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India: Siemens management urged to pay arrears for delayed CBA

7 May, 2021Siemens workers’ Union in India is appealing for international support as the employer has been stalling negotiations on the collective agreement for more than 28 months, resulting in wage arrears for around 1,000 workers.

PROFILE: Shipbreaking workers’ union moves forward in India

3 May, 2021The Alang Sosiya Ship Recycling and General Workers Association (ASSRGWA) is a successful example of organizing India’s informal sector workers. The union has contributed to improving wages, social security measures and occupational health and safety (OHS), in what is often called the world’s most dangerous industry. 

No progress made in Indian health and safety crisis

10 March, 2021Incessant industrial accidents in India show that no progress has been made in improving occupational health and safety. A compilation of accidents reported in the press since India’s lockdown ended in May 2020 shows that the shockingly high accident rate in India’s factories, chemical plants and mines continues.

Union wins reinstatement of 1,257 workers in India

8 February, 2021After an eight-month struggle and international solidarity campaign, the Garment and Textile Workers’ Union (GATWU) has signed an agreement with H&M supplier Gokaldas Exports that recognizes the union and reinstates all the 1,257 workers – mostly women - who were fired.

Alarming attacks on labour laws during Covid-19 in South Asia

18 December, 2020Across South Asian countries labour laws are facing increased attacks undermining workers’ rights including freedom of association and collective bargaining. IndustriALL South Asia affiliates call for building national and international solidarity to protect workers’ rights.

Health and safety a major concern for South Asia chemical and pharmaceutical unions

10 December, 2020Increasing industrial accidents, health and safety risks, lack of relevant information, precarious work, digitalisation in production and building union networks were some of the key issues discussed at the South Asia chemical and pharmaceutical unions meeting on 27 November.

Over 250 million workers join national strike in India

26 November, 2020Despite repression, a joint general strike by workers and farmers has shut down India. Over 250 million workers took part in the 26 November strike.

Global unions in solidarity with Indian union movement

29 October, 2020IndustriALL and ITUC vowed to stand together in solidarity with the Indian union movement, supporting their struggle against the anti-worker policies of the Modi government.

Indian unions mobilize for national strike

8 October, 2020Indian unions are calling for a nationwide strike on 26 November as a protest against the Modi government’s attacks on workers’ rights and poor Covid-19 response.

Hong Kong Convention key to South Asian shipbreaking recovery

29 September, 2020South Asia shipbreaking unions, IndustriALL and FNV Mondiaal representatives held virtual meetings on 24 and 25 September to evaluate union support for workers during Covid-19, and pledged to intensify the campaign to ratify the Hong Kong Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships (HKC).