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FEATURE: IndustriALL: Campaigning, organizing, and winning

2 December, 2014Supply-chain pressure, coalition and network building, media strategy, and corporate research are all vital elements to trade union campaigning. But it is workers’ solidarity across national borders that, time and again, makes the difference and achieves the win.

The true cost of cheap clothes

18 July, 2012Last week United States Senators expressed dismay and outrage to learn that the uniforms for American Olympians were produced in China. But this is not new. For years unrestrained globalization has seen textile and clothing multinationals race to the bottom in the search for cheaper and cheaper production.

UAW loses Nissan vote in face of threats and intimidation

7 August, 2017After an intense anti-union campaign of threats, intimidation and misinformation, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the UAW has lost an election to form a union at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, USA, by a 2,244 votes to 1,307.

US copper workers strike after decade with no pay rise

22 October, 2019Two thousand workers have been on strike for a week at four Asarco copper facilities in Arizona, and one in Texas, after rejecting a four-year contract that would see no pay rise for most.

Kumho Tire workers in USA vote to join USW

10 September, 2019Workers at Kumho Tire, in Macon, Georgia, have voted to join IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the United Steelworkers (USW), after a judge ruled the company had violated workers’ rights during an initial election two years ago. 

Workers at Google contractor to join union

25 September, 2019IndustriALL US affiliate United Steelworkers (USW) announced yesterday that they are welcoming around 80 tech workers employed by Google contractor HCL Technologies as new members. The HCL workers voted to join the union despite of a company-led anti-union campaign.

US Nissan workers seek fair union election

26 November, 2012Launched at the LabourStart conference in Sydney on 26 November, 3,000 workers at Nissan’s assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, USA are campaigning for a fair union election and an end to Nissan’s fear and intimidation tactics.

Colombian mine contractor convicted of murder

14 February, 2013Following the murders of two union leaders in Colombia in 2001, Jaime Blanco, a former contractor for the US-based coal company Drummond Co., was convicted of murder on 25 January 2013 and sentenced to nearly 38 years in prison.

USW Local 8565 receives international support in face of Rotek

27 September, 2013IndustriALL Global Union conveys staunch support to USW Local 8565 fighting for a decent employment contract at ThyssenKrupp’s Rotek subsidiary in Aurora, Ohio.

Nissan workers denied right to organize

23 October, 2013Ten-hour shifts, removed pensions, low pay, and forced to work nights and weekends. Add to that implicit threats of closure of the factory or pay decrease when workers voice their desire to form a union. This is the reality of workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi.