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Myanmar and Korean workers strike to commemorate 1988 uprising

12 August, 2021Myanmar and Korean trade unionists affiliated with IndustriALL Global Union joined a strike on 8 August to commemorate the 1988 people’s uprising that overthrew the military dictatorship, and to call for the defeat of the current regime.

Indian unions protest privatization of Visakhapatnam steel plant

4 August, 2021On 2 August, with the Indian parliament in session, national trade union leaders joined hundreds of workers in the “Chalo Parliament” (“Let’s go to parliament)” protest in Delhi against the privatization of the Visakhapatnam steel plant in Andhra Pradesh.

Major victory for Singapore unions in lift and escalator sector

4 August, 2021Singapore unions have gained a major victory by achieving a substantial wage increase and annual bonus for 1,300 lift and escalator workers through tripartite negotiations.

Bangladesh garment workers suffer as factories reopen during Covid-19 lockdown

3 August, 2021On 1 August, Bangladeshi garment export factories resumed operations with just two days’ notice, despite the strict lockdown imposed across the country.

General Motors India illegally retrench 1,086 workers

28 July, 2021General Motors, at its Talegaon plant near Pune, India, retrenched all 1,086 unionized workers on 12 July, after they did not accept the voluntary separation scheme (VSS) offered by the company. General Motors is in the process selling its Pune plant to Great Wall Motors, a Chinese company.

Indian auto workers face growing precarity and industrial relations crisis

27 July, 2021In an online meeting held on 23 July, IndustriALL Global Union auto affiliates expressed concern that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated attacks on workers’ rights, undermining social dialogue and union rights. They called for joint action to strengthen union power.

Striking Myanmar miners hurt military revenue

26 July, 2021Since the military coup in February, 4,800 miners have been on strike in Monywa township. The solid five-month strike has undermined the revenue of the military regime.

Myanmar trade unions call for comprehensive economic sanctions

22 July, 2021The Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) is calling for comprehensive economic sanctions against the country, and for the international community to isolate the military regime. The CTUM is part of the 16-member Labour Alliance, representing the entire labour movement in the country.

Union busting at PT Schneider Electric in Indonesia

16 July, 2021PT Schneider Electric Manufacturing Batam has engaged in union busting by dismissing FSPMI union leader Mr Zulkarnain.

Bangladesh factory fire deaths demonstrate need for new Accord

12 July, 2021The death of at least 52 workers at the Hashem Food juice factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, shows that factory safety continues to be a major issue in the country.