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Asia Pacific cement unions focus on organizing and gender equality

31 August, 2022Organizing precarious workers into unions and realizing gender equality in the cement sector is the way forward, say IndustriALL affiliates in Asia Pacific.

Military vehicle rams into trade unionists, three detained in Yangon, Myanmar

21 April, 2022After a peaceful demonstration in the South Okkalapa township on 20 April, a military vehicle rammed into a taxi carrying trade unionists. According to an eyewitness, three people were beaten up and taken away by six soldiers.

Rana Plaza: from tragedy to an International Accord to make garment factories safe

21 April, 2022Ahead of the ninth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse on 24 April 2013, general secretary Atle Høie talks about how unions have been able to turn tragedy into a historic agreement to make garment factories safe.

Korean shipyard worker reinstated after 37-year struggle

20 April, 2022After 37 years of struggle, Korean unionist Kim, Jin-Suk has been reinstated at the Yeongdo shipyard in Busan.

Sri Lankan unions launch campaign for minimum wage rise

1 March, 2022Twelve unions across Sri Lanka have launched a joint campaign to demand a rise of 10,000 rupees (US $49) in the monthly minimum wage of private sector employees, and to oppose the government’s decision to exclude private sector employees from a scheme that grants a monthly allowance of 5,000 rupees (US $25) to public sector employees and pensioners.

Worker killed at Kabir Steel shipbreaking yard

11 February, 2022On 31 January, a worker was killed in an accident at Kabir Steel shipbreaking yard in Sitakunda municipality, Chittagong, Bangladesh, while working at night – despite a court order prohibiting the practice.

Sustained campaign by carpet workers in Pakistan yields wage rise

4 February, 2022After a sustained campaign by Ittehad Labour Union Carpet Industries Pakistan (ILUCIP) and workers in the carpet industry, the Punjab Government in Pakistan announced a wage increase of 2,500 PKR (US $14.21) for industrial workers in June 2021. When employers failed to comply, workers took action.

"We will not rest until power is returned to the people of Myanmar"

3 February, 2022On the first anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar, IndustriALL held a webinar with leaders from the global labour movement, as well as unions in Myanmar.

Myanmar one year after the coup

1 February, 2022On 1 February 2021, the democratic government of Myanmar was overthrown by a military coup. On the first anniversary of the coup, the struggle for democracy continues.

Serious concerns remain about health and safety in India

28 January, 2022In 2021, the Indian manufacturing industry was beset with accidents, with an average of seven accidents reported per month, killing over 162 workers and leaving others disabled for life or badly injured. A number of accidents in the first few weeks of the new year shows that this trend is likely to continue.