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Heidelberg needs to engage in social dialogue

26 October, 2022Trade union members of the key global union players have come up with an action plan to establish social dialogue with the Heidelberg Materials Group. The event was held on 18 and 19 October with affiliates from IndustriALL Global Union, Building Wood and Workers’ International (BWI), and the European Federation of Building, and Woodworkers (EFBWW).

16-month lockout ends at Ash Grove cement plant

18 October, 2022110 members of Unifor local 177 at Joliet Ash Grove in Quebec, Canada, have started returning to work after more than a 16-month lockout. Workers had been locked out from the plant owned by Irish cement giant CRH since May 2021 after rejecting the employer’s offers.

Independent union wins representation at Saint-Gobain Mexico

5 October, 2022Through a vote, the Independent Union of Free and Democratic Workers of Saint-Gobain Mexico has won the right to represent workers at the group’s Cuautla factory.

Solidarity with locked out workers at Ash Grove, Canada

21 September, 2022A group of 150 members of Unifor local at Joliet Ash Grove, owned by Irish cement giant CRH, in Quebec, Canada, have been locked out since May last year. With the employer refusing to engage with the union and using scab labour, there is no end in sight to the conflict.

Kenya glass workers win after strike for living wages and safety gear

15 September, 2022After a strike for living wages and personal protective equipment, workers at Future East Africa Cooperation (FEAC) negotiated a collective bargaining agreement to improve wages and health and safety at work.

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.

Saint-Gobain workers in Mexico reject employer protection contract

12 July, 2022Workers at Saint-Gobain in Mexico have voted against the current collective bargaining agreement, stating that it had been negotiated by an employer-friendly union that made decisions behind the workers’ backs and in the interests of the company.

IndustriALL urges Holcim shareholders to push for workers' rights

4 May, 2022Holcim has declared a zero-harm target for the workers creating the company wealth, but the reality paints a very different picture. As one of the world's biggest cement producers holds its annual general meeting, unions are calling on Holcim to take responsibility for its workers, regardless of employment status, and recognize the global unions as legitimate partners.

Strong solidarity in North American cement network

22 March, 202226 delegates from IndustriALL affiliates International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Steelworkers and Unifor met online on 10 March.

Teamsters in the US strike over contract

25 January, 2022330 concrete mixer drivers, dump truck drivers, and cement plant employees, all members of Teamsters Local 174, have been on strike for over two months as negotiations on a new agreement has stalled.