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Shipbreaker physically assaulted

17 March, 2022A worker at Kabir Steel shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh has been physically assaulted after protesting against being unfairly fired.

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.

SPECIAL REPORT: What will it take for the Hong Kong Convention to come into force?

18 January, 2022Shipbreaking has been called the most dangerous job in the world. In countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan, workers face dangerous and precarious working conditions, with very little training, safety equipment and access to medical services. For this, they receive poverty wages. 

United for a sustainable maritime industry

1 November, 2021IndustriALL Global Union’s shipbuilding and shipbreaking action group adopted sector activities for the next twelve months and agreed to be united to promote sustainable maritime industry for a just future.

Bangladesh’s dangerous shipbreaking yards claim two more lives

23 September, 2021In just a week, two more workers have been killed and three have been injured due to the deplorable lack of safety in Chittagong’s shipbreaking yards. IndustriALL affiliates BMF and BMCGTWF have repeatedly brought up the issue of health and safety with both Bangladesh’s government and the ship owners, but to no avail.

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).

34 Bangladeshi shipbreaking workers reinstated

16 July, 2020IndustriALL affiliate BMCGTWF’s proactive intervention has ensured the reinstatement of 34 workers at the M/S Motalab Steel shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh.

Accidents continue at Bangladesh shipbreaking yards

1 May, 2020A worker was critically injured at the Tahsin Steel shipbreaking yard, Chittagong, on 28 April, International Workers Memorial Day. This year alone, at least six workers have been killed at Bangladesh shipbreaking yards.

Bangladesh' shipbreaking yards continue to claim lives

17 February, 2020Bangladesh is the top shipbreaking country in the world, but the industry’s dangerous working conditions have left two workers dead and more injured in the first weeks of February.

India ratifies Hong Kong Convention

29 November, 2019The world's largest shipbreaking country, India, has ratified the Hong Kong Convention. The ratification signifies a major step forward in IndustriALL’s campaign to clean up shipbreaking, the most dangerous job in the world.