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Union responses to Covid-19

26 March, 2020The novel coronavirus, and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is leading to an unfolding public health, economic and employment crisis. Unions around the world are responding to the rapidly evolving situation, defending workers' rights and promoting social solidarity.

Japanese metalworkers secure wage increase

2 April, 2020Through the JCM’s  Shunto (spring labour offensive), many unions at large companies in the Japanese metal industry have secured wage increases.

Peru’s government puts economic interests before miners’ safety

23 March, 2020Even though Peru’s government has introduced a curfew and state of emergency, mineworkers still have to go to work without any virus-protection measures. 

Kazakh union leader Erlan Baltabay released

23 March, 2020On 20 March, Erlan Baltabay, leader of the Independent Oil and Energy Workers’ Union in Kazakhstan, was released from prison.  

The Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank must produce a plan to coordinate economic stimulus, public health action and debt relief - Statement by Global Unions, April 2020

6 April, 2020There is no time to waste. Global Unions urge the leadership of the international financial institutions, the Development Committee, and the International Monetary and Finance Committee to agree on specific commitments for coordinated fiscal and monetary stimulus, urgent public health measures and support to developing countries.

South African court blocks Mondi from exploiting workers

23 April, 2020Unions have successfully challenged paper and packaging multinational Mondi Group’s court application to avoid paying overtime during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Philippine government U-turns on 13th month pay after pressure from unions

23 October, 2020The Philippine government has made a U-turn after previously saying employers economically constrained by Covid-19 would be allowed to defer the 13th month pay, after being slammed by IndustriALL Global Union affiliates the Associated Labor Unions (ALU), All Workers Alliance Trade Unions (AWATU) and Integrated Labor Organisation.

Right to strike breached in Belarus

28 October, 2020Yet again people in Belarus are standing up against Lukashenko, and yet again authorities are responding with violence and oppression.

Inditex GFA unlocks conflict in Romania

28 October, 2020When Tanex, a Romanian supplier for Inditex, failed to pay some of their workers in full, IndustriALL affiliate UNICONF contacted the employer, citing IndustriALL’s global framework agreement with Inditex as a way of moving forward.

ArcelorMittal workers demand secure and safe jobs

5 November, 2020Some ninety union leaders representing workers throughout the largest multinational steel and mining company, ArcelorMittal, discussed the recent developments inside the company at the virtual global union network meeting on 3-4 November 2020.