International News

IndustriALL condemns arrests of trade unionists in Algeria

23.03.2017 IndustriALL Global Union is calling for the immediate release of at least nine trade unionists arrested on 21 March by security forces in Algeria. Mellal Raouf, President of IndustriALL affiliate the electricity and gas workers’ union, SNATEGS, and eight members of the union’s executive office, were seized at their hotel as they were about to attend a major rally in the northern city of Tizi Ouzou. Security forces blocked

Decent Work

Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.

2017 International Women’s Day

On March 8, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day, a day to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also calls for actions to be taken to address the unresolved issue of gender parity. Women are playing an ever increasing and meaningful role in our Union at all levels. The IAM is stronger when all united voices are at the bargaining table. There are

Colombian Trade Unions Back Peace Accord

Colombia’s three trade union centres CGT, CTC and CUT have given strong backing to a “Yes” vote in the upcoming plebiscite on the peace accord to end decades of civil conflict in the country.   A joint event organised by the three union centres in Medellín on 15 September, attended by 5,000 people, gave a strong endorsement to the Accord. Uruguayan Senator and former President José “Pepe” Mujica addressed the

Kazakhstan: ArcelorMittal debts lead to unpaid wages

22.03.2016 Around 2000 subcontract workers at ArcelorMittal Temirtau in Kazakhstan have not been getting their wages because of the company’s extensive debts to its contractors.   ArcelorMittal Temirtau, the major mining and metallurgical company in Kazakhstan, has been underpaying its 24 contractors for three years, which has resulted in contractors delaying wages to their workers. The average wage of the ArcelorMittal Temirtau contractor worker is around 35-40 thousand tenge (US$100-115)

Georgia: Union victory after month-long glass strike

TUMMCIWG activists at Ksani glass container factory in Georgia 14.03.2016 A month-long strike of 170 workers that paralyzed operations at the Ksani glass container factory in Georgia ended on 5 March after tough 12-hour negotiations between the union and management.     The employer agreed to increase salaries by 7.5 per cent as of 1 January 2016, to launch collective bargaining negotiations in April 2016 with a goal to make

Georgian glass factory workers on strike

05.02.2016     Workers at the Ksani glass container factory went on strike on 5 February, after management continued to neglect union demands to sign a collective agreement and increase wages.   Since September 2015, IndustriALL affiliate Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG) has tried to convince management at the Ksani factory to start negotiations over a collective agreement and salary increase. But the

Tens of Millions Strike in India to Defend Labour Rights

Tens of millions of Indian workers have joined a national strike called by ten major trade union bodies today, in what may be the largest strike in history. The unions are protesting at plans announced by Prime Minister Modi to deprive large segments of India’s workforce of labour law protection at the behest of local and foreign investors.   Workers from manufacturing, mining, the public sector, transport and other sectors,

Indonesian Unions Mobilise Over Minimum Wages, Layoffs and Labour Laws

Indonesia’s main trade union centres KSBSI, KSPI and KSPSI have launched a national campaign over minimum wages and labour laws with a 25,000-strong demonstration of workers in Jakarta. The unions are calling for a minimum wage increase of 25% for 2016, and have rejected a government proposal to handle minimum wage adjustments through an automatic calculation without negotiation. Many workers in Indonesia are unable to make ends meet with high