International News

Towards a safer garment industry in Bangladesh

Major ILO programme has been developed with the government, workers and employers in Bangladesh, in response to a number of accidents that have hit the country’s ready-made garment industry.   DHAKA – The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and the International Labour Organization have launched a major initiative – including a new Better Work programme -aimed at improving working conditions in the ready-made garment (RMG) industry in Bangladesh.   The three-and-a-half

Information Technology Agreement – countries are warned on consequences

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION (ITUC)   Brussels, 22 October 2013 (ITUC OnLine):  The ITUC together with 163 other trade union and civil society organisations and trade unions are raising concerns over a proposed expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (“ITA II”) being negotiated at the World Trade Organisation.  A joint letter to WTO member points to the damage the proposals would do to the development of IT industry in developing

Justice for Crown workers in Canada and Turkey

03.10.2013    An international campaign for basic rights for the workers at the operations of Crown Holdings Inc. in Canada and Turkey gathers steam.   IndustriALL Global Union, its North American affiliate (United Steelworkers) USW and Turkish affiliate Birle?ik Metal-?? are campaigning to stop Crown Holding's attacks against workers with the support of Unite the Union of the UK, the International Association of Machinists (IAMAW) of North America, Crown’s European

MEXICO: Days of Action, 18 - 24 February, 2013

This 18 to 24 February 2013 union members are petitioning companies, visiting Mexican embassies and sending messages of solidarity to Mexican workers. Take action here and find out how others trade unions from around the world are calling on the Mexican government to: Provide justice for the families of the 65 miners killed at Pasta de Conchos on 19 February 2006 End the use of employer-dominated protection contracts Repeal the

Colombia: trade union leaders killed and threatened

4 February 2013: The ITUC and the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) have firmly condemned the most recent killing of a trade union activist and the serious intimidation suffered by union leaders. The international trade union movement also expressed alarm at the deteriorating climate of insecurity, manifested in the form of direct threats against the trade union movement’s national leadership. According to reports received by the ITUC, two

Tunisia: No to the Return of the ’Red Hand’*

8 February 2013: The ITUC has firmly condemned the killing, on 6 February, of Tunisian opposition leader Mr Chokri Belaïd, and has expressed full support for the general strike called by its Tunisian affiliate, the UGTT.   Shocked and angered, the people of Tunisia reacted instantaneously, taking to the streets of the capital and cities across the country in their thousands. "The situation in Tunisia remains extremely worrying," said ITUC

Egypt’s farmers: Sowing the seeds of an agricultural revolution

  Feature | 07 February 2013   Agriculture will be critical to future economic growth in Egypt, says the ILO – but only if the laws on farmers’ co-ops are reformed.     GENEVA (ILO News) – While the political reverberations of the 2011 revolution continue to resound throughout Egypt, many of the country’s farmers are hoping positive change will reach the agricultural sector.    Farmers like Mohamed Farghaly and

STOP Precarious Work 2013

    Geneva 6 February 2013 To all affiliates of IndustriALL Global Union STOP Precarious Work 2013   Dear Colleagues, As precarious employment continues to spread throughout the globe, the Executive Committee of IndustriALL Global Union has looked at the next steps for IndustriALL’s global campaign to STOP Precarious Work, which will be integrated into all of its activities in 2013. Global action At its meeting in December, the IndustriALL

USO leader murdered in Colombia

13.12.2012    Hours after EU-Colombia Trade Agreement was signed, another cold-blooded assassination of a Colombian trade unionist occurred 11 December, murdered for his trade union activities inside a multinational company.   On the afternoon of 11 December, in the Colombian municipality of Puerto Gaitan, gunmen assassinated Milton Parra Rivas, an operator and electrician at Termotécnica Coindustrial SA, a subcontractor of Spanish-based CEPSA.   Milton Rivas was a leading activist of