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    Spain: strike by poultry and rabbit processing workers brings employers back to the bargaining table

    Posted: 19 Apr 2017 06:06 AM PDT

    National strike action on April 11-12 by poultry and rabbit slaughtering and process workers in Spain has brought the employers back to the bargaining table.


    Strike averted as Swedish hotels return to the bargaining table for new national agreement

    Posted: 19 Apr 2017 03:41 AM PDT

    The Swedish Hotel and Restaurant Workers' Union HRF signed a new 3-year national agreement for the sector on April 18 which meets their key bargaining demands less than 12 hours before a national strike was scheduled to begin.

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    Headlines@IndustriALL #240 - White-collar world conference reveals urgent need to organize


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    White-collar world conference reveals urgent need to organize



    IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from 18 countries around the world met in Geneva, Switzerland, for the White-Collar World Conference on 19 and 20 April.

    The 52 participants from 28 unions, including 22 women, recognized the importance of organizing white-collar workers as industry is becoming increasingly automated:

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    Global support for workers at VW Chattanooga plant

    Unions from Poland, Germany, UK, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, the U.S., and Switzerland convened in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to show solidarity for workers at the local Volkswagen plant. The German auto manufacturer is defying a court ruling and continues to deny workers their legal right to organize.

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    Union action prevents potential repetition of Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh

    On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than a 1,000 garment workers, swift action by an IndustriALL trade union affiliate in the country has prevented a potential tragedy from taking place.

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    Unite appeals for solidarity with Fujitsu UK workers

    IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, Unite, is appealing for solidarity action in support of Fujitsu workers in the UK, as the company plans to axe 1,800 jobs.

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    MEPs demand respect for labour rights in Sri Lanka

    A fact finding mission to Sri Lanka, including Members of the European Parliament, has concluded that workers must have the right to organize and bargain collectively if the country is to be granted preferential trading conditions by the European Union.

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    Upcoming Marches, Uzbek Activist Released, and More

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    April 2017 E-News

    April and May Bring Spring Marches
    Uzbek Activist Released, but Turkmen Monitor Still Imprisoned
    Ecology and Human Rights in Seafood Supply Chains
    Seventeen Brands Take Transparency Pledge
    April 24th: 4th Anniversary of Rana Plaza Tragedy
    Save the Date: 2017 Labor Rights Defenders Awards


    April and May Bring Spring Marches



    Labor is teaming up with environmental groups and other allies for a number of important marches over the next several weeks. The March for Science on April 22 (Earth Day) aims to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. Then, check out the People’s Climate March -- for climate, jobs and justice -- in a city near you on April 29. The season of resistance culminates with the May 1 General Strike on International Worker’s Day, when hundreds of thousands of workers will be on the streets. Join an action near you!


    Uzbek Activist Released, but Turkmen Monitor Still Imprisoned



    Uzbek rights activist Elena Urlaeva was detained on March 1, to prevent her from meeting with international labor observers, and confined to a psychiatric hospital against her will for 23 days. She was released after an international campaign for her freedom. Meanwhile, Alternative Turkmenistan News (ATN) reporter Gaspar Matalaev remains imprisoned on false charges of fraud in retaliation for his reporting on government-sponsored forced labor in Central Asia. You can sign a petition for his release here.


    Ecology and Human Rights in Seafood Supply Chains



    A new report from Waxman Strategies encourages environmental groups and labor rights organizations to work together on combating illegal practices in fishing that destroy ecosystems and fuel worker exploitation. Driving Ecological Sustainability in Fisheries by Integrating Human Rights Issues highlights the successes of NGO partnerships like the ILRF-led Thai Seafood Working Group in laying the groundwork for human rights reform and ecological conservation efforts.


    Seventeen Brands Take Transparency Pledge



    Our new report developed with Human Rights Watch and Clean Clothes Campaign, Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry, calls for companies to adopt the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge. So far, seventeen brands have aligned with the pledge, agreeing to publish information identifying the specific factories that produce their goods. This information is key to addressing abusive working conditions and labor violations. Sign the petition calling on Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Primark and Armani to #GoTransparent and take the pledge.


    April 24th: 4th Anniversary of Rana Plaza Tragedy



    April 24th, 2017 will mark the 4th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed over 1,100 garment workers. The past four years since this tragedy, known as the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry, have been marked by significant progress in Bangladesh factory safety, led by the Accord on Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety. If you're in Washington D.C., join us for a screening of Sramik Awaaz: Workers' Voices to commemorate the anniversary.


    Save the Date: 2017 Labor Rights Defenders Awards



    Save the date for this year's Labor Rights Defenders Awards Ceremony & Reception, celebrating leading workers' rights advocates from around the world: Wednesday, May 24th at 5:30pm at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005). Please join us in honoring:

    - Eve Ensler, Playwright/Founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising

    - Familias Unidas para la Justicia, a growing farmworker union in Washington State

    - Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria y Similares (STAS), a Honduran agricultural workers’ union

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    Somalia: Stop attacks on journalists and other trade unionists




    In the past four years, the Federal Government of Somalia has been attacking the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU), because these unions refused to be controlled by the government.

    The government disbanded union meetings of NUSOJ in Mogadishu, imposed non-union members as leaders of FESTU and NUSOJ, intimidated union leaders and members including arrest, travel restrictions, de-registered unions to make them illegal, sacked most senior judges of the country who made favourable rulings for the union in February 2016, and denied FESTU the right to represent workers in tripartite platforms.

    The Supreme Court of Somalia and the ILO supported the demand that the government recognise the internationally recognised leadership of NUSOJ and FESTU, and stop the attacks on the unions.

    Please take a moment to show your support for human rights in Somalia and demand an end to attacks on the country's independent trade unions:

    http://www.labourstart.org/go/somalia

    Also, Spanish unions are protesting at massive redundancies at OHL. Two unions affiliated to Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) have launched an online campaign opposing the company's decision to make 554 workers redundant. Please support their campaign here. [Warning: that may be a very slow connection.]

    And finally, please -- share these campaigns with your friends, family and fellow union members.

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    Cambodia: Brewery giant Carlsberg seeks to punish union for defending workers' rights




    Cambodia: Brewery giant Carlsberg seeks to punish union for defending workers' rights
    Global brewery giant Carlsberg is using the courts to bully and intimidate the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF), the union representing workers at its Cambodian joint venture Cambrew. The union has been seeking reinstatement of the beer promotion women who were dismissed last year for contesting the unilateral worsening of their terms of employment. Now Cambrew is demanding punitive financial 'compensation' from the union following a strike by warehouse workers which the CFSWF neither organized nor officially endorsed.

    Cambrew employs beer promotion women to market and serve Angkor beer at restaurants, where they compete with promoters from other breweries working in the same restaurants. A 'Beer Promoter's Code of Conduct' signed by Carlsberg and other brewers in 2006 was ostensibly to have led to improvements in their working conditions following international exposure of the hazardous, exploitative nature of the work. This did not prevent Cambrew from unilaterally replacing existing employment contracts in early 2016 which extended working hours (exposing the women to even greater risk) and abolished training and maternity leave. Workers have been put on short-term contracts to evade the legal obligation to offer permanent contracts after two years of service.

    CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO CARLSBERG, calling on the company to drop the court case against the CFSWF, reinstate the beer promoters dismissed for defending their rights and enter into good faith negotiations to resolve long-standing issues.





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    Cambodia: Brewery giant Carlsberg seeks to punish union for defending workers' rights

    Posted: 24 Apr 2017 01:01 AM PDT



    Global brewery giant Carlsberg is using the courts to bully and intimidate the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF), the union representing workers at its Cambodian joint venture Cambrew. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO CARLSBERG!


    Fast food workers on strike for a living wage in New Zealand

    Posted: 24 Apr 2017 12:21 AM PDT



    Unite Union members at KFC, Starbucks, Carls Jr and Pizza Hut went on nationwide strike on April 22 to launch their campaign for a living wage. Workers voted overwhelmingly to take strike action against Restaurant Brands, the company which manages the four brands' New Zealand operations, after negotiations for a new contract broke down over the company's refusal to raise wages.

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    International IUF delegation in Brussels calls for EU action on rights violations by Citra Mina in the Philippines

    Posted: 25 Apr 2017 11:27 PM PDT

    Members of the SENTRO Citra Mina Workers Union in the Philippines joined an international trade union delegation for talks with the European Union's Directorate General for Trade in Brussels on April 24 on systematic abuses by Citra Mina and the need for firm EU action to ensure respect for international human rights standards throughout the Philippines' massive tuna industry.

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    Stop Pepsi greed!


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    Dear Chris,

    Send Pepsi a message today!



    Pepsi is making millions off the exploitation of Indonesian palm oil workers – literally. Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi will make a staggering $29.8 million this year, an amount it would take an Indonesian palm oil worker 17,000 years to earn! For their paltry wages, palm oil workers in Pepsi’s supply chain must also face extremely hazardous working conditions and quotas so high they are forced to bring their children and spouses to the fields to help them.

    Tell Pepsi that turning a blind eye to exploitation in its supply chain is unacceptable! Send a message to CEO Nooyi demanding she take action to ensure decent conditions on Indonesian plantations that provide Pepsi the palm oil found in most of its snack foods.

    A new report released yesterday by ILRF ally Rainforest Action Network uncovers that Pepsi is putting profits above rampant exploitation of people and planet. ILRF will be at Pepsi’s annual shareholder meeting next week to deliver the message that Pepsi can afford to ensure better working conditions and consumers are demanding that it do so!
    Please join our call by sending a message to CEO Nooyi today!

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    Headlines@IndustriALL #240 - Rana Plaza - tragic anniversary marks need for Accord work to continue


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    Rana Plaza - tragic anniversary marks need for Accord work to continue



    Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, killing 1,138 workers and injuring thousands more. Although progress has been made, efforts to make Bangladesh’s garment industry a safe place for workers are still needed and the Bangladesh Accord must continue beyond 2018.

    The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the first binding supply chain agreement signed by garment brands and trade unions, has seen hundreds of factories inspected and many working hazards remedied since its creation in 2013.

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    IndustriALL women set priorities for action

    The IndustriALL Women’s Committee met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 26 April, setting an action plan for the immediate future.

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    Iraqi union organizes Shell workers

    IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU) has succeeded in negotiating a union to represent 6,000 workers at a new joint venture with Shell.

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    Thermo Fisher workers fight for their jobs in Switzerland

    Thermo Fisher Scientific staff at Écublens in Switzerland will maintain strike action in response to the decision by the board of the company in the US to ignore a negotiated agreement with IndustriALL Global Union Swiss affiliate UNIA.

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    Ivory Coast: union condemns lay-offs at Libya Oil

    Eight workers at Libya Oil in the Ivory Coast, have been laid off for economic reasons, something disputed by the union SYNTEPCI. The union is also rejecting the company's proposals to pay less compensation than it has done in the past.

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    Brazil: First general strike in 20 years

    Posted: 28 Apr 2017 07:28 AM PDT

    Trade unions across Brazil call general strike to oppose government plans to cut pensions and make sweeping changes to labour laws.


    USA: Pennsylvania Gruma/Mission Foods Workers Fighting Back

    Posted: 28 Apr 2017 06:30 AM PDT

    On International Labour Day 2017, workers at Mission Foods in Pennsylvania will send a clear message that they, like their predecessors in 1890, are not going to be intimidated by management bullying and harassment

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    All Pakistan Trade Union Federation - Red Salute to Chicago’s Martyrs


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    Message from General Secretary and President of APTUF on May 1st

    Red Salute to Chicago’s Martyrs

    Government Restrict APTUF, to not hold Rally Because of Terrorists Threats

    Dear Comrades and friends,

    Revolutionary May Day greetings from All Pakistan Trade Union Federation!

    The working class all over the world is commemorating 1st May International Labor Day and paying great tribute to Chicago martyrs who scarified their lives for better living and working conditions in 1886, for eight hours working day. Their struggle became the strong movement against imperialist capitalism, it is also a day of International solidarity to continue our struggle to end war and exploitative policies of Imperialist forces against the working class and poor masses.

    May 1st is a day to commemorate the historic struggle of the workers throughout the world against Imperialism, capitalism, exploitation and for safe working condition and respect for the dignity of workers, it is also a day of special significance for the labor movement and a day of worldwide solidarity, a time to remember past struggles and demonstrate our hope for a better future. It is a day of long history as a day of united actions and struggles of working people for pressing their demands.

    It is a day to analyze the struggle of workers and trade unions for emancipation and what they gain and what they lose, think over how to move forward against imperialist and capitalist oppression.

    The Pakistani working class are celebrating May 1st in very crucial situation. It is the day of all workers around the world struggle collectively with one voice to oppose the capitalist system, denying to giving the basic rights to the working class. This year the demand to ”Increase 100% wages “No to IMF/World Bank, “No to Privatization”.

    Friends and comrades, Pakistani government signed an agreement with IMF/World Bank to privatize state owned companies. Government already privatize Pakistan International Airlines and you know the struggle against privatizing PIA all trade unions including APTUF struggle collectively with PIA workers/APWC. Still our struggle to No to Privatization is going on.

    Pakistan’s population is consisting on 180 million people in which 53 % people living under the poverty line. Workers are working long hours and getting low salaries, this may day we raise our voice to INCREASE 100% wages to all.

    To strengthen our struggle against privatization, high inflation, contract labour, bonded labour to system, unemployment, bad law and order and extremism. APTUF appeals to trade unions in all around the world to strengthen and unite struggle for peace, prosperity and workers progress..

    This year government restrict All Pakistan Trade Union Federation to not hold rallies because of terrorists attack. We received a letter from DSP, SP Police and DIG that General secretary of APTUF will not move and hold any rally. In meeting APTUF leadership reject police restrictions, so we will started our rally from Gulberg Lahore press club. We know that tomorrow the heavy police will stop our rally rather than to provide security. In relation to any arrest we will keep in touch with you.

    To pay tribute to Chicago Martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for workers rights and to extend the solidarity with workers movement around the world. All Pakistan Trade Union Federation and its hundred thousand members from public and private sector, including women workers will celebrate May Day with great fervor and zeal, hold rallies all over Pakistan. A main rally in Lahore on May 1st, rally will start at 9:00 A.M from Gulberg Industrial Area and join APWC rally on Lahore press club.

    To lift this restrictions and to provide security it is request to kindly send you message of solidarity.

    Long Live working class

    Long live International solidarity!

    Rubina Jamil
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    Coca-Cola Germany: NGG reaches successful agreement following warning strikes

    Posted: 01 May 2017 01:41 AM PDT

    The IUF-affiliated NGG carried out warning strikes that lasted for a number of weeks across 36 sites in Germany during difficult negotiations which ultimately lead to a successful collective agreement signed by the union's bargaining commission.

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    May Day: Demand freedom for jailed trade union leaders in Turkey and Kazakhstan


    1 May 2017

    First of all, happy May Day! This is our day, and I hope you, your fellow workers, and your families all take time to celebrate.

    But we must also remember today, especially today, our brothers and sisters who are in jail -- workers whose only crime was doing their job as trade unionists.

    Please take one minute today to support the 14 Turkish trade union leaders facing jail on politically-motivated charges dating back to 2007:

    https://www.labourstartcampaigns.net...ign.cgi?c=3365

    And don't forget the leaders of Kazakhstan's independent oil workers, arrested more than three months ago and facing terms in "corrective labour camps":

    https://www.labourstartcampaigns.net...ign.cgi?c=3386

    If you've already supported these campaigns, thank you.

    Please make sure other members of your union know about the campaigns and encourage them to sign up.

    Please share this email message with as many people as you can.

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    Tell Ivanka: WE are the #WomenWhoWork


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    Send Ivanka a Message!

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    Today Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka is releasing her new book, called Women Who Work. In her short time as First Daughter, Ivanka has advocated for a childcare plan that benefits wealthy moms and neglects working class women. She’s consulted primarily with CEOs of huge corporations and Republican Congresswomen on the needs of working women.

    Help us send a message that #WomenWhoWork is more than a catchy slogan! Working women in every industry face real challenges every day, and Ivanka should work to ease those burdens.

    The potential for damage doesn’t stop in the US. According to the Washington Post, workers in China producing clothes for Ivanka's fashion line earn only about a dollar an hour. For a US minimum wage worker to afford one of these $79 blouses, she’d have to spend more than 10 hours on the job.

    Tell Ivanka: if she’s going to make money off the labor of working women, she can’t simultaneously work to pass policies that further disadvantage them.

    As a working mom, I hope you'll join me in taking action today. Here are some sample tweets to help inspire your creativity:

    Dear @IvankaTrump, real progress for #WomenWhoWork doesn't come in tax breaks for the rich.

    @IvankaTrump – how are the #WomenWhoWork who make your clothing treated?

    To our fellow #WomenWhoWork: share your story under this # because our stories and experiences matter.



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    Volkswagen union-busting


    Volkswagen has put the brakes on US employee unionization, violating its own Global Framework Agreement for workers’ rights. Next week United Autoworkers members will take their fight to Volkswagen's AGM in Germany, and deliver this petition.

    Tell the German carmaker to let its workers unionize.

    SIGN THE PETITION


    Chris,

    Volkswagen has put the brakes on employee unionization in the US -- despite a federal ruling ordering it to enter negotiations with the United Autoworkers (UAW).

    Unionization would mean staff can directly address concerns about excessive production demands, inadequate health and safety measures and exhausting work schedules.

    But Volkswagen isn't moving. We need to put pressure on the company to engage with its US employees now, before Republican-elected judges move to reverse previous rulings, and crush any hopes of a fair deal.

    Tell Volkswagen to stop standing in the way of its workers rights to unionize!

    By ignoring its legal responsibility to sit down and reach an agreement with its workers, Volkswagen -- whose image has already taken a battering due to the recent diesel emissions scandal -- violates its own Global Framework Agreement for workers’ rights.

    We can't let this one pass, so early into an administration set on aiding union-busting. This sort of behaviour is becoming a trend across the country -- with workers and their families the ones who end up losing out.

    United Autoworkers (UAW) Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel warned trade union leaders: “There is a cartel of capitalists in the South of the USA working in cohesion with right wing groups and anti-union lawyers. The tricks and tactics in the south of the US won’t remain there. They will be coming to you soon.”

    Corporations have a long track record of trying to undermine the rights of their workers. But SumOfUs members have a track record too; of coming together for a fairer deal for workers everywhere. It's Annual General Meeting season for multinational corporations right now, providing all of us with the perfect opportunity to hold them accountable in front of their shareholders, investors and the media.

    Volkswagen: stop union-busting and hear your worker’s concerns!

    Thanks for all that you do,

    Eoin, Kunal and the team at SumOfUs




    More information:

    Video: Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga discuss their situation
    IndustriALL Global Union. 26 April 2017.

    Volkswagen Reverses Course on Union at Tennessee Plant
    New York Times. 25 April 2016.



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    Australian union survey reveals full measure of sexual harassment and employer complacence in the hospitality sector

    Posted: 02 May 2017 06:31 AM PDT

    The results of a nationwide survey of hundreds of hospitality workers carried out by the IUF-affiliated United Voice in Australia show that 89% of the survey respondents report being sexually harassed at work, with 19% reporting sexual assaults.

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    Coca-Cola Indonesia workers demand respect for human rights!



    Independent unions at Coca-Cola Indonesia demand respect for human rights

    Independent unions at Coca-Cola Indonesia, joined by IUF affiliates and other Coca-Cola unions, rallied in front of the Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia head office on May 8 in defense of the fundamental rights the company continues to systematically violate.

    Workers and their unions are demanding the reinstatement of SBCCD chairman Atra Narwanto (terminated last year) and protesting the suspension pending termination of SBMCC chairman Lutfi Ariyanto in March 2017, only weeks after the union was officially registered.

    Coca-Cola's Australian-based bottler Coca-Cola Amatil is systematically violating basic rights in an effort to stamp out independent and democratic trade unions at its Indonesian operations. And Coca-Cola corporate management in the US knows the full history but has failed to remedy the abuses. If you have not yet been able to do so please take a moment to show your support and CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO COCA-COLA!



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    Headlines@IndustriALL #243 - Freeport fires striking workers at Grasberg mine in Indonesia


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    Freeport fires striking workers at Grasberg mine in Indonesia



    Mining operator PT Freeport Indonesia is laying off workers taking strike action at the Grasberg mine.

    On 1 May, more than ten thousand mineworkers who are members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Chemical, Energy and Mines Workers Union (CEMWU) embarked on 30 days of strike action in protest at the company’s furlough policy.

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    UAW tells shareholders that Volkswagen must stop union busting

    At the car manufacturer’s annual general meeting in Hannover on 10 May, Steve Cochran, president of UAW Local 42, took the floor to question Volkswagen on their employment policies at the plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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    Jailed Korean trade unionist Han Sang Gyun receives FNV award

    Han Sang Gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), was awarded the Febe Velasquez trade union rights award at the Congress of the Dutch trade union confederation the FNV.

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    International trade unions show solidarity with Turkish workers

    IndustriALL has taken part in a high-level mission to Turkey to hear first-hand from trade unions, politicians and civil society groups living under increasing repression in the country.

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    EU must hold Bangladesh to account over labour violations

    Global trade unions are demanding the European Union holds Bangladesh to account over labour violations ahead of a key meeting to evaluate the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact on 18 May in Dhaka.

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    Algerian trade union leader appeals prison sentence

    Algerian trade union leader and whistleblower, Mellal Raouf, will begin an appeal against his six-month prison sentence at a court in Guelma on 11 May.

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    The Future of the Bangladesh Accord


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    Dear Chris,

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    On April 24th, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory collapse became the deadliest tragedy in the history of the garment industry. Just three short weeks later, two global unions – IndustriALL and UNI – and eight Bangladeshi unions, together with four witness signatories (including ILRF) successfully negotiated the first major binding supply chain agreement ever implemented in the apparel industry for overseas suppliers. Today marks the fourth anniversary of the creation of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety – which now has 216 apparel company signatories!

    As originally scheduled, the Accord program will end in twelve months. But much more work is still needed before Bangladesh’s garment industry can be declared safe for workers, and this will not be achieved in just one year – though the achievements thus far have been remarkable.

    As I explain in my latest HuffPo blog,

    “In the intervening years, the Accord has made factories safer for more than two-and-a-half million garment workers. The improvements in structural, fire, and electrical safety accomplished under the Accord have undoubtedly helped avert further deaths and injury in an industry long plagued by grossly unsafe working conditions. In the past four years, no Accord-covered factory with an active or completed action plan has seen a workplace fatality due to fire, electrical or structural hazards.”

    Together with the Clean Clothes Campaign, Maquila Solidarity Network and the Worker Rights Consortium, as witness signatories, we have developed a set of recommendations for the extension of the Accord program for another five years. A next phase of this agreement would continue to strengthen health and safety protections and would also have the potential to support the protection of workers’ right to freedom of association, which has been all too often under attack.

    Please take a moment to read and share these recommendations. I explain them in my blog, and you can read even more detail on our website here. It’s time to talk about the future of the garment industry in Bangladesh –a future that must include strong protections for already vulnerable workers!

    Click here to share this piece on Facebook or Twitter.

    In solidarity,

    Judy Gearhart
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    Fast food workers in Germany are fighting for a living wage


    Fast food giants in Germany refuse to pay workers a living wage

    Since last October, fast-food workers in Germany have been in a conflict with employers over fair pay and a living wage. In collective bargaining with the German food workers union NGG, the companies have offered a wage which is considerably below what the German government calculates as the minimum needed to build for a decent retirement. Since the start of this year, more than 1000 workers and supporters have participated in protest actions and warning strikes at McDonald's, Burger King, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Autogrill. The employers have shown no serious willingness to negotiate a living wage.

    Support German fast-food workers in their struggle for fair wages - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to the employers who refuse to pay a living wage!


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