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    Default Cambodia: Union activists defy government ban on public forum

    [email protected] #81 - Cambodia: Union activists defy government ban on public forum


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    Cambodia: Union activists defy government ban on public forum

    Hundreds of union activists in Cambodia defied a government ban on a public forum for garment workers, timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on Saturday 8 March.

    Over 500 hundred union activists attempted to attend the rally at Freedom Park in the capital Phnom Penh but were met with heavy resistance by armed police who had barricaded entrances to the park.

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    Strikers in Kyrgyzstan could face 15 years in prison

    Newly submitted amendments to the criminal code would mean that directors and staff of strategically important enterprises could be imprisoned for up to 15 years for failure or stoppage of production.

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    FUP and Petrobras launch Workers’ Network

    From 25 to 27 February 2014 the Brazilian Oil Workers’ Union FUP hosted a meeting to launch the workers’ network of Petrobras. A global agreement was signed with Petrobras in 2011, and now it is up to the network to make a living agreement.

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    Interim tribunal rules that Mark Lyon is ‘likely’ to get job back at Ineos

    An interim tribunal said sacked Ineos worker and trade unionist Mark Lyon is ‘likely’ to get his job back when the case reaches the full hearing later on in the year. Petrochemical giant Ineos was also ordered to pay Mark Lyon full wages since February until the hearing.

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    Rana Plaza brands must pay compensation by 9am on 24 April

    It is crunch time now for the Rana Plaza compensation fund. The one-year anniversary of the mass industrial homicide is fast approaching. IndustriALL, UNI, Clean Clothes Campaign and LabourStart have launched an online petition calling on brands to pay now.

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    [email protected] #83 - Rana Plaza Trust Fund to launch worker payments as of 24 March

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    Rana Plaza Trust Fund to launch worker payments as of 24 March

    The 3,600 workers and families owed compensation from the Rana Plaza collapse a year ago will finally be able to claim payment as of 24 March. An advance payment of 50,000 BDT (US$650) will be made to every beneficiary before the one-year anniversary on 24 April.

    On 18 March the Coordination Committee of the Rana Plaza Trust Fund approved the inclusion of Primark as the eighth brand to publically pay into the fund. Primark will cover the cost of full reimbursement of the 581 workers at the New Wave Bottoms factory, one of five factories at Rana Plaza. All payments and support will be conducted under the auspices of the ILO-chaired Trust Fund.

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    Crown once again tramples labour rights

    The Turkish subsidiary of Crown Holdings, Crown Bevcan, dismissed four trade union leaders with false and groundless charges as they had led union organizing at the company plant located in Izmit.

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    Grasberg - deadly accident in Rio Tinto mine could have been prevented

    The roof collapse resulting in 28 deaths in the Grasberg mine in Indonesia in 2013 could have been avoided, according to the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission.

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    Japanese metalworkers secured the biggest pay rise since 1999

    The 2014 yearly wage bargaining Spring Labor Offensive by the Japanese metalworkers’ unions achieved reasonable results.

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    Workers rally in support of Rubén Darío Montoya Obando

    On 14 March workers of Tenaris – Tubos Caribe demonstrated in front of the plant and marched to the centre of Cartagena. The goal of the protest was to denounce the lack of action by Tenaris – Tubos Caribe and the private insurance company to solve Rubén Darío Montoya Obando's situation.

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    Default Heinz: Stop the war on jobs! IUF members committed to mutual support in fight for sus

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    Heinz: Stop the war on jobs! IUF members committed to mutual support in fight for sustainable employment

    22-03-2014 News

    The international meeting of Heinz unions took place in Pittsburgh, USA in March 13-14, 2014 on the initiative and with support of IUF affiliated United Food and Commercial Workers' Union. 25 participants from USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Ukraine discussed the ways to develop coordination and build solidarity networks to counter the restructuring measures launched by new company management after acquisition of Heinz by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway. Unions from New Zealand were able to participate in the meeting on-line with a report on Trans Tasman Union coordination group activities. A separate on-line session was organized with union representatives from Belgium, where Heinz recently announced a closure of its ketchup factory in Turnhout and transfer of production to a non-union plant.

    The meeting concluded that the company is aimed not only to reduce the number of factories, but to squeeze the number of workers in the existing plants by combining jobs and increasing workload of each employee. The changed nature of the company was clearly illustrated by the fact that Heinz don't even have any more production in its home town - Pittsburgh - where its valuable contribution to the local economy now remains only in the Heinz history center and belongs to history. The new era of Heinz, which started with the loss of its publicly listed status to a private, owned by financial institutions, shows the job cuts of almost 10 percent in the first year and plans to continue with the same speed.

    The meeting studied the current state of the company, its' role in the global food industry and in the supply chain, strongly condemned the decisions of closure of profitable plants and committed support to the workers in Turnhout, Belgium. The IUF secretariat was mandated to continue research work, and to organize on-line conferences on a regular basis.

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    Default URGENT: Please Support Unionists in Guadeloupe Facing Repression by the French State

    URGENT: Please Support Unionists in Guadeloupe Facing Repression by the French State

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    To: Trade Unions and Community/Political Organizations Across the United States
    From: Haiti-Guadeloupe Campaign Committee Conveners

    Dear Sisters and Brothers:

    We sent you this past January an Urgent Appeal from Elie Domota asking for your support for a petition addressed to Mme. Christine Taubira, Justice Minister of France, calling for an end to the repression of trade unionists in Guadeloupe, a French colony (formally an Overseas Department) in the Caribbean. Brother Domota is the General Secretary of the UGTG trade union federation in Guadeloupe and spokesperson of the LKP coalition, which organized a successful 44-day general strike in 2009 against the French colonial administration.

    In his appeal, Brother Domota informed us that the repression by the French authorities has been stepped up in recent months against the trade union leaders who organized that general strike and who have continued to champion the workers' struggle. [See background information below.]

    Many of you have endorsed this petition, and we thank you for your support.

    We are now calling upon all trade union and community/political organizations that have worked with our committee over the years to ask that:

    (1) your union or organization endorse the appeal below to the French authorities demanding that they drop the charges against these trade unionists, and

    (2) your union or organization send a message of support -- on your letterhead -- to the April 7, 2014, International Press Conference and Solidarity Rally in Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) in Support of the UGTG Trade Unionists facing repression by the French State.

    The day after this International Solidarity Rally, on April 8, Charly Lendo, Deputy Secretary General of the UGTG, will appear before the courts. He has been charged with indirect, involuntary manslaughter in the unfortunate death, during the 44-day general strike, of a young motorcyclist for which he bears no responsibility.

    We ask that you please fill out the coupon below and that you send it back to us, along with your solidarity message to the April 7 International Press Conference and Solidarity Rally, if at all possible on your letterhead in a pdf file, to our two email addresses: <[email protected]> and <[email protected]>. (We need to translate your statements into French, so we ask that you please send them to us as soon as possible -- and no later than April 2.)

    Many thanks for your continued support, and hoping to hear back from you soon.

    In solidarity,

    Colia Clark and Alan Benjamin
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    Haiti-Guadeloupe Campaign Committee

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    BACKGROUND INFO AND EXCERPTS FROM LETTER FROM ELIE DOMOTA

    * On January 16, 2014, three leaders of the Union of Health Care Workers affiliated with the UGTG (UTS-UGTG) were summoned to appear before the Criminal Court of Pointe-à Pitre. Their charges date back to the strike actions of 2009.

    * On April 8, Charly Lendo, Deputy Secretary General of the UGTG, will appear before the courts. He has been charged with indirect, involuntary manslaughter. He is considered responsible by the authorities for the accidental death of a young motorcyclist that occurred in February 2009 in the framework of the general strike and mobilizations organized by the LKP anti-profiteering coalition.

    * On May 2, 2013, for the first time, a union activist in Guadeloupe (Jocelyn Leborgne, Secretary General of the Union of Commercial Workers, UEC-UGTG) was fired from his job for refusing to submit a DNA sample. The prosecutor appealed this decision. For the time being, no trial date has been set.

    Brother Domota concluded his letter urging international solidarity with the UGTG unionists as follows:

    "Things are clear: The French authorities want to silence the UGTG by any means necessary. . . . With these trials, the authorities and the employers seek to muzzle and terrorize union activists to better strip workers and the people of Guadeloupe of their rights and gains.

    "We will not let ourselves be stomped upon. In the name of workers' solidarity, in the name of democracy, in the name of the right to the workers of Guadeloupe and their unions to fight for their legitimate demands, we appeal to you for support and solidarity."

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    PLEASE ENDORSE THIS INTERNATIONAL LABOR SOLIDARITY APPEAL

    Attention: Mme. Christine Taubira
    Justice Minister of France
    Paris, France

    Dear Mme. Taubira,

    We, the undersigned trade unionists and labor activists, have been informed that on top of refusing to respect and implement the Bino Agreements, which concluded the 44-day general strike in February 2009, your government is stepping up its repression against the trade union movement, and against the General Union of Workers of Guadeloupe (UGTG) in particular.

    We call on you to drop the charges and court proceedings against the UGTG trade unionists, particularly against UGTG Deputy General Secretary Charly Lendo, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the unfortunate death of a young motorcyclist for which he bears no responsibility.

    We, who remain attached to the fundamental principles of international labor solidarity and democracy, call upon you to stop criminalizing the Guadeloupan trade unionists, to put an end to DNA tests against trade unionists, and to drop all charges against Charly Lendo.

    Sincerely,

    Initial Signatories
    Colia Clark and Alan Benjamin
    Co-Conveners
    Haiti-Guadeloupe Campaign Committee
    New York, New York (USA)

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    ENDORSEMENT COUPON

    [ ] I endorse the Appeal to French Justice Minister Mme. Taubira demanding an end to the repression of the trade unionists in Guadeloupe

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    [Please return this filled out coupon to <[email protected]> and to <[email protected]>. This statement, with the full list of endorsers, will be sent to the UGTG federation, the LKP Coalition, and French Justice Minister Mme. Taubira.]

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    ATILRA open technology education center and host 3rd IUF global dairy conference

    Posted: 25 Mar 2014 08:03 AM PDT



    The Argentinian dairy union's technology education center in Sunchales, Santa Fe is a modern well designed facility aimed at providing university level education in the skills of dairy processing, research and innovation.


    Indian Pepsi, Coca-Cola workers' solidarity with terminated PepsiCo warehouse unionists

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    Unions across India have held protest actions in solidarity with the ongoing struggle of the PepsiCo (Frito Lays) Workers Action Committee in Kolkata.


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    [email protected] #84 - MENA unions build power by strengthening cooperation


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    MENA unions build power by strengthening cooperation

    Lively debate on democratic development and workers’ rights dominates IndustriALL Global Union’s regional conference for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Jordanian capital Amman.

    More than 70 union leaders from 17 countries attended IndustriALL’s MENA regional conference which was held on 24-25 March 2014 in Amman with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). The hosts welcomed affiliated unions from the region including Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait and Yemen. Potential affiliates from Bahrain, Somalia and Egypt, as well as partner unions from Spain, France, Germany, Norway and Turkey were also present.

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    3,600-strong oil worker strike in Jordan averted with remarkable agreement

    Monday 24 March saw a remarkable trade union victory in Amman, Jordan. A last-minute new collective agreement including a 30 per cent salary increase averted strike action by the 3,600 members of IndustriALL Global Union’s Jordanian petroleum and chemical workers affiliate.

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    Georgian miners win after long strike

    Mining workers of Georgia win after 40-days strike an increase in salaries and get their demands on reinstatement of dismissed colleagues satisfied.

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    Strikers say ‘No’ to Crown’s miserable offer in Canada

    After seven months of hardship striking workers at Crown operation in Toronto are determined by declining unfair offer made by the company.

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    Labour conflicts deepen at Glencore Xstrata subsidiary

    Workers at a Glencore copper mining company in Southern Peru have walked off the job in protest at labour rights’ abuses.

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    NZ unions oppose Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in nationwide rallies

    28-03-2014 News

    A day before rallies in opposition to NZ signing the TPPA take place throughout the country, the IUF affiliated SFWU has warned that the investment treaty threatens thousands of their members' jobs.

    The proposed treaty prohibits preference for public or local provision in Government procurement policies, frustrating aspirations for a living wage and handing power to the corporate masters of competitive pricing.

    The SFWU joins other unions under the umbrella of the NZ Council of Trade unions in their outright opposition to the TPPA.

    The NZCTU says: "The TPPA contains threats to our health system, our public services and public enterprises, our ability to use government purchasing to develop our economy and improve our environment and working conditions, and our right to make changes to our laws and regulations in the interests of most New Zealanders.

    This model of agreement increases the power of international corporations and reduces the power of elected governments and their citizens to resist corporate demands"

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    Default LAST MINUTE: Pls Support Unionists in Guadeloupe Facing Repression!'; Your Endorsemen

    LAST MINUTE: Pls Support Unionists in Guadeloupe Facing Repression!'; Your Endorsement of Petition to French Authorities Is Needed Urgently . . .


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    To: Trade Unionists and Community/Political Across the United States
    From: Haiti-Guadeloupe Campaign Committee Conveners

    Dear Sisters and Brothers:

    We are writing this last-minute appeal to urge you to please endorse the petition [see below] addressed to the Justice Minister of France calling for an end to the repression of trade unionists who organized a successful 44-day general strike in 2009 against the French colonial administration.

    We have sent you in previous postings the Urgent Appeal from Elie Domota, General Secretary of the UGTG trade union federation in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, asking for your support. Brother Domota informed us that the repression by the French authorities has been stepped up in recent months against the trade union leaders who organized that general strike and who have continued to champion the workers' struggle.

    Many of you have endorsed this petition, and we thank you for your support. But if you have not yet endorsed this petition, please do so today.

    The national convention of the UGTG begins tomorrow (April 3) in the capital city of Pointe-à-Pitre. And on April 7 an International Press Conference and Solidarity Rally will be held to denounce the repression by the French State.

    The day after this Solidarity Rally, Charly Lendo, Deputy Secretary General of the UGTG, will appear before the courts. He has been charged with indirect, involuntary manslaughter in the unfortunate death, during the 44-day general strike, of a young motorcyclist for which he bears no responsibility.

    We ask that you please fill out the coupon below and that you send it back to us ASAP to our two email addresses: <[email protected]> and <[email protected]>.

    Many thanks for your continued support, and hoping to hear back from you soon.

    In solidarity,

    Colia Clark and Alan Benjamin
    Co-Conveners
    Haiti-Guadeloupe Campaign Committee

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    PLEASE ENDORSE THIS INTERNATIONAL LABOR SOLIDARITY APPEAL

    Attention: Mme. Christine Taubira
    Justice Minister of France
    Paris, France

    Dear Mme. Taubira,

    We, the undersigned trade unionists and labor activists, have been informed that on top of refusing to respect and implement the Bino Agreements, which concluded the 44-day general strike in February 2009, your government is stepping up its repression against the trade union movement, and against the General Union of Workers of Guadeloupe (UGTG) in particular.

    We call on you to drop the charges and court proceedings against the UGTG trade unionists, particularly against UGTG Deputy General Secretary Charly Lendo, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the unfortunate death of a young motorcyclist for which he bears no responsibility.

    We, who remain attached to the fundamental principles of international labor solidarity and democracy, call upon you to stop criminalizing the Guadeloupan trade unionists, to put an end to DNA tests against trade unionists, and to drop all charges against Charly Lendo.

    Sincerely,

    Initial Signatories
    Colia Clark and Alan Benjamin
    Co-Conveners
    Haiti-Guadeloupe Campaign Committee
    New York, New York (USA)

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    ENDORSEMENT COUPON

    [ ] I endorse the Appeal to French Justice Minister Mme. Taubira demanding an end to the repression of the trade unionists in Guadeloupe

    NAME

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    TITLE (list is for id. only)

    CITY

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    [Please return this filled out coupon to <[email protected]> and to <[email protected]>. This statement, with the full list of endorsers, will be sent to the UGTG federation, the LKP Coalition, and French Justice Minister Mme. Taubira.]

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    [email protected] #85 - Georg Fischer consistently spurns union rights in Turkey


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    Georg Fischer consistently spurns union rights in Turkey

    IndustriALL Global Union repeatedly calls on Swiss-based multinational company Georg Fischer to put an end to violations of union rights in Turkey and demands immediate reinstatement of 37 dismissed workers.

    Lastik-Is, the Petroleum, Chemical and Rubber Industry Workers’ Union of Turkey, member of DISK national center and of IndustriALL, launched an organizing campaign at the operations of the company called Georg Fischer Hakan Plastik in Turkey a few months ago.

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    “Hyundai violates fundamental rights”, reports the Company Union Network

    The international network of trade unions at Hyundai motors today published a report detailing abuses of labour rights throughout the world. “Labour relations at Hyundai are more confrontational than at any other car manufacturer”.

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    ITUA prepares to fight for every job

    April Fools’ Day was a sad day for the workers of the Ford Sollers factory in Vsevolozhsk in Russia. The company released a press release announcing 700 redundancies, and this is not a joke.

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    “Put Industry Back to Work”, demand European Trade Unions

    Just ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections, European trade unions accepted a manifesto demanding to “Put Industry Back to Work” at an Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting of IndustriAll European Trade Union on April 2 in Madrid.

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    Metalworkers of Kazakhstan prepare to fight for their 13th salary in court

    The trade union of metalworkers «ZHAKTAU» is going to sue the board of directors of the company ArcelorMittal Temirtau for their refusal to pay the contract based 13th monthly salary for 2013.

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    http://"http://www.iuf.org/w/?q=node...brings results

    Posted: 04 Apr 2014 01:02 AM PDT

    The international campaign in solidarity with imprisoned oil workers in Kazakhstan has delivered results. The campaign, supported by the IUF, IndustriAll, the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Kazakhstan and the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia. Within three months of the campaign launch over 11,400 letters were sent through LabourStart from around the world to Kazakhstan diplomatic missions, demanding freedom for the imprisoned oil workers.


    Uk Bakers for fast food rights

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    fastfoodrightslogoOn March 29, leaders and members of the IUF-affiliated Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) along with activists from the Fast Food Rights campaign held demonstrations in front of fast food restaurants in 31 cities across the UK.

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    Default Tell Swiss multinational Georg Fischer to start respecting workers' rights.

    Union-busting multinational boasts "we respect people"


    Tell Swiss multinational Georg Fischer to start respecting workers' rights.


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    Like so many companies, Swiss-based transnational Georg Fischer claims to have "core values".

    These include "we respect people" -- the image over on the left is taken from their corporate website.

    But this giant company, which employs 14,000 people in 32 countries, doesn't respect the people who work for it in Turkey.

    Even though the union there, Lastik-Is, has organized the majority of Georg Fischer's workforce, the company refuses to negotiate.

    Worse, it's trying to break the union with one on one meetings with workers, pressing them to quit the union.

    When that doesn't work, they sack the "troublemakers". So far, 37 union members have lost their jobs.

    The global union IndustriALL is calling for a massive campaign to press the company to stop trying to break the union, to enter in negotiations, and to do what they say they believe in: respect people.

    Please take a moment to send your message to George Fischer - click here.

    And then please forward this message to your co-workers, friends, family and fellow union members.

    Thanks very much!



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    [email protected] #86 - Hard won victory for workers at Vidriera de San Potosí in Mexico


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    Hard won victory for workers at Vidriera de San Potosí in Mexico

    Thirty-three workers have won an important victory in their fight for reinstatement at Vidriera de San Luis Potosí. The company, which dismissed hundreds of workers in 2008 for forming an independent trade union, makes bottles for the export beer brand Corona Extra and is a subsidiary of Grupo Modelo-AB InBev.

    The independent trade union, Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de la Empresa Industria Vidriera del Potosí (SUTEIVP), with strong support from its members (about 850), won a 19 per cent pay rise in 2007, higher than any won for a long time in the state. The response of companies located at the San Luis Potosí industrial estate was not long in coming. They felt they could not tolerate this unacceptable precedent in labour relations, which showed that an independent union founded by the workers themselves could provide an alternative to “official” trade unionism.

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    Building unity and power in Thailand

    For more than a month, 600 striking Michelin workers have been camping in front of the Ministry of Labour in Bangkok. On 9 April, IndustriALL Global Union together with Thai affiliates met the workers to show global support for their struggle.

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    Clothing brands fail Rana Plaza survivors

    Two weeks before the first anniversary of the devastating building collapse, clothing brands contributions to Donor Trust Fund remain shockingly low.

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    Korean union leader Kim Jungwoo is free

    Thanks to the international campaign launched by Amnesty International and supported by Global Unions including ITUC and IndustriALL the Korean trade union leader and human rights defender Kim Jungwoo was released from jail on 1 April 2014. Other 14 leaders condemned in the same case remain imprisoned.

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    International campaign helps to free two more Kazakh oil workers

    Under the pressure of the international community two out of seven imprisoned workers were released. Three, including the only woman, Roza Tuletaeva, were alleviated of their conditions of imprisonment. They were transferred to the colony-settlement. However two people, Shabdan Utkilov and Kanat Zhusipbaev so far remain in jail.

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    Workers at the Cargill-owned National Vegetable Oils Company in Alexandria, Egypt, have been prevented from working since December 16.

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    Ferrero's state-of-the art US$125 million Kinder Joy and Tic Tac factory in India exploits over 1,400 precarious workers on minimum wages. Italian-based, family-owned Ferrero employs over 20,000 people worldwide in the manufacture of Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder, Tic Tac and Hanuta products, among others.

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    Energy Unions lay out roadmap “Towards Sustainable, Social and Safe Energy Policies”


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    Energy Unions lay out roadmap
    “Towards Sustainable, Social and Safe Energy Policies”

    Attending IndustriALL Global Union’s World Conference for the Energy Industries, some 250 union leaders from 45 countries adopted an ambitious and vibrant plan of action for the next four years reinforcing unity and fighting back against similar anti-worker tactics throughout the world.

    Hosted by IndustriALL’s two affiliates FITAG-UGT and Industria-CC.OO., the Conference made an extensive debate over the five strategic goals of the global union which were endorsed by the Executive Committee. Delegates reported similar stories from all five continents of trade unionists in the industry being undermined by precarious work, aggressive liberalization, unsafe work and union busting.

    “Unions in the industry are fighting back”, IndustriALL General Secretary Raina told delegates in his opening address. “Every day is a campaigning day for IndustriALL Global Union”.

    Spain’s Secretary of State for Energy Alberto Nadal addressed the conference in its opening session, giving importance to developed industrial relations with IndustriALL’s Spanish affiliates. The country’s highest energy official told delegates: “Energy should be a universal right for all. Without cheap energy, there is not development, and without secure energy, no economic growth. Energy is the base of all economies”.

    The conference sought to analyse and develop progressive energy policies that fully take into account the interests of workers faced with rapid change in national energy policies and structures, and ensure change is managed through a process of “Just Transition.” The energy industry plays a key role in IndustriALL’s worldwide initiative of “Sustainable Industrial Policy”, particularly with its close connection with manufacturing sectors as well as sustainability matters.

    In addition to the action plan, the Conference unanimously passed five emergency resolutions, issuing urgent solidarity and support for UWUA members under attack in the US by FirstEnergy; in Iraq where an inspirational trade union leader has received death threats against her family; in Indonesia where Pertamina management is acting with impunity and ignoring a court ruling to punish workers for organizing; in Australia where oil giant Chevron is union busting the MUA; and extending solidarity to the Mexican union of electricity workers.

    The delegates also applauded IndustriALL’s close cooperation in the energy sector with other sister global unions, PSI and ITF, to advance alliances in the supply chain.

    New co-chairs of the sector were elected by delegates in line with the new policy of IndustriALL whereby each industrial sector will be jointly chaired by one woman and one man. The new co-chairs of the energy sector are Apsorn Krissanasmit of Thailand and Leif Sande of Norway.

    The Conference also formed an Action Group to handle the day-to-day work of the sector. The make up of the group again reflects the regional, sub-sectorial and gender balance in the industry: Gwenne Farrell of Canada, Linda McCulloch of Workers’ Uniting, Jean-François Renucci of France, Lev Mironov of Russia, Kaoru Kishimoto of Japan, Pablo Emilio Santos Nieto of Colombia, Jorge Fierro Andrade of Chile, Abdelmajid Matoual of Morocco, Aly Al-Adwani of Kuwait, Ady Lombume of Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mfanawelisontfo Dlamini of Swaziland.

    Concluding the Conference, IndustriALL Assistant General Secretary Kemal Özkan stated: “The very high quality discussions, energy, enthusiasm of energy industry comrades from five continents will make IndustriALL a genuine global trade union power in this centrally important industry.”

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    UK UNISON SOAS cleaners: third day of strike action

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    "We're not afraid of you anymore! The more you attack us, the stronger we become!" says Lenin Escudero, UNISON rep for the SOAS cleaners who are demanding to be brought back inhouse and enjoy the same pensions, sick pay and holidays as the rest of the staff. More strike action to come...
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    New video & major mobilization next week!


    Dear Chris,

    We're one week out from April 24th, the one-year anniversary of Rana Plaza, and momentum for the "Pay Up" Global Day of Action is building! Last week Rana Plaza survivor Aklima Khanam protested corporate inaction to help victims and their families. She went to The Children's Place headquarters and a nearby Walmart supercenter to deliver her request and a marching band took to the street with her call to action, bringing photos of the tragedy's orphans directly to the doorstep of The Children's Place CEO Jane Elfers.

    We need your help to keep the momentum going and force companies to pay attention on the anniversary! Here's what you can do:

    * Share our infographic on Facebook noting that The Children's Place can pay CEO Elfers $17 million in compensation, but the orphans, families, and survivors of Rana Plaza continue to suffer. We've already got 450 shares and are looking to get 550 more to spread the message.



    * Circulate our new campaign video widely (or share from our Facebook page). We are launching this video TODAY to build momentum for actions that will take place at The Children's Place, Walmart and Benetton stores and in the supply chain on April 24th.


    Video: Rana Plaza Survivors Call on Brands to Pay Up

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    * It's not too late to plan a store delegation or larger demonstration for April 24th. Use the handy store manager letter or other resources that we've prepared - click here for Walmart materials and here for Children's Place resources. For those in Europe, here are Benetton resources and background. For information on actions announced so far, click here. Please let us know about your action plans by emailing me at [email protected] as well as by sharing photos after your action.

    In solidarity,

    Liana Foxvog
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    American University could take a stand for Bangladesh worker safety


    Dear Chris,

    The one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse is one week away, and 16 universities across the US have already required their apparel brands — including notorious worker rights abuser VF Corporation — to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord, a legally-binding contract between unions and brands designed to end deathtrap factory conditions. However, American University continues to refuse to do the right thing to guarantee worker safety and require our brands to sign the Accord.

    Stand with Bangladeshi workers: send a message to the president of American University, who needs a little extra push from people like you to do the right thing for worker safety.

    Since last fall, the AU End Deathtraps Coalition has been campaigning hard to get President Kerwin to require brands to sign the Accord. We have collected over 500 petition signatures from AU students, faculty, alumni, and community members and kept the university aware of our actions through a variety of letter deliveries and actions. After holding a well-attended Bangladeshi Worker Speak-Out in which organizer Kalpona Akter and Rana Plaza survivor Reba Sikder spoke about their experiences, we were allowed to make a presentation to our university's Committee on Socially Responsible Business Practices at the beginning of March.

    It has been over a month since our presentation and despite a positive recommendation from the committee and assurances from the president's office that things are "moving in a positive direction," the administration seems determined to stall, even after we were informed that a decision would be made last Friday. This is unacceptable. Our coalition has sent a letter to President Kerwin demanding a decision by April 24th, the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse and so far, have received no response.

    We’ve been told by a variety of sources that our administration is leaning towards doing the right thing, but the continued lack of communication means that we must take action to push President Kerwin to make AU join the 16 other universities who have already required their brands to sign the Accord. Our USAS local will be taking action on our campus, but we need your help to put pressure on President Kerwin and show our university that this is a cause with widespread support.

    Can we count on your support? Send an email to the President Kerwin letting him know that now is the time to stand up for worker safety in Bangladesh.

    We think that AU joining the ranks of colleges standing up for worker safety would be the perfect way to remember the tragedy at Rana Plaza. We believe that with students fighting for justice on their campuses and Bangladeshi workers protesting in the streets of Dhaka, we will beat VF Corporation and other companies who have refused to take responsibility for worker safety.

    In solidarity,

    Katie Plank
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    Energy unions worldwide back UWUA in struggle against FirstEnergy: “One Day Longer, One Day Stronger”

    The entire network of the world’s energy industry trade unions is rallying in support of members of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), employed by the third largest U.S. electric power company, FirstEnergy.

    The IndustriALL World Energy Conference adopted a strong resolution on 11 March to take action calling on the company to end the attack and treat its workers with dignity. The UWUA represents 3,200 FirstEnergy workers in the U.S. states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

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    Rio Tinto stands far from real sustainability

    IndustriALL Global Union came together with trade union and civil society representatives to call for an end to Rio Tinto’s unsustainable behavior at the annual general meeting for shareholders (AGM) in London today.

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    Exposing the ugly truth about Rio Tinto

    IndustriALL Global Union has produced a report released today; “Unsustainable: The Ugly Truth about Rio Tinto” highlighting the multinational’s global practices. And today, workers from numerous countries will stage a protest outside Rio Tinto’s AGM over the ugly truth behind its global operations.

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    Brax “Feels Good” over labour rights violations at Lafem in Turkey

    IndustriALL Global Union and IG Metall call on German textile brand Brax to play instrumental role to stem labour rights violations in its major supplier Lafem in Turkey.

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    Organizing displaced women in India

    Due to gender roles in many societies, women and girls often face threats and risks and they are less likely than men and boys to have access to their rights. These threats are particularly exacerbated in situations of displacement.

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