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Africa construction network met in Namibia to discuss and report on regional strategy for the cement sector and Chinese MNCs

Zimbabwe: BWI Affiliate, ZCATWU makes significant progress in organising workers at Sinohdyro despite restrictive conditions

South Korea: BWI Calls for Unconditional Release of Trade Union Leaders

BWI Africa and Middle East Region and FES South Africa provides opportunity for strengthening future cooperation

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27/8/2015

Swedish Painters: “We have to stand up for every worker in our sectors”

“Recruit and organise” was the theme of the Swedish Painters’ Union Congress, held in Stockholm on August 26-27. Due to deregulations of the labour market the union has lost many members in recent years, but around 80 per cent of all painters in Sweden...

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26/8/2015

BWI visit to World Cup stadium construction site in Saint Petersburg

In 2018 Russia will host the FIFA World Cup in eleven cities (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Kaliningrad, Nizhniy Novgorod, Volgograd, Rostov on Don, Samara, Saransk, and Yekaterinburg). Last week BWI’ general secretary Ambet Yuson, and Per-Olof...

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25/8/2015

Towards a National Cement Network in Indonesia

The Indonesian Ministry of Industry estimated early this year that cement industry in Indonesia would experience 10 per cent growth in 2015. The growing demand of cement would come from ceramic industry and massive infrastructure projects in Indonesia....

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25/8/2015

Heidelberg Cement takes over Italcementi

Just weeks after Holcim and Lafarge, the world’s two biggest cement companies completed their industry-transforming merger, Heidelberg cement (Germany’s largest cement maker) is to buy a 45 per cent stake in the Italian building materials company Italcementi. The initial acquisition is for...

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24/8/2015

Rio2016 Olympics: Eleven workers rescued for hint of slave-like labor conditions

Less than one year before the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, eleven workers who were building the Olympic Village were rescued by the Public Prosecutors of Labor (MPT in Portuguese) and the inspection of the Ministry of Labor and Employment...

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24/8/2015

Fire hits labour camp in Qatar

A fire that broke out in a labour camp in Shahaniya last Friday affected more than 400 migrant workers. According BWI sources in Doha, workers from India, Nepal, and the Philippines fled to safety but without their personal belongings, money and travel documents. It is believed that the fire...

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20/8/2015

Young workers in Tamil Nadu call for skills development and better labour laws

More than 2 000 union members showed up for a mass meeting organised by BWI’s affiliate TKTMS in the city Tiruvannamalai in Southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Sunday, August 16. Many of the participants were young workers from many different parts of the...

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20/8/2015

BWI calls on Thai government to drop cases against Human Rights Defender

The BWI has joined close to 50 international trade union organisations, human rights coalitions and networks demanding the Thai government to drop the case against the human rights defender Andy Hall in a letter to the Prime Minister. The...

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12/8/2015

Southern Africa Construction Network Capacitated members and discussed OSH Compliance by MNCs including Chinese MNCs

BWI affiliates in construction trade unions from Southern Africa convened in Johannesburg, South Africa from 28th to 30th July 2015 for the second Construction Network Meeting of this year in the sub region. As part of capacity building, the network members were trained on ICT focusing on use...

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12/8/2015

Indian trade unions stand in solidarity for workers’ rights at SFI, Malaysia

More than 230 trade unionists from four BWI affiliates today gathered for a solidarity protest at Jantar Mantar in the Indian captial New Delhi. The protest was held in support of the ongoing union struggle of their fellow workers from the Sabah Timber...

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