Global unions demand social dialogue with LafargeHolcim

21 April 2016 13:29

IndustriALL Global Union is teaming up with sister organizations, the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), to launch an online petition calling on LafargeHolcim to respect workers’ rights and improve health and safety jointly with the trade unions.

Some 70 workers die each year toiling for LafargeHolcim, 90 per cent of whom are employed indirectly. Unions want the cement giant to sign a global framework agreement before the end of the year help to improve workers’ rights and health and safety across the globe.

The agreement would have to cover all direct and indirect workers at all the company’s work sites worldwide and provide for fundamental international labour standards to be respected.

Unions are also demanding a global joint union-management body (such as a world union committee or world works council) to ensure fruitful social dialogue at a global level.

Take action and sign petition with workers’ demands, which will be delivered to LafargeHolcim management.

LafargeHolcim, respect workers’ rights!

Following our joint efforts last year including a number of global days of action, LafargeHolcim became more receptive to workers’ concerns, however our campaign is not yet over.

Please, send the message to LafargeHolcim’s CEO to keep the pressure on and make them respect workers’ rights!

The company has not properly addressed all of our questions, we have not signed a Global Framework Agreement and workers keep paying the price for the merger with their jobs and even their lives. The statistics are appalling: some 70 LafargeHolcim workers die every single year; some 90 per cent of them are not directly employed.

Therefore our demands remain:

  • Continued dialogue with unions at a global level aiming to reach an agreement covering all the company’s worksites before the end of this year. The agreement must ensure fundamental international labour standards are respected and include a joint union-management monitoring group.

  • Form a global joint union-management body (World union Committee or World Works Council) ensuring a fruitful social dialogue at a global level.

  • Improved health and safety for all directly and indirectly employed workers through joint health and safety committees with trade union representatives in all workplaces.

    Send the message to LafargeHolcim’s CEO to demand now that LafargeHolcim respect workers’ rights! Please, distribute this message widely around your colleagues, let management see our unity and that we will not give up until all our demands are met.