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Victory in Mauritius: Union secures new CBA in construction

22 April 2024 09:27

In a clear triumph for workers' rights, the BWI-affiliated Construction Workers’ Union of Mauritius (CMWEU) successfully negotiated a sectoral collective bargaining agreement applicable to workers in the construction sector.


Report: Reconstructing Ukraine, Rebuilding people’s lives

22 April 2024 08:57

Warsaw, Poland - The BWI Conference on Reconstruction in Ukraine, held on April 9-10, 2024, convened stakeholders to address the daunting task of rebuilding Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country. Participants engaged in firsthand reflections on the invasion's onset and strategic discussions on the path forward.


Building justice: BWI stands with workers fighting for fair wages in Philippine Railway project

18 April 2024 08:42

The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), particularly its Asia Pacific Regional Office, stands in solidarity with the 22 project-based workers of the Asian Development Bank -funded (ADB) Malolos-Clark Railway Project (MCRP) who are protesting against Cadcor Builders and Trading Corporation for delayed wages.


Nigeria: Workers go on strike over wage award non-implementation

01 February 2024 06:20

Construction workers in Nigeria, represented by the National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW) and the Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA), staged a three-day strike over the non-implementation of wage awards in the industry.


Montenegro: Trade union signs national CBA for construction

29 January 2024 08:24

The BWI-affiliated Trade Union of Construction and Building Materials of Montenegro (SGIGMCG) recently finalized an amended national collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the Union of Employers of Montenegro (UPCG) last 23 January 2024.


HeidelbergMaterials Global Union Network: Grenzen des gesellschaftlichen Wandels überwinden

14 December 2023 06:09

The Heidelberg Materials Global Union Network, comprising 20 activists and leaders from trade unions in 10 countries affiliated with the Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI), IndustriALL Global Union, and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), convened in Steinbach.


Workplace accident kills 5 in Sweden

13 December 2023 04:05

Five individuals lost their lives in a tragic construction accident in Sweden when a construction lift collapsed on Monday.


India: Unions seek safe rescue of tunnel workers, call for increased workplace health and safety

22 November 2023 10:53

In Uttarakhand, India, forty one (41) construction workers were trapped on 12 November when the Silkyara Bend-Barkot tunnel collapsed during construction by the Navayuga Engineering Construction Limited (NECL).


Tanzania: BWI observes healthy union-management relationship in Twiga cement

10 October 2023 12:43

A delegation by the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) went to Tanzania on 14 until 17 August 2023 and visited the Twiga cement company in Dar es Salaam, which is part of the Heidelberg Materials’ group of companies.


BWI to Heidelberg Materials' French subsidiary: Heed striking workers’ demands

02 October 2023 09:09

BWI is protesting the lack of social dialogue at the Calcia cement plant in Couvrot, France, one of the Heidelberg Materials group’s subsidiaries, as it continues to monitor a strike mounted by workers of the said plant on 6 September.


BWI renews global framework agreement with Veidekke 

18 September 2023 02:44

BWI on 5 September renewed its global framework agreement (GFA) with Veidekke at a ceremony coinciding with the company's yearly national gathering of around 70 local union representatives.


Philippines: Holcim workers threaten to go on strike over CBA deadlock, unfair labour practices

29 August 2023 08:29

On August 22, embattled Filipino cement workers in Davao, Philippines, issued a notice of strike (NOC) against Holcim for negotiating in bad faith the provisions of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and committing numerous other unfair labour practices.


India: Union inks MoUs with construction and real estate developers

06 August 2023 16:18

The TKTMS, a BWI affiliate in Southern India, formalised its existing social dialogue with the Confederation of Indian Industry – Indian Green Building Council (CII – IGBC) and the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on 27 July 2023 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


Reinstate the “Murphy 4!”-BWI

31 July 2023 12:04

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI), representing 12 million workers worldwide, expresses its full support and solidarity to the four Unite trade unionists who were dismissed from their jobs by Murphy International.


Serbia: Construction union inks collective agreement with employers

25 April 2023 02:34

On 20 April, the Trade Union of Construction and Building Materials Industry Workers of Serbia, and the Sector for Construction, Building Materials, and Housing Industry of the Union of Employers of Serbia signed a nationwide special (branch) collective agreement covering workers in Serbia’s construction and building materials industry.


Schweden: Byggnads beginnt neue Tarifverhandlungen

21 February 2023 04:13

The Construction and Building Materials Workers Union of Sweden (Byggnads) started to collectively bargain for the renegotiation of five collective agreements that cover 100,000 construction workers, glass industry workers, plumbers, and assemblers.


BHI wendet sich an Holcim: Beteiligen Sie sich am sozialen Dialog mit den Arbeitnehmern, nicht nur an Regatten

31 January 2023 07:01

„Holcim hat das Geld, um an einer Super-Regatta teilzunehmen und sich einer Kreislaufwirtschaft zu „verpflichten“, aber was unternimmt die Firma, um gute Arbeitsbedingungen und Arbeitsschutz bei ihren Geschäftstätigkeiten umzusetzen und zu fördern?“


Zimbabwe : Unionists strengthen organising and negotiation initiatives in wood and forestry industry

10 November 2022 06:56

The General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ) gathered on 20 and 21 of October for a two-day wood and forestry social dialogue meeting.


Turkish workers fight ASD Laminat, go on strike

07 November 2022 06:03

The Turkish Wood and Paper Industry Workers’ Union (AGAC-IS) went on strike on 27 October as a response to the years-long union busting and other labour rights violations of ASD Laminat, a Turkish wood processing company infamous for its anti-union policies.


Weyerhaeuser strike ends, new agreement reached

04 November 2022 05:49

After six weeks, the woodworkers of Weyerhaeuser ended their strike and returned to work on 30 October after reaching a new agreement with the company.


Global unions to Heidelberg: Engage in social dialogue

28 October 2022 03:37

Last 22 October, trade union members of the key global union players have come up with an action plan to establish social dialogue with the Heidelberg Materials Group. The event was held on 18 and 19 October with affiliates from IndustriALL Global Union, Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI), and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW).


Historischer Besuch auf Baustelle für Grand Paris Express führt zu Unterzeichnung von Sozialcharta

21 September 2022 13:36

Die Société du Grand Paris (SGP), die Bau- und Holzarbeiter Internationale (BHI) und ihre französischen Mitgliedsverbände haben eine Charta unterzeichnet, mit der soziale Verpflichtungen rund um das Projekt Grand Paris Express (GPE) eingegangen werden. Vorangegangen war ein gemeinsamer Besuch einer internationalen Gruppe auf der Baustelle des zukünftigen Bahnhofs Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif, Frankreich. Es ist das erste Mal, dass eine Delegation eine der GPE-Baustellen besucht hat.


Belgien: Zementarbeiter beenden Streik und erreichen höheres Wegegeld

12 September 2022 06:33

Die Beschäftigten und das Management der Firma Sagrex Heidelbergcement in Belgien haben am 6. September eine Absichtserklärung geschlossen, nachdem die Gewerkschaften eine Woche lang Streikaktionen durchgeführt hatten.


Belgium: Conciliation failed at Sagrex-Heidelbergcement

05 September 2022 08:03

150 workers have been on strike at the Sagrex-Heidelbergcement company in Belgium amidst a 31 August conciliation that has failed to deliver as expected.


India: Unions push for wage hikes, more regular jobs

16 August 2022 12:54

The BWI-affiliated Indian National Cement Workers Federation (INCWF) and the All India Cement Employees’ Federation (AICEF), along with other leading trade union federations, submitted a “joint charter of demands” to the Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) regarding the provisions of the next wage increase agreement (1 April 2022–31 March 2026).


Israel: National collective agreement signed in construction industry

23 June 2022 07:49

The Construction and Associated Industries Workers Union-Histadrut, the Israel Builders’ Association and the Association of Renovation Contractors, headed by Eran Siv, signed on 12 June 2022 a national collective agreement aimed at improving the workers' conditions in the construction industry and raising their wages, along with expanding the employers' commitment in the industry to maintaining the occupational safety. The validity of the agreement, which is an addition and update to the collective agreement from 2015, is for 5 years, subject to the issuance of an extension order by the government.


BWI holds mission to Turkey, foments greater solidarity and dialogue

20 June 2022 13:02

After being postponed last year due to the pandemic, BWI finally carried out a high-level mission to Ankara, Turkey on 24-27 May to promote greater solidarity and dialogue with members of the Cement, Ceramics, Pottery and Glass Industry Workers’ Union (CIMSE-IS). 


Unions to build power within China’s belt and road initiative

15 June 2022 04:44

“Chinese MNCs’ treatment of workers depends on the strength of unionists.” This was the takeaway point made by trade unionists who attended BWI’s Global Conference on China’s Belt and Road Initiative.


BWI construction unions pioneer global strategy on Chinese MNCs

15 June 2022 04:14

In a collective and sustainable effort to respond to the challenges imposed by the emergence of Chinese multinational companies in the global construction industry, BWI organised a Global Conference on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from 12 to 14 June in Manila, Philippines.


Argentina: 200,000 construction jobs recovered

02 June 2022 13:02

A mass gathering of workers attended no less by Argentinian President Alberto Fernández celebrated the recovery of 200,000 construction jobs that have been lost by the previous administration due to the pandemic.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Union elects new leaders, pushes for full CBA implementation

24 May 2022 06:06

On 14 May, the Extraordinary Assembly of the Trade Union of Construction and Building Materials Industry of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SGI IGM BiH) elected members of its Supervisory Board and the Statutory Commission, and verified the mandate of members of its Executive Board.


IAM ruft zu vollständigem Importverbot für russisches Holz auf

10 May 2022 10:31

Die IAM (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers), eine der größten Gewerkschaften Nordamerikas, hat zu einem vollständigen Importverbot für russisches und weißrussisches Laub- und Nadelholz aufgerufen.


Polen: Arbeitnehmer bei IKEA protestieren gegen ungerechte Löhne und bereiten Urabstimmung vor

08 April 2022 05:05

Die polnischen Gewerkschaften bei IKEA, Budowlani und Solidarność, haben als Reaktion auf die Weigerung des Unternehmens, die in den Löhnen seiner Arbeitnehmer eingerechnete Inflationsrate zu korrigieren, ein kollektives Streitigkeitsverfahren angestoßen.


ILO Meeting of Experts adopts revised Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Construction 

01 March 2022 06:19

After a week of negotiations between governments, employers and trade unions, workers in the construction sector worldwide will now benefit from a new code of practice with concrete guidance on improving health and safety.


South Africa: Denmark’s biggest union federation visits BWI’s Regional Office

15 February 2022 04:55

The United Federation of Workers in Denmark (3F), Denmark’s largest and strongest trade union federation with approximately 280,000 members, on 9 February visited BWI’s Regional Office for Africa Middle East in Johannesburg to help strengthen the trade union movement and defend the rights of construction workers in the region.


Brazil: BWI hits misogynist attacks against women workers linking them to accident

09 February 2022 09:57

BWI condemned the misogynist manifestations made by Eduardo Bolsonaro, Deputy of National Congress, regarding the participation of women workers in the activities of Brazil’s construction and engineering industry.


Dubai: Belgian Deputy PM and BWI meet migrant workers at BESIX construction site

08 February 2022 15:03

Pierre-Yves Dermagne, Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister, joined BWI and its Belgian trade union affiliates in a visit at the Dubai Upper Tower construction site being built by BESIX and talked to migrant workers employed there.


Israel: Histadrut and builders’ association to establish academy for construction and infrastructure professions

04 February 2022 05:50

Histadrut Chairman Arnon Bar-David, Israel Builders Association President Raul Srugo and Construction Workers Union-Histadrut Chairman Yitzhak Moyal reached an agreement amidst severe shortage of workers in the industry


Pakistan: IFC-Aufsicht überprüft mehr Details der Arbeitnehmerbeschwerde nach Massenentlassung

03 February 2022 05:39

Pakistan dam worker complaint to proceed at World Bank watchdog following mass termination

Workers at the Karot Hydroelectric project in Northern Pakistan have won the right to a full investigation regarding a complaint it filed before the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on violations of freedom of association, health and safety and other labour rules.


Brazil: Unions to mark Brumadinho dam disaster, push for stricter regulatory measures

19 January 2022 08:52

On 25 January, Brazilian trade unions will mark the third year since the collapse of the Vale dam in Brumadinho (Minas Gerais) which took the lives of 270 people.


European Parliament expresses concern over treatment of Vietnamese workers in Serbia

17 December 2021 12:35

The European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on 16 December expressing its grave concern over the abuse of Vietnamese workers employed at the Linglong tire factory in Serbia.


Erneute Forderung an Holcim für mehr Sicherheit nach Todesfall und Verletzungen in Indien

03 December 2021 10:45

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) and IndustriAll renewed its demand to cement giant, Holcim to take urgent action on the reported deaths of several workers employed at its plants in India.


German construction workers have a new CBA

22 November 2021 15:57

Germany’s 890,000 construction workers now have a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).


C40-Städte mit Koalition für saubere Bauwirtschaft für Emissionssenkungen bis 2030

11 November 2021 11:49

Die C40-Städte haben heute eine neue Koalition von Städten und Unternehmen der Baubranche auf den Weg gebracht, um das drängende Problem der Emissionen aus der weltweiten Bauindustrie anzugehen. Während bei der COP26 der Tag der Städte, Regionen und bebauten Umgebung stattfindet, haben die C40-Städte heute eine neue Koalition von Städten und Unternehmen der Baubranche auf den Weg gebracht, um das drängende Problem der Emissionen aus der weltweiten Bauindustrie anzugehen. Dies wird ohne die Arbeitnehmer nicht umzusetzen sein, daher hat C40 zudem eine gemeinsame Stellungnahme mit der Bau- und Holzarbeiter Internationale herausgegeben, um einen gerechten Strukturwandel zu gewährleisten.


Gerechter Strukturwandel für sauberes Bauen

11 November 2021 09:13

Gemeinsame Stellungnahme von BHI und C40 zum gerechten Strukturwandel für eine saubere Bauindustrie


BHI bringt Stimmen der Arbeitnehmer in das UNFCCC ein

10 November 2021 12:04

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Städtenetzwerk C40 hat die BHI an der Klimakonferenz der Vereinten Nationen in Glasgow (Schottland) mitgewirkt und die Anliegen der Arbeitnehmer und Gewerkschaften in die Diskussionen über einen „gerechten Strukturwandel“ hin zu einer sauberen und umweltorientierten „grünen“ Bauindustrie eingebracht.


Gewerkschaften diskutieren Probleme bei HeidelbergCement

02 November 2021 05:18

Über 70 Gewerkschafter aus 20 Ländern kamen online zusammen, als IndustriALL, BHI und EFBH ein gemeinsames Treffen des weltweiten Gewerkschaftsnetzwerks von HeidelbergCement organisierten, um über die Auswirkungen von Covid auf die Zementindustrie, die Gesundheit und Sicherheit (Arbeitsschutz), saubere Technologien, Arbeitnehmerrechte und andere Themen sprachen.


IG Metall demands wage increases, launches “warning strikes”

27 October 2021 05:37

IG Metall is demanding a 4.5 percent salary increase in the wood and plastic processing industry, as its presses with its collective bargaining negotiation, which started last September.


India: BWI expresses alarm over death of two workers in Holcim-owned plants

26 October 2021 07:27

BWI expresses its alarm and concern over the death of two contractual workers in two Holcim-owned cements plants in India. The deaths, which happened in the span of just one week, are deeply disturbing.


Burkina Faso: Gewerkschaften äußern scharfe Kritik nach Gebäudeeinsturz mit vier Todesopfern

01 October 2021 08:45

Verschiedene BHI-Mitgliedsgewerkschaften in Burkina Faso haben scharfe Kritik geäußert, nachdem ein im Bau befindliches Gebäude auf dem Gelände der Norbert-Zongo-Universität in Koudougou eingestürzt ist. Bei dem Einsturz kamen vier Menschen ums Leben und eine Person wurde verletzt.


Internationales Gewerkschaftsnetzwerk Faber-Castell lebt Solidarität

30 September 2021 07:52

Das weltweite Gewerkschaftsnetzwerk Faber-Castell zeigt internationale Solidarität beim Kampf für die Rechte der entlassenen Arbeitnehmer bei Faber-Castell in Peru.


Ukraine: Unions agree to work together for labour rights

22 September 2021 12:52

The BWI-affiliated Ukraine Construction and Building Materials Workers’ Union (PROFBUD) and the Woodworkers’ Trade Union of Ukraine signed an “association agreement” to jointly fight for labour rights and put a unified presence before employers and government authorities.


Australia: CFMEU condemns extremist violence in Victoria

21 September 2021 14:38

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) condemned in the “strongest possible terms” the violent attack by an extremist mob on its CFMEU Victorian Branch office on Tuesday, which it said was heavily infiltrated by neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremist groups.


Peru: Gewerkschaften drängen immer stärker auf Senkung des Gewichts von manuell bewegten Zementsäcken

01 September 2021 06:17

Der Verband der Bauarbeiter in Peru (FTCCP) setzt sich dafür ein, das Gewicht von Zementsäcken zu reduzieren, die von den Arbeitnehmern getragen werden. Diese Kampagne nimmt weiter an Fahrt auf, nachdem auch der Verband der Arbeitnehmer in der Zement- und Vormischungsindustrie von Peru (FETRACEPPE) seine Unterstützung für die Initiative erklärt hat.


Unions strengthen resolve against hazardous construction materials

24 August 2021 04:37

17 trade unions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, under the leadership of the BWI Latin America and Caribbean, agreed to work together to protect workers’ health and safety by eradicating hazardous construction materials from workplaces.


Africa and Middle East: Multinational cement giants continue subcontracting amidst pandemic

20 August 2021 08:30

Multinational cement giant LafargeHolcim and HeidelbergCement persist with their labour subcontracting schemes in Africa and the Middle East amidst a pandemic that continues to destroy millions of jobs and incomes worldwide.


UK biggest construction union fights union-busting at high-speed railway project

11 August 2021 12:14

UNITE, the United Kingdom’s biggest construction union, is fighting to secure union access to all HS2 sites from London to Birmingham to ensure that workers receive fair renumeration and enjoy healthy and safe working environments.


Unions secure new CBA with Brazil’s biggest paper producer

13 July 2021 09:26

The Trade Union of Workers in Construction of Roads and Public & Private Works of the State of Parana (SINTRAPAV-PR) and the Trade Union Workers in the Construction and Furniture Industries of Telemaco Borba (SINTRACON-TB) successfully negotiated new salary terms with Klabin, Brazil’s largest exporter and producer of paper for packaging solutions.


Brasilien: Gewerkschaften wollen, dass MNC 7,5 Mrd. USD für Dammbruch von 2019 zahlt

05 July 2021 08:00

BWI’s Dam Network and the social movements of Minas Gerais in Brasil called on multinational company (MNC) Vale to pay the government BRL 38 billion (USD 7.5 billion) to repair the damages caused by the collapse of its “Brumadinho” dam in January 2019, resulting in the death of 270 people, most of whom are members of the BWI-affiliated SITICOP-MG.


BWI on the school construction site collapse in Belgium

24 June 2021 05:59

Five people were killed and another nine were critically injured at a construction site in Antwerp, Belgium on 19 June after a section of a school building under construction collapsed, pulling down the scaffolding supporting it. 


South Korea building collapse: Deadline rush, lack of supervision cited

16 June 2021 02:21

On 9 June, nine people were killed and another eight were injured when a five-story building undergoing demolition collapsed and buried a bus carrying 17 passengers in Gwangju, South Korea.


Webinar 11 (GS Bericht 2021)

27 May 2021 06:42


Bolsonaro legt den Bau von 200 000 Wohneinheiten lahm, Gewerkschaften reagieren

20 May 2021 04:04

Minha Casa Minha Vida („Mein Haus, mein Leben“), Brasiliens größtes soziales Wohnungsbauprogramm, das den Bau von einer Million Wohnungen zum Ziel hat, ist durch Budgetkürzungen gefährdet.


IKEA-Gewerkschaften in Polen erhöhen Löhne, verdoppeln Mitgliederzahl

18 May 2021 14:09

Das IKEA-Geschichtenmobil („Caravan of Stories“) der BHI hat erneut zwei Inter-IKEA-Fabriken in Polen besucht, wo über 5000 Arbeitnehmer zusammen mit ihren Gewerkschaften große Erfolge in ihren Kampagnen für gerechte Löhne erzielt haben.


LafargeHolcim entlässt Arbeitnehmer und belohnt gleichzeitig Aktionäre mit hohen Dividenden

14 May 2021 06:18

LafargeHolcim, mittlerweile umbenannt in Holcim Ltd., belohnte auf seiner jährlichen Generalversammlung am 4. Mai seine Aktionäre mit Dividenden in Höhe von 1,2 Mrd. CHF, obwohl der Umsatz aufgrund der Pandemie um 13 Prozent zurückgegangen war.


BHI unterstützt die Erklärung von C40 zu sauberem Bauen

13 May 2021 09:35

Die Bau- und Holzarbeiter Internationale (BHI), die 12 Millionen Arbeitnehmer aus 367 Gewerkschaften in 116 Ländern vertritt, befürwortete die „Erklärung für sauberes Bauen“ (Clean Construction Declaration) von C40 und die Verpflichtung durch Bürgermeister von Vorreiter-Städten auf der ganzen Welt, ressourceneffiziente, resiliente und entkarbonisierte Gebäude und Infrastrukturen zu gewährleisten.


Gewerkschaften bei LafargeHolcim intensivieren entschlossen Kampagne für Arbeitnehmerrechte

05 May 2021 06:22

Once again, LafargeHolcim missed the opportunity to demonstrate its concrete commitment to workers' rights and lives.


Gewerkschaften bei LafargeHolcim intensivieren entschlossen Kampagne für Arbeitnehmerrechte

28 April 2021 02:27

The LafargeHolcim World Union Council, a gathering of all trade unions working at the cement giant, called on the multinational company to respect workers' rights, protect jobs, ensure workers' health and safety at work, and drastically reduce precarious work.


Beschäftigte bei Italcementi treten in Streik

26 April 2021 12:12

Majority of the workers of Italcementi in Reazzato, Italy went on a four-hour strike last 15 April to protest the company management’s bad behavior towards its employees and largely, the deteriorating industrial relations in the company.


Strike threat stops labour subcontracting at HeidelbergCement

19 April 2021 09:16

 The threat of a strike action by ninety one (91) workers prevented a HeidelbergCement subsidiary in Belgium from implementing labour subcontracting schemes.


Kampagne LafargeHolcim (Bericht des GS 2021)

15 April 2021 12:15

Lafarge Campaign (GS Report 2021)


BHI fordert Wiedereinstellung der Beschäftigten von LafargeHolcim in Uganda

24 March 2021 12:08

Die BHI hat die Wiedereinstellung von 28 Arbeitnehmern gefordert, die bei Hima Cement Limited beschäftigt waren, einem Tochterunternehmen von LafargeHolcim in Uganda.


„Nicht zu Lasten der Arbeitnehmer“ — Reaktion der BHI auf CO2-Einsparungen von LafargeHolcim

18 February 2021 02:38

BWI expressed its concerns over the possibility that around 100 French workers of LafargeHolcim will be affected by the company’s alleged shift to alternative fuels.


Unterdrückung der Gewerkschaft im IKEA-Werk in Srpska

16 February 2021 05:28

BWI’s “IKEA Workers’ Caravan of Stories” for this year begins with the alarming story of trade union repression at the Nova DIPO company, an IKEA supplier in Gornji Podgradci, Republic of Srpska.


Beginn der Bauarbeiten für die Olympischen Spiele in Paris 2024 leicht verzögert

10 February 2021 17:03

Work on France's single largest construction site, the 30,000 m2  Olympic Village, will start in the spring of 2021 after getting delayed by a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Großer Erfolg für Gewerkschafter in Suriname

10 February 2021 02:55

The BWI-affiliated Progressive Trade Union Federation 47 (C-47) in Suriname emerged victorious in its labour dispute with Greenheart Group N.V., a global company focused on wood harvesting, lumber-processing, marketing and sales and provision of timber and lumber products. 


Indian union holds state-wide protest vs. price hike of construction materials

08 February 2021 13:46

The BWI-affiliated Thamizhaga Kattida Thozhilalargal Mathiya Sangam (TKTMS) and the Construction and Real Estate Coalition (CRIC) held a state-wide protest in Tamil Nadu on 4 February against what it called the “abnormal rise” in the prices of construction materials, such as cement and steel.


Gerechtigkeit für Opfer von Gebäudeeinsturz in Kambodscha!

06 January 2021 11:23

On 3 January 2020, a building being constructed in Kep, Cambodia collapsed, killing 36 workers. Already a year on, there has been zero justice and accountability.


Weiterhin keine Gerechtigkeit für Opfer von Gebäudeeinsturz in Kep vor einem Jahr

05 January 2021 07:57

The Building and Woodworkers Trade Union of Cambodia (BWTUC) on 3 January expressed disappointment over the government’s slow action in responding to the public’s demand for justice and accountability regarding the collapse of a building in Kep, Southern Cambodia a year ago which killed 36 workers and injured 26 more.


BHI wendet sich an IFC: Massenentlassung bei Hydropower-Projekt in Pakistan erklären!

17 December 2020 03:49

BWI asked the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 15 December to explain the mass termination of 2,410 workers at the Karot Hydropower Project, a mega infrastructure project that it is financing in Pakistan.


Republika Srpska: gute Beziehungen zwischen Gewerkschaft und Unternehmensführung bei IKEA-Zulieferer

08 December 2020 13:15

Im Rahmen des BHI-Geschichtenmobils („Caravan of Stories“) berichteten die Arbeitnehmer über die guten Beziehungen zwischen der Gewerkschaft und der Unternehmensführung in einem Betrieb der Republika Srpska, dank derer gute Arbeitsbedingungen für die Beschäftigten beim IKEA-Zulieferer und eine gesteigerte Produktivität für das Unternehmen erreicht werden konnten.


Internationale Sportkonferenz der BHI erfolgreich abgehalten

26 November 2020 14:43

Dank einer Kombination aus elektronischen Kanälen, sozialen Medien und gewohnten persönlichen Interaktionen konnte die BHI, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Ministerium für MADLSA, dem Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, SC und verschiedenen anderen Partnern, die Solidarität und Unterstützung geleistet haben, am 23./24. November erfolgreich ihre zweitägige internationale Sportkonferenz abhalten, bei der die Arbeitnehmerrechte und die FIFA-Weltmeisterschaft 2022 im Mittelpunkt standen.


LafargeHolcim der Verschmutzung der Pariser Seine beschuldigt

23 November 2020 03:53

Die BHI fordert die französischen Behörden auf, bei ihrer Untersuchung der ausgelaufenen Flüssigkeit in den Fluss Seine in Paris alle Möglichkeiten auszuschöpfen; verantwortlich gemacht wird ein Werk, das dem schweizerisch-französischen Zementriesen LafargeHolcim gehört. Der Vorfall hatte öffentliche Empörung ausgelöst.


Eilmeldung: Neue Abtretung von LafargeHolcim

20 November 2020 05:51

BWI has been informed of the recent cession of GNE LafargeHolcim Granulats to LafargeHolcim Belgium.


Schwedische Baugewerkschaft warnt vor massivem Streik

19 November 2020 04:52

Byggnads, the Swedish union of construction workers, has threatened to go on strike next week over employer federation Byggföretagen’s reluctance to address industry-wide work-related fatal accidents during their collective bargaining negotiations.


IG BAU fordert Klimaschutz und gute Arbeit in der Zementindustrie

16 November 2020 08:29

BWI German affiliate, The Trade Union for Building, Forestry, Agriculture and the Environment (IG BAU) welcomes the commitment of global cement and building materials companies, such as HeidelbergCement and LafargeHolcim to reduce their carbon emissions.


Erfassung der Geschäftstätigkeiten von HeidelbergCement und LafargeHolcim in MENA

09 November 2020 14:22

Die BHI hat eine Erfassung (Mapping) der Geschäftstätigkeiten von HeidelbergCement und LafargeHolcim in der Region Naher Osten und Nordafrika (MENA) veröffentlicht, die sowohl die Einhaltung der internationalen und regionalen Standards durch das Unternehmen darlegt als auch ihre finanziellen Stakeholder.


Pakistan: Arbeiter auf Suki-Kinari-Baustelle treten in Streik

02 November 2020 13:47

Etwa 2.000 Beschäftigte beim Wasserkraft-Bauprojekt Suki Kinari (SK) in Nordpakistan sind seit dem 27. Oktober im Streik, um gegen die Beschneidung ihrer Freizügigkeit, unrechtmäßige Entlassungen und die Weigerung gegen Überstundenvergütung, Abwesenheitstage und Covid-19-Zulagen zu protestieren.


Gewerkschaft in Simbabwe verurteilt unmenschliche Behandlung von 150 Zementarbeitern

02 November 2020 09:09

Die Gewerkschaft der Beschäftigten in der Zement- und Kalkbranche sowie verwandten Sektoren von Simbabwe (Cement, Lime and Allied Workers' Union, CLAWUZ) verurteilte die unmenschliche Behandlung von 150 Arbeitnehmern, die bei der Diamond Cement Company nahe Kwekwe City im Zentrum des Landes beschäftigt sind.


Arbeitnehmer in Suriname setzen sich zur Wehr gegen Verletzungen der Arbeitnehmerrechte durch Greenheart Group

26 October 2020 03:49

Der progressive Gewerkschaftsverband 47 (C-47), eine Mitgliedsorganisation der BHI in Suriname, fordert die Wiedereinstellung von Gewerkschaftsmitgliedern und die rückwirkende Zahlung ihrer Löhne durch Greenheart Group N.V., ein Konzern für Holzprodukte (Einschlag, Verarbeitung, Marketing, Vertrieb und Bereitstellung).


BHI unterstützt Initiative „Für verantwortungsvolle Unternehmen“ der Schweiz

16 October 2020 21:46

The BWI global cement network meeting with its affiliates around the world focused on key issues, including the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative, which represents hope for workers globally. This virtual meeting, held on 14 October, gathered around 40 participants.


HeidelbergCement-Netzwerk zeigt festen Willen zur Überwindung neuer Probleme

14 October 2020 08:49

Zu einer Online-Sitzung am 13. Oktober kamen etwa 40 Teilnehmer von Mitgliedsgewerkschaften bei der Bau- und Holzarbeiter Internationale (BHI) sowie bei IndustriALL Global Union zusammen, um über die Entwicklungen beim deutschen Baustoffkonzern HeidelbergCement zu sprechen und darüber, welchen Herausforderungen die Beschäftigten gegenüberstehen.


Cambodian unions laud appointment of 362 construction inspectors

18 September 2020 02:16

Unions and civil society organisations in Cambodia are happy with news that the government has decided to appoint 362 inspectors to monitor, observe, research, inspect, collect evidence and promote the implementation of construction laws.


France: Construction sector benefits from government stimulus plan

10 September 2020 13:34

The EUR 100 billion COVID-19 stimulus package unveiled by Prime Minister Jean Castex on 3 September will allocate EUR 30 billion to an ecological transition plan, said to be the central element of the package, and another EUR 7.5 billion to the construction sector. T


Arbeitnehmerinnen sind das Rückgrat der Ziegelindustrie in Argentinien

27 August 2020 06:28

To mark Brick Family Month this August, the Union Workers of Bricks Industry of the Republic of Argentina (UOLRA) held an online meeting with women brick workers to discuss their present issues and present the efforts made by the union to advance gender equality.


BWI unions bring relief to stranded Indian migrant workers in Serbia

24 August 2020 13:57

BWI-affiliated trade unions in India and Serbia joined hands in helping 51 Indian migrant workers who were left stranded without any work and salaries in the Balkan country.


IKEA Workers’ Caravan: Low wages at PT Integra in Indonesia

20 August 2020 06:10

The second leg of BWI’s “IKEA Workers’ Caravan of Stories,” a campaign to enable IKEA workers in different countries to share with one another their working lives and experiences, brings us to PT Integra Indo Cabinet located in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia.


IKEA Workers’ Caravan: Long hours and little change at factory in Tikhvin, Russia

04 August 2020 11:17

BWI launched the “IKEA Workers’ Caravan of Stories” to enable IKEA workers in different countries to share to one another their working lives and experiences. The caravan’s first stop was at the IKEA Industry factory in Tikhvin, Russia which is in the North-West region of the country. The factory, which employs over 1,000 workers, produces IKEA furniture and consists of sawmill, components, and furniture departments.


TARIM ORMAN-IS führt Schulungen zur Bekämpfung der steigenden Zahl arbeitsbedingter Todesfälle in der Forstwirtschaft durch

21 July 2020 04:19

Als Reaktion auf die hohe Zahl der arbeitsbedingten Todesfälle in der Forstwirtschaft veranstaltete die Beamtengewerkschaft der Sektoren Landwirtschaft, Forstwirtschaft, Viehzucht und Umwelt (TARIM ORMAN-IS) am 18. Juli eine Arbeitsschutzschulung für 45 ländliche Waldarbeiter in einem Walddorf in der Nordtürkei.


Ukraine: PROFBUD challenges IKEA and FSC on Illegally sourced wood

10 July 2020 03:50

Earthsight, a non-profit environmental organization, released an investigative report on “hot wood”, alleging that illegally logged timber from Western Ukraine with certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is being sold through a Romanian intermediary to Swedish multinational IKEA.


BHI verurteilt Angriff auf Streikpostenkette der entlassenen Arbeitnehmer im Davao-Werk von Holcim Cement

30 June 2020 15:50

„Die BHI verurteilt die feigen Angriffe auf die Streikpostenkette der Arbeitnehmer, die beim Holcim-Werk in Davao auf den Philippinen entlassen worden waren; sie wurden am 22. April durch unbekannte Personen verübt, die sich die Corona-Pandemie und die von der Regierung angeordneten Ausgangsbeschränkungen zunutze machten,“ sagte BHI-Generalsekretär Ambet Yuson.


Diskriminierung von Arbeitnehmern bei LafargeHolcim in Ägypten

30 June 2020 12:37

Beschäftigte von Subunternehmen im LafargeHolcim-Zementwerk in Sokhna (Ägypten) bekommen die gefährlichsten Tätigkeiten im ganzen Werk zugewiesen; dies ist nur eine der diskriminierenden Gegebenheiten, die eine unabhängige Studie aufgedeckt hat.


Abtragung von Arbeitsplätzen bei Suez-Werk von HeidelbergCement in Ägypten

19 June 2020 04:23

Seit 2018 hat HeidelbergCement in Ägypten die Anzahl seiner Beschäftigten um mindestens 2.000 reduziert, zum einen durch natürliche Abgänge, zum anderen durch Nichtverlängerung von Zeitverträgen. Im Dezember 2019 kam eine unabhängige Studie zu dem Schluss, dass fast die Hälfte der 474 Beschäftigten Vertragsarbeitnehmer im ägyptischen Suez-Werk sind, eines von vier HeidelbergCement-Werken in Ägypten, in dem diskriminierende Arbeitsbedingungen Anlass zur Sorge geben.


Schlechte Gesundheits- und Arbeitsbedingungen bei LafargeHolcim in Jordanien

06 June 2020 12:25

Mehr als zwei Drittel der gesamten Belegschaft im Werk Cement Fuheis leiden unter Asthma, was zweifelsohne darauf zurückzuführen ist, dass die Beschäftigten am Arbeitsplatz entsprechendem Staub ausgesetzt sind. Die Situation wird noch dadurch verschlimmert, dass es für Arbeitnehmer, welche die Gesundheitstests nicht bestehen, keinen Anspruch auf Krankheitstage oder bezahlte Rente aufgrund von Krankheit gibt. Diese Erkenntnisse einer unabhängig durchgeführten Recherche führen unter den BHI-Mitgliedsverbänden zu Sorgen um diese Arbeitnehmer, da eine Krankheit der Atemwege das Risiko von Komplikationen erhöht, sollten sie sich mit Covid-19 infizieren.


Victory for workers at Cambodian cement company linked to LafargeHolcim

27 May 2020 11:33

Workers at the Chakrey Ting cement factory in Kampot, Cambodia have concluded an agreement with the company at the Regional Labour Department that will see the reinstatement of its union vice president, Houn Houen.


Anliegen der Arbeitnehmer bei LafargeHolcim finden Gehör

26 May 2020 06:24

Am 26. Mai 2020 gab die Schweizer Nationale Kontaktstelle ihre erste Evaluierung zu einer Angelegenheit ab, die als „spezifischer Fall“ bezeichnet wird und die am 12. Dezember 2019 von der BHI auf Grundlage der OECD-Leitsätze für multinationale Unternehmen eingereicht worden war.




Conventions and Studies

18 May 2020 11:46




LafargeHolcim: Zeit für Solidarität, Profite mit den Arbeitnehmern teilen!

11 May 2020 19:06

Am Vorabend der Hauptversammlung von LafargeHolcim am 12. Mai 2020 in der Schweiz haben sich die Beschäftigten des Unternehmens sowie seine Vertragsarbeitnehmer auf der ganzen Welt, die von BHI, IndustriAll und EFBH vertreten werden, in einem dringenden Appell an die Aktionäre von LafargeHolcim gewandt.


European Youth says “Life Before Profit”

17 April 2019 06:46

Participants at the first European Regional Youth Assembly that took place in Stockholm, Sweden partook in an action at Sergel square at the city centre to protest the high level of deadly workplace accidents in the construction sector and send a clear message that every worker has the right to safe working conditions, as the right to live comes before profit.


Trade Unions sign agreement to protect migrant workers in Israel

02 April 2019 16:26

On 25 March 2019 in Chisinau, Moldova, the Trade Union Federation of Construction and Building Materials Workers of the Republic of Moldova (SINDICONS), and the Federation of Construction and Woodworking Unions of Israel (Histadrut) signed a cooperation Agreement to ensure the protection Moldovan migrant workers working construction sites in Israel.


Venezuela: National sectorial Collective Bargaining Agreement extension and salaries updates

12 March 2019 07:07

On 6 March Venezuelan construction trade unions, including three BWI affiliates (FENATCS, FETRAMAQUIPES and FETRACONSTRUCCION) reached an agreement with the two chambers that groups construction employers (CVC and CBC).


Nicaragua: Trade unions regulate subcontracting and outsourcing in construction

12 March 2019 06:50

SNSCAASC and FITCM-N, BWI affiliates in Nicaragua, signed a Regulatory Framework Agreement with the Nicaraguan Chamber of Construction (CNC) to ensure workers from subcontracting companies and outsourcing agencies receive legal and occupational protection, in accordance with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for the construction sector in the country.


Katarisches Arbeitsministerium und BHI veranstalten Forum für Vertreter von Arbeitsmigranten

19 February 2019 21:54

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour, and Social Affairs (MADLSA) and Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) organised a Community Leaders’ Forum on Workers’ Welfare on 15 February 2019 in Doha, Qatar.


Attack on Trade Union rights in Nepal

04 February 2019 13:07

On 29 January 2019, the management of Global Hydropower Associate with the help of local goons beat up the workers who were organizing plant level trade union at the workplace.


Peru: Protestaktionen gegen die Flexibilisierung der Arbeit und Forderung nach Wiederankurbelung der Bauwirtschaft

18 January 2019 07:51

Hundreds of workers throughout Peru took the streets on January 15, against labor flexibilization promoted by employers and to demand to the government of President Martín Vizcarra, the reactivation of the construction industry.


Israel: Another step to improve the safety in the construction industry

04 December 2018 19:06

The Histadrut and the Israel Builders Association signed a new collective agreement -27.11.18


Turkey: Three deadly accidents in one week

04 December 2018 10:52

3 December 2018: Turkish construction union, Turkish Union of Road, Construction and Building Workers (YOL-IS) have issued a harsh press statement denouncing the lack of safety and health in all sectors including construction throughout Turkey.


Südkorea: Fotoausstellung über Arbeitnehmerinnen im Bausektor

20 November 2018 08:15

In Seoul, South Korea at the National Assembly the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Union (KFCITU) held a photo exhibit show casing a series of photos highlighting women working in the construction industry in South Korea. The exhibit is a collection of photos submitted by photo journalists, freelancers, and others as part of the photo contest.


Strike threat results in settlement at Pakistan hydro project

15 November 2018 13:19

The threat of a strike action at the 870MW Suki Kinari hydro project in Northern Pakistan has compelled China Gezhouba Group to accept key workers’ demands, according to the Pakistan Federation of Building and Wood Workers’ (PFBWW).


Türkei: Gefährliche Arbeitsbedingungen in FSC-zertifizierten Wäldern

13 November 2018 22:07

Workers in the Aladag forests in Turkey continue to work under unsafe conditions with poor health and safety standards.


Israel: New agreement for safer construction sites

12 November 2018 00:34

To avoid a general strike the trade union Histadrut and the Israeli government finally reached an agreement on better safety regulations at workplaces, particularly on construction sites.


Unions demand global labour relations with HeidelbergCement

08 November 2018 12:35

The global union network at HeidelbergCement held two days of intensive discussions and exchanges on 1 and 2 November in Frankfurt, Germany, about the situation in different countries where the company is present.


Croatia: SGH adopts new action plan and elect trade union president

31 October 2018 06:49

On 19th of October 2018, at the 10th Assembly of the Trade Union of Industry of Construction (SGH), the delegates re-elected Jasenka Vuksic as president and adopted the SGH Program Orientation for 2018-2022.


Malaysia: Forstarbeitergewerkschaft STIEU gewinnt geheime Abstimmung trotz aller Widerstände des Arbeitgebers

30 October 2018 07:06

Members of the Sabah timber union are elated after yesterday’s decisive secret ballot election victory at Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) in Sipitang, Malaysia, clearing the way for them to begin collective bargaining.


Menschenrechte in Katar - Fortschritte und Herausforderungen

29 October 2018 08:44

On 1-4 October the BWI participated in the Human Rights Advisory Board’s visit to Doha, Qatar. The Board met with FIFA’s Local Organising Comitte and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy which is responsible for building the infrastructure around the World Cup.


Harassment at Manila union election

24 October 2018 06:07

Construction workers in Manila who want to form a union are being attacked by their employer – the subcontractor Seapac Philippines.


Report: IFC project violated timber workers’ rights

21 October 2018 08:58

The BWI has published a new report summarizing the findings of a damning investigation by the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman to the International Financing Corporation (IFC), an independent monitoring mechanism for the World Bank’s IFC.


Arbeitnehmer und Gemeinschaften in Hongkong protestieren gegen Landerschließungsprojekt

16 October 2018 14:55

Members of the Construction and General Site Workers’ Union (CSGWU) in Hong Kong have joined protests on Sunday 14 October against a Government plan to build several artificial islands to ease Hong Kong’s overcrowding problem.


Tokyo 2020: Forum for Decent Work

03 October 2018 21:01

On 28 September the BWI and its Japanese Affiliates Council (BWI-JAC) held an international forum looking at the risks to human rights involved in the preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.


Votorantim Cement: Unions demand social dialogue and fair negotiations

21 September 2018 08:10

The unions representing the workers of Votorantim Cimentos SA in Brazil and Argentina have decided to request for a meeting with the company to analyze proposals for a unified system of collective bargaining and social dialogue in Brazil.


BWI and EFBWW Statement Regarding the Labour Crisis at the New Istanbul Airport

19 September 2018 08:49

The BWI condemns the recent attacks on construction workers who are exercising their fundamental rights at a construction site project at the New Istanbul Airport.


Israel: Crane operator gets compensation for illegal dismissal

18 September 2018 13:33

In 2016 the Israeli tower crane operator Keti Karolov got fired after refusing to continue working in stormy weather. Now, a court has ruled the dismissal illegal and that her employer violated safety rules.


Stop abusing workers at the Imperial Pacific construction site in Saipan

29 August 2018 20:47

Migrant workers building the Imperial Pacific casino and resort on the island of Saipan, which is part of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, have suffered abuses such as unpaid wages, severe injuries, and retaliation.


Brasilien: Streik für Arbeitnehmerrechte bei RG Engenharia

27 August 2018 23:00

150 workers at the construction company RG Engenharia in Dourados in central Brazil are on strike after their employer refused to sign a collective bargaining agreement.


Arbeitsunfall im Al-Wakrah-Stadion in Katar

15 August 2018 21:24

The Building and Wood Workers’ International has been informed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in Qatar that a 23-year old Nepalese man was killed yesterday morning, the 14th of August, while working on the project site of Al Wakram Stadium, one of the facilities for the 2022 World Cup games.


Big win for elevator workers at Orona in Norway

03 August 2018 13:51

Norwegian elevator workers have won their fight for a collective agreement at the company Orona, the 5th largest elevator company in Europe.


Deutschland: Arbeitnehmer von Hochtief erhalten 7,14 Prozent mehr Gehalt durch historische Tarifvereinbarung

28 June 2018 06:23

The German construction workers union IG BAU has reached an agreement with the construction company Hochtief that will give construction workers a pay rise of 7,14 per cent in three stages until 2020.


Switzerland: Mass rally against raising of retirement age

25 June 2018 09:19

Last week 18 000 construction workers went out on the streets of Zürich to demonstrate against a proposal from the employers to raise the retirement age.


Croatia: Wage increase in the Renewed National Agreement

18 June 2018 12:05

In May 2018 the Ministry of Labour issued an act for the extension of the application of the Collective Bargaining Agreement to all employers in the construction industry in Croatia.


FIFA Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft Russland 2018: Gedenken an 21 tödlich verunglückte Arbeitnehmer

14 June 2018 09:57

Today, on the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the BWI and its 12 million members around the world express condolences to the families of the twenty-one construction workers who died during construction of World Cup stadiums.


FIFA Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft Russland 2018: Gedenken an 21 tödlich verunglückte Arbeitnehmer

12 June 2018 10:10

New advice to FIFA on the World Cup 2018 and 2026 Bid Evaluation


Neuer Bericht: Foulspiel der FIFA bei der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 2018 in Russland

07 June 2018 11:26

The BWI today launches a report that reveals serious violations of workers’ rights at the stadium construction sites for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Nationaler Kontaktpunkt der Schweiz lobt den produktiven Dialog zwischen BHI und FIFA über Katar

05 June 2018 22:30

On 5 June 2018, the Swiss National Compact Point (NCP) responsible for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises concluded its follow-up on the BWI complaint against FIFA that focused on the 2020 World Cup Games in Qatar.


MAY DAY 2018: Community Leaders Forum in Qatar

07 May 2018 15:26

April 30 2018 - On the eve of May Day in Doha, close to 200 participants attended the BWI “Community Leaders Forum on Workers’ Welfare in the Construction and Allied Sectors” in Doha, Qatar.


Tag der Arbeit 2018: Forum für Arbeitsmigranten in Katar

29 April 2018 08:55

For the first time, the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) commemorated International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) in Qatar by supporting the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) 2nd National OSH Conference and participating in various site-level activities to raise awareness on safety and health.


BHI und KFCITU veröffentlichen gemeinsamen Bericht über Verletzungen der Rechte der Bauarbeiter bei PyeongChang 2018

09 February 2018 11:19

Today, as the 2018 Winter Olympics begin in PyeongChang, South Korea, the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Unions (KFCITU) have released a joint report outlining violations of construction workers’ rights throughout the Olympic construction process.


Indien: Polizei untersucht zwei Todesfälle bei LafargeHolcim

04 October 2017 02:30

A local police inquiry has begun into the death of two contract workers that occurred at the Ambuja Cement Plant in Baloda Bazar in the Indian State of Chhattisgarh.


Malaysia: Erfolg für STIEU beim Berufungsgericht

19 May 2017 13:35

A few hours ago leaders of the Sabah Timber Industry Employees’ Union (STIEU) emerged from the Court of Appeal in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Malaysia), elated from the news that Sabah Forest Industries’ (SFI) latest attempt to frustrate union recognition had been thrown out by the Court.


Argentina: create cinema about work

15 May 2017 03:35

The Construction Workers’ Union of the Republic of Argentina (UOCRA) is organizing an International Film Festival about work dedicated to promote and give visibility to socio-labor issues.


Profitgier führt zu Aussperrung in Sägewerk im australischen Bundesstaat Victoria

12 May 2017 05:20

More than 200 timber mill workers remain locked out at Australia’s largest plywood mill at Myrtleford, Victoria, after failing to meet an agreement with the company. The mill is owned by the New Zealand multinational timber firm Carter Holt Harvey (CHH), who have a record of lockouts and poor faith in collective bargaining negotiations.


BWI Solidarity Mission to Turkey

18 April 2017 12:17

The BWI recently completed a solidarity mission to Ankara, Turkey, on April 10th and 11th 2017. The delegation included BWI President Per Olof Sjoo, Assistant Education Secretary Jasmin Rezpedovic, Vasyl Andreyev, PROFBUD President, Ukraine, and Co- Chair of the BWI Ad-hoc Working Group on Youth, and Dr. Fabiola Mieres, Global Project Coordinator. Gülsah Doruk, BWI's Project Coordinator in Turkey worked with BWI's Turkish affiliates in the preparations of the mission.


Argentina: first general strike against Macri’s Government paralyzes the country

07 April 2017 13:17

The trade unions in Argentina paralyzed the country during the strike called on 6 April 2017 against the measures of economic adjustments imposed by President Mauricio Macri.


Israel: The crane operators' struggle continues - Histadrut declared a labour dispute

13 February 2017 09:44

The dispute was declared on the background of the deadlock in negotiations to arrange the employment conditions of approximately 1,200 crane operators in all the construction sites in the country


BWI contributes to the international debate on global indicators to better capture forestry workers’ conditions towards sustainable development

03 February 2017 10:11

BWI presents a position paper to contribute to the global discussions on measurement of the conditions of forestry workers towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


FSC Global Social Chamber commits to have ILO Core Conventions in all policy standards

03 February 2017 09:19

Today at a meeting in Jogjakarta the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Global Social Chamber supported and endorsed the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI) initiative to having core labour standards embedded in all FSC policy standards.


BWI and SCDL will Conduct First Joint Inspection in Qatar

30 January 2017 10:44

The BWI and the Supreme Committee for Delivery (SC) and Legacy signed a Memorandum of Understanding last November 2016 and took effect in January 2017.


China’s annual protest wave hits construction hard

19 January 2017 12:54

Lunar New Year is just around the corner, and like clockwork this has been proceeded by the annual rise in protests over wage arrears, as migrant workers prepare to return to their family to celebrate. This year protest activity has been particularly acute in the construction industry, according to the China Labour Bulletin.


Industri Energi Norwegen unterstützt TWU Ghana bei der Organisierung von Arbeitnehmern der Möbelherstellungsbranche

17 November 2016 13:46

Industri Enregi has a long history of cooperation with BWI in Africa which started in Zimbabwe and Swaziland, about HIV/AIDS, Ethiopia on the same issue of HIV/AIDS and now with the Timber and Woodworkers Union of Ghana in the Furniture sector.


Ecuador: Founding of a new Confederation of Construction Workers

14 November 2016 08:52

In October a new construction workers confederation was established in Ecuador.


United Kingdom: UCATT to join Unite to form one powerful union for the construction industry

14 November 2016 08:37

Members of the British construction workers union UCATT on Wednesday voted by 85,5 per cent to merge with Britain’s largest union, Unite.


Africa developed its Wood and Forestry strategy and set up sub regional networks

14 November 2016 08:35

The BWI Africa Forestry strategy consolidation workshop was held in Johannesburg South Africa from 24 to 26 October 2016.


Global Cement Conference - BWI: Freedom of association, Collective Bargaining Agreements are the main challenges of the sector

25 October 2016 19:14

A study implemented to 113 cement companies in 40 countries who cover most regions of the world, confirms the difficulty of the industry to integrate unions in its policy, "even when the sample of the plants studied is atypical," said SECAFI Groupe Alpha, the entity who performed the analysis.


BWI: Global Cement Conference opens

21 October 2016 10:57

This September 28th, in Panama City, initiated the Global Conference Cement with a participation of 150 leaders of unions affiliated to BWI in 43 countries worldwide, in order to make a study on labor relations, outsourcing, health and safety, change climate, remuneration and social protection in the cement industry.


CAMBODIA: Union leaders targeted at building materials factories

21 October 2016 10:55

This month union leaders at the Theng Sreng Import Export Co. Ltd, a supplier of building materials (including window and door frames and roofing) to one of Cambodia’s largest house-building firms, were terminated from their employment after forming a union and holding elections.


Action Alert: Reinstate #CUB55 workers in Australia

08 September 2016 11:10

The BWI is supporting the struggle of 55 maintenance workers at Carlton United Breweries (CUB), members of BWI-affiliate the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and our partner the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU).


Turkey: Win for workers struggling to save the forests in Cerattepe

08 September 2016 09:58

The mining project that risks destroying the forests, jobs and water for the people in the Artvin province in Turkey has been halted following a court decision.


Argentina: One step closer to justice for the 120 dismissed ceramist workers in San Lorenzo

29 July 2016 13:16

The Belgian National Contact Person (NCP) of the OECD has accepted a complaint filed by the Building and Wood Workers’ International and its Argentinian affiliate — Ceramic Workers' Union of the Republic of Argentina (FOCRA) — against the Belgian ETEX Group under the OECD Multinational Enterprise Guidelines.


Macedonia: 5th Congress of SGIP reiterates the commitment of its 80 years of care for construction workers’ rights

31 May 2016 07:36

The IVth Congress of the Trade Union of Civil Engineering, Industry and Planning of Republic of Macedonia, SGIP, held on 21 May 2016 in Krusevo Macedonia, gathered 39 delegates, with a participation of more than 30 per cent of young and women delegates.


Hong Kong rail workers sit-in over unpaid wages

31 May 2016 07:33

A group of over one hundred rail workers in Hong Kong held a sit-in strike on Monday to protest the failure of their employer to pay HKD$7 million wages (~USD$900,000) owed to them over a month and a half period.


UK: Construction ‘blacklisting’ victory sees £10 million pay-out to 256 workers

31 May 2016 06:46

The biggest 'blacklisting' scandal in UK construction industry history has seen the court case end in victory as 256 workers are set to receive more than £10 million in compensation.


Chinese landslide kills Sinohydro construction workers

31 May 2016 06:46

The deceased bodies of at least 35 out of 41 missing Chinese construction workers have now been found, after a massive landslide hit a hydropower construction site in China’s Fujian Province early on Sunday morning.


Construction Blacklist in the UK – Companies forced to own up and pay up

31 May 2016 06:46

On 29 April 2016, press releases were issued by construction firms and unions involved in the High Court trial on blacklisting of union members in the UK.


NUM signed a 1-year wage agreement with Lafarge-Holcim South Africa

11 April 2016 14:44

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) signed a 1-year wage agreement today with Lafarge-Holcim South Africa.


South Africa: NUM members on indefinite strike at LafargeHolcim

11 April 2016 14:41

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called a protected strike for all members working in operations of LafargeHolcim around the country.


Swedish Painters’ Union Elects New Leadership

11 April 2016 12:54

At the recent Congress of the Swedish Painters’ Union close to 150 delegates elected a new leadership to lead the Malareforbundet under the banner of “Equal Values for the Trade Union Movement in the Future.”


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

11 April 2016 12:51

“Recruit and organise” was the theme of the Swedish Painters’ Union Congress, held in Stockholm on August 26-27.


Etex Group: BWI and FOCRA presented a complaint to OECD

07 April 2016 14:28

The BWI and the Ceramic Workers' Union of the Republic of Argentina (FOCRA) has filed a complaint against Etex Group under the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


Etex Group: growth solidarity with strike in Argentina

07 April 2016 14:12

Due the importance that the Building and Wood Worker´s International (BWI) gives to the recent conflicts in various countries resulted of the restructuring that Etex Group has carried out since 2013, we published a note of the representatives of Etex Group in Europe.


ACT NOW!: Against the massive dismissals of striking workers at Ceramicas San Lorenzo in Argentina!

07 April 2016 14:07

The BWI is calling on all of you to protest against the dismissal of 120 workers by the Belgian Etex-Eternit Group in Argentina Cerámicas San Lorenzo.


Argentina: Strike by dismissals of workers in Plant Azul of Etex Group

07 April 2016 13:58

A statement of last January 8th, sent to the Regional Office of the Building and Wood Worker´s International (BWI) from its subsidiary in Argentina, Ceramic Workers' Union of the Republic of Argentina (FOCRA), reports that the trade union if workers of the Company Ceramica San Lorenzo, belonging to the Plant Azul began a few days ago a total labor strike since the Etex Group fired a "hundred" workers.



It is estimated that 30% of the world's area is covered by forests and some 13,2 million people are employed in the formal forestry sector. The BWI works for both the protection of wood and forest workers´ rights and we foster the idea that workers can play a key role in maintaining our forests, provided that their rights are respected. We also support the forest certification systems to create economically, environmentally and socially sustainable forests.


Big fire at the construction of Qatar’s largest mall

06 April 2016 12:19

A fire broke out at the construction of the Mall of Qatar on Tuesday the 2nd of April.


BWI campaign wins award for creating better conditions for workers at mega sports event

06 April 2016 12:18

Earlier this month, leaders of BWI affiliates in Sweden was awarded for their hard-work on ensuring better working and living conditions for workers in the construction sector in relation to international mega-sports events.


Australia: Turnbull’s double dissolution threat built on lies

06 April 2016 12:16

On 21 March Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that he will dissolve both Houses of Parliament if the Senate doesn’t pass bills to reconstitute the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), a move which could pave the way for an election on 2 July.


WMD Finland: Rakennusliitto ry – Byggnadsförbundet rf – Construction Trade Union

06 April 2016 12:14

BWI affiliate Rakennusliitto ry – Byggnadsförbundet rf – Construction Trade Union has produced the following material in different languages for International Workers Memorial day.


BWI demands for immediate investigation on death of Filipino construction worker in Qatar

06 April 2016 12:10

More than two weeks after the tragic death of Juanito B. Pardillo and injuries sustained by his two Filipino colleagues at their job site, the investigation report has yet to be concluded by the Qatari authorities.


Bahrain GFBTU 3rd congress 2016 - BWI extends its support

06 April 2016 12:07

On 5 March 2016, the GFBTU held its 3rd Congress.


Israel: Katy Karkolov crane operator at Machluf Bechor construction was fired

06 April 2016 12:05

Katy Karkolov, a crane operator and a contract worker, worked at the Machluf Bechor construction company for one year before she was fired.


Israel Histadrut - It's time to put an end to the silence of crane operators!

06 April 2016 12:03

It's time to put an end to the silence of crane operators


UK Construction Blacklisting: Union wins £5.6m compensation payout to 71 blacklist victims

06 April 2016 12:00

Seventy-one construction workers have received blacklisting compensation payouts averaging nearly £80,000 each.


INDIA: Large gathering of construction sector trade unions stand united for workers’ rights in Tamil Nadu

06 April 2016 11:58

The Construction and Unorganised Workers Federation (CUWF) – a state-wide federation led by the BWI affiliate TKTMS –organized its State Level General Body meeting on 19th January 2016 at Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu State, India.


Montenegro: SGIGMCG signs a national Collective Bargaining Agreement for the construction sector

06 April 2016 11:55

After extensive negotiations in 2015, the Trade Union of Construction and Building Materials of Montenegro, SGIGMCG, concluded with the Employers Association of Montenegro the national branch Collective Bargaining Agreement on amendments to the CBA for the construction and building materials industry.


From the USA to the Philippines: Celebrating Women in the Building Trades

06 April 2016 11:54

“Working as a welder in a construction company where the majority of workers are men is a big challenge for me,” said Melody Lavarez, Chair of the Pinay Tradeswomen.


Croatia: New Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Construction Industry

06 April 2016 11:52

“The coverage of all workers and employers will have multiple positive effects”, says Jasenka Vuksic, president of the SGH in Croatia and member of the World Council of the BWI.


Unionists in Tamil Nadu demand protection of migrant workers

06 April 2016 11:51

Indian authorities must do more to protect the rights of workers abroad. This message was delivered at a trade union conference in Chennai in South Indian state Tamil Nadu organized by the construction workers’ union TKTMS.


Rulita Wijayaningdyah elected Chair of FSC Board

05 April 2016 15:25

The BWI is very pleased to announce the election of Indonesian trade unionist Rulita Wijayaning-dyah as the new Chair of FSC International Board.


Croatia: New Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Construction Industry

05 April 2016 15:01

“The coverage of all workers and employers will have multiple positive effects”, says Jasenka Vuksic, president of the SGH in Croatia and member of the World Council of the BWI. A new Collective Bargaining Agreement for the construction industry was concluded in Croatia on the occasion of the Construction Workers Day on 25 September 2015 and issued on 15 December 2015.

After the successful negotiations of the Trade Union of Construction Industry of Croatia, SGH, and the Construction Industry Association of Croatia HUP-UPG last year, both social partners also signed a joint proposal submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Retirement System for the coverage of all workers and employers, including those that are not members of the SGH and HUP-UPG, by the signed Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement introduced few innovations in terms of rights and obligations of the workers’ health and safety representative, education and training for work, and in particular, working time, breaks and leaves. The CBA regulates also the salaries/tariffs, allowances and material rights of workers and the conditions for work of the trade union. The rights of posted workers is regulated in an additional annex to the CBA. With the accession of Croatian in the EU in 2013 Croatian workers can freely work, without restrictions in more than 15 EU countries.

For Jasenka Vuksic: ”Among others equalization of the material and social situation of the workers, the removal of unfair competition in the construction industry because of using cheaper and exploited labour force and mitigating undeclared work and the gray economy, control of calculation and payment of gross salary.”

SGH and HUP-UPG are continuously developing their partnership. In the frame of an EU funded project, implemented by the UATUC (to which SGH is affiliated) and the HUP, a joint data base, including 200 collective bargaining agreements out of 550 that are in force in the country - 29 related to the construction industry, has been developed and presented in October 2015. In addition, the data includes 150 indicators for each CBA which allows an analysis of the content and provides statistics. See

Among the various initiatives, the SGH has, recently initiated the discussion about the development of paritarian funds in the construction industry and is continuing with its organising drives in infrastructure projects.


Olympics Rio 2016: Organizing Committee incorporates BWI proposals for more security

The Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 has informed the Building and Wood Workers‘ International (BWI) that they have partially incorporated the BWI OHS Protocol as their policies.


Solidarity with imprisoned construction workers in South Korea

05 April 2016 14:56

The crackdown against the labour movement in South Korea continues. On the 29th of December, Kim Gi-hong who is a member of the Korea Plant Construction Workers' Union was arrested in his home for taking part in the rally on 14 November 2015.


Serbia: Round Table on „Law on Public Procurement in the Light of the New EU Directive“

05 April 2016 14:54

The Autonomous Trade Union of Road Maintenance Workers of Serbia, ATURMW, initiated a round table on the topic „Law on Public Procurement in the Light of the New EU Directive on Public Procurement to be adopted during the second quarter of 2017.


Turkish union TARIM ORMAN-IS increase their organizing skills and defend the rights of refugees

05 April 2016 14:50

107 union representatives and shop stewards gathered in Antalya, Turkey, to learn and share experiences on how to organise new members to fight for better working conditions – especially for rural forest workers and migrants who work in precarious employment.


Faber Castell Peru: Workers organize in unions

05 April 2016 14:45

With the creation of the Workers' Trade Union of Faber-Castell in Peru a new step is given towards the genuine social dialogue and labour relations between the German multinational and its workers at the facilities of the city of Lima, Peru.


Asia Pulp & Paper Launches Capacity Building Program for Forest Workers

05 April 2016 14:40

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) held a one-day National Workshop on Forest Sustainability Certification and Labor in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 December 2015.


Sabah Timber Employees Union demand justice over death of Yiki Janing

05 April 2016 14:39

The Malaysian forestry company Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) faces charges for the death of its employee Yiki Janing, age 51.


Union voice needed in PEFC

05 April 2016 14:34

After three years as Chair of the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), William (Bill) Street will retire from his post.



The building materials sector is a fast-growing sector parallel with the building and construction sector. It includes a diverse range of suppliers, from cement manufacturers to glass and ceramic manufacturers, as well as providing a large market for paint and wiring manufacturers, and a host of other related industries. It has a key role to generate the transition to a low-carbon economy by producing alternative building materials to replace the hazardous building materials causing environmental and health concerns.



Der Bausektor umfasst ein breites Spektrum an Wirtschaftsaktivitäten. Rund sieben Prozent der Arbeitnehmer weltweit sind in der Baubranche beschäftigt. Damit gehört sie mit zu den Sektoren, die weltweit die meisten Arbeitnehmer beschäftigt. Die BHI setzt sich für den Schutz der Arbeitnehmerrechte ein. Dies erfolgt in erster Linie durch ihr Engagement für die Durchsetzung von Gesetzen und Bestimmungen und durch ihren aktiven Einsatz für menschenwürdige Arbeitsbedingungen. Darüber hinaus engagiert sich die BHI für die soziale Dimension der nachhaltigen Entwicklung im Hinblick auf das Wirtschaftswachstum, den Erhalt der Umwelt und der Gesellschaften.


Conventions and Studies

02 March 2016 15:07


Holz- und Forstsektor

Schätzungen zufolge sind 30% der Flächen weltweit bewaldet. Rund 13,2 Millionen Menschen sind im formellen Forstsektor beschäftigt. Die BHI setzt sich für den Schutz der Rechte der Wald- und Forstarbeiter ein. Darüber hinaus unterstützt sie den Ansatz, dass die Arbeitnehmer des Sektors für den Erhalt unserer Wälder eine zentrale Rolle spielen können, sofern ihre Rechte respektiert werden. Zudem fördert die BHI die Waldzertifizierungssysteme zur Schaffung nachhaltiger Wälder im wirtschaftlichen, ökologischen und gesellschaftlichen Sinne.


Verwandte Industriezweige

Zu den verwandten Industrien und Handelsaktivitäten gehören verschiedene Untersektoren wie die Bergbau- und Steinbruchbranche sowie Sägewerke und die Hobelindustrie. Darüber hinaus sind ihm Hersteller von nicht-metallischen Mineralprodukten, die Hoch- und Tiefbaubranche, spezialisierte Bauaktivitäten, sowie das Architektur- und Bauingenieurwesen angegliedert.



The construction sector comprises a wide range of economic activities and it is one of the biggest global employment provider – around 7 per cent of the labour force. The BWI struggles for the protection of workers´ rights mainly through enforcement of legislation and regulations and by promoting decent working conditions together with the social dimension of sustainable development in economic growth, environmental conservation and society.



Der Baumaterialiensektor ist eine mit dem Bausektor rasch wachsende Branche und umfasst ein breit gefächertes Angebot an Herstellern. Dies reicht von Zementherstellern über Glas- und Keramikproduzenten bis hin zu einem großen Markt an Herstellern von Farben und Elektrotechnik. Darüber hinaus sind eine Reihe weiterer Branchen eng mit der Baumaterialienbranche verbunden. Der Sektor spielt eine Schlüsselrolle beim Übergang zu einer Wirtschaft mit geringen CO2-Emissionen, der über die Herstellung alternativer Baumaterialien als Ersatz von gesundheits- und umweltschädlichen Bausubstanzen erfolgt.


Conventions and Studies

02 March 2016 15:07




Conventions and Studies

02 March 2016 15:07


Conventions and Studies

02 March 2016 15:07