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The Countdown to the BWI Congress is on!

04 October 2021 15:56

The Building and Woodworkers' International (BWI) will hold its 5th World Congress on 4-7 October 2022 in Madrid, Spain. 


BWI Global Organising Forum

23 April 2021 07:35

In commemoration of the 132nd International Workers’ Day or May Day, BWI will hold a Global Organising Forum to reflect on its work and experiences in trade union organising. The event will also launch BWI's Global Organizing Academy (GOA).


Global Alliance on Healthy and Safe Workplaces Campaign

06 April 2021 12:54

We invite you to be part of our Global Alliance on Healthy and Safe Workplaces Campaign taking place from now up to International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April 2021. Under this campaign, we ask that you negotiate with employers in workplaces that you organise to sign a declaration jointly with you recognising the importance of Healthy and Safe Workplaces.


Donate to the Myanmar Strike Fund!

25 March 2021 08:52

The Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) appeal to your kind hearts to donate generously to the “Myanmar Strike Fund” intended to sustain and strengthen the Burmese trade unionists’ struggle for democracy against the country’s brutal military junta.


Support the Mauritian trade unions!

12 March 2021 12:48

BWI expresses it full solidarity and support to the Construction Metal Wooden and Related Industries Employees Union (CMWEU) and the Confederation des Travailleurs des Secteurs Publique et Privé (CTSP) which were sued by the Hyvec Construction Ltd. in retaliation for simply fulfilling their roles in protecting the rights and welfare of workers.


Action Alert: International Migrant Workers’ Day

17 December 2020 02:45

The Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) are jointly commemorating International Migrant Workers Day on 18 December under the theme ‘We are all Migrants’.


Webinar: Workers’ Voices on IFI-financed projects

06 October 2020 04:09

As a response to the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, BWI will hold a webinar on 16 November to discuss ways to introduce active and transparent monitoring mechanisms to ensure the compliance of projects financed by international financial institutions (IFIs) to internationally-recognised and accepted labour standards. The online event is part of BWI’s third round of webinars dubbed as “Workers Voices.”


BWI Youth leads campaign for decent work

24 September 2020 16:32

Fight For Decent Work. Build a Better Future.


Watch: BWI-Youth launches video for 2020 International Youth Day

06 August 2020 07:12

BWI’s International Youth Committee launches a video as a build up for its celebration of the International Youth Day on 12 August where it will call for decent, safe and regular jobs for all.


BWI’s young unionists gear up for International Youth Day

03 August 2020 10:36

To celebrate the 2020 International Youth Day, BWI and its young trade unionists are calling on their affiliates, partners and allies to campaign for “Decent, Safe & Permanent Jobs for All.”


200 million workers worldwide condemn Philippines’ terror law

21 July 2020 11:49

200 million workers worldwide condemned the Philippine government’s continued attacks on democratic institutions and its relentless suppression of the democratic rights of Filipino workers.


Free Kanatbek Osmonov!

01 July 2020 07:52

BWI called for the immediate release of Kyrgzstan trade union leader Kanatbek Osmonov, who was charged with criminal cases and placed under house arrest by the government. Osmonov is the Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Kyrgyzstan (FTUKg) and President of the Kyrgyzstan Forestry Workers Union.


Oppose India's suspension of labour laws! Sign the petition!

22 June 2020 03:55

Many states in India are using COVID-19 as an excuse to suspend labour laws and attack workers’ rights as the central government of Narendra Modi continues its assault on the trade union movement. Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have announced extensive changes, increasing working hours from 8 to 12 hours, introducing fixed term employment and suspended or providing exemptions to labour laws. Many other states have also introduced changes.


BWI launches COVID-19 Solidarity Initiative

15 May 2020 14:31

Facing an “economic tsunami” that has already decimated millions of jobs worldwide due to COVID-19, BWI launched on Monday the COVID-19 Solidarity Initiative to help prepare affiliates cushion the ill-effects of the pandemic.


BWI Action Alert: International Workers Memorial Day ‘Protect Workers! Stop COVID-19’

15 April 2020 18:06

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and that of the workers in our sectors, with new risks and fears not only for health and safety but for our overall wellbeing and that of our families and communities.


Goodbye, Jin Sook Lee

08 April 2020 11:31

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved colleague and friend Jin Sook Lee after a long battle with cancer on 7 April 2020.


BWI postpones 1st Global Women in Trades Conference

24 March 2020 08:18

Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, the BWI in consultation with our affiliates in Spain have decided to postpone the 1st BWI Global Women in Trades Conference until November 2020. Further details will come as we regularly assess the situation. For any questions or inquires please contact


Stand Together: Ratify ILO C190

24 February 2020 08:07

To mark the 2020 International Women’s Day, the BWI is calling on its affiliates and partners to campaign on the theme of “Stand Together: Ratify ILO C190”.



22 February 2020 18:48


BWI Action Call: Support Human Rights in the Philippines

02 December 2019 14:44

Hands Off Trade Unions


Remember the dead, fight for the Living.

28 March 2019 20:51

Safe Jobs -Every Worker’s Right