International unions

Conference of Independent Trade Unions in Palestine

"Democratic and independent unions in Palestine have decided to join together in order to make their voices heard..."

London Colombia embassy protest for workers' rights

20/07/2007 - 1:00pm
20/07/2007 - 3:01pm

On the Friday 20th July (Colombia’s ‘National Day’) at 1pm the Solidarity Federation will be holding a protest outside the Columbian embassy (3 Hans Crescent SW1. Tube: Knightsbridge. Between Sloane Street and Brompton Road. It's about a mile from Parliament.) as part of a international day of action to highlight the ongoing war waged by the Colombian state on trade unionists.

We call on everyone who believes in the right of unionists to organise without the fear of death to join us on the picket and show solidarity with our fellow workers.

Support Turkish Garment Workers

When garment workers at the Dutch and Turkish-owned Metraco factory in Istanbul began to organize in February 2006, management responded with an anti-union campaign that is still underway. Your help is needed to pressure Metraco’s owners to reinstate workers unjustly dismissed for their organizing efforts, stop the anti-union campaign, and to recognize and negotiate with the Disk-Tekstil union about the problems in this workplace, which produces for a range of European brands.

Take action now at:

Chinese trade unionists: still in jail


Following China's successful bid for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games,
both the Chinese authorities and International Olympic Games' officials
pledged that the Beijing Olympic Games would be a catalyst for the
improvement of human rights in China.

Olympics: unions slam worker rights' violations

Some official merchandise for the 2008 Olympics in China has been made using child labour, forced overtime and low wages to boost profits, a report says. (BBC, June 07)

Oil workers strike in occupied Iraq - demand pay, local control

Oil workers in Basra in southern Iraq are on strike demanding local control of oil resources and back pay, targeting the central oil minister. However, the US puppet regime has issued arrest orders against union leaders, threatening to break the strike "with an iron fist". The reports here include a press release by the union, supportive coverage from a solidarity group and a news report from Reuters.

Nike change direction?

The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation believes pressure on Nike has paid off...

Unions fight Wal-Mart

'Some people would like us to be better, some would like us not to exist'
Wal-Mart admits increasing unpopularity as unions organise huge protests outside glitz-fest (Guardian, Sat 2 June)

Portugal Hit By General Strike

From BBC:

Public services in Portugal have been severly disrupted in an attempt by the country's largest trade union federation to call a general strike.

Riot police sent to break the strike

Riot Police Clash with Cambodian River Rich Garment Factory Workers on Strike in Phnom Penh
Published on May 22, 2007

More than 150 armed riot police were called in to breakdown a peaceful strike
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'How the working class went global', London

24/05/2007 - 1:00pm


Venue: RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

Time: Thursday 24 May, 1-2pm

Chinese factory workers, Bolivian miners and Somali office-cleaners in Canary Wharf – globalisation has created a whole new working class, and they are reliving stories that were first played out a century ago.

What might the new working classes of the global age learn from organised labour movements of the first industrial revolution?

In a world of multi-nationals, global capital and triumphant consumerism, can the bonds of worker solidarity survive?

Cambodian Worker Actvists Speak

04/06/2007 - 7:00pm
04/06/2007 - 8:30pm

Athit Kong, Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union & Pherak Ly, Womens Agenda for Change will be speaking at a meeting organised by Labour Behind the Label and No Sweat.

Monday June 4 at Transport House (Unite / TGWU), Theobalds Rd, Holborn, Central London at 7pm.

Cambodian Union Activists Still in Jail

On April 12 the Cambodian Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Born Samnang and Sok Samoeun for the 2004 murder of Free Trade Union of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) leader Chea Vichea. The FTUWKC maintains that these men are not the killers of Chea Vichea and that their detention is unjust. The union has appealed to the International Labour Organization (ILO) to establish an international committee to investigate and bring to justice the real killers of Chea Vichea, as well as those responsible for the murders of FTUWKC leaders Ros Sovannareth and Hy Vuthy.

Iran: eight of the workers detained on May Day released

Eight of the 12 workers arrested on this year’s May Day in the city of Sanandaj were released on bail today.

Union-busting at BAT Malaysia

From the Food, Farm and Hotel Workers International, IUF

Hundreds of sit-in strikes shake Egypt

The biggest strike wave in Egypt since WW2 has begun... [from MERIP]


Teachers in Iran have staged another nationwide strike today in the follow-up to their over two-month long struggle over pay and conditions and to press for the release of their jailed colleagues.

May Day 2007 in Iran: Workers turn official rally into a protest rally

· Thousands demonstrate for jobs, higher pay and right to organise and strike

· Worker activists arrested

From the International Labour Solidarity Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran

The supermarket chains and sweatshop exploitation, London Sweat London forum

21/05/2007 - 7:30pm
21/05/2007 - 9:00pm

No Sweat
London discussion forum:
The supermarket chains and sweatshop exploitation

Speaker: Jenny Ricks from ActionAid
Other discussion: on the G8;the unionisation of Starbucks

7.30, Monday 21 May
at the Plough pub. Museum Street, central London
(tubes: Tottenham Ct Rd, Holborn)

More info:
Or: 07804 891082

No Sweat: campaigning against sweatshop and child labour



Protest against the murder of trade unionists

On Monday morning, April 9, 2007, 29-year-old migrant farmworker organizer Santiago Rafael Cruz was tortured and brutally murdered in the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC, AFL-CIO) office in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Mahmood Salehi must be released immediately and unconditionally

Declaration by labour organisations in Iran:

Mahmood Salehi, leading labour activist arrested

Mahmood Salehi, a leading labour activist from the city of Saghez was re-arrested on Monday April 9 by the Islamic regime’s security forces...

Coca-cola workers take action

at plants and distribution sites in the USA, Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Luxembourg as well as at Coca-Cola plants in Guatemala and Uruguay

Union attempts to organise Starbucks

New York Times on union victory against Starbucks

Stop Attacks on Trade Unionists in the Philipines and China

Philippine garment workers still need your support as violence in the Cavite Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) continues.
Appeals and information from the Clean Clothes Campaign.

Migrant worker seminar, LSE

19/04/2007 - 9:00am
19/04/2007 - 1:30pm

A seminar organised by Mafiwasta about the exploitation of migrant workers in the UAE.
Graham Wallas Room, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, Holborn, London WC2
More info:

Zimbabwe general strike

The TUC organised a protest outside Zimbabwe's London embassy in solidarity with the ZCTU

Solidarity with Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions

E-protest demanding Mugabe's state ends its persecution of trade unionists

London protest: solidarity with the Zimbabwe trade unions

04/04/2007 - 12:00pm
04/04/2007 - 2:00pm

TUC protest in solidarity with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). Join us outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, Zimbabwe House, 429 Strand, London, WC2
Further details visit

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