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Being a trade unionist is becoming more dangerous with a total of 145 people worldwide killed due to their trade union activities in 2004.

Trade unionists in many countries continue to face imprisonment, dismissal and discrimination, while legal obstacles to trade union organizing and collective bargaining are being used to deny millions of workers their rights.

Once again Colombia was the deadliest country for trade unionists, with 99 murders, and hundreds of death threats. In the Middle East, where trade unions are totally banned in some countries. Government interference in trade union affairs was a feature in several countries, including in former Soviet states. On the African continent, the Cameroon government continued efforts to divide the union movement by favouring workers' organizations which it saw as being easier to control whilst refusing to register trade unions which it saw as too independent.

Globalization has encouraged employers to disregard fundamental workers' rights and to use brutal force making the international trade union action never more relevant.

BWI is frequently requested to address protest messages to anti-democratic governments or anti-union companies. Information Technology (IT) will facilitate affiliates' solidarity tasks in the next weeks by creating solidarity online campaigns. If you join our solidarity chain, international trade union solidarity will make a difference for arrested workers, on strike or sacked!


Chile: Hochtief dismiss 320 workers in Alto Maipo

After more than 10 days on strike, the dispute for better working conditions continues in Chile. The large multinational company Hochtief still maintains its anti-union practices at the mega Hydroelectric Project Alto Maipo, in San José de Maipo, Chile. According to leaders of SINTEC/FETRACOMA and the local media, the official strike began on November 4th, and until today, the local Hochtief administration has refused to find a common solution to the demands of the workers. On the other...

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ACT NOW - Peru: Solidarity with SITSERFOR Ministry of Agriculture

One of the trade unions affiliated to the BWI in Peru, the Trade Union of National Forestry Service and Wildlife, SITSERFOR, has reported about serious acts that undermine freedom of association, right to organise, collective bargaining and violation of human and labour rights enshrined in Labour Peruvian Law. Since early 2016, the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture of Peru launched an open anti-union policy aimed to limitate free trade union representation and to dismiss members of...

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

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. You can make a difference: ACT NOW! Sign the protest message to the management. According to BWI member, the Ceramic Workers' Union of the Republic of Argentina (FOCRA), the closure of two sections of the Plant Azul in Cerámicas San Lorenzo has led to the dismissal of 120 ceramic workers, causing a strong impact on the...

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Brazil: ACT NOW! Two-week strike in Pernambuco to continue

A strike called by the Pernambuco construction workers’ union (Marreta) has been going on for more than a fortnight. Marreta is affiliated to CONTICOM-CUT, Brazil, and led by Dulcilene de Morais. De Morais has received from the employers’ association, SINDUSCON, a definitive proposal of a 6% wage adjustment, which neither the workers nor the union are willing to accept. BWI Regional Representative Nilton Freitas has written to the Pernambuco employers’ association, describing the employers’...

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Kyrgyz Republic: ACT NOW! The proposed amendments to Labour Code contradict ILO standards

On 18 June 2015, the official website of the government the Ministry of Economy published for public comment a draft law on amendments and additions to the Labour Code of the Kyrgyz Republic suggesting to the introduction of a frame for regulation of work of persons employed by the private business entities. ACT NOW! by signing BWI solidarity campaign supporting its colleagues in Kyrgyzstan, the Construction WU of the Kyrgyz Republic. According to experts, the share of this category of...

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