FEATURED NEWS

One Worker Killed and Two Injured at PyeongChang, site of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Industri Energi Norway supports TWU Ghana in Organizing Furniture workers

BWI Women Conducts Solidarity Mission in Greece

TURKEY: 418 Wood Workers at Strike

MEMBERS



Recommend this page




Stay up to date on news and events in the BWI. Join our email news service!


7/6/2017

SOUTH KOREA: BWI urges new President to protect human rights

The BWI has written to new South Korean President H.E. Moon Jae In, urging him to take action to respect human rights as a critical part of developing South Korean democracy. The letter calls for the release of jailed trade unionists,...

learn more
6/6/2017

Low-wage Workers Risk Lives in Cambodia’s Building Boom

Solidarity Center Low-wage Workers Risk Lives in Cambodia’s Building Boom In Cambodia’s booming construction industry, where up to 250,000 workers toil on building projects during peak season, laborers wear sandals or flip-flops and cloth gloves, if they have gloves at all, their heads...

learn more
5/6/2017

Nigeria: 1,400 casual workers converted to permanent staff in a Chinese Company

The National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers, NUCECFWW, had earlier in 2014 issued a 14-day ultimatum to all the Chinese-owned construction companies in the country, threatening to shut their operations in Lagos, Abuja and other parts of the country over unfair...

learn more
4/6/2017

Decent Work for all, including people with disabilities.

Persons with disabilities make up 15% of the world’s population. We understand disability as being the result of impairments in interaction with barriers that hinder full participation in society. The impairment might be physical, mental, sensory or intellectual, and could be acquired at birth,...

learn more
4/6/2017

South Korean union leaders sentenced on politically-motivated charges

The Seoul Court of Appeal has just two trade union leaders to up to two-years prison time on charges of obstruction of business, simply for conducting rallies in trying to bring their employers to the bargaining table. On the original charges of joint intimidation, joint extortion and joint...

learn more
4/6/2017

One Worker Killed and Two Injured at PyeongChang, site of the 2018 Winter Olympics

A worker has died and others have been hospitalized, after a concrete structure fell on them while working on a tunnel in PyeongChang, South Korea. They were working a project to double the track for the Wongju-Gangneung railway line. PyeongChang will host the 2018 Winter Olympics. To date three...

learn more
2/6/2017

Industri Energi Norway supports TWU Ghana in Organizing Furniture workers

From 22nd to 23rd May a joint mission of BWI and Industri Energi visited Timber and Woodworkers Union – TWU of Ghana for a review meeting on the state of implementation of a o Project named “building bargaining capacity in the FURNITURE industry in GHANA” Industri energi was represented by Ole...

learn more
29/5/2017

BWI Women Conducts Solidarity Mission in Greece

Seventeen women trade union leaders and activists representing BWI affiliates throughout Europe including Switzerland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Macedonia, Cyprus, Albania, and France conducted a two-day mission to Greece to provide solidarity to the Greek people who despite facing enormous...

learn more
25/5/2017

SOUTH KOREA: UN body orders President Han’s release from arbitrary detention

On 24 May the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders demanded that the South Korean Government implement the recent Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) and immediately release Han Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), a...

learn more
24/5/2017

Brazil: BWI and IndustriALL release joint statement in support of the victims of the collapse of the Fundão Dam

The global union federations Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and IndutriALL jointly released a statement in solidarity to the victims and to demand from the government and the companies concrete actions to indemnify the victims and their families and to mitigate the damages caused by...

learn more
19/5/2017

Malaysia: STIEU win at Court of Appeal!

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. While SFI still...

learn more
18/5/2017

Road to Durban: BWI World Board Nominates Ambet Yuson as General Secretary and Endorses 4-year Strategic Plan

The BWI held its World Board on 10 May 2017 receiving affiliates from all over the world in Geneva, Switzerland. Representatives of the Presidium, Auditors, Titular members of the World Board, observers, and invited guests from Australia and the United States discussed issues on the political...

learn more
18/5/2017

India: TKTMS commemorates IWMD in remembrance of Cheyyar building collapse victims

In the small town of Cheyyar in Tiruvannamalai district (Tamil Nadu State, India) the TKTMS union mobilised around 800 union members to extend solidarity with the victims of the Cheyyar building collapse. A few months back, this town witnessed a building collapse which left two workers dead and...

learn more
16/5/2017

TURKEY: 418 Wood Workers at Strike

The Turkish Wood Workers Union (AGAC-IS) went on strike on 12 May demanding a pay increase and to defend their right to collective bargaining. The 418 workers at the Yildiz Sunta Plant, a Turkish company that produces wood products in the city of Kocaeli, had been negotiating for a renewal of a...

learn more
15/5/2017

Argentina: create cinema about work

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. This activity will take place from May 11th to 17th, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The festival, in its IV...

learn more
15/5/2017

Request for Union Travel Grants for BWI World Congress 2017

BWI World Congress and related meetings will be held in Durban, South Africa from 26 November to 1 December 2017. As many affiliates in developing countries are not able to pay for their travel and accommodation costs in Durban, the BWI is asking BWI Affiliates and Solidarity Partners to sponsor...

learn more
15/5/2017

SGIGMCG enters the site of the mega infrastructure project Bar – Boljari in Montenegro

BWI Mission visits the Mega Highway Project Bar - Boljare on 6 of April 2017 in Montenegro to discuss about working conditions in the 43-km priority section (Smokovac – Matesevo) for which the Chinese EXIM Bank provided a loan of 800 Million Euro to the Government of Montenegro. The main...

learn more
15/5/2017

PAKISTAN: Sinohydro workers strike for lost wages ahead of global summit

Around 1200 construction workers at the World Bank-funded Tarbela-IV hydroelectric power project in Northern Pakistan took strike action last week, demanding action on wage arrears from (the minimum wage was increased in July 2016, however Tarbela workers only received the increase from February...

learn more
12/5/2017

Corporate greed leads to lockout in Victoria timber mill

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...

learn more
11/5/2017

President Han receives the FNV Trade Union Award

Han Sang Gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), is the recipient of the annual Febe Velasquez Trade Union Award, awarded in absentia at the FNV Congress yesterday. KCTU’s Vice President Lee Sang Jin collected the award on Han’s behalf, since he is currently imprisoned...

learn more
9/5/2017

Global unions advocate a strong dialogue with LafargeHolcim

IndustriALL Global Union and Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) attended the annual shareholders meeting of LafargeHolcim on 3 May 2017, demanding tangible progress in negotiations of the Global Framework Agreement (GFA). Some 40 activists from Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria,...

learn more
8/5/2017

Interview: Brazilian unions are still struggling to guarantee the indemnification of workers who were victims of the collapse of the dam in Mariana

On November 5th , 2015, Brazil was shocked to hear the news on the collapse of the Fundão dam, at the Germano plant in the city of Mariana, state of Minas Gerais. The dam was the responsibility of the company Samarco whose owners are the Brazilian Vale S.A. and the Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton....

learn more
7/5/2017

No credibility on chrysotile – Predictably, no action from the UN as the biennial farce on asbestos concludes at Rotterdam Convention meeting.

Around 4 million tons of deadly chrysotile asbestos has been put into the built environment since the last UN discussions two years ago on whether this deadly material should be subject to Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedures. This is the sixth time that the UN has recommended the inclusion...

learn more
4/5/2017

General Strike in Brazil

This is what many union leaders of civil and heavy construction – and other BWI sectors in this country – expressed after receiving the intense manifestation of international solidarity from BWI affiliated organizations worldwide, particularly from Latin America and the Caribbean. There were...

learn more
2/5/2017

Tower Crane Accident Kills 6 and Injures 25 in South Korea

A Tragic accident claimed the lives of 6 workers and injured 25 others when a tower crane between 50 and 60 meters and weighing 32 tons broke at 2:50 pm on May 1 in Geoje, a southeastern port city in South Korea. The crash occurred at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard during the construction...

learn more
2/5/2017

Outcome of the OECD Guidelines Case brought by BWI on FIFA and Qatar: FIFA Accepts Responsibility

The Swiss National Contact Point (NCP) charged with implementing the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises has announced the outcome of the case submitted by BWI concerning the human rights of migrant construction workers involved in building the infrastructure and stadiums for the 2022...

learn more
2/5/2017

GLOBAL ASBESTOS ACTION ALLIANCE MEDIA EVENT NOTICE - Global petition demanding action on chrysotile and reform of the Rotterdam Convention to be handed to COP President Rotterdam Convention

For more than a decade the asbestos industry has blocked the wishes of the rest of the world and refused to allow chrysotile asbestos to be put on the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances. A small group of self-interested countries, led by Russia and those that still mine and...

learn more
2/5/2017

ALU, BWI unions breaches tight security & brought ‘No To Russian Asbestos’ IWMD message in ASEAN Summit meeting in Manila

Amid tight security, unionists from Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) Philippine affiliate Associated Labor Unions (ALU) held a surprise International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) demonstration forewarning participants to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) leaders’ summit...

learn more
30/4/2017

BWI May Day Solidarity Message: Amandla! Power to the People!

On May Day, workers around the world will celebrate their victories and reflect on the challenges that we collectively face. For the Building and Wood Workers’ International, May Day 2017 will revolve around the theme of ‘Amandla’, the Zulu word for ‘power to the people’. This is also the theme for...

learn more
28/4/2017

INDIA: BWI Affiliates petition Indian Government for listing of Chrysotile Asbestos in the PIC List

The issue of Chrysotile Asbestos is currently being discussed at the Conference of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention in Geneva. In the past, countries with vested interests – in particular large asbestos producers – have blocked its listing on grounds of unanimity. BWI affiliates in India...

learn more