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ICM organiza exitosa conferencia deportiva mundial

26 November 2020 14:43

A través de una modalidad mixta de interacciones electrónicas, redes sociales y actividades presenciales tradicionales, la ICM en asociación con el Ministerio de Desarrollo Administrativo, Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales (MADLSA), el Comité Supremo de Entrega y Legado (SC) y varios socios de apoyo solidario realizaron una la exitosa Conferencia Deportiva Global de dos días sobre derechos laborales y la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA 2022, durante el 23 y 24 de noviembre.

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LafargeHolcim acusada de contaminar el río de París

23 November 2020 03:53

La solicita a las autoridades francesas que no dejen piedra sin remover en su investigación del líquido filtrado en el río Sena de París, el cual proviene de una planta perteneciente al gigante cementero franco-suizo LafargeHolcim, y que generó gran indignación pública.

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Noticia de Última Hora: Nueva venta de LafargeHolcim

20 November 2020 05:51

La ICM ha sido informada de la reciente venta de GNE LafargeHolcim Granulats a LafargeHolcim Bélgica. LafargeHolcim Granulats (agregados) se encuentra en la frontera belga.

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Sindicato sueco de la construcción advierte sobre huelga masiva

19 November 2020 04:52

Byggnads, el sindicato sueco de trabajadores de la construcción, ha amenazado con ir a la huelga la próxima semana debido a la renuencia de la Federación de Empleadores Byggföretagen por abordar los accidentes mortales relacionados con el trabajo en toda la industria durante sus negociaciones colectivas.

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IG BAU pide protección climática y trabajo decente en la industria del cemento

16 November 2020 08:29

La organización afiliada a la ICM en Alemania, el Sindicato de la Construcción, Silvicultura, Agricultura y Medio Ambiente (IG BAU) da la bienvenida al compromiso de empresas globales de cemento y materiales de construcción, como HeidelbergCement y LafargeHolcim, de reducir sus emisiones de carbono.

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Operaciones de HeidelbergCement y LafargeHolcim mapeadas en MENA

09 November 2020 14:22

La ICM publicó un mapeo de las operaciones de HeidelbergCement y LafargeHolcim en la región de Medio Oriente y África del Norte (MENA), el cual informa sobre el cumplimiento de las empresas con los estándares internacionales y regionales.

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Pakistán: Trabajadores de la represa de Suki Kinari se declaran en huelga

02 November 2020 13:47

Cerca de 2.000 trabajadores del proyecto de construcción de energía hidroeléctrica Suki Kinari (SK) en el norte de Pakistán han estado en huelga desde el 27 de octubre. Los obreros protestan por la restricción a su libertad de movimiento, despidos ilegales y la denegación de horas extras, permisos y bonos COVID-19.

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Sindicato de Zimbabue condena trato inhumano contra 150 trabajadores cementeros

02 November 2020 09:09

El Sindicato de Trabajadores de Cemento, Cal y Afines de Zimbabwe (CLAWUZ) denunción y condenó el trato inhumano contra 150 trabajadores empleados en la Diamond Cement Company, cerca de la ciudad de Kwekwe en Zimbabwe central.

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Trabajadores surinameses luchan contra violaciones de derechos laborales del Grupo Greenheart

26 October 2020 03:49

La Federación Sindical Progresista 47 (C-47), organización afiliada a la ICM en Surinam, exige el reintegro de los trabajadores sindicalizados que fueron despedidos y el pago de salarios en Greenheart Group NV, una empresa multinacional de extracción, procesamiento, comercialización, venta y suministro de madera y productos derivados.

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ICM apoya la Iniciativa Suiza de Empresas Responsables

16 October 2020 21:46

La reunión de la Red Global de Cemento de la ICM con sus afiliadas en todo el mundo se centró en temas clave, incluida la Iniciativa de Empresas Responsables de Suiza, que representa una esperanza para los trabajadores de todo el mundo. Esta reunión virtual, celebrada el 14 de octubre de 2020, reunió a unos 40 participantes.

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HeidelbergCement network commits to surpass new challenges

14 October 2020 08:49

About 40 participants from unions affiliated to Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and IndustriALL Global Union met online on 13 October to discuss developments and challenges for employees of German building materials multinational HeidelbergCement.

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Sindicatos camboyanos elogian el nombramiento de 362 inspectores de construcción

18 September 2020 02:16

Los sindicatos y las organizaciones de la sociedad civil en Camboya están contentos con la decisión del gobierno de nombrar a 362 inspectores para monitorear, observar, investigar, inspeccionar, recolectar evidencia y promover la implementación de las leyes de construcción.

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Francia: Sector de la construcción se beneficia del Plan de Estímulo gubernamental

10 September 2020 13:34

El paquete de estímulo de 100,000 millones de euros presentado por el Primer Ministro Jean Castex el 3 de septiembre destinará 30,000 millones de euros a un Plan de Transición Ecológica (el elemento central del paquete) y otros 7,500 millones de euros al sector de la construcción.

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Mujeres ladrilleras son la columna vertebral de la industria ladrillera artesanal en Argentina

27 August 2020 06:28

Con motivo del Mes de la Familia Ladrillera en agosto, la Unión Obrera Ladrillera de la República Argentina (UOLRA) realizó una reunión en línea con trabajadoras ladrilleras para presentar los principales logros y esfuerzos del sindicato en materia de igualdad de género.

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Sindicatos de la ICM brindan apoyo a trabajadores migrantes indios varados en Serbia

24 August 2020 13:57

Los sindicatos afiliados a la ICM en India y Serbia se unieron para ayudar a 51 trabajadores migrantes indios que quedaron varados sin trabajo ni salario en el país balcánico.

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Caravana de Trabajadores de IKEA: Bajos salarios en PT Integra, Indonesia

20 August 2020 06:10

Esta es la segunda etapa de la "Caravana de Historias de Trabajadores de IKEA" de la ICM. Esta campaña permitir que los trabajadores de IKEA en diferentes países compartan sus vidas y experiencias laborales. En esta ocasión, nos referiremos al Gabinete de PT Integra Indo, ubicado en Sidoarjo, Java Oriental, Indonesia.

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Caravana de trabajadores de IKEA: Largas horas de trabajo y pocos cambios en la fábrica de Tikhvin, Rusia

04 August 2020 11:17

La ICM lanzó recientemente la "Caravana de historias de trabajadores de IKEA", la cual tiene el objetivo de permitir que los trabajadores de IKEA en diferentes países compartan sus vidas y experiencias laborales. La primera parada de la caravana fue en la fábrica de IKEA Industry en Tikhvin, Rusia, que se encuentra en la región noroeste del país. La fábrica, que emplea a más de 1.000 trabajadores, produce muebles IKEA y consta de departamentos de aserraderos y muebles.

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TARIM ORMAN-IS lleva a cabo capacitación para combatir las crecientes muertes relacionadas con el trabajo en sector forestal

21 July 2020 04:19

En respuesta a la gran cantidad de muertes relacionadas con accidentes laborales en el sector forestal, el Sindicato de Empleados de Agricultura, Silvicultura, Ganadería y Medio Ambiente (TARIM ORMAN-IS) llevó a cabo una capacitación en Salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo para 45 trabajadores forestales rurales. La actividad se realizó el 18 de julio en una aldea forestal al norte de Turquía.

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Ucrania: PROFBUD desafía a IKEA y FSC sobre madera de origen ilegal

10 July 2020 03:50

Earthsight, una organización ambiental sin fines de lucro, publicó un informe de investigación sobre "madera caliente", donde alega que la madera talada ilegalmente del oeste de Ucrania con certificación del Consejo de Administración Forestal (FSC, por sus siglas en inglés) se está vendiendo a través de un intermediario rumano a la multinacional sueca IKEA.

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ICM condena el ataque contra línea de piqueteo de trabajadores despedidos en la planta de cemento Holcim Davao

30 June 2020 15:50

"La Internacional de Trabajadores de la Construcción y la Madera, ICM condena el ataques cobardes contra la línea de piqueteos de trabajadores despedidos en la planta de Holcim Cement Davao en Filipinas el 22 de abril, llevado a cabo por desconocidos que se aprovechan de la pandemia de COVID y la orden del gobierno de permanecer en casa", dice Ambet Yuson, Secretario General de la ICM.

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Discriminación laboral en LafargeHolcim Egipto

30 June 2020 12:37

A los trabajadores subcontratados en la planta de cemento de LafargeHolcim en Sokhna, Egipto se les asignan los trabajos más peligrosos en la planta. Esta es una de las muchas prácticas laborales discriminatorias descubiertas por una investigación independiente.

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Job erosion at HeidelbergCement Suez Plant in Egypt

19 June 2020 04:23

Since 2018, HeidelbergCement in Egypt has reduced its workforce by at least 2,000 through attrition and by not extending fixed term contracts. In December 2019, an independent study found that almost half of the 474 workers are contract workers at its Suez plant, one of four plants owned by HeidelbergCement in Egypt, where discriminatory labour conditions are a concern.

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Malas condiciones laborales y de salud en LafargeHolcim Jordania

06 June 2020 12:25

More than two thirds of the total workforce at the Cement Fuheis Plant suffer from asthma, undoubtedly related to their exposure to dust at the workplace. To make matters worse, workers who do not pass health tests are not entitled to paid sick leave or paid sick retirement. These findings of an independently-conducted research raised concerns among BWI affiliates for these workers as respiratory illness increases the risk of complications should a worker contract COVID-19.

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Victoria de los trabajadores de la empresa cementera camboyana vinculada a 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.

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The voice of workers at LafargeHolcim is heard

26 May 2020 06:24

On 26 May, 2020 the Swiss National Contact Point released its initial assessment on a case, referred to as a “specific instance”, submitted by the BWI on 12 December 2019 based on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The NCP concludes, “This report on the initial assessment by the Swiss National Contact Point (hereafter “Swiss NCP”) concludes that the issues raised in this submission merit further consideration on the specific context of the Philippines as well as on the global group level.”

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Conventions and Studies

18 May 2020 11:46

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LafargeHolcim: ¡Tiempo para la Solidaridad! ¡Tiempo de compartir las ganancias con los trabajadores!

11 May 2020 19:06

En vísperas de la Asamblea General Anual de LafargeHolcim del 12 de mayo de 2020 en Suiza, sus trabajadores y obreros subcontratados en todo el mundo representados por la ICM, IndustriAll y la FETCM hacen un llamado urgente a los Accionistas de LafargeHolcim a través de una declaración conjunta.

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Respuesta del Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Construcción de Ucrania a los desafíos de COVID-19

01 May 2020 03:33

A pesar de las advertencias de los medios de comunicación, las organizaciones de salud, los círculos diplomáticos y los servicios de inteligencia, Ucrania no estaba en gran medida preparada para la pandemia COVID-19.

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Entrevista a Secil Coban de TARIM-ORMAN-IS

15 October 2019 13:19

Carried out by LAC region

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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.

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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.

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Venezuela: Extensión de Convenio Colectivo y actualización de salarios

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).

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Nicaragua: Sindicatos regulan subcontratación y tercerización en construcción

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.

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Ministerio de Qatar e ICM organizan un Foro de Líderes Comunitarios

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.

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Ataque a los derechos sindicales en 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.

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Perú: Trabajadores exigen reactivación del sector de la construcción

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.

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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

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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.

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Corea del Sur: exposición fotográfica destaca a las mujeres en la construcción

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.

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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).

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Turquía: condiciones de trabajo peligrosas en bosques certificados por FSC

13 November 2018 22:07

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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STIEU gana voto secreto a pesar de la obstrucción de SFI

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.

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Derechos humanos en Qatar - Avances y desafíos

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.

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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.

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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.

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Trabajadores y comunidades en Hong Kong se unen contra el proyecto de reclamo de tierras

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.

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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.

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Votorantim Cimentos: Sindicatos demandam dialogo social e negociação justa

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brasil: Greve por direitos na 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.

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Declaración sobre la fatalidad ocurrida en el estadio Al Wakrah

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.

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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.

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Alemania: un acuerdo histórico otorga a los trabajadores de Hochtief un aumento salarial del 7,14 %

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.

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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.

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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.

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Copa del Mundo de la FIFA Rusia 2018: en memoria de 21 trabajadores muertos

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.

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La Junta Asesora de Derechos Humanos de la FIFA publica una actualización

12 June 2018 10:10

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

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Nuevo informe: juego sucio de la FIFA en la Copa Mundial 2018 Rusia

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.

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PNC Suizo felicita el diálogo productivo de la ICM-FIFA en Qatar

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.

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DÍA DEL TRABAJADOR 2018: Foro de Líderes Comunitarios en 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.

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BWI leads tripartite International Workers’ Memorial Day in Qatar

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.

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Informe conjunto ICM/KFCITU sobre las violaciones de los derechos de los trabajadores de la construcción en 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.

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India: Policía investiga doble fatalidad en el Grupo 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.

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Malasia: ¡STIEU gana en la Corte de Apelaciones!

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.

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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.

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La codicia empresarial conduce al bloqueo de la fábrica de madera 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Industri Energi supports organizing project in the Furniture industry in Ghana

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Notícias

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bahrain GFBTU 3rd congress 2016 - BWI extends its support

06 April 2016 12:07

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.kolektivni-ugovori.info

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Notícias

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.

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Materiales de Construcción

El sector de materiales de construcción es un sector en rápido crecimiento, paralelo al sector de la construcción. Incluye una amplia gama de proveedores, desde fabricantes de cemento hasta fabricantes de vidrio y cerámica, además de proporcionar un gran mercado para fabricantes de pinturas y cableado, y una gran cantidad de otras industrias relacionadas. Tiene un papel clave para generar la transición a una economía baja en carbono mediante la producción de materiales de construcción alternativos, los cuales reemplacen materiales de construcción peligrosos que causan preocupaciones ambientales y de salud.

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Convenciones y estudios

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Convenciones y estudios

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Madera y silvicultura

Se estima que el 30% de la superficie mundial está cubierta por bosques y unos 13,2 millones de personas están empleadas en el sector forestal de manera formal. La ICM trabaja por la protección de los derechos de los trabajadores forestales y de madera y fomentamos la idea de que los trabajadores pueden desempeñar un papel clave en el mantenimiento de nuestros bosques, siempre y cuando se respeten sus derechos. También apoyamos los sistemas de certificación forestal para crear bosques económicamente, ambientalmente y socialmente sostenibles.

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Industrias Aliadas

Las industrias y el comercio aliados incluyen varios subsectores como la minería y canteras, el aserrado y el cepillado de la madera, la fabricación de otros productos minerales no metálicos, la construcción de edificios, la ingeniería civil, las actividades de construcción especializada y las actividades de arquitectura e ingeniería.

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Convenciones y estudios

02 March 2016 15:07

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Convenciones y estudios

02 March 2016 15:07

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Sector de la Construcción

El sector de la construcción comprende una amplia gama de actividades económicas y es uno de los mayores proveedores mundiales de empleo - alrededor del 7% de la fuerza de trabajo a nivel mundial. La ICM lucha por la protección de los derechos de los trabajadores, principalmente mediante la aplicación de leyes y reglamentos, y por la promoción de condiciones de trabajo decentes en conjunto con la dimensión social del desarrollo sostenible en el crecimiento económico, la conservación del medio ambiente y la sociedad.

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Notícias

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.

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