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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Somalia: Stop attacks on journalists and other trade unionists

In the past four years, the Federal Government of Somalia has been attacking the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU), because these unions refused to be controlled by the government. The government disbanded union meetings of NUSOJ in Mogadishu, imposed non-union members as leaders of FESTU and NUSOJ, intimidated union leaders and members including arrest, travel restrictions, de-registered unions to make them illegal, sacked most senior judges of the country who made favourable rulings for the union in February 2016, and denied FESTU the right to represent workers in tripartite platforms. The Supreme Court of Somalia and the ILO supported the demand that the government recognise the internationally recognised leadership of NUSOJ and FESTU, and stop the attacks on the unions.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

All the workers arrested have now been released and the employers have reached agreement to recognise the trade unions.
among those released was an organiser with BGRWU (the union this region continues to support)

Thursday, 2 March 2017


The 35 Bangladeshi unionists and garment workers arrested since December last year have all been released, following an international campaign led by IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union.  Over 10,742 of you signed the online campaign on LabourStart, making it one of our largest campaigns this year.

IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary Valter Sanches welcomed the decision to release the jailed activists: "We have seen an incredible show of global solidarity and this is an important victory for garment workers in Bangladesh, sending a strong message to the country's industry to enter into a constructive dialogue with the trade unions. The issue that sparked the crackdown on unions at the end of last year still remains. We will continue to support the fight for higher wages and will closely monitor the situation until all charges are dropped."

IndustriALL has produced a very short video showing how successful this campaign was.

Monday, 13 February 2017


At least 26 garment trade unionists and worker activists have been detained in Bangladesh in an alarming step backwards for worker rights and democracy in the country.

Security forces have raided the houses of trade union leaders and volunteers, and many have gone into hiding in fear of their safety. Trade union offices in Ashulia, the garment-producing hub of the capital Dhaka, have been invaded, vandalized and forcibly shut down, with membership documents burned and furniture removed.

After garment workers demanded an increase in wages in December, more than 1,600 workers have been fired and police have filed cases against 600 workers and trade union leaders.

Sign the petition to stop the attacks on garment workers and tell the government of Bangladesh to immediately release the detained union leaders and activists, and drop all charges against them.

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Sign the petition here