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Giwusa picket South Africa Union member killed as police fire on striking workers of South Africa’s largest dairy company

Khilson Manaka, a member of the General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA), was killed while fleeing police bullets. He was an employee of Clover Diaries where workers are on strike demanding a 16% hike

Alcoa Workers Protest-Spain Workers of Alcoa’s San Ciprian plant in Spain start indefinite strike

US-based aluminium giant Alcoa has decided to close down its San Ciprian smelter. The company’s sale negotiations with the UK-based Liberty group also failed last week

Tea workers Sri Lanka Sri Lankan tea estate workers agitate for better pay

Tea estate workers have demanded an increase in their daily wages to a minimum of LKR 1,000 (USD 5.42). They have also complained about plantation owners imposing productivity demands and wage cuts

BPCL workers strike India Thousands of state-owned refinery workers demand pay settlement in India

Employees of state-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) are fighting against a wage settlement meant to fast-track its privatization and are demanding benefits at par with other public sector oil companies

Macsteel NUMSA strike South Africa NUMSA embarks on strike at Macsteel against 20% cut in salaries

The company’s management has gone to court seeking an urgent interdict against the industrial action called by NUMSA. The union’s general secretary Irvin Jim said “We reject their attempts to blackmail workers into accepting reduced wages”

Migrant workers in Lebanon reach agreement with waste management company

Approximately 400 migrant workers were on strike for weeks after management of the Lebanese waste management company, RAMCO, started cutting their wages and paying them in Lebanese pounds instead of the contractually obligated US dollar

Garment workers strike Bangladesh Garment factory workers in Bangladesh demand timely payment of dues

Bangladesh began reopening factories last week, despite a spike in COVID-19 cases. However, there remain serious safety concerns over the implementation of mandatory preventive measures and the risk posed to the lives of thousands of workers

Covid Italy communists Italian trade union calls for general strike to halt non-essential production amid COVID-19 crisis

The Unione Sindacale Di Base has accused the government of prime minister Giuseppe Conte of not taking enough action to halt non-essential production due to the pressure exerted by Italian industrialists

Public safety risked to undermine strike at munition factory, alleges South African union

Members of NUMSA have been on strike since February 11 at the Rheinmettal Denel Munition production factory, the company has employed un-trained temporary workers to undermine the strike, putting public safety at risk

NUMSA strike South Africa South African court permits NUMSA to supply food to striking workers of Lanxess Chrome

Workers had begun a sit-in strike underground in Lanxess’s Rustenburg mine on February 17 against various issues, including sexual harassment and the exploitation of contract workers at the mine

Namibia workers In Namibia, union resists shutdown of state-owned factory and retrenchments

The state-owned August 26 Holdings is planning to shut down one of its subsidiaries on the grounds that a theft of USD 1.76 million has caused financial stress. The union has demanded a halt to the retrenchment plan

South Africa security guards Security guards in South Africa go on indefinite strike demanding payment of wages

Nearly 3,000 guards embarked on an indefinite strike on January 21 to demand the payment of their wages. Their employers claim that they are unable to pay as the government department which has contracted them has not released funds

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