New Global Union Faces Global Corporations at Farnborough Airshow

IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a new force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.
IndustriALL challenges the power of multinational companies and negotiates with them on a global level. IndustriALL fights for another model of globalization and a new economic and social model that puts people first, based on democracy and social justice.
IndustriALL strives to:
•Build stronger unions
•Organize and increase union membership
•Fight for trade union rights
•Fight against precarious work (including contract and agency labour)
•Build union power to confront global capital
•Promote industrial policy and sustainability
•Promote social justice and globalization
•Ensure equal rights and women’s participation
•Create safe workplaces
•Improve democracy and inclusiveness
Founded on 19 June 2012, the new organization brings together affiliates of the former global union federations: International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF), International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) and International Textiles Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF).
IndustriALL Global Union represents workers in a wide range of sectors from extraction of oil and gas, mining, generation and distribution of electric power, to manufacturing of metals and metal products, shipbuilding, automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, electronics, chemicals, rubber, pulp and paper, building materials, textiles, garments, leather and footwear and environmental services.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), joinED with representatives from IndustriALL, the newly formed global union, at the Farnborough Air Show on July 10-11 to remind visitors, vendors and customers that there would be no aerospace industry without the contributions of thousands of highly-skilled workers who belong to some of the world’s most progressive trade unions.

“It’s time to give proper credit to the men and women at aerospace companies and vendors who consistently produce the world’s most technically advanced products with a degree of skill that is unmatched anywhere in the world,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger, who also serves as one of three IndustriALL vice presidents. “We also will be monitoring the growing aerospace industry in countries like China, often with the help of U.S.-based aerospace companies.”

Bombardier business jet are made by IAMAW members in Montreal. Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets are manufactured.

Nowhere on earth is there a greater concentration of IAM-made products than at the international air shows held alternately each year in Farnborough, UK and Paris, France. Lined up, wing tip to wing tip are the latest commercial and military offerings from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, General Electric, Pratt Whitney, Spirit AeroSystems and others. Also lined up is an extraordinary traffic jam of Bentley’s, Rolls Royce’s and BMW’s used to transport well-heeled buyers from around the world.

In addition to the gleaming displays of new aircraft are stadium-sized exhibition halls filled with hundreds of vendors and suppliers to the world’s aerospace industry. It is here where buyers and sellers of everything from the smallest metal castings to the largest avionics systems will haggle, deal, and ultimately provide the industry with billions in revenue.

A relatively new addition to this bazaar-like atmosphere is the gaggle of governmental representatives from Asia, South America, Eastern Europe and Africa. Ostensibly there to promote their own relatively new aerospace industries, they also seek to persuade existing aerospace companies to relocate manufacturing from near and far with promises of tax incentives, start-up assistance and invariably, inexpensive labor costs.

Not to be outdone, individual U.S. states have joined the fray, with South Carolina aggressively promoting its status as a right-to-work state where workers’ rights are fewer and workers’ wages are lower.

New stretched regional jet assembled by Machinists in Dorval, Que.

IAM representatives from the union’s aerospace sector are also at Farnborough, to monitor this dubious marketplace of manpower and material, to meet with employers and to make sure buyers and sellers know that without the highly-skilled contributions of aerospace workers around the world, there would be no aerospace industry.

“It’s time to give proper credit to the men and women at aerospace companies and vendors who consistently produce the world’s most technically advanced products with a degree of skill that is unmatched anywhere in the world,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger, who met with representatives from vendors and suppliers as well as primary manufacturers at the exhibition.

Adding to the union presence at this year’s exhibition are leaders of IndustriALL, the newly-formed global industrial trade union representing 50 million workers in 350 unions around the world. The delegates, representing the world’s largest aerospace companies, pledged to coordinate their organizing and bargaining activities to a greater degree than ever before.

“We can no longer allow a global corporation to move work from one state to another, or from one country to another and then pit its workers against one another,” declared Buffenbarger, who also serves as one of three IndustriALL vice presidents. “We are union brothers and sisters, no matter where we live and we will not allow our family to be harmed in that way.”

 

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