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The IUF Food Processing Division was formally created in 2017 with adoption of the Division from IUF's highest governing body – the IUF Congress. The IUF Food Processing Division seeks to address the issues workers face in this sector that cut across companies operating in the food processing industry: health and safety, financial short-termism and its impacts, declining or stagnant wages, migrant worker rights, etc. The Division further promotes education and mobilization of current membership as well as organizing of workers who are not already union members to increase union membership and power within this industrial sector. The Division will also focus directly on major companies in the food processing sector to strengthen union coordination internationally in those companies and consolidate or secure recognition of IUF affiliates.

Please contact the IUF Secretariat for further information.

Food processing News

Global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle is attacking rights in Bangladesh 27-11-2018

1133Dutch-based confectioner Perfetti Van Melle, makers of Mentos, Chupa Chups and Alpenliebe among other global brands, doesn't believe workers in Bangladesh have the right to form a union, and is aggressively attacking workers attempting to form one. CLICK HERE to send a message to the company!


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FNV and NGG members strike Jacobs Douwe Egberts in the Netherlands and in Germany 23-11-2018

Picture%20with%20flagsJacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) workers in Utrecht, Netherlands and in 7 German locations took strike action on November 22. In Utrecht, workers successfully shut down production at JDE for 24 hours, the duration of the strike. NGG traveled with a group of striking German JDE workers to Utrecht to join some 200 FNV JDE strikers in a show of solidarity.


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IUF affiliates show solidarity and support for JDE workers in Germany 13-11-2018

Earlier this year, Jacob Douwe Egberts (JDE) in Bremen, Germany - the birthplace of the business more than 120 years ago - turned its back on the workers who've built the business and unilaterally terminated its agreement with their union NGG.


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Key drivers in the food processing industry in the next five years 06-11-2018

See here for a document on key drivers in the food processing industry in the next five years developed by the IUF Food Processing Division and its affiliates.

This document explores current and future trends in the food processing sector affecting IUF membership, investigates the impact of these trends and poses solutions to mitigate these impacts.


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The Cargill 14 - still strong, still fighting 05-11-2018

Photo%202For more than 200 days now, 14 workers who were dismissed on April 17, 2018 while trying to organize a union at Cargill Turkey continue their militant protest.







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Global agreement with Unilever on rights and recognition 01-11-2018

IMG_5417%20Adjusted_best_resizedIUF General Secretary Sue Longley, IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary Valter Sanches and Unilever CEO Paul Polman signed a joint memorandum on union rights and recognition with global consumer goods maker Unilever on October 31 at the regular bi-annual meetings with the company which have taken place since 2010.
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Successful negotiations at Mondelez Malaysia 31-10-2018

Following a fight for the right to negotiate change involving protests by members and intervention by the IUF to support the demand for good faith negotiations, Malaysian IUF affiliate FIEU successfully negotiated a satisfactory outcome concerning the employment impact of the Johor Baru plant closure.
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Attacks on worker rights continue at Mondelez Malaysia 18-10-2018

Mondelez%20Malaysia%202018%20%282%29Malaysian IUF affiliate FIEU has now had four meetings with Mondelez in an effort to negotiate over the impacts of the announced Johor Baru plant closure. Local management however continues to act in bad faith.

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Broad attack on worker rights at Mondelez Malaysia 29-09-2018

Mondelez%20Malaysia%20ResizedMondelez management attempted to unilaterally announce the closure of the Johor Baru plant at the beginning of July 2018, but Malaysian IUF affiliate FIEU intervened to demand negotiations.

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Job cuts, now a worker death at Mondelez (Cadbury) India 28-09-2018

Mondelez worker Milkhi Ram was killed on September 21 while operating a moulding machine in the company's Baddi, India plant. His death followed a wave of massive workforce reductions accompanied by a "voluntary separation scheme" initiated by Mondelez India management, which workers were pressured into accepting.

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Italian unions to strike against job destruction at Jacob Douwe Egberts (JDE) 26-09-2018

IUF affiliates in JDE's Italian operations will be striking on September 28 to protest the elimination of 57 jobs with the announced closure of JDE's Andezeno, Italy facility.  FLAI-CGIL, FAI-CISL and UILA-UIL have issued a joint call for JDE to enter into immediate negotiations and to reconsider the company's decision to transfer production and make 57 workers redundant.

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Reinstate #TheCargill14 now! 18-09-2018

Cargill14Istanbulrally2A large rally on September 18 in front of Cargill's Istanbul head office, with participants from 22 trade union, civil and political organizations, showed the wide support for the fourteen workers and members of IUF affiliate Tekgida-Is who have been continuously protesting since they were dismissed over 150 days ago while organizing a union at Cargill in Bursa-Orhangazi, Turkey.  

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Defending decent jobs at Mondelez 10-09-2018

6404eTrade union representatives from 18 unions, 13 countries, and 6 continents gathered in Brussels on September 5 and 6 to develop union action to protect their members' futures in Mondelez.


  


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Reinstate the Cargill 14 now! 19-06-2018

CargillFourteen union activists were unfairly dismissed from their jobs on April 17, 2018 while organizing a union at Cargill-Turkey in Bursa-Orhangazi. These 14 dismissals follow those of seven other workers who were also unfairly dismissed in 2015.



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Workers' rights on the agenda at Mondelez Shareholder Meeting 17-05-2018

IUF affiliate BCTGM and the IUF Secretariat put workers' rights on the agenda at Mondelez' shareholders meeting on May 16 in Lincolnshire, Illinois (USA).
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Subsidizing Mondelez in Canada: the Ontario government's 22 million dollar cash gift 19-04-2018

mondelez-sticker-en_Final%20resizedCanada's Ontario government is rewarding Mondelez a cash gift of 22.6 million Canadian dollars for `skills development and capital investment' at its non-union East York (Ontario) facility- a factory which over the past 5 years has taken over production from two union sites which the company has closed.

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Pennsylvania Mission Foods workers organize, fight and win a first collective bargaining agreement 17-04-2018

Workers at Mission Foods in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania have voted to approve a 3-year collective bargaining agreement and officially join United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 1776 following union organizing efforts dating back to 2006. 


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Workers must prepare for new cost-saving drive as KHC struggles with rising interest rates 12-04-2018

The IUF has written extensively about the risks of the 3G model, which flourished in the food processing sector when interest rates were near zero creating a situation where companies like Kraft Heinz could borrow virtually free money.

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Conversion of casual to permanent work at Mondelez (Cadbury) Pakistan 18-02-2018

At its annual general meeting on February 16, the Mondelez (Cadbury) Progressive Employees Union celebrated the conversion of 94 long term casuals to permanent jobs. The casual workers were employed at the Cadbury plant for several years through corrupt labour hire agencies that exploited workers' insecurity and vulnerability.

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Launch of first-ever independent federation of food workers in Indonesia 14-02-2018

On February 2 and 3, sixteen independent unions came together in Yogyakarta to form the first ever independent union federation of food workers in Indonesia, FSBMM, a historic step in building independent and democratic union power in the food and beverage sectors in Indonesia.

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What happens when the shark runs out of water for the feeding frenzy? 13-02-2018

For many, Kraft Heinz/3G Capital's business model is old news - though not for the thousands who have lost their jobs due to the company's aggressive cost cutting. 3G loads up on debt to acquire a company, wrings out all possible costs to boost profitability, and once this has been completed, borrows again to fund a new acquisition and repeats the cycle.
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The fight to save quality jobs at Mondelez Dunedin, New Zealand 20-10-2017

Mondelezsticker_0The IUF-affiliated union E tu has worked tirelessly with community leaders to save quality jobs at Mondelez and is highly critical of the final decision by the company to move all production of Cadbury products at its Dunedin, New Zealand production plant to Australia. This decision also follows an IUF urgent action that many IUF affiliated members took part in to support their brothers and sisters from E tu in New Zealand.



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