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
Broad attack on worker rights at Mondelez Malaysia 29-09-2018
Mondelez 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.[read more]
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. [read more]
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.[read more]
Reinstate #TheCargill14 now! 18-09-2018
Defending decent jobs at Mondelez 10-09-2018
Trade 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.
Reinstate the Cargill 14 now! 19-06-2018
Fourteen 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.
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).[read more]
Subsidizing Mondelez in Canada: the Ontario government's 22 million dollar cash gift 19-04-2018
Canada'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.[read more]
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.
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.[read more]
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.[read more]
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. [read more]
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. [read more]
The fight to save quality jobs at Mondelez Dunedin, New Zealand 20-10-2017
The 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.