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Spain: unions win legal recognition of hotel housekeepers' injuries and illnesses as occupational diseases 13-09-2018

On August 30 the tripartite body on employment quality in the hospitality sector, which brings together employers, unions and governments at local and national level, agreed to officially recognize a group of specific illnesses and injuries affecting hotel housekeepers as occupational diseases. 

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New law brings paid leave for victims of domestic violence in New Zealand 15-08-2018

New legislation adopted by New Zealand's Parliament provides victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to allow them to ensure their personal safety. Under the law, which comes into effect in April 2019, victims will not be required to provide proof of violence and will have access to flexible work arrangements to facilitate their safety.
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Swiss union investigation into housekeeping in Marriott Zürich hotels reveals exploitative, dangerous and unsanitary conditions 19-07-2018

An investigation by IUF affiliate Unia into housekeeping in Marriott-branded hotels in Zürich - one of the world's most expensive cities - shows the brutal consequences of cut-throat outsourcing: extreme speed-up and exploitation of a vulnerable workforce resulting in dangerously unsanitary conditions for workers and guests and multiple violations of the regional collective agreement for the cleaning sector which sets minimum legal working conditions.

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New Zealand Court of Appeal confirms protection of agency workers' rights 17-07-2018

IUF New Zealand affiliate E tū has welcomed the NZ Court of Appeal's rejection of an application by LSG Skychefs to appeal a lower Court decision which asserted that hundreds of agency workers working in the company's airline catering operation were in fact employees of the company.

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ILO calls for an international Convention on violence and harassment in the world of work 11-06-2018

indexWorkers worldwide can welcome the results of the first discussion on violence and harassment in the world of work at this year's International Labour Conference. Against the strong opposition of the Employers Group, which was only prepared to support at most a Recommendation, the Standards Setting Committee decided that the fight against harassment and violence require a Convention, supplemented by a Recommendation.

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Marriott workers from around the world demand action to combat sexual harassment 30-05-2018

http://www.iuf.org/w/sites/default/files/Marriott1.jpgUnion members from Marriott hotels in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Americas came together in Geneva on May 29 to voice their demand for global action by the world's largest hotel group to protect workers from the endemic sexual harassment which plagues the industry.

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India: SEWA calls on government to recognize the rights of informal sector workers in new wage legislation 24-04-2018

The vast majority of India's waged workforce fall outside the coverage of the government's proposed new Code on Wages. The Self-Employed women's Association (SEWA) is campaigning to bring recognition and rights for informal sector workers, including home-based and domestic workers, within the scope of the legislation.

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Union action for more and better jobs for women on banana plantations in Ghana 11-04-2018

The IUF and Banana Link have recently facilitated workshops for affiliated unions  as part of the push for more and better jobs for women workers on the plantations. 

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World Water Day: women workers on Indian tea plantations supplying global brands demand their right to water and sanitation 22-03-2018

http://www.iuf.org/w/sites/default/files/worldwaterday.jpgIn connection with World Water Day, March 22, women workers on tea plantations in the states of Assam and West Bengal held meetings and rallies to highlight their continued lack of access to a fundamental human right: the right to water and sanitation. 



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IUF women around the world demand EQUALITY NOW! on International Women's Day 16-03-2018

On March 8, International Women's Day (IWD), IUF affiliates around the world took action to demand EQUALITY NOW! They also strongly underlined the need to stop violence against women at work and in society.

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EQUALITY NOW! For an international Convention to stop violence against women at work 05-03-2018

IUF_8March_English_NA%20%282%29The International Women's Day celebrated by IUF affiliates this year is devoted to the struggle to end violence against women, violence which is rooted in resistance to equality. Sexually harassing a woman is an insidious reminder that she has no right to be at work. This is why this struggle is everybody's business, and why the trade union role is so vital.


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Under Iceland’s new equal pay law employers must prove compliance or face fines 25-01-2018

Gender-based wage discrimination has long been illegal in Iceland, as it is in many countries around the world. But the gender pay gap persists. Under the Equal Pay Standard law which came into effect on January 1, employers now must prove that they are paying equal wages for the same work or work of equal value, and can be fined for non-compliance.

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Unions mobilizing against sexual harassment in hotels and restaurants: We are not on the menu/Hands off pants on 23-11-2017

notonthemenuIUF members around the world are taking action to combat the rampant sexual harassment to which workers are subjected in the hotel, restaurant and catering industries.


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Tunisia: comprehensive new law on violence against women 02-08-2017

On July 26, the Tunisian Parliament unanimously adopted a comprehensive law addressing all forms of violence against women, psychological and economic violence as well as physical.

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IUF and Sodexo sign international agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace 10-07-2017

The IUF has signed an international agreement with the French-based catering and services provider Sodexo on measures to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace. The IUF-Sodexo Joint Commitment, based on a shared recognition that sexual harassment is a human rights violation and that women working in the services are exposed to high levels of risk, sets out a policy and procedures for ensuring zero tolerance. 

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Cambodia: Brewery giant Carlsberg seeks to punish union for defending workers' rights 24-04-2017

1070Global brewery giant Carlsberg is using the courts to bully and intimidate the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF), the union representing workers at its Cambodian joint venture Cambrew. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO CARLSBERG!
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No room for sexual harassment at the workplace! 31-03-2017

workplacefreeofsexualharassment_0On January 26, 2016, Unilever, the IUF and IndustriAll signed a Joint Commitment on preventing sexual harassment. A new brochure from the IUF based on this agreement presents concrete actions every union should take to prevent sexual harassment.

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IUF affiliates worldwide demand 'More women - more power' on International Women's Day 2017 15-03-2017

IWDGALU2On March 8, International women's Day, IUF affiliates around the world took action to demand 'More women - more power' in factories, hotels, farms, plantations, meeting halls and in the streets.


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International Women’s Day 2017 – More women, more power! 07-03-2017

IWD2017bannerWomen continue to suffer systematic discrimination concerning remuneration, access to jobs, social security, unpaid household and care work.
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Sexual harassment rampant in the service sector 09-12-2016

Affiliate surveys in North America and the Nordic countries and other information gathering has revealed alarming rates of sexual harassment in the hotel, restaurant, catering and tourism sectors.
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New SEWA publication highlights women workers organizing 11-05-2016

Informal sector workers in Gujarat win health care, social security with first identity cards 21-03-2016

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After years of campaigning the IUF-affiliated Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) won a major victory for informal sector workers in the state of Gujarat in the form of government issued identity cards. The identity cards are the first held by informal sector workers, identifying them as workers and granting access to free health insurance, accident insurance for women and children, hospitalization coverage and free access to rural health services covering all medical benefits for workers and their families.


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Honduras: human rights campaigner murdered and one woman killed every 16 hours 08-03-2016

bertacacaresIn a grim prelude to International Women's Day on March 8, the celebrated Honduran indigenous and environmental rights campaigner Berta Cáceres (pictured left) was murdered in Honduras, barely a week after she was threatened for opposing a hydroelectric project.
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International Women's Day 2016 - join us in the fight for women's right to food, water and social protection 07-03-2016

childcarryingwater1smallWomen are disproportionally affected by malnutrition and food insecurity. Today, some 793 million people are chronically undernourished, of whom 70 percent are women. The causes of women's massive overrepresentation among those who are deprived of one of the most essential human rights - the right to food - are also well known. They include discrimination with regard to access to employment, pay equity and property rights, lack of maternity protection and access to child care facilities and an unequal burden of family responsibilities.
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A breakthrough for women in Coca-Cola Pakistan 07-03-2016

IUF affiliates in Pakistan have successfully encouraged the company to apply a gender hiring policy to recruit more women workers and widen opportunities for women trainees in Coca-Cola plants in Rahim Yar Khan and Faisalabad in 2014.
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Joint commitment on preventing sexual harassment at Unilever 27-01-2016

The IUF and IndustriAll, the international unions representing workers at the global food and home and personal products manufacturer Unilever, have signed a joint commitment with the company on preventing sexual harassment at Unilever workplaces.
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Carlsberg/Cambrew dismisses striking beer promotion women in Cambodia! 27-01-2016

cambodiacarlsbergEleven members of the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Food and Service Workers' Federation (CFSWF) employed by transnational brewery giant Carlsberg's joint venture local brewer Cambrew have been dismissed in retaliation for taking strike action on January 16. Workers are fighting the company's attempt to impose short-term employment contracts and late working hours. CLICK HERE TO TELL CARLSBERG TO STOP UNION-BUSTING!


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FSBL and IUF stop illegal union verification by Phillips Seafood 17-12-2015

Phillips%20Seafood65US-based company Phillips Seafood has reacted to the international campaign calling for the reinstatement of unfairly terminated workers and union recognition by introducing a new product in their factory in Lampung, Indonesia: a management-manufactured union. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PHILLIPS SEAFOOD!

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IUF condemns death sentence on domestic worker in Saudi Arabia 14-12-2015

The IUF Africa Regional Committee, which met in Lome, Togo December 3-4, called on the government of Saudi Arabia to halt the planned execution of a Sri Lankan domestic worker sentenced to death on the spurious charge of ‘adultery’ earlier this year and to guarantee her immediate safe passage home.
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IUF raises inadequate maternity provisions with Nestlé - significant improvement announced 07-07-2015

In meetings with Nestlé corporate management on gender issues, the IUF had consistently pointed out to Nestlé that there was a need to raise its global standards on the issue of maternity protection at least to the level of ILO Convention 183. In a welcome move Nestlé has now acted.
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Indonesia: Fast food chain fires pregnant workers 'for safety' 01-04-2015

The restaurant chain PT Champ Resto Indonesia fires pregnant workers based a company policy that treats them as a health and safety risk. Under this policy workers are denied their legal right to three months paid maternity leave and must resign. Restaurant workers are also denied any medical insurance.
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Arrested Chinese rights activists face prison for attempting to highlight sexual harassment on International Women's Day 23-03-2015

Five young Chinese women activists arrested in the run-up to International Women's Day planning for planning actions to highlight sexual harassment on public transport are now in criminal detention facing charges of 'picking quarrels and provoking troubles', which can carry a five-year prison sentence.
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Dismissed Ethiopian Sheraton workers celebrate International Women's Day 12-03-2015

Fifty-two union members illegally dismissed for their union membership at the Sheraton Addis Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia celebrated International Women's Day on March 8 by meeting and pledging to continue their struggle. The venue was kept secret to allow union workers still employed at the upscale hotel to participate and show their support and solidarity.
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Global standards needed to stop violence against women 04-03-2015

Attacks against women's dignity and safety at work and in society are widespread and growing, and few governments or employers are willing to take adequate measures to stop it. It is therefore urgent that unions actively support the call by the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on violence against women for a universal legally binding instrument at the United Nations level.
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INDIA: Thousands of women agricultural workers mobilize to demand living wage rights 11-01-2015

In the lead up to International Women's Day 2015 thousands of women agricultural workers in Gujarat are holding mass meetings at district level to promote living wage rights.
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Swiss Parliament votes to ratify Domestic Workers Convention 19-06-2014

The Swiss Parliament voted on June 12 to ratify the Domestic Workers Convention (ILO C189). Switzerland is the third European country to ratify (after Italy and Germany) and the fifteenth on a global level.
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Swiss Parliament votes to ratify Domestic Workers Convention 19-06-2014

Domestic Workers' International welcomed into IUF 19-05-2014

At its meeting in Geneva on May 15-16, the IUF Executive Committee unanimously accepted the International Domestic Workers' Federation's (IDWF) request to become a special group within the IUF.
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Equality now! International Women's Day 2014 05-03-2014

Raising the volume for International Women’s Day 28-02-2014

Korean Women's Trade Union holds second strike against wage discrimination, precarious work 09-12-2013

Decent Work – not for one day only 07-10-2013

Domestic Workers honoured at AFL-CIO Convention 10-09-2013

Domestic violence clause in AMWU agreement with Heinz 22-08-2013

Jamaica Household Workers’ Association – Union at last ! 26-04-2013

Bolivia ratifies Convention on Domestic Workers 26-04-2013

Women tobacco workers win historic wage increase in Ahmedabad, India 12-04-2013

Safe at home, safe at work – zero tolerance of violence 08-03-2013

Domestic Workers: Human Rights Award for “historic success” 06-03-2013

UFC: respect Women! 05-03-2013



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