C190 and R206: tools for reshaping the world of work 19-06-2020
June 21, 2020 is the first anniversary of the International Labour Conference's adoption of Convention 190 (C190) and Recommendation 206 (R206) on violence and harassment in the world of work. These two standards propose practical steps that unions must take to put an end to violence and harassment and negotiate a comprehensive framework for the construction of the foundations necessary for a world that is better able to resist future economic and social crises.
International Domestic Workers Day 2020: Domestic workers demand essential rights and protection! 16-06-2020
On June 16, 2020, International Domestic Workers Day, the IUF and its affiliates stand in solidarity with domestic workers around the world and their organization, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF).
International union coalition demands action to combat sexual harassment at McDonald's restaurants 19-05-2020
The IUF and our regional European organization EFFAT-IUF have joined with the IUF-affiliated SEIU in the USA and Canada and the Brazilian national trade union center UGT to demand action to address sexual harassment at McDonald's restaurants around the world.
International Nurses Day 2020 - support PSI's call for universal public health care! 08-05-2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the deadly consequences of decades of reducing, privatizing and outsourcing public health services. Health workers putting their lives on the line every day to protect us all face overwhelming shortages of personnel, protective equipment, essential supplies and medical facilities. On the occasion of International Nurses Day, May 12, our sister international federation PSI is calling for unions internationally to endorse the call for universal health care with a petition on their site.
Burkina Faso: IUF affiliates take the lead in organizing worker safety and protection 30-04-2020
Since the first appearance of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, the national IUF Women's Committee and the IUF national Coordination Committee have stepped in where employers and public authorities have been unwilling or unable to provide adequate protection for workers. They have been supplying soap, masks and disinfectant and informing members how to protect themselves, their families and their communities, on and off the job.
Uganda flower workers' union fighting against total collapse 22-04-2020
Uganda's Horticultural, Industrial, Service Providers and Allied Workers' Union (UHISPAWU) is fighting to protect thousands of workers on flower farms from falling into poverty and hunger as a consequence of the overnight collapse of the export market. Sales of cut flowers, the bulk of which are exported to Europe for auction, have declined by up to 90 percent and there are no government protection programs for workers in agriculture who lose their jobs.
We cannot let domestic violence accompany the spread of COVID-19 17-04-2020
During the last 12 months, more than one in five women in the world has been the victim of violence inflicted by their partner. The health, economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is making the situation worse. In just a few weeks, several countries have recorded a significant increase in cases of domestic violence. The response to this phenomenon is as urgent as the policies adopted to stop the pandemic itself. Unions play an essential role.
India: Women's Water and Sanitation Committees fight to secure water facilities on tea plantations 26-03-2020
Workers from tea plantations who have migrated to other states in India to work in hotels, restaurants, plantations, construction and as daily wage workers are now returning to the plantations due to loss of work and income. The water and sanitation committees organized on plantations in Assam and West Bengal with the support of the IUF are fighting to secure the water they need to protect tea workers and their families against the coronavirus.
IUF women around the world demand equality and ratification of C190 23-03-2020
On March 8, International Women's Day (IWD), IUF affiliates around the world took action to demand equality and to urge their governments to ratify the new ILO Convention on elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work (C190).
Philippines: NUHWRAIN-SENTRO-IUF convention calls for the elimination of violence against women and ratification of C190 05-03-2020
NUHWRAIN-SENTRO-IUF convention calls for the elimination of violence against women and ratification of C190.
'Making women visible in occupational health and safety', a new IUF resource 08-01-2020
Trade unions help make workplaces safer and healthier for all workers, women and men, but often women's occupational health and safety (OHS) is neglected, putting workers at risk of injury and ill-health. The IUF has now published a resource on integrating gender into workplace health and safety.
Women's workplace health and safety must get more attention 04-12-2019
Trade unions are key to making workplaces safer and healthier for all workers but often women's occupational health and safety (OHS) is not given enough attention.
Lactalis women workers in Australia on strike for equality 25-11-2019
Women cheese packers at Lactalis-owned Jindi Cheese in Victoria, Australia are on strike for pay equality with men at other Lactalis sites. The women are members of the IUF-affiliated United Workers Union, which is campaigning to end pay discrimination at Lactalis.
Union tools to combat violence and harassment in the world of work 21-11-2019
The adoption of an International Convention (C190) and its Recommendation (R206) on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work represents a victory for workers worldwide, regardless of their sector of employment or status. The IUF has created a logo as well as a leaflet explaining C190 and R206 in layman's terms.
More women, more inclusion, more equality: historic agreement between Banacol, Sintrainagro, and IUF Latin America 15-11-2019
On November 13 in Medellín, Banacol, Colombia's largest banana producer, the IUF-affiliated agricultural workers union SINTRAINAGRO and IUF Latin America signed a Letter of Commitment pledging to employ an additional 400 women workers on Banacol's plantations by 2020, boosting women's participation in the company's employment from the current 10.7 percent to 19.90 percent.
Naga World Hotel Casino workers demand measures to protect them from violence and abuse 07-11-2019
For years, the union has called for action by management to curb violence and sexual harassment. Management has responded that customers may respond aggressively when they lose at gambling and nothing can be done; workers must apologize to guests who assault and abuse them, and get on with the job.
IUF and Arla Foods agreement on measures to fight sexual harassment 07-10-2019
The IUF and the dairy transnational Arla Foods have concluded an agreement on measures to protect workers against sexual harassment in the workplace.
IUF and AccorInvest agreement on fighting sexual harassment 16-09-2019
The IUF and the French-based transnational hotel chain AccorInvest have signed an agreement on measures to fight sexual harassment at work. It covers all persons employed by the Group or operating on behalf of AccorInvest.
Women in trade unions to change society 13-09-2019
A training workshop on gender equality and trade unions was held in San Jose, Costa Rica from 5 to 7 September 2019, with the participation of some thirty members of IUF-affiliated organizations in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador. Based on the personal experiences of the women trade unionists present, a key message expressed by the participants is that, like any society, trade unions need women in order to achieve fundamental change.
Finland: PAM and Sodexo agreement on implementing global commitment to prevent sexual harassment 29-07-2019
The IUF's Finnish affiliate PAM has signed an agreement with Sodexo OY on implementing the global agreement on preventing sexual harassment signed by the IUF with Sodexo in 2017.
It’s our victory – ILO adopts new global standards to combat violence and harassment in the world of work 26-06-2019
The IUF wholeheartedly welcomes the adoption on June 21 of new global standards on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. The Convention and Recommendation, adopted at the 2019 International Labour Conference, are the outcome of sustained mobilization and lobbying by trade unions.
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Support the feminist strike in Switzerland! 06-06-2019
On June 14, 2019 women across Switzerland will be on strike, at work and at home. The strike, overtly feminist and widely supported by trade unions (including our Swiss affiliate Unia), civil society groups and various political parties, is the successor to the historic strike of June 14, 1991.
IUF Women’s Committee: No to gender-based violence! 15-05-2019
The last IUF Women’s Committee meeting took place in Geneva on April 1, 2019 and was attended by some forty participants, including the President of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). Among the subjects discussed in a full agenda, the members of the Women’s Committee underlined the need for the affiliated trade unions to implement the agreements on the prevention of sexual harassment.
Canada: Unions win paid leave, support for victims of domestic violence 11-04-2019
In response to ongoing union campaigns for paid leave and improved support for victims of domestic violence and abuse, Canada's federal Labour Code has been amended to include a clause requiring all federally-regulated workplaces to provide five days of paid leave for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, in cases where a worker or their child is a survivor of such abuse.
Schysst stall (Fair stable) - working against sexual harassment in the horse sector in Sweden 20-03-2019
The IUF-affiliated Kommunal - Sweden's largest union - seeks agreement with employers on concrete measures to ensure that workplaces are free from sexual harassment and abuse. Schysst stall (Fair Stable) is a joint initiative with the service sector employer association and the Swedish Federation of Green Employers launched in March to inform and educate employers, workers, and students training for a career in the horse sector to understand what constitutes sexual harassment and how to respond to it.
IUF members denounce ‘Miss Curvy’ Uganda beauty contest tourism promotion 07-03-2019
IUF members around the world are calling on the government of Uganda to cancel a plan to promote Uganda's tourist industry with a "Miss Curvy" beauty contest as well as add "sexy" women to official literature listing Uganda's "attractions".
We are fighting for equality! For an international convention to end violence against women in the workplace 07-03-2019
International Women’s Day, celebrated by IUF affiliates, is again this year dedicated to combating violence against women in the workplace. It is also focused on the need to obtain, at the next International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2019, an international convention, supplemented by a recommendation, which will give governments a legally-binding framework to enable them to act against and end this form of violence.
Unions help win extended maternity leave in the Philippines 25-02-2019
Paid maternity leave in the Philippines has been extended from 60 to 105 days under a new law which came into effect on February 20. IUF affiliates NUWHRAIN and the SENTRO Food & Beverage Workers Council played a significant role in winning the additional 45 days.
IUF and Meliá agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, a first in the global hospitality sector 24-01-2019
The IUF and Spanish-based Meliá Hotels International have signed an agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, the first such agreement between the IUF and an international hotel chain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ILO calls for an international Convention on violence and harassment in the world of work 11-06-2018
Workers 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.
Marriott workers from around the world demand action to combat sexual harassment 30-05-2018
Union 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.
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.
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.
World Water Day: women workers on Indian tea plantations supplying global brands demand their right to water and sanitation 22-03-2018
In 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.
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.
EQUALITY NOW! For an international Convention to stop violence against women at work 05-03-2018
The 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.
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.
Unions mobilizing against sexual harassment in hotels and restaurants: We are not on the menu/Hands off pants on 23-11-2017
IUF 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.
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.
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.
Cambodia: Brewery giant Carlsberg seeks to punish union for defending workers' rights 24-04-2017
Global 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!
No room for sexual harassment at the workplace! 31-03-2017
On 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.
IUF affiliates worldwide demand 'More women - more power' on International Women's Day 2017 15-03-2017
On 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.
International Women’s Day 2017 – More women, more power! 07-03-2017
Women continue to suffer systematic discrimination concerning remuneration, access to jobs, social security, unpaid household and care work.
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.
Informal sector workers in Gujarat win health care, social security with first identity cards 21-03-2016
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.
Honduras: human rights campaigner murdered and one woman killed every 16 hours 08-03-2016
In 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.
International Women's Day 2016 - join us in the fight for women's right to food, water and social protection 07-03-2016
Women 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.
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.
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.
Carlsberg/Cambrew dismisses striking beer promotion women in Cambodia! 27-01-2016
Eleven 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!
FSBL and IUF stop illegal union verification by Phillips Seafood 17-12-2015
US-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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Equality now! International Women's Day 2014 05-03-2014
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
UFC: respect Women! 05-03-2013
'Unions took it to their hearts' 23-03-2012
Struggle for domestic workers’ ILO convention heads for final round - and needs your support 04-03-2011