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Poland: Solidarnosc supports "STOP PepsiSqueeze!” international union campaign 02-12-2015

PolandThe IUF Secretariat organized a workshop with Solidarnosc members on November 24-25, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland and Solidarnosc shop stewards and members joined the actions of "STOP PepsiSqueeze!" campaign in support of PepsiCo warehouse workers in India.
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India: National Dairy Workers in solidarity with PepsiCo warehouse workers 02-12-2015

nationaldairymeetingThe IUF affiliates that participated in the National Dairy Workers Meeting in Mumbai, India show solidarity with the unfairly dismissed workers at warehouses supplying PepsiCo in India.
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Global Labour Institute supports “STOP PepsiSqueeze!” international campaign 02-12-2015

GLIGlobal Labour Institute Board meeting held on November 20-21, 2015 marked the “STOP PepsiSqueeze!” campaign for justice for workers at warehouses in West Bengal, India contracted to PepsiCo!
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IUF Trans-Tasman food workers demand justice for dismissed workers at warehouses supplying PepsiCo in India 02-12-2015

FullSizeRenderThe IUF affiliates that joined the IUF Trans-Tasman Food & Beverage Meeting in Melbourne, Australia on November 12, 2015 saluted the ongoing struggle of workers at warehouses in West Bengal, India contracted to PepsiCo who were sacked after forming a union.
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Pakistan Food Workers Federation supports PepsiSqueeze campaign 26-11-2015

PFWFPakistan Food Workers Federation's Governing Body salutes the ongoing fight of dismissed warehouse workers supplying PepsiCo in India!
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Australia: NUW members support workers at warehouses supplying PepsiCo in India 12-11-2015

NUWIUF-affiliated National Union of Workers members stand up for workers' rights in India.
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Korea Food Union members show solidarity with dismissed warehouse workers 12-11-2015

Nov11%20KoreaKCTWUOn November 11 2015, Executive Committee members of KCTWU Dongsuh Foods Union Jincheon Chapter in Chungbuk region, Korea expressed their solidarity with the dismissed warehouse workers supplying PepsiCo in India!
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Pakistan Food Workers Union women members in solidarity with the 'STOP PepsiSqueeze!' campaign! 12-11-2015

womenWomen members of the Pakistan Food Workers are in solidarity with the 'STOP PepsiSqueeze!' international union campaign during Women's Training on 9 November, 2015 at Lahore, Pakistan.
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Pakistan brewery workers union salutes struggle in India 12-11-2015

beerworkersMurree Brewery Workers Union in Rawalpindi,Pakistan demanded the dismissed warehouse workers be reinstated or offered new jobs with full compensation and guarantees that their rights will be respected.
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Islamabad Hotel Employees Union shows solidarity with long-running conflict in India 11-11-2015

hotelOn November 5, 2015 the Islamabad Hotel Employees Union showed solidarity with the dismissed warehouse workers supplying uniquely to PepsiCo in India. IUF-affiliated union members signed the campaign postcards.
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PepsiCo: 'Union-busting is busting our children's future!' 05-11-2015

Satyajit2Satyajit Debnath, the father of a young child, dreamed of building a real home to replace the bamboo structure he lives in with his family. He was saving for this while working at a warehouse in India contracted exclusively to PepsiCo, but was sacked for defending his rights as a worker. Now he worries if the flimsy hut they live in will survive the monsoon rains. SEND A MESSAGE TO PEPSICO!

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IUF affiliates organized in Unilever show solidarity with PepsiCo warehouse workers in India 02-11-2015

UnileverIUF affiliates organized in Unilever support the struggle for union rights at PepsiCo warehouses in West Bengal, India.
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India: PepsiCo plant union members support their fellow workers at PepsiCo warehouses in fighting for a union 02-11-2015

solidarityThree union representatives of the PepsiCo plant union in Punjab, the President Vikram Singh, Organizing Secretary Harinder Singh and the Treasurer Raghubir Singh visited PepsiCo (Frito Lays) Workers Action Committee Members on October 25-27 2015 at Dhulagaarh.
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Ukraine food workers support "Stop PepsiSqueeze!" international campaign 02-11-2015

Ukraine1Union representatives that joined the conference of the food and processing industry workers union of Ukraine expressed support for the ongoing struggle in India on October 22 2015.
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Russia: Novoprof signs the campaign postcards 02-11-2015

pepsioct27novoprof1National Council of the IUF-affiliated Novoprof from Russia signed the campaign postcards in support of PepsiCo warehouse workers in India.
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IUF European Region Tourism Sector calls on PepsiCo to respect human rights! 28-10-2015

EFFATGeneral Assembly for IUF European Region (EFFAT) Tourism Sector attended by IUF affiliates from Austria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, France, Finland, Italy, Montenegro, Malta, Slovenia, Spain, UK demand the dismissed warehouse workers handling only PepsiCo products in West Bengal, India be reinstated or offered new jobs with full compensation and guarantees that their rights will be respected!
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UK: Unite marks “STOP PepsiSqueeze!” campaign for justice for PepsiCo warehouse workers 28-10-2015

UniteUnite Food, Drink & Agriculture National Industrial Sector Committee meeting held on October 21, 2015 protested the ongoing human rights violations at 3 warehouses handling only PepsiCo products in West Bengal, India.
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India: Frito-Lay plant workers in solidarity with terminated PepsiCo warehouse workers 28-10-2015

PepsicoPunjabFrito Lay Channo Punjab plant workers organized by the IUF-affiliated Pepsico India Holding Workers Union showed their commitment to support the "Stop #PepsiSqueeze!" international campaign at a meeting attended by around 180 workers in two shifts at the union office. PepsiCo Channo union committee plans to go to Kolkata and visit the PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee members.
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Korean workers support “STOP PepsiSqueeze!” international campaign 28-10-2015

KoreanThe IUF-affiliated Korea Chemical & Textile Workers' Union together with its members at the subsidiary of AB InBev joined the solidarity actions taken by the IUF affiliates in support of the unfairly dismissed PepsiCo warehouse workers in India on 16 October 2015.
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Delegates of Committee on World Food Security Civil Society Forum sign Pepsi campaign postcards 28-10-2015

civilsocietyThe IUF delegation to the 2015 Committee on World Food Security Civil Society Forum set up a Pepsi stall to talk with the 200 plus participants about the "Stop #PepsiSqueeze!" international campaign in Rome on October 10-11, 2015. The campaign leaflet was distributed and participants signed the postcards in support of the campaign.
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IUF global meat conference shows solidarity with dismissed workers at PepsiCo warehouses in India 28-10-2015

meatconfIUF affiliates from the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific gathered in Chicago on October 13-14 for the 3rd IUF global meat conference. Union representatives at the conference showed solidarity with workers at warehouses in West Bengal, India contracted to PepsiCo who were sacked after forming a union. Participants signed the "Stop #PepsiSqueeze!" campaign postcards to call on PepsiCo to reinstate all members of the PepsiCo Frito-Lay workers action committee now with full back pay and guarantees that their rights are respected.
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IUF Latin America Executive Committee salutes the PepsiCo(Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee in India 28-10-2015

LatinAmericaThe IUF Latin America Executive Committee meeting held on October 11-12 2015 in Dominican Republic saluted the struggle of PepsiCo warehouse workers in India and showed solidarity with the PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee and the "Stop #PepsiSqueeze!" international campaign launched by the IUF.
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Dominican Republic Frito-Lay workers picket in solidarity with struggle in India 28-10-2015

DominicanThe IUF-affiliated SINTRALAYDO that represents Frito-Lay workers in Dominican Republic organized a solidarity action in support of the unfairly dismissed PepsiCo warehouse workers in India on October 10, 2015 in front of the company premises. The union distributed the campaign leaflet to workers and promoted support for the "Stop #PepsiSqueeze!" campaign.
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IUF Asia Pacific regional committee supports “STOP PepsiSqueeze!” campaign 28-10-2015

pepsico3The IUF organized its Asia Pacific regional committee meeting in Hong Kong on September 17-18, 2015. IUF affiliates from Australia, Japan, India, Philippines and Hong Kong showed their solidarity with the ongoing struggle of PepsiCo warehouse workers in India. Union representatives agreed on how to support the "Stop #PepsiSqueeze!" campaign. The IUF affiliates are committed to campaign for as long as it takes to win justice for these workers.
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PepsiCo binges on buybacks while dismissed warehouse worker's family goes hungry 24-10-2015

DilipFormer warehouse worker Dilip Naskar has twice been fired for defending his rights and those of his workmates. The first time, as a worker in a warehouse in West Bengal, India providing exclusive services to PepsiCo. Dilip was one of 162 workers who were sacked in 2013 after they formed a union. Dilip eventually found work in a nearby factory, but was sacked after one month on the job when his boss found out about his history as a committed trade unionist. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PEPSICO
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Record compensation for PepsiCo CEO, dismissed warehouse workers in India struggle with unemployment and debt 17-10-2015

GautamThirty-four year old Gautam Sardar has paid a steep price for standing up for his rights. Formerly employed as a worker in a warehouse in West Bengal, India contracted exclusively to handle PepsiCo FritoLay products, Gautam was one of 162 workers who were sacked in 2013 for joining a trade union. In response to national and international protests organized by the IUF, the workers were told they could return to work on condition that they signed statements declaring they would never again join a union, tore up their union cards and walked on them when they entered the warehouse. Gautam and 27 others refused these illegal, humiliating conditions and with the support of the IUF founded an Action Committee to fight for their rights.
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Benin: IUF affiliates in solidarity with PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee in India 10-10-2015

Pepsi%20Benin1IUF affiliates that represent brewery, hotel and restaurant, bakery, agriculture and sugar workers in Benin attended a workshop on climate change on October 6 -7 2015 and saluted the struggle of PepsiCo warehouse workers in India and showed solidarity with the unfairly dismissed workers
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IUF affiliates call on PepsiCo to stop squeezing human rights! 10-10-2015

cc%20group3_0IUF members participating in a global meeting of unions representing PepsiCo workers held in Geneva September 29-30 pledged to continue their support for the Indian workers, and pointed to a number of other potential issues at the company. The message to PepsiCo is a simple one: respect human rights throughout your operations and in your supply chain!
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US: PepsiCo warned over "serious violations" at Frito-Lay plant 01-09-2015

PepsiCo has been issued a warning letter by the US Food and Drug Administration over "serious violations" at its Tennessee Frito-Lay factory. The letter from the FDA, dated 4 August, revealed violations of FDA's requirements on manufacturing, packing, or holding human food.
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Pepsi plant shuts down in Venezuela 01-09-2015

A Pepsi factory in the city of Valencia said it shut down operations in August because it’s not able to purchase bottle caps or parts for cans. Two other Pepsi bottling plants are also reportedly at risk of shuttering for similar reasons.
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Mobilization of workers secured an agreement at PepsiCo Brazil 19-04-2015

PepsiCo Company in São Paulo city has initially failed to reach a wage agreement with the workers. After the mobilization of workers at São Paulo factory, the management communicated with the Food Industry Workers Union seeking an agreement.
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New Frito-Lay union formed in Guatemala 13-02-2015

After a long preparatory process, a large number of workers at Frito Lay Group Company Ltd., a subsidiary of PepsiCo in Guatemala, decided to organize and form a union.The new Frito Lay Group Company Ltd. Workers Union (SITRAFRITOLAY) was formally registered on February 2 after organizing its first general assembly and appointing board members.
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Dominican Republic: PepsiCo does not respect human rights 27-01-2015

sintralaydo1The annual report on the situation of human rights in the Dominican Republic, presented on 10th December 2014 in Santo Domingo by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH-RD) stated that Frito Lay Dominicana SA (PepsiCo) had disrespected the right of freedom of association in 2014.

The CNDH-RD report noted concerns of serious setbacks in trade union rights in the Dominican Republic. The report also noted that major violations take place in the hotel and construction industries as these sectors usually employ undocumented Haitian workers whom hardly claim for violation of their rights.
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PepsiCo to cut jobs in Chicago 15-12-2014

PepsiCo is reportedly planning to cut jobs at its office in Chicago as part of its plans to cut USD 8 billion in costs by 2019.
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PepsiCo India warehouse workers continue their protest actions: 'We will never surrender our rights!' 10-12-2014

Supported by the IUF, the PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee continues to hold actions in defense of their members' rights. The Action Committee was formed last year in response to mass dismissals after workers formed a union at PepsiCo snack foods warehouses in West Bengal. Under pressure from an international campaign, workers were told they could return to their jobs if they renounced forever their right to form or join a union.
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Win for PepsiCo workers occupying Tingalpa! 02-12-2014

OccupiedTingalpasmallMembers of the IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers (NUW) have ended their occupation of the lunchroom at PepsiCo's Smith's snack foods warehouse in the Brisbane suburb of Tingalpa for the best of reasons - the union has signed an agreement which puts in place an equal pay system for casual workers and converts casual to permanent positions after 12 months.
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Occupy Tingalpa! PepsiCo Smiths Chips workers demand equal treatment for casual employees 01-12-2014

PepsiCoAustralia3Members of the IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers (NUW) at a Smith's snack foods warehouse in the Brisbane suburb of Tingalpa have been occupying their lunchroom since November 27 in a dispute over equal treatment for casual and labour hire employees. You can show your solidarity with the NUW at Smith's by signing their petition HERE.

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Nicaragua: Pepsi's distributor sacks 70 workers for forming a union! 28-11-2014

NicaraguasmallOn November 9, 2014 workers at the Nicaraguan logistics company which markets and distributes products made by PepsiCo's flagship Central American bottler Embotelladora Nacional S.A. (ENSA) formed a union in Managua. Within 24 hours the company fired 70 members and leaders.
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Guyana: Clerical & Commercial Workers' Union mobilizes workers to sign postcards in support of Indian PepsiCo warehouse workers 27-11-2014

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PepsiCo distribution workers in Guyana who are members of the IUF-affiliated Clerical & Commercial Workers' Union (CCWU) have signed the postcards that are prepared in support of Indian workers to call on PepsiCo to remedy the human rights abuses at PepsiCo warehouses in India.
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Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union in Ghana organize an action in solidarity with struggle in India 20-10-2014

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The IUF-affiliated Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union (ICU) in Ghana organized a solidarity action in support of unfairly dismissed PepsiCo warehouse workers in India on October 2, 2014. The solidarity action gathered workers and union leaders from PepsiCo factory and union leaders from ICU.
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Fatal workplace accident at Indian sugar mill supplying PepsiCo 20-10-2014

A worker at the Olam Interntional sugar mill in Kolhapur (Maharashtra) India was killed by falling sugar bags in a workplace accident on August 8 which also severely injured two other workers. According to the union representing plant workers, the factory has a long history of workplace accidents. But Singapore-based Olam, a major transnational commodity processor and trader, last year received a USD 120 million loan from the World Bank's private lending arm IFC, whose lending criteria ostensibly include safety, social and environmental safeguards.
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Punjab Food Workers Alliance takes action in support of unfairly dismissed PepsiCo warehouse workers 17-09-2014

PunjabFoodWorkersAlliancePunjab Food Workers Alliance held a meeting in Nabha-India on August 21, 2014 and Alliance members joined the solidarity actions taken by the IUF affiliates in support of unfairly dismissed PepsiCo warehouse workers in India.


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Indian Nestle workers in solidarity with terminated PepsiCo warehouse unionists 17-09-2014

NestleworkerssolidarityNestle Federation in India showed solidarity with the struggle of PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee during its meeting in August.


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South Africa: FAWU in solidarity with PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee in India 11-07-2014

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IUF-affiliated Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) in South Africa organized its National Executive Committee meeting on June 7-8 in Johannesburg. National Executive Committee members discussed and agreed how to support the "PepsiSmash Campaign" and the ongoing struggle of the PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee in India.
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Ukraine Women Workers Conference in support of PepsiSmash campaign 07-07-2014

AIWUU_WCom Ukraine Women Workers Conference was held in Ivano-Frankivsk on June 12 where the IUF-affiliated Agro Industrial Workers Union members joined the solidarity actions taken by the IUF affiliates in support of unfairly dismissed PepsiCo warehouse workers in India.
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Russia: Novoprof salutes the PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee in India 07-07-2014

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During the first Congress of IUF-affiliated Novoprof which was organized on June 28 in Omsk, the leadership and the Congress delegation saluted the struggle of PepsiCo warehouse workers in India and showed solidarity with the PepsiCo (Frito-Lays) Workers Action Committee and the "PepsiSmash" international campaign launched by the IUF.
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Nigeria : FOBTOB members organize a rally in solidarity with struggle in India 01-07-2014

FOBTOBrally1 The IUF's affiliate in Nigeria, Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB) made the "PepsiSmash Campaign" the focal point of its quarterly plants' leadership meeting held on 21 June, 2014.
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Brazil: Unions protest casualization and anti-union activity by PepsiCo 26-06-2014

saopaulo1 The IUF-affiliated Federation of Food Industries Workers in the State of São Paulo (FETIASP) organized demonstrations in front of 3 PepsiCo plants in São Paulo.
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Food and Catering services union in Belgium supports PepsiSmash campaign 25-06-2014

PepsistrikeUSAThe IUF-affiliated ABVV-FGTB HORVAL, organized a picket and distribution of the PepsiSmash campaign leaflet in front of Veurne PepsiCo plant in Belgium on June 16 in support of PepsiCo warehouse workers in India.
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PepsiCo crushes human rights! 06-06-2014

Brazildemo Food workers in São Paulo (Brazil) stand in solidarity with the ongoing struggle by fellow PepsiCo warehouse workers in West Bengal, India, where the company does not allow them to organize a union. On the occasion of the Food Workers National Symposium, which took place in Piracicaba on  27 and 28 May, workers displayed a poster which read: "PepsiCo destroys human rights".
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Union-busting drive at Frito Lay (PepsiCo) Dominicana 04-06-2014

Over 200 dismissed workers in less than two years * There is no end to the wave of dismissals, as a tool to prevent the Trade Union from attaining a 50% of organized workers, the minimum required by labour legislation to open collective negotiations. Alexander Mosquea, secretary general of SINTRALAYDO (Frito Lay Dominicana Workers Trade Union), has voiced his deep concern to IUF's Latin American Regional Office regarding the subtle and harmful strategy adopted by PepsiCo's subsidiary.
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