Category: IUF Sugar

Colombia sugar and palm oil as all good things must come to an end

My last activity as an IUF staff was to attend a sugar and a palm oil workshops organised by the Colombian agricultural workers union, Sintrainagro, and by the IUF Latin America regional organisation (Rel UITA) in Cali (sugar) and Santa Marta (palm oil) from 8-12 October. The workshops showed Sintrainagro as a strong union organisation …

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Guyana: GAWU and the future of sugar… and of the country

After a hiatus of almost seven years, this writer was in Guyana to launch a training program for GAWU organizers under a project supported by the Canadian union, Unifor. Appropriately, the initiative is entitled “Guyana Sugar Sector at a Critical Moment and Responsibilities of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).” The training prepares …

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Africa: Unions in Illovo finalise agreements

After a conciliation meeting on 5 May, the Sugar Plantation Workers Union of Malawi (SPAWUM) reached an agreement on an 8 percent wage increase across the board with Illovo Sugar (Malawi), covering some 2,500 union members in the Categories A1 to C3 in the Patterson scale. The wage increase is in effect from 1 April …

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Belize: BWU reaches agreement at Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)

During the month of July, the Belize Workers’ Union (BWU) negotiated a 4-year agreement (2018-2022) with a subsidiary of the ASR Group, the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI). The agreement was approved by the membership on 10 July and the new CBA was signed on 23 July.

Starting in July 2018, the agreement calls …

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Benin: SYNTRASA’s challenges towards a safer workplace in SUCOBE

On the first week of July, the IUF Global Sugar and Palm Oil coordinator had the opportunity to work with the sugar and alcohol workers union, the Syndicat des Travailleurs du Sucre et de l’Alcool (SYNTRASA) that represents workers at the Sucrerie de Complant du Benin (SUCOBE), and to visit the company’s cane farming and …

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IUF international solidarity with Guyana’s sugar workers

In only one year, the sugar sector in Guyana has experienced a massive restructuring and downsizing with the closure of four sugar estates and the loss of close to 7,000 jobs; numbers that must be compared with the recent eight operational estates operational and some 17,000 jobs in the state-owned and state-run Guyana Sugar Corporation …

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General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) – Reglamento General de Protección de Datos (RGPD)

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You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that came into effect on May 25, 2018. To comply with GDPR consent requirements, we need to confirm that you would like to receive our information by using the subscription option on the right-hand side of our main sugar page. …

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Georgia: Sindicato gana acción gubernamental que asegura empleos de trabajadores azucareros

Miembros del Sindicato Independiente de Trabajadores de la Industria Agrícola, Ligera, Alimentos y Procesamiento de Georgia, afiliado a la UITA, lograron un acuerdo a implementarse desde el 1 de mayo que pone fin a la amenaza de cierre de la Agara Sugar Company al reactivar sus operaciones, reintegrar a los trabajadores despedidos y pagar los …

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Kenya and Ghana: Sharing and transferring experiences on preventing sexual harassment at the workplace

The IUF Global Sugar and Palm Oil Program organised a joint activity with the General Agricultural Workers Union of TUC of Ghana (GAWU) and the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation workers in Ghana of the week of Mach 5-10. Around 80 GAWU members in three different workshops in the same number of palm oil estates, …

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Argentina: Transnational Grupo Gloria closes the San Isidro mill in Salta

Reckoned as a major main source of employment in the Campo Santo locality, 59 km from Salta city in Salta province, the San Isidro mill was closed overnight on 20 January by the Grupo Gloria, a trans-national company based in Peru.

The close to 800 directly employed workers were informed through a sign posted on …

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