Category: IUF Sugar and Palm Oil Project: 2015-2017

A project focussing on TNCs and Women Issues in two major "energy crops": sugar and oil palm. Supported by the Social Justice Fund of Unifor.

Kenya: Confronting sexual harassment in the sugar sector. Joint work with KUSPAW (Chapter III)

In her remarks to the Chemelil-Muhoroni workshop, Caroline told us about a conversation she once had with a female colleague. The colleague, she said, had complained of ongoing sexual harassment at work, and had approached her for help – or at least to have someone to talk to. Caroline suggested accompanying her to talk to …

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South Africa: Confronting sexual harassment in the sugar sector: Joint work with FAWU (Chapter II)

From 1-5 February, the IUF Sugar and Palm Oil project held joint activities with the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) that focused on issues of concern for women workers. Some twenty delegates from the Sezela Sugar Estate and neighbouring cane farms participated and heard reports on the local situation and from Harden Heights, a …

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South Africa and Kenya: Confronting sexual harassment in the sugar sector (Chapter I)

The IUF Sugar and Palm Oil project in 2015-2017 works to strengthen unions by encouraging women workers to actively participate in the life of their unions and proactively engaging employers on working conditions. While there are three main topics covered by the project, namely Equality, Maternity Protection, with emphasis on Child Care facilities at the …

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Kenya: Wage Increase in Nzoia Sugar in 2015-2017

Last August, the branch of the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPAW) at the Nzoia Sugar Company reached a two-year agreement increasing wages and granting other financial benefits effective in October.

The agreement calls for a 9.5 percent wage increase in the first year and 6.5 per cent in the second year, in addition …

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OSH and the use of hard helmets in factories. An example from Fiji

A personal protective equipment (PPE) par excellence is a hard helmet in a factory because of the building configuration and the fact that it is very common to have equipment and machinery as well as other employees working above you.

In a recent visit to a sugar factory, there was a moment when the visiting …

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Fiji: Behind the deterioration of OSH conditions in sugar

After the incidents at the Rarawai sugar mill, as reported in “Fiji: Death and Burnings at FSC Rarawai mill – in less than a week,” the IUF Sugar got in contact with Felix Anthony, general secretary of the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union (FSGWU), to ask about the workers’ safety situation in the sugar …

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IUF Sugar resumes work in India: Focus on OSH and Sustainability

“Sustainable Sugar and Sustainable Jobs” was the topic of a workshop organised by IUF India on August 2 & 3 in Pune, located in India’s largest sugar producing state of Maharashtra. The IUF Sugar Coordinator attended as the sugar work is resumed in the world’s second largest sugar producer.

The workshop highlighted two issues: a …

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South Africa: Wage increase for five thousand sugar workers

On 17 June, the National Bargaining Council for Sugar Manufacturing and Refining Industry reached an agreement providing a 6.5 percent wage increase across the board effective 1 April, and a further 1 percent compounded increase by 1 October 2015. The Council groups six companies as employers and three unions representing approximately 5,000 workers in the …

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Zambia: NUPAAW Concludes Negotiations at Zambia Sugar

On 30 June, the National Union of Plantation Agricultural and Allied Workers of Zambia (NUPAAW) concluded negotiations at Zambia Sugar, an Illovo Sugar subsidiary, covering about 6,500 workers, some 1,900 as permanent employees and the balance as seasonal workers at peak times.

The agreement grants a 13 percent wage increase for permanent workers, making the …

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South Africa: IUF Sugar / FAWU Gender Workshop at Sezela

Close to twenty delegates vibrantly and democratically debated over three days the future of our movement (FAWU) and our membership, particularly female members, at an IUF Sugar/ FAWU Gender  Workshop held on 20 May 2015 at the Illovo Sezela Mill (in KwaZulu Natal – KZN).

Delegates represented more than 4,800 FAWU members in the sugar sector …

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