USA: farmworkers fired for speaking out against abuses

6 July 2018 Urgent Action

FLOC_1Two migrant farmworkers on a tobacco farm in North Carolina were abused, denied work and then summarily fired after describing substandard living conditions to an inspector from the state Department of Labor. Our affiliate, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), is supporting the workers in their conflict with the grower and is seeking to recover thousands of dollars in stolen wages. CLICK HERE to send a message of protest to the grower, his anti-union lawyer and the tobacco giants!

Norway: Stop union-busting at processed fish exporter Sekkingstad!

2 July 2018 Urgent Action

Norway's Sekkingstad AS, a salmon and trout processor which exports to retail customers in over 50 countries, is trying to roll back a successful struggle by the Norwegian Food Workers Union NNN, which last year won recognition and a collective agreement at the company's processing sub-contractor following a 35-day strike. CLICK HERE to tell Sekikingstad to stop union-busting!

Coca-Cola is becoming a serial human rights offender – in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland, the Philippines and the United States

10 June 2018 Urgent Action

1112-1Human rights abuses are accumulating at The Coca-Cola Company, within its international bottling system and in the company’s own operations. That makes Coke a serial offender when it comes to failing to respect the human rights of workers and acting to remedy abuses. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to The Coca-Cola Company.

Who picked my tea?

13 July 2018 Urgent Action

whopickedmyteaThe UK trade justice organization Traidcraft Exchange has launched a public campaign calling on the 6 tea companies which together account for over two-thirds of UK tea sales to disclose the plantations they source from in Assam, India. We support the call for transparency.

Struggle continues for rights and recognition at AB InBev Sonepat India

2 July 2018 News

SonepatProtest1IUF members at global brewery giant AB InBev's plant in Sonepat, India continue their non-stop peaceful protest in defense of union rights and recognition outside the factory gate. The Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union (HBLM) launched the action in February in response to management's escalating attacks on union members and ongoing refusal to enter into good faith negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement.

Marriott workers around the world demand global measures to combat sexual harassment

28 June 2018 News

PhilippinesMarriott2On June 27, IUF members at Marriott hotels around the world demonstrated in support of the union call for concrete action by the world's largest hotel group to protect workers from the endemic sexual harassment which afflicts hospitality workers.

Brazil: Congress set to vote on making the world's leading pesticide user more toxic still

27 June 2018 News

BrazilDespite mass opposition, Brazil's notoriously corrupt Congress has paved the way for a vote on easing authorization for still more pesticide use in the country which is the world's largest consumer of toxic agrochemicals. Brazil's already low standards of pesticide protection permit the massive import of dozens of chemical products like paraquat whose use is prohibited in their countries of manufacture.

Algerian government escalates its war on independent unions

22 June 2018 News

AlgeriaENGThe government of Algeria is escalating its war on worker rights and independent trade unions following a critical report issued by the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards at this year's International Labour Conference. Independent unions face a new wave of repression and have been personally, viciously attacked by the Labour Minister, who has also threatened to withdraw Algeria from the ILO.

IUF U.S. affiliates condemn criminalization of migrant workers

22 June 2018 News

IUF U.S. affiliates have expressed outrage at the actions of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) which detained 146 workers in raids at a Fresh Mark pork processing plant in Salem, Ohio where workers are members of the RWDSU/UFCW. The migrant workers who risk prosecution and deportation are mostly from Guatemala, and have settled with their families in Ohio.

Pride month is an opportunity to stand up for LGBTI workers' rights!

22 June 2018 News

HappypridesmallThe IUF calls on affiliated organizations to organize, fight and win on LGBTI workers' rights and union issues and to speak out against injustice against LGBTI workers. HAPPY PRIDE!

That's terrible, that's Tetley! - tea workers denied their human right to safe drinking water

21 June 2018 Urgent Action

TetleyteafolksFor the past two years, women workers on plantations in the states of Assam and West Bengal which supply tea to UK-based Tetley have been organizing to demand decent water and sanitation - a fundamental human right. Tetley acknowledges workers face water 'challenges', but has no plans for negotiating with the workers' self-organized committees. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO TETLEY!

Fear prevails at Coca-Cola Ireland, where union members have to hide their faces

19 June 2018 News

my_collageA climate of fear and intimidation reigns at The Coca-Cola Company's (TCCC) concentrate plant in Ballina, Ireland, where management refuses to recognize the union and harasses suspected union supporters.

Reinstate the Cargill 14 now

19 June 2018 News

CargillFourteen union activists were unfairly dismissed from their jobs on April 17, 2018 while organizing a union at Cargill-Turkey in Bursa-Orhangazi. These 14 dismissals follow those of seven other workers who were also unfairly dismissed in 2015.

Independent trade unions of Kazakhstan chosen for International Prize for Trade Union Rights

13 June 2018 News

The award of this year's Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights to the independent trade unions of Kazakhstan is a powerful message of international solidarity and support. The Kazakh authorities' refusal to allow a representative of the country's independent union confederation KNPRK to take part in the June 13 award ceremony should serve to encourage additional international pressure on the government to stop the systematic repression of independent unions and respect human rights.

ILO calls for an international Convention on violence and harassment in the world of work

11 June 2018 News

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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