Unhappy meal: €1 billion in tax avoidance on the menu at McDonald's

26 February 2015 News

Unhappy_Meal_sqOn February 25 in Brussels, the IUF's regional organization EFFAT along with a coalition of European and American trade unions unveiled a report about McDonald's deliberate avoidance of over €1 billion in corporate taxes in Europe over the five year period 2009-2013.

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Solidarity with hotel workers killed in Mogadishu terror attack

26 February 2015 News

The IUF has sent a message of solidarity to the Somali Hotel and Catering Workers Union, whose deputy general secretary Mohamed Mohamud was killed in the February 20 terror attack on the Central Hotel in Mogadishu. Five hotel workers were among the dead and seven wounded.

Armed attack on Colombian SINTRAINAGRO leaders

26 February 2015 News

On February 24 gunmen fired on a car carrying Guillermo Rivera and Medardo Cuesta, president and treasurer, respectively, of the Colombian rural workers union SINTRAINAGRO, as they were meeting with members in the western department Valle del Cauca.

India: Tea workers denounce agreement on starvation wages, continue fight for a living wage

25 February 2015 News

Tea workers in West Bengal have rejected the tripartite wage agreement signed on February 20 that sets wages below the poverty line for the next three years.

Maldives Sheraton workers take to the sea to deliver Shame on Sheraton message

22 February 2015 News

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Union workers dismissed from Sheraton's Maldives luxury resort for demanding union recognition are not allowed on the company's private island - so on February 20 they took to the sea for a boat picket around the resort to say 'Shame on Sheraton!'.

Union action secures release of fishing crew abandoned by tuna giant Citra Mina

22 February 2015 News

After nearly six months in prison, forty-three fishermen abandoned by the Philippines' tuna company Citra Mina when their vessel was seized by the Indonesian government are returning home. The news was announced at a Manila press conference February 20 jointly organized by the IUF and the national center SENTRO, whose membership includes the union of Citra Mina workers.

Philippines: young workers target McDonald's in campaign against zero hours contracts

15 February 2015 News

McDoQuezon2Activists of the Alliance of Progressive Labor - Youth (members of the IUF-affiliated SENTRO) picketed a busy McDonald's outlet in Quezon City, Philippines on February 14 to show support for the IUF campaign against zero hours contracts. The McJobs model - franchising, low wages, few benefits, no job security and fierce opposition to unions - set the pattern for the global fast food industry, including the Philippines' own Jollibee.

New Zealand fast food workers strike over theft of holidays

11 February 2015 News

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Wendy's workers from five restaurants in two cities walked off the job on February 10 over the company's denial of their right to alternative days off for working on public holidays.

Occupy McDonald's Korea!

9 February 2015 News

OccupyMcDoKorea1The Korean Arbeit Workers'Union, which has been leading the fight against abuses at McDonald's Korea, capped its 2nd congress on February 7 by occupying the fast food giant's Shinchon outlet in Seoul. Members gathered outside the restaurant chanting slogans demanding the company reinstate union activist Gahyun Lee, who was dismissed from her job at a McDonald's outlet in Yeokgok, Gyeonggi Province last September 15 after she exposed wage and hours violations and travelled to Los Angeles to support the national action by US fast food workers.

Shame on Sheraton!

5 February 2015 Urgent Action
shameonsheratonSheraton hotels and resorts are part of the Starwood Group, whose other brands include Westin, St. Regis, Méridien, W Hotels and the Luxury Collection. Starwood calls them "distinct lifestyle brands" - upscale accommodations for affluent travelers and vacationers. But brutal violations of the human rights of the company's employees can be part of that distinct lifestyle. Recently, workers at Sheraton hotels in Ethiopia and Maldives sought to exercise a basic human right: negotiate through their unions their employment terms and conditions. They got Sheraton management's full service abuse treatment - brutal mass dismissals and intimidation. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO STARWOOD

Independent Hong Kong unions rally for democracy

3 February 2015 News

On February 1, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) mobilized members to join in the first large scale pro-democracy rally following the police dismantling of the umbrella movement encampments.

Finland's unions push for law to ban zero-hours contracts

2 February 2015 News

Finland's trade union centers and their affiliated members are vigorously promoting a citizens initiative which would oblige Parliament to debate and adopt a law banning zero-hours contracts.

IFF Dandenong occupation ends with a strong new agreement for NUW members

2 February 2015 News

Members of Australia's National Union of Workers occupying the International Flavours and Fragrances (IFF) factory in Dandenong ended their 5-day occupation by signing a new agreement which meets their bargaining demands and more.

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Australian workers at food flavours TNC fight lockout with lockin!

27 January 2015 Urgent Action

934National Union of Workers (NUW) members at the International Flavours and Fragrances (IFF) facility in Dandenong (Victoria) have responded to a management lockout by occupying the lunchroom. You can support their action - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to the company.

IUF affiliates mobilize to defend threatened Hong Kong union leaders

21 January 2015 News

HongKongKoreaCokebannerIUF affiliates have responded quickly to threats by the Hong Kong government to prosecute independent trade union leaders for their active role in the democracy movement.

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