Bagan Hotel River View in Myanmar – stunning location, fantastic views, no room for unions

2 July 2015 Urgent Action

942Tourism is booming in Myanmar, but workers are still denied their basic rights after decades of dictatorship. On March 7 this year, management summoned the union executive to a closed meeting in a private hotel room guarded by hotel security and instructed them to disband the union and to sign resignation letters. Five union leaders who refused were immediately terminated. You can support the struggle for trade union rights - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE.

What is really at stake in the Greek crisis

1 July 2015 Editorial

The 'institutions' have taken new measures to sink the Greek economy in response to the government's decision to call a July 5 referendum on the bailout terms. The negotiations were never about economics, but about regime change - and eliminating possible political contagion elsewhere in Europe.

IUF raises inept maternity provisions with Nestlé - significant improvement announced

7 July 2015 News

In meetings with Nestlé corporate management on gender issues, the IUF had consistently pointed out to Nestlé that there was a need to raise its global standards on the issue of maternity protection at least to the level of ILO Convention 183. In a welcome move Nestlé has now acted.

Honduras: beverage union calls for wider action as protests against corruption and impunity grow

7 July 2015 News

HondurasThe IUF-affiliated Honduran beverage workers union STIBYS has called for intensified mass action as protests against corruption, impunity and the looting of the state social security system gather pace. STIBYS was a pillar of the resistance to the 2009 'parliamentary coup d'etat' which deposed the elected president, and has been prominent in the recent protests.

Solidarity wins reinstatement for Unilever Pakistan workers

6 July 2015 News

Solidarity, persistence and the support of the IUF have won reinstatement and permanent positions for 23 workers unfairly dismissed at Unilever’s factory in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan for supporting the fight for permanent employment contracts.

UFCW action prompts US workplace safety agency to cite poultry producers for ergonomic hazards

6 July 2015 News

Safety complaints from UFCW members at the Allen Harim chicken processing plant at Harbeson, Delaware were upheld in June by OSHA, which found that workers are exposed to "excessive force and exertion, repetitive motions and awkward postures resulting in ergonomic stressors" leading to crippling repetitive strain injuries

IUF solidarity with the workers and citizens of Tunisia following terrorist attack

1 July 2015 News

The IUF and its affiliates have expressed their solidarity with the Tunisian national trade union center UGTT and the IUF-affiliated FGAT-UGTT following the terrorist attack on two resort hotels in Sousse in which 38 people lost their lives.

HRCT unions in French-speaking West Africa focus on hotel chains

29 June 2015 News

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Union leaders from seven French-speaking West African countries of West Africa came together in Cotonou, Bénin for an IUF sub-regional seminar to develop common strategies for organizing and bargaining within transnational hotel chains. Participants from Bénin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Senegal met from June 25 to 27at the Cotonou Novotel.

USA: New York hotel workers ratify contract extension guaranteeing wage increases and health care

29 June 2015 News

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Members of the New York City Hotel Trades Council have approved a 7-year extension to their Industry Wide Agreement which provides annual wage increases and guarantees free family health care for 23,000 workers through 2025.

Housekeepers around the world speak out in new IUF video

25 June 2015 News

In 2012, the IUF launched a global "Make my Workplace Safe" campaign to demand better working conditions with rights and dignity. In a new video filmed during the IUF Global Week of Action from December 3 to 10, 2014, housekeepers around the world share their experiences, concerns and hopes and express their solidarity

Workers roasting coffee may risk toxic diacetyl exposure

24 June 2015 News

Investigative journalists in the United States have discovered high levels of the toxic chemical diacetyl in coffee roasting facilities, potentially exposing industry workers to the risk of developing the debilitating lung disease bronchiolitis obliterans - 'popcorn workers lung'.

NUW targets supermarkets to combat criminal exploitation of migrant workers in Australia's food industry

23 June 2015 News

The National Union of Workers (NUW) is holding Australia's largest supermarket chains accountable for human rights abuses in their supply chains. The Fair Food Australia campaign calls for union access to farms and factories to ensure compliance with labour standards and adequate worker protection. The campaign follows the publication of a report by the Fair Work Ombudsman documenting criminal exploitation of migrant workers by labour contractors supplying Baiada, Australia's largest poultry processor.

World Day Against Child Labour - new website on agriculture and new report on decent work for young people

12 June 2015 News

ipcclaTo mark the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12, members of the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture which includes the IUF, have launched a joint website (only in English so far) to bring together information and news on elimination of child labour in the sector.

ILO Experts highlight dismal working conditions in the rural sector

12 June 2015 News

"Inequitable labour relations and distribution of benefits… severe socio-economic disadvantage.. insanitary living conditions" are among the problems highlighted in Giving a voice to rural workers, one of the reports currently under discussion at this year's International Labour Conference (ILC).

US government's NLRB reaffirms illegality of Kellogg's Memphis lockout

9 June 2015 News

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C., has reaffirmed that Kellogg
illegally locked out over 220 BCTGM members at the company’s Memphis cereal
plant from October 22, 2013 to August 11, 2014.

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