London: poverty pay is a disgrace, hotel workers deserve living wage

9 August 2014 News

Hotel workers, members of Unite the Union, took actions on Friday, August 8, to protest against low wages in one of the wealthiest cities in the world.

Shift work linked to type 2 diabetes risk

7 August 2014 News

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal links shift work with a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

London: hospitality workers protest against poverty

4 August 2014 News

London is one of the most visited cities around the world and its hotels, bars and restaurants are highly profitable, but these companies do not pay the living wage (£8.80 per hour or 14.80 USD) to workers.

IUF and Mondelez International welcome the settlement of the Alexandria Egypt dispute

4 August 2014 News

The IUF and Mondelez International have welcomed the settlement of the dispute at Alexandria, Egypt, around the status of five executive committee members of an independent union who were suspended in July 2012.

Mondelez in Egypt has now reinstated all five executive committee members under their former conditions with no negative consequences to them and with full retroactive wages and benefits guaranteed.

No increase in line speeds in USDA Poultry Modernization Rule

4 August 2014 News

After intense lobbying by labor unions, food safety groups and the civil rights community, the proposed increase in line speeds to 175 birds a minute has been dropped and the current maximum rate of 140 birds a minute maintained.

Victory in Memphis as Federal Judge orders Kellogg to end the lockout of 226 BCTGM members

1 August 2014 News

BCTGM Local 252 members expressed relief and joy when Judge Samuel H Mays ordered a return to work after a 9 month lockout.

Sick consumers and injured workers: the price of cheap chicken

29 July 2014 News

UK affiliate Unite the Union has called for increased numbers of food inspectors in the wake of the Guardian newspaper expose on the serious food safety risks throughout the poultry industry supply chain.

IUF backs ITUC call for immediate ceasefire in Israel and Gaza

29 July 2014 News

The IUF stands with the ITUC in demanding urgent implementation of the UN Security Council's call for a ceasefire as the violence and death toll in Gaza continue to escalate.

The Security Council has urged "De-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire and respect for international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians."

Tobacco companies must act to stop migrant US farmworker abuse!

23 July 2014 Urgent Action

Every year thousands of migrant workers, many from Mexico, arrive to work in the US tobacco fields. They spend months in labor camps with deplorable living conditions, suffer from illnesses resulting from nicotine poisoning and exposure to dangerous pesticides and work long hours for sub-poverty wages. Tobacco companies can and must act to end these abuses. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE!

Solidarity with Citra Mina workers at US importer

16 July 2014 News

Members of UFCW Local 359 at New York's New Fulton Seafood Market - the entry point for Citra Mina frozen tuna products into the US - were outraged to learn the story of Citra Mina workers in General Santos, Philippines.

New US investigation confirms agency work can kill

14 July 2014 News

In February 2013, a temporary worker at a sugar plant and warehouse operation in Pennsylvania was buried alive in sugar when he fell through a hopper he had climbed into to free up the flow. None of the workers had permanent contracts. The company had not provided safety training.

Swazi sugar strike ends with important gains for workers

7 July 2014 News

The three-week strike by the Swaziland Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (SAPWU) has ended with important gains for workers. Over the course of the strike union members stood up to intimidation by military and security forces and legal action by the company intended to hamper picketing.

Swaziland sugar strikes spread as South African sugar giant Illovo refuses to settle

1 July 2014 Urgent Action

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The strike by 3,000 workers launched on June 13 at Swaziland's Ubombo Sugar continues, despite a settlement with 1,300 striking workers at South African-based Tongaat Hulett's Tambankulu Estates in Swaziland. Illovo's Ubombo management is refusing to concede similar demands. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO ILLOVO!

National agreement on integrating workers with disabilities signed by Israeli unions, employers

30 June 2014 News

Israel's national center Histadrut and the national employer umbrella organization signed a binding agreement on June 26 on the employment of people with disabilities, opening the way for what Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn called  "800 thousand potential employees that will be able to make a decent living and integrate in the labour market."

'Don't sleep with the Sultan' - Protests at the Dorchester hotels

27 June 2014 News

Hotel workers in Los Angeles, London, Geneva, Paris, Rome and Milan held protests on June 27 and 30 outside the famous Dorchester hotels over laws enacted by the hotel owner, the Sultan of Brunei, which violate the basic human rights of the citizens of his country.

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