Korea: Police aggression continues at funeral of farmer union leader Baek Nam-gi

25 October 2016 News

Korea6Today police were deployed at the funeral hall where the family of Baek Nam-gi is attempting to hold a ceremony following his death on September 25 after 317 days in a coma.

Leading fast food chain in Indonesia escalates repression against workers demanding basic rights

3 October 2016 Urgent Action

ChampRestoJakartaChamp Resto Indonesia, one of Indonesia's leading fast food chains, is escalating its aggression against workers and their union, who are demanding respect for basic rights. You can support their struggle - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO CHAMP RESTO!

PepsiCo responds to formation of new union in Pakistan by attacking rights

8 September 2016 Urgent Action

pepsipakistan2PepsiCo management at the company's Frito-Lay plant in Lahore, Pakistan has responded to the formation and official registration of a trade union with 650 members by harassing and transferring union officers and seeking to violate the union's collective bargaining rights by creating a bogus union. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PEPSICO!

European meat affiliates demand action to stop abuses

25 October 2016 News

On October 19, the German Food Workers Union NGG organized a conference for IUF European meat affiliates at Rheda-Wiedenbrück, where Tönnies, Germany's largest meat processor is based. According to the NGG, 3500 of the 4000 employees in the production line at the local factory are employed under temporary work contracts.

Nutella workers on strike in Turkey

18 October 2016 News

FerreroStrikeTurkey1IUF members at Ferrero's Nutella factory in Turkey have been on strike since 10 October. Management has responded to the strike by pressuring workers to resign. The 150 striking workers have vowed to continue until a new collective agreement is signed and their rights are protected.

Newly leaked TISA texts expose the scope of the corporate power grab

14 October 2016 News

Newly published leaked documents from the top secret Trade in Services (TISA) negotiations reveal the wide scope of the deregulatory agenda and attack on democratic governance at the heart of the negotiations.

Fast food workers win guaranteed hours in New Zealand

13 October 2016 News

Unitelogo_0The IUF-affiliate Unite Union and Restaurant Brands, which owns the rights to market KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Carl's Jr brands in New Zealand, have signed an agreement which fully guarantees workers' hours and shifts.

Italy: new union initiatives to combat widespread abuses of migrant agricultural labour

12 October 2016 Feature

Sikhworkersstrike2The IUF-affiliated FLAI-CGIL has launched important new organizing initiatives to combat massive rights abuses in Italian agriculture by breaking the grip of the criminal networks of caporalato (gangmasters) on vulnerable migrant workers. The system of labour agents who provide workers and enforce discipline condemns workers to living in dangerous and degrading  makeshift rural 'ghettoes' and working under hazardous conditions for payment below the minimum set by collective agreements and the law.

Korea: free imprisoned unionists!

10 October 2016 Urgent Action

KCTUpostcard_0Over twenty trade union leaders and members are now in prison as the government of Korea and powerful conglomerates escalate their attack on basic rights. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has launched an online petition on LabourStart calling on the government to free all jailed union leaders - CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

The assault on the right to strike

6 October 2016 News

protecttherighttostrikeThe right of workers to collectively withdraw their labour underpins the right to join a union and to collectively bargain the terms of employment, but the right to strike is under increasing attack, by governments and at international level through the employer offensive at the ILO. The full breadth of the growing assault on the right to strike is newly documented in a study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation published in the run-up to the October 7 World Day for Decent Work.

Another trade union victim of vigilante killing in the Philippines

3 October 2016 News

StopLaborKillingAnother union activist has been murdered in the Philippines. Edilberto Miralles, a former taxi union president, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on September 23 in front of the National Labor Relations Commission in Quezon City, where he was scheduled to attend a hearing. He is the seventh union and community activist to be murdered in September.

The Canada-EU Trade Deal (CETA) is an attack on democracy and the labour movement

30 September 2016 Feature

StopCETAThe Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a comprehensive vehicle for rolling back the capacity of governments to regulate in the public interest. CETA is also the backdoor entry for TTIP, the toxic EU-US trade deal.


27 September 2016 News


On World Tourism Day, workers are demanding that governments recognize the impact of climate change on tourism, and that protecting the rights and livelihoods of tourism workers be part of the response.


Death of Korean rights activist farmer Baek Nam-gi, a victim of state violence

26 September 2016 News

BaekOn September 25, Korean farmer and rights activist Baek Nam-gi succumbed to injuries inflicted by police when massive force was used against a national demonstration in Seoul last November. After he was struck down by water cannon, police continued to blast him and demonstrators attempting to come to his assistance. Baek was taken, unconscious, to hospital where he remained in a coma for 317 days.

Mondelez unions come together to defend union jobs

25 September 2016 News

MondelezChicagodemo2Over 40 members of IUF-affiliated trade unions representing Mondelez workers around the world marched on CEO Irene Rosenfeld's residence outside Chicago on September 21 to protest the company's systematic destruction of union employment. Most recently, the company has eliminated 600 union jobs at the Chicago Nabisco facility and announced the closure of its factory in Valladolid, Spain, with the loss of 220 jobs.


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