Ukraine: unions mobilize against legislative assault on workers and trade union rights

15.01.20 News

The government of Ukraine is preparing a massive legislative assault on fundamental trade union rights. The IUF, our members in Ukraine and unions internationally are calling on the government to immediately abandon the draft labour law and respect international standards and commitments made to unions at national level.

We are not slaves!

Indefinite strike for direct employment at Ibis Batignolles Hotel in Paris

15.01.20 News

Hotel housekeepers at the Ibis Batignolles Hotel, one of the rare hotels directly owned by the Accor group, have been on indefinite strike demanding direct employment and improved conditions since July 17, 2019.

India: IUF affiliates join nationwide strike

11.01.20 News

On January 8, IUF affiliates across India, together with tens of millions of rural workers, farmers, students and youth, joined the national strike called by national trade union centers against the anti-labour, socially regressive and anti-democratic policies of the Narendra Modi government.

Cambodia: Strike wins reinstatement for suspended union leader at Naga World Hotel Casino

10.01.20 News

Suspended union president Sithar Chhim has been reinstated at her job following a strike by union members at the Naga World Hotel Casino in Phnom Penh launched on January 9.

'Making women visible in occupational health and safety', a new IUF resource

08.01.20 News

Trade unions help make workplaces safer and healthier for all workers, women and men, but often women's occupational health and safety (OHS) is neglected, putting workers at risk of injury and ill-health. The IUF has now published a resource on integrating gender into workplace health and safety.

McDonald's Peru: 12-hour shifts and death by electrocution

23.12.19 News

Following the death by electrocution of two young workers at a McDonald's outlet in Lima, Peru on December 15, the general manager of the company's franchises in the country has acknowledged that the beverage machine which killed the two was known to be faulty.

The brutal exploitation behind premium priced certified coffee from Brazil

20.12.19 News

A recent study from Thomson Reuters provides new evidence of how coffee produced under brutally exploitative conditions on farms in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais is sold at a premium price by multinationals thanks to certification schemes like Rainforest Alliance.

Coca-Cola's attack on unions in the Philippines invites violence against workers

18.12.19 News

Management at The Coca-Cola Company's operations in the Philippines is using "red-tagging"- the public smearing of unions as subversive organizations to invite and legitimate violence and repression - in order to undermine union organization and spread fear among workers. The threat of violence is real: at least 43 trade unionists have been murdered since Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016. The violence is not 'collateral damage' spilling over from the government's 'war on drugs'; it is highly selective and precisely targeted.

India: Collective union action wins jobs for agricultural workers in Bihar

18.12.19 News

Action by the IUF-affiliated Hind Khet Mazdoor Panchayat has secured jobs for 570 agricultural workers in 4 villages in the state of Bihar’s Arariya District under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), boosting income and livelihoods for some 1,850 people including family members.

 

On International Human Rights Day, global solidarity with rights defenders in the Philippines

10.12.19 News

Trade union organizations around the world, national and international, are taking action on December 10, International Human Rights Day, to highlight organized violence against trade unionists and rights defenders in the Philippines. According to the Philippines' Center for Trade Union and Human Rights, at least 43 trade union leaders have been assassinated since Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016.

Iran: Unpaid wages, hungry workers, live bullets

04.12.19 Editorial

Mass protests in cities across Iran erupted on November 15 in response to a hike in the price of fuel. The government responded with lethal force and shut down the internet, and in some places even mobile phone service, cutting people off from one another and from the outside world.

Women's workplace health and safety must get more attention

04.12.19 News

Trade unions are key to making workplaces safer and healthier for all workers but often women's occupational health and safety (OHS) is not given enough attention.

Way clear (for now) for Austria's glyphosate ban to take effect on January 1

03.12.19 News

Neither the European Commission nor EU member states have formally challenged the ban on glyphosate adopted by Austria's parliament in July this year, paving the way for it to go into effect on January 1. Supported by a cross-party coalition in parliament, civil society, environmentalists, small farmer organizations and trade unions, including the IUF-affiliated PRO-GE, Austria becomes the first EU country to ban the world's most widely used herbicide, best known as Monsanto's 'Roundup'.

Australia: strike and solidarity win new agreement for women cheese workers

02.12.19 News

Workers at Jindi Cheese in Victoria, owned by French-based dairy transnational Lactalis, have ended their 15-day strike by unanimously voting to approve a new 4-year collective agreement which brings substantial pay increases.

 

Mass action by airline catering workers at U.S. airports

28.11.19 News

Thousands of airline catering workers demonstrated at 17 major airports across the United States on November 26 to demand a living wage and affordable health care; hundreds were arrested in the mass protests.

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