McDonald's Korea union member dismissed for fast food activism

24 November 2014 Urgent Action

dismissalbytextGahyun Lee was dismissed from her job at a McDonald's outlet in Yeokgok, Gyeonggi Province on September 15 following her visit to Los Angeles earlier that month to support the national action by US fast food workers. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to McDonald's Korea.

International union solidarity with Hong Kong democracy movement

19 November 2014 News

CSCHongKong IUF members around the world continue to show solidarity with the Hong Kong democracy movement and the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, whose members took strike action on September 29 in support of the movement and remain actively involved. Most recently, on November 17, the IUF-affiliated ACV-CSC food and services union in Belgium declared their solidarity and support for their Hong Kong trade union colleagues and "the fight of the people of Hong Kong for democratic elections."

Nestlé defies Korean Supreme Court and provokes strike

13 November 2014 News

Nestle%20Lotte%20dispute%202014Workers at the Nestlé/Lotte joint venture went on strike on 13 November after the company refused to accept a Supreme Court decision from December 2013 that declared that regular bonuses should be calculated as part of ordinary wages. The decision was further formalized by a Corrective Order issued by the Ministry of Employment in October this year. Other TNC's have complied with the ruling.

Unions back biggest protest yet against TPPA in New Zealand

10 November 2014 News

TPPAdeathtodemocracyThousands of people took to the streets in 17 locations around New Zealand on November 8 to show their opposition to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rallies were organized by the "It's our Future" coalition and sponsored by the New Zealand national trade union center NZCTU and its affiliates.

Belgian unions reject austerity, protests to continue and escalate

7 November 2014 News

socialdumpingBelgian trade unions brought 130,000 people from across the country on to the streets of Brussels November 6 to condemn the government's new austerity program. The new measures would reduce wage earners' purchasing power by 2% annually through changes to cost-of-living indexation, impose limitations on wage bargaining, reduce unemployment benefits and support for young job-seekers and raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 years, among other regressive measures.

Trans-Atlantic solidarity for union activist dismissed by Hormel

7 November 2014 News

The IUF Danish affiliate NNF expressed solidarity with Jen Pulaski and the UFCW by publicizing her case to members and requesting that Danish company Tulip, owned by Danish Crown, protest to Hormel about the dismissal of a union activist. Tulip manufactures Spam products for Hormel.

Rights violations take the gloss off Maldives luxury Reethi Rah Resort

5 November 2014 Feature

For six years, workers and their union at Kerzner International Holdings' luxury One&Only Reethi Rah Resort in the Maldives have been fighting union-busting and the resort management's ongoing refusal to implement court decisions in favour of the union, and they continue to fight for their rights.

Government of South Korea must act to halt massive abuse of migrant agricultural workers

28 October 2014 Urgent Action

The migrant workers on whom South Korean agriculture depends suffer appalling living and working conditions, and the government's Employment Permit Scheme (EPS) directly contributes to this exploitation, according to a new report (Bitter Harvest) from Amnesty International. The report documents intimidation and violence, squalid accommodation, excessive working hours, unpaid overtime, an absence of weekly rest days and workers forced to apply pesticides without protective clothing. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNMENT

Rural development workers in Niger continue strike action for pay equity

28 October 2014 News

Unions of rural development workers in Niger, representing public employees in agricultural research and engineering, agronomists and water resource specialists have announced a 5-day strike for November 3-7 as they continue to fight for essential benefits and pay equity with other public sector workers denied them since 2008.  

Fatal workplace accident at Indian sugar mill supplying PepsiCo

20 October 2014 News

A worker at the Olam Interntional sugar mill in Kolhapur (Maharashtra) India was killed by falling sugar bags in a workplace accident on August 8 which also severely injured two other workers. According to the union representing plant workers, the factory has a long history of workplace accidents. But Singapore-based Olam, a major transnational commodity processor and trader, last year received a USD 120 million loan from the World Bank's private lending arm IFC, whose lending criteria ostensibly include safety, social and environmental safeguards.

Defending democracy in Indonesia

20 October 2014 Editorial

The inauguration of Indonesia's democratically elected president, Joko Widodo ("Jokowi") on October 20 marks the most significant victory for democracy since the collapse of the Suharto military dictatorship in 1998. The significance lies not in who won the presidential elections in July but who lost.

World Food Security Committee puts corporate investors before human rights

17 October 2014 Feature

The IUF and representatives of indigenous peoples, farmers and NGOs taking part in the 2014 Committee on World Food Security (CFS) have sharply criticized the Committee’s newly adopted Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems for placing corporate profit before the human right to food.

World Food Day 2014 - plantation workers still Harvesting Hunger

15 October 2014 News

HarvestingHungerThe IUF together with the NGOs Misereor and FIAN is launching Harvesting Hunger - Plantation Workers and the Right to Food to mark World Food Day on October 16. The booklet highlights the massive violation of plantation workers' right to food resulting from their low wages and the routine exclusion of this scandalous situation from food security debates.

Europe-wide protests say no! to trade deals that threaten democracy

15 October 2014 News

StopTTIPThousands of European citizens took to the streets in dozens of European cities on October 11 to show their rejection of the proposed trade deals between the European Union and Canada (CETA) and the EU and the US (TTIP).

New threats to trade unionists in Colombia

14 October 2014 News

The IUF has called for urgent protective measures by the Colombian government following public threats by paramilitaries against trade union leaders it denounces as "guerillas in disguise". Threatening leaflets signed by a notorious paramilitary group have been distributed in the department of Magdelena, where 9 union leaders have been murdered so far this year.


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