Workers Memorial Day in General Santos, Philippines - Citra Mina workers remember their dead and fight for the living

28 April 2015 News

citraminaWMD1The Citra Mina Workers Union and national centre, SENTRO commemorated Workers Memorial Day with the families of fishing vessel workers declared lost at sea. More than 17 fishers are already known to be missing or dead and the union continues to investigate other cases.

Tell airline caterer Flying Food to pay a living wage now!

28 April 2015 Urgent Action

FlyingFoodWorkerssmallIn Los Angeles, employees of airline caterer Flying Food Group work to ensure that passengers flying internationally from LAX have food and drink on their flights. They cater to an airline industry that continues to report record profit, but Flying Food Group refuses to pay its workers the City of Los Angeles Living Wage. Some workers earn a full $6 an hour less than the Los Angeles living wage for airport workers. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO FLYING FOOD

Workers Memorial Day - April 28 2015: paraquat too big a risk to life and health

28 April 2015 News

To mark Workers Memorial Day, the IUF has produced with Pesticides Action Network (PAN) and the Swiss-based NGO, Berne Declaration, a report on the use of paraquat in India.  While this highly toxic pesticide is banned in Europe, it continues to be widely used on many crops and in many parts of the world.  The report confirms that paraquat is used under high-risk conditions and that users don't have the information or the means to protect themselves from exposure. As a result, users suffer from headaches, vomiting, breathing difficulty, muscle pain and abdominal discomfort.

Union action at Belgian Seafood Expo raises pressure on Citra Mina

25 April 2015 News

The IUF, International Transport Workers' Federation and Belgian unions CSC Alimentation et Services, FGTB Horval, and CSC Transcom raised the growing pressure on the Citra Mina Group at the Brussels Seafood Expo - the world's largest seafood trade fair -by demonstrating on April 23 outside the venue, where Citra Mina's Philfresh Corporation was one of the companies exhibiting and seeking contracts with buyers.

Roundup, the WHO and the pesticide treadmill

24 April 2015 Editorial

On March 20, the UK journal Lancet Oncology published the summary of a report by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Cancer Research (IACR) which classified glyphosate - the active ingredient in Monsanto's RoundUp and the world's most widely-used herbicide - as "probably carcinogenic to humans."

Spanish Supreme Court rules dismissed workers' rights were violated at Coca-Cola

20 April 2015 News

On April 15, 2015 the Madrid Supreme Court announced its final verdict on the closure of four Coca-Cola factories in Spain and confirmed the previous ruling of the National Court which declared the Coca-Cola Iberian Partners' (CCIP) restructuring plan announced in January 2014 invalid.

Thousands of workers around the world take part in IUF Fast Food Global Day of Action

15 April 2015 News

FastGoodGlobalDayActionIUF affiliates in over 40 countries in 5 continents took action on April 15, IUF International Fast Food Workers' Day, to challenge the poor wages, precarious jobs, absence of benefits and social security and systematic denial of trade union rights which form the industry pattern. Around the world, fast food workers are standing up for their rights, fighting for increased wages, union recognition and decent working conditions.

Pakistan: solidarity action to support dismissed Sheraton workers

10 April 2015 News

Members of the Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi Workers Union, the Sind Club Employees Union and the Karachi Club Employees Union gathered together to show solidarity with dismissed workers from Sheraton Maldives and Ethiopia.

New Zealand: Unite's victory against 'zero-hour' contracts

8 April 2015 News

NozerohourcontractsThe IUF New Zealand affiliate Unite, active in the global Fast Food campaign, has negotiated an important agreement with Restaurant Brands, which owns the KFC, Pizza Hut, Carl's Jr and Starbucks chains in NZ, to end 'zero-hour contracts'. Read more here

Unite the Union joins the Shame on Sheraton campaign

8 April 2015 News

SheratonUnitesmallThe IUF's UK affiliate Unite the Union organized an action in London on April 2 to show support for the IUF's Shame on Sheraton campaign.

Leaked investment chapter exposes corporate power grab at the core of Trans-Pacific 'trade' negotiations

7 April 2015 Editorial

The leaked investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - the mega-trade and investment deal currently being negotiated in secret between the United States and eleven Pacific Rim countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) - fully confirms the views of the IUF and the many other critics of this and similar agreements.

Indonesian seafood workers demand respect and union rights at Bumi Menara Internusa

5 April 2015 News

On April 1 workers at Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI), one of Indonesia's largest fish processing companies picketed the factory gates in Lampung protesting intimidation, dismissals and abusive precarious employment.

Strong union presence in Tunisian march against terrorism

1 April 2015 News

Tunisia's national trade union center UGTT, together with a wide range of civil society organizations, was among the organizers of the national march which brought tens of thousands of citizens on to the streets of Tunis on March 29.

McDonald's Korea Union continues fighting against abuses and for union recognition

1 April 2015 News


On March 28, the Korean Arbeit Workers' Union, the organization which has been fighting widespread abuses at McDonald's Korea, protested in front of 3 McDonald's outlets across Seoul to demand a wage increase for part-time workers, reinstatement of dismissed activist Gahyun Lee and talks with the union.

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France: union action in solidarity with international Sheraton campaign

31 March 2015 News

On March 26 the IUF's French affiliate CGT Hôtels de Prestige et Economiques leafletted in front of the Starwood Le Méridien Etoile and W Paris Opera hotels in Paris.


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