Vicious union-busting at Moroccan fish canner DOHA

5 February 2016 Urgent Action

979Over 500 workers in the Moroccan city of Agadir have been on strike since March 2015 at DOHA, part of the wealthy BICHA Group. DOHA workers, nearly 95% of whom are women, produce tinned fish and other products for worldwide export. The company, with the help of compliant legal and political authorities, has sought to dissolve the union, dismiss its members, criminalize and punish the strikers and confiscate the union leaders' home. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO DOHA!

Carlsberg/Cambrew dismisses striking beer promotion women in Cambodia!

27 January 2016 Urgent Action

cambodiacarlsbergEleven members of the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Food and Service Workers' Federation (CFSWF) employed by transnational brewery giant Carlsberg's joint venture local brewer Cambrew have been dismissed in retaliation for taking strike action on January 16. Workers are fighting the company's attempt to impose short-term employment contracts and late working hours. CLICK HERE TO TELL CARLSBERG TO STOP UNION-BUSTING!

Lockout, dismissals, intimidation - serial rights abuses by New Zealand meat company Talleys/AFFCO

18 January 2016 Urgent Action

975Two hundred workers at AFFCO, the New Zealand meat company owned by the anti-union Talley family, have been locked out since June last year for resisting the company's brutal push to replace negotiated collective agreements with individual contracts. Talleys/AFFCO is also punishing union members and workplace representatives with suspensions and dismissals. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO TALLEYS/AFFCO!

Brazil : foodworkers refuse to pay the costs of crisis

10 February 2016 News

The Food Industry Workers' National Confederation of Brazil (CNTA Afins) has launched a national mobilization in preparation for 2016 negotiations in the food industry to defend against efforts by employers and politicians to force workers to pay the costs of the country's deepening economic crisis.

Philippines: NUWHRAIN wins government order to inspect working conditions of housekeepers

3 February 2016 News


As a direct result of Global Housekeeping Campaign activities in the Philippines, the IUF-affiliated NUWHRAIN won a government administrative order for the inspection of hotels for non-compliance with national labour and health and safety regulations.  

Workplace slaughter and rights abuses continue at Talleys/AFFCO

1 February 2016 News

According to the New Zealand government's Accident Compensation Corporation, nearly 5,000 Talley's workers have been awarded over USD 4.7 million in compensation for workplace accidents over the last three years; 1,286 Talley's workers were injured on the job in 2014 alone. On January 15, a German tourist with a 'working holiday' visa was caught in a machine while working on the slaughter line at the Talleys/AFFCO meat plant in Rangiuru New Zealand. He was knocked unconscious and suffered injuries to the head, face and teeth. He was working in one of the most dangerous areas in the plant with negligible training.

Joint commitment on preventing sexual harassment at Unilever

27 January 2016 News

The IUF and IndustriAll, the international unions representing workers at the global food and home and personal products manufacturer Unilever, have signed a joint commitment with the company on preventing sexual harassment at Unilever workplaces.

Trade deals and the TPP corporate power grab - resistance must continue!

27 January 2016 Editorial

StopTPPAfter eight years of secret negotiations, governments will sign the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in New Zealand on February 4. The treaty text, which was only made public last November, confirms what critics of the deal have been contending since leaked portions of the draft chapters became available, and even earlier, since corporations have never been shy about setting out their goals. The TPP in its final form shows that the corporations have gotten what they want: a trade deal which threatens democracy.

BCTGM steps up fight against Mondelez mass layoffs in Chicago

26 January 2016 News

The IUF-affiliated BCTGM has stepped up its fight against mass layoffs at the Mondelez Chicago biscuit factory by filing grievances and a federal lawsuit charging that the layoffs are discriminatory and violate the collective agreement. The union has also formally charged management with inserting non-union contract workers into the bargaining unit in order to weaken union bargaining power.

Novoprof tackles massive wage arrears and precarious jobs at Sbarro fast food restaurants in Russia

20 January 2016 News

SbarroMoscow2The IUF-affiliated Novoprof is supporting and organizing workers at the Moscow restaurants of the international fast food chain Sbarro, where workers have not been paid since July 2015. Sbarro's Russian operations also rely on the massive use of agency labour. In the Moscow region alone, workers are employed through 30 different temp agencies.

Workers jailed for protesting illegal mass terminations at Philip Morris Pakistan

8 January 2016 Urgent Action

Thirty-five workers were arrested in the city of Mardan on January 6 for peacefully protesting the brutal instant termination of 141 employees at the Pakistan subsidiary of tobacco giant Philip Morris International.

Workers taste bitter repression at International Flavors & Fragrances in Turkey!

6 January 2016 Urgent Action

IFFurgentemailInternational Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a leading supplier of specialty ingredients to the global processed food industry, has responded to the organization of a union at its factory in Gebze, Turkey with mass dismissals. CLICK HERE TO TELL IFF TO STOP UNION-BUSTING!

Global union federations call on Chinese government to release detained worker rights defenders

22 December 2015 News

FreelabourrightsactivistsAn international trade union delegation from the IUF and IndustriAll delivered a message to the Chinese Permanent Mission in Geneva, Switzerland December 21 demanding the release of labour rights defenders held in detention following the police sweep in Guangdong province earlier this month targeting labour rights centers and activists. At least four activists are in detention facing criminal charges.

FSBL and IUF stop illegal union verification by Phillips Seafood

17 December 2015 News

Phillips%20Seafood65US-based company Phillips Seafood has reacted to the international campaign calling for the reinstatement of unfairly terminated workers and union recognition by introducing a new product in their factory in Lampung, Indonesia: a management-manufactured union. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PHILLIPS SEAFOOD!

IUF condemns death sentence on domestic worker in Saudi Arabia

14 December 2015 News

The IUF Africa Regional Committee, which met in Lome, Togo December 3-4, called on the government of Saudi Arabia to halt the planned execution of a Sri Lankan domestic worker sentenced to death on the spurious charge of ‘adultery’ earlier this year and to guarantee her immediate safe passage home. The IUF Administrative Committee, meeting in Geneva December 7-8, repeated the call and endorsed the resolution.


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