Australian workers at food flavours TNC fight lockout with lockin!

27 January 2015 Urgent Action

934National Union of Workers (NUW) members at the International Flavours and Fragrances (IFF) facility in Dandenong (Victoria) have responded to a management lockout by occupying the lunchroom. You can support their action - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to the company.

IUF affiliates mobilize to defend threatened Hong Kong union leaders

21 January 2015 News

HongKongKoreaCokebannerIUF affiliates have responded quickly to threats by the Hong Kong government to prosecute independent trade union leaders for their active role in the democracy movement.

Hong Kong's independent trade union leaders face prosecution as government criminalizes protest

20 January 2015 News

LeeHongKong17012015Leaders of Hong Kong's independent trade union confederation HKCTU now face criminal prosecution for supporting the democracy movement. HKCTU general secretary Lee Cheuk-yan was formally questioned by police on January 17 and accused of inciting, convening and participating in unauthorized assemblies. He was released without bail after being told that police reserved the right to prosecute at any time. HKCTU chief executive Mung Siu-tat has been called for questioning by police on January 22.

Guatemala: Coca-Cola workers in all plants now 100% unionised

14 January 2015 News
Guatemala workers have proudly featured in the history of struggle between IUF members and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) going back to the 1980's. Until recently of the three Coca-Cola bottling plants in the country, only one had built solid recognition from FEMSA the Coca-Cola Latin American bottler. The other two plants were owned and operated by the Schutt family and workers there faced hostility and repression when exercising their basic rights.

Multiple threats to democracy

13 January 2015 Editorial

Millions of citizens demonstrated across France on January 11 in solidarity with the victims of related terrorist attacks on the weekly Charlie Hebdo and on shoppers in a kosher market. Unions called on their members and on citizens to rally in support of the 'republican values' of freedom, equality, fraternity, and were very much in evidence. In the face of such attacks, these are the right slogans. Terrorism in all its varieties is a frontal attack on the democratic values of the labour movement.

Indian police stop mass protest against land grabs

12 January 2015 News

Police have suppressed a mass protest against Indian government plans to legalize corporate land grabs. The protest was planned for January 11, the opening day of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, where representatives of governments and over 500 transnational corporations are gathering to discuss "investment" in Gujarat. Small farmers and agricultural workers are worried that the Summit is a platform to encourage land grabbing.

Breakthrough in Greece? Austerity and solidarity

12 January 2015 Editorial

Greece will hold parliamentary elections on January 25 and Syriza, the left-wing party which has consistently called for debt restructuring and an end to austerity, is leading the polls. The IMF-European Commission-European Central Bank `Troika' are warning of the "threat" of Syriza coming to power and have forcefully indicated their support for Greece's ruling coalition by conditioning further financial support on the re-election of a pliable government. A Syriza victory indeed threatens the suffocating grip of the European and global austerity regime, and for that reason should be welcomed and actively supported.

Protest violent assault on Chinese labour rights defenders!

7 January 2015 Urgent Action

On December 26, unidentified assailants entered the office of the Panyu Migrant Workers Documentation Centre (PMWDC) in Guangzhou and assaulted PMWCD head Zeng Feiyang. PMWCD has been providing legal and other services to migrant workers in the Pearl River Delta since 1998. The assault is the latest in an escalating series of attacks against independent organizations across China advising workers on their legal and workplace rights. CLICK HERE TO SEND A PROTEST MESSAGE TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES    

New Indian sugar union actions in solidarity with murdered Philippines activist

19 December 2014 News Indian sugar workers demanding justice for murdered Philippines sugar activist Rolando Pango followed up solidarity actions on December 10 with more demonstrations at two sugar mills in the Indian state of Maharashtra on December 15. Hundreds of workers at two major cooperative sugar factories in the Ahmednagar district stopped work to demand that the killers be brought to justice.

Congress Representatives call on Philippines government to investigate rights violations at Citra Mina tuna group

19 December 2014 News

CitraMinaBillboardsmallRepresentatives from the Akbayan party in the Philippines House of Representatives have introduced a Congress Resolution  calling on the government to launch a formal investigation into trade union rights violations at the Citra Mina group of tuna companies, where workers are fighting for union recognition and the reinstatement of workers sacked last year after forming a union.

On International Migrants Day, IUF and Amnesty call on Korean government to end systematic abuse of migrant agricultural workers

18 December 2014 News

On International Migrants Day, December 18, the IUF and Amnesty International Korean organizations capped their two-month joint campaign with a declaration and joint press conference calling on the government to protect the right of migrant agricultural workers in the country to live and work in safe conditions.

NUW fight wins reinstatement, exposes sham employment schemes at Australia's largest poultry producer

17 December 2014 Feature

Betterjobs4betterThe successful fight by Australia's National Union of Workers (NUW) on behalf of an unfairly dismissed migrant poultry worker exposes the extremes to which employers can resort in devising disposable jobs schemes to evade their responsibility. And how unions can grow by tackling head-on precarious work arrangements.

Unions organize against new Indian government's attack on rural employment

16 December 2014 News

nrega2India's new right wing government has lost no time in proving its 'business-friendly' credentials by attacking the world's biggest employment program, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), a vital support for the country's rural poor. Unions have begun organizing the fight back.

IMF calls for more austerity in Belgium on day of national general strike

16 December 2014 News

Belgium151220141Joint action by Belgian unions effectively shut production and services across the country on December 15 as unions continued their drive to roll back the government's austerity program. The same day, an IMF mission to Belgium expressed official support for the program, praising the extended retirement age and other measures but urging the government to "go still further" in cutting labour costs, public spending and social welfare programs.

Myanmar agricultural workers and farmers organize against contract farming threat

12 December 2014 News

WorkshopposterWorkers and small farmers must build collective bargaining power in the face of growing corporate control of agriculture or risk falling into debt and dependency. Organizing to build that power was the theme of the recent 'Beware of Contract Farming' training workshops for members of the IUF-affiliated Agriculture and Farmers Federation of Myanmar (AFFM-IUF).


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