Independent unions challenge the zero rights regime at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia

18 October 2017 Urgent Action

amatil-indonesia-tinNearly twenty years after Indonesia freed itself from an oppressive military dictatorship, workers at the Indonesian operations of The Coca-Cola Company's Australian-based bottler Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) are still waiting for democratic rights at the workplace. Workers at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia are organizing to form independent democratic unions. The company has responded by systematically attacking their members and elected leaders. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to Coca-Cola Amatil and The Coca-Cola Company.

Trade unions must act to stop violence against women

21 November 2017 Editorial

StopViolenceAgainstWomenWomen are constantly exposed to violence in the workplace, ranging from sexual harassment to physical assault. Real and threatened violence underpins the systematic gender discrimination which pervades our workplaces and our societies. The United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - November 25 - is an opportunity for unions around the world to mobilize for action against all forms of gender-based violence, but particularly at the workplace, where unions can make a difference.

Indonesia: workers fighting for their rights following instant factory closure by pineapple giant GreatGiant Pineapple

8 November 2017 Urgent Action

UmasJayaIn May 2016 management at the Umas Jaya Agrotama factory in Lampung, Indonesia announced the plant’s immediate closure, without prior notice or negotiations with the union. After more than one-and-a-half years, two hundred workers at the facility, the majority of them members of the IUF-affiliated SBMUJA, have still not received their final month’s pay, and the company refuses to negotiate. CLICK HERE to send a message to parent company GreatGiant Pineapple!

Hong Kong: Unions and allies demand collective bargaining rights

1 November 2017 News

Just prior to the handover of Hong Kong to mainland China in 1997, legislators representing the independent, democratic labour movement managed to gain support to pass laws guaranteeing the right to collective bargaining for the first time. Immediately after the handover - just two weeks later - the laws were struck down. Since then workers in Hong Kong have been denied the right to bargain collectively.

The fight to save quality jobs at Mondelez Dunedin, New Zealand

20 October 2017 News

Mondelezsticker_0The IUF-affiliated union E tu has worked tirelessly with community leaders to save quality jobs at Mondelez and is highly critical of the final decision by the company to move all production of Cadbury products at its Dunedin, New Zealand production plant to Australia. This decision also follows an IUF urgent action that many IUF affiliated members took part in to support their brothers and sisters from E tu in New Zealand.

NNN strike ends with recognition and CBA at Norwegian fish processor Norse Production

16 October 2017 News

The strike launched by the Norwegian Foodworkers' Union NNN at fish processor Norse Production on September 8 ended on October 12 with the company signing the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the fish processing sector. With union recognition secured, the local union will now be able to negotiate additional improvements with local management within the framework of the sectoral agreement.

Brutal attack on jobs and working conditions at Nestlé joint venture FRONERI

4 October 2017 News

One year after the creation of the FRONERI ice cream joint venture by Nestlé, the company has launched a full-blown attack on workers throughout Europe.

Agriculture and Farmers Federation of Myanmar calls for an end to violence and discrimination in Rakhine state

26 September 2017 News

The IUF-affiliated Agriculture and Farmers Federation of Myanmar (AFFM) has called for "an end to violence in Rakhine state where many people have died and been rendered homeless."

NNN on strike for rights and recognition at fish processor Norse Production

25 September 2017 News

NorsestrikeWorkers - many of them migrants from Poland and Lithuania - have been on strike since September 8 at the fish processing company Norse Production near Bergen on the west coast of Norway. Organized in the IUF-affiliated Norwegian Food and Allied Workers Union (NNN), they are demanding the right to a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the company.

Protest march against martial law, extra-judicial killings in the Philippines

22 September 2017 News

MarchOn September 21 the IUF and its affiliates NUWHRAIN and SENTRO Food & Beverage Workers Council joined a protest rally organized by a coalition of human rights and labour organizations to denounce the Duterte government's human rights violations and demand an end to martial law in Mindanao.

Campaign wins reinstatement for dismissed union leader at Manila Peninsula Hotel

20 September 2017 News

JennyMarcos2Jenny Marcos, a leader of the Peninsula Employees Union at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in the Philippines, has been reinstated at her job with full back pay and is back at work after being terminated in 2016 for union activities in support of the IUF's Global Housekeeping Campaign.

AB InBev Honduras: STIBYS secures hundreds of permanent jobs for outsourced workers

14 September 2017 News

Honduras3Following three years of long and difficult negotiations, the IUF-affiliated Beverage and Related Industry Workers' Union (STIBYS) and Cervecería Hondureña SA, owned by AB InBev, have signed a new collective agreement which secures permanent employment for 400 outsourced workers.

IUF signs agreement on rights in the supply chain with Sweden's government-owned retail alcohol monopoly

5 September 2017 News

The IUF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Systembolaget, the Swedish state-owned alcohol retail monopoly, on August 24 in Stockholm. The MoU recognizes that Systembolaget and the IUF have a common interest in improving working conditions in the alcohol industry and its supply chain, including the right of workers to exercise their rights to be in a trade union and to negotiate collectively.

First-ever strikes at UK McDonald's on International Fast Food Workers' Day

5 September 2017 News

BFAWUsmallMcDonald's workers at two restaurants in Southeast London, UK, walked off the job in support of their demands on September 4, IUF International Fast Food Workers' Day - the first ever strike by UK McDonald's workers. Organized by the IUF-affiliated Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), McDonald's workers are demanding GBP 10 (USD 13) hourly wage, an end to zero-hour contracts and union rights and recognition.

Organizing, fighting and winning together: the IUF 27th Congress

5 September 2017 News

CONGRESSLOGOENGLISHThe 27th IUF Congress, held in Geneva from August 29 to September 1, 2017, was the largest, most representative, and most participatory Congress in our history. Of the 518 participants from around the world, 339 official delegates took part in the work of the Congress - an increase of nearly 29% over 2012. All regions and sectors were strongly represented in a Congress marked by a high degree of enthusiasm, militancy and solidarity.

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