Unions demand enforceable safety standards as US President Trump orders meat plants to remain open

02.05.20 News

A US executive order issued on April 28 declares meat and poultry processing plants 'critical infrastructure' and enjoins state and local authorities from taking any action to close them due to health and safety concerns. IUF affiliates responded to the government's action by insisting on enforceable measures to ensure worker safety.

Burkina Faso: IUF affiliates take the lead in organizing worker safety and protection

30.04.20 News

Since the first appearance of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, the national IUF Women's Committee and the IUF national Coordination Committee have stepped in where employers and public authorities have been unwilling or unable to provide adequate protection for workers. They have been supplying soap, masks and disinfectant and informing members how to protect themselves, their families and their communities, on and off the job.




Unite hails victory as Marriott casual hotel workers win job retention under COVID-19

30.04.20 News

Despite UK government guidelines released on 26th March stating that casual workers can be furloughed and paid 80% of average annual earnings, two weeks later Marriott announced that they had "yet to determine their position" on whether casual workers could be furloughed citing 'significant cash flow issues' as their justification. UK Marriott workers wrote a letter to express concern and won.


May Day is our day, even under lockdown

30.04.20 Editorial

The words projected onto a wall during the mass protests in Chile last year now resonate across the globe: 'We won't go back to normal, because normal was the problem'. The massive economic crisis accompanying the spread of COVID-19 illuminates that normalcy with a harsh spotlight.

Since 1890, workers around the world have celebrated May Day on picket lines, at rallies, in prisons, in concentration camps and in the midst of insurrections; this year, for the first time in 130 years, we won't be on the streets. But May Day remains our day, the day on which labour affirms its global solidarity and commitment to fighting for a new world.



IUF calls on G20 tourism ministers to take immediate measures to protect workers in the COVID-19 crisis

28.04.20 News

The IUF has warned G20 tourism ministers that it may take many years to rebuild the tourism sector to pre-COVID-19 levels of activity. The IUF  called for the immediate adoption of protocols to protect hotel workers, including the suspension of optional housekeeping programmes.


International Workers Memorial Day 2020: Unions demand recognition of COVID-19 as an occupational disease

27.04.20 News

The IUF joins with our sister international union organizations in calling for speedy official recognition of COVID-19 as an occupational disease by governments and national health and safety bodies. Official recognition of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 as a preventable occupational hazard, and  COVID-19 as a work-related disease, would require employers to take necessary measures to protect workers against the risk of exposure, establish liability for failure and provide compensation to workers and their families sickened and killed by COVID-19.

Celebrate Virtual May Day 2020

27.04.20 News

Lockdowns and restrictions on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 emergency will keep workers off the streets but won't stop workers from celebrating our day of international solidarity.

Italy: FLAI-CGIL calls for regularization of migrant workers and urgent measures to protect their health

27.04.20 News

The IUF-affiliated agrifood union FLAI-CGIL, together with numerous civil society organizations, has called on the government to take immediate measures to safeguard the health and safety of the thousands of irregular migrant workers and asylum-seekers living in the country.




UFCW wins agreement on improved protection, conditions at JBS

23.04.20 News

Against a background of mass COVID-19 infections of meat processing workers and resulting plant shutdowns, the IUF-affiliated UFCW has reached agreement with JBS, the world's biggest meatpacking company, on safety protocols and a pay increase.




Uganda flower workers' union fighting against total collapse

22.04.20 News

Uganda's Horticultural, Industrial, Service Providers and Allied Workers' Union (UHISPAWU) is fighting to protect thousands of workers on flower farms from falling into poverty and hunger as a consequence of the overnight collapse of the export market. Sales of cut flowers, the bulk of which are exported to Europe for auction, have declined by up to 90 percent and there are no government protection programs for workers in agriculture who lose their jobs.


WTO must stop negotiations on new trade deals and focus on access to medicine and saving lives!

22.04.20 News

Some 300 international, regional and national organizations including the IUF and international trade union organizations, have called on WTO members to stop all negotiations on new trade deals during the COVID-19 pandemic and focus on saving lives.


Rights must be on the agenda as G20 agriculture ministers meet!

21.04.20 News

The IUF, our sister federation PSI, peasant organizations and civil society groups campaigning for the right to food have called on the hastily-convened April 21 extraordinary meeting of G20 agriculture ministers to put rights on the agenda as they discuss potential disruption of food supplies in the COVID-19 crisis.

IUF agreement with government retail alcohol monopoly in Finland on respect for worker rights in the global supply chain

21.04.20 News

The IUF and our Finnish affiliate PAM have signed an agreement with the government's national alcoholic beverages retail monopoly Alko to promote respect for worker rights in the company's international supply chain, including workers' rights to form unions and negotiate their working conditions through collective bargaining.

New arrests target independent unions and democracy movement in Hong Kong

20.04.20 News

Under cover of the COVID-19 emergency, Hong Kong authorities on April 18 arrested Lee Cheuk Yan, general secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions along with 14 other prominent activists in the pro-democracy movement. They are charged with organizing and participating in mass protests in August, September and October last year.

We cannot let domestic violence accompany the spread of COVID-19

17.04.20 News

During the last 12 months, more than one in five women in the world has been the victim of violence inflicted by their partner. The health, economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is making the situation worse. In just a few weeks, several countries have recorded a significant increase in cases of domestic violence. The response to this phenomenon is as urgent as the policies adopted to stop the pandemic itself. Unions play an essential role.


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