Sentences served, Myanmar hotel workers leave prison - struggle continues for rights and reinstatement

2 April 2019 Urgent Action

Six leaders and members of the HLOB union at Hotel Tharabar Gate in Bagan were released from prison on March 29 to an emotional welcome from family and union members after serving their full 30-day sentences. The six were tried, convicted and immediately taken to prison on March 1 after being arrested in December for attempting to lead a peaceful march to protest the brutal police destruction of their solidarity picket.  The struggle for reinstatement and trade union rights at Hotel Tharabar Gate continues - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE  to the government of Myanmar!

Maldives: Hotel resort workers highlight need for legal minimum wage in national elections

1 April 2019 News

In the lead-up to national parliamentary elections on April 6, the IUF-affiliated Tourism Employees Association of Maldives (TEAM) organized protest actions calling for a legal minimum wage to be established in the country. TEAM sent letters to all political parties participating in the elections, calling on them to recognize the need for a legal minimum wage for resort workers.

International solidarity with Jasic workers and supporters jailed in China

28 March 2019 News

Unions in Asia have rallied in support of the more than 40 workers and their supporters jailed and '"disappeared" in China following attempts by workers at Jasic Technology in Shenzen  to form a union last year.

Schysst stall (Fair stable) - working against sexual harassment in the horse sector in Sweden

20 March 2019 News

The IUF-affiliated Kommunal - Sweden's largest union - seeks agreement with employers on concrete measures to ensure that workplaces are free from sexual harassment and abuse. Schysst stall (Fair Stable) is a joint initiative with the service sector employer association and the Swedish Federation of Green Employers launched in March to inform and educate employers, workers, and students training for a career in the horse sector to understand what constitutes sexual harassment and how to respond to it.


China: Freedom of association is a right, not a crime

19 March 2019 Urgent Action

The government of China continues its relentless repression of workers seeking to exercise their right to freedom of association. Over 40 workers and labour rights supporters are currently in criminal detention following efforts by workers to form a trade union at Jasic Technology in Shenzen last summer. CLICK HERE to demand their immediate release.


Cargill unions around the world call for an end to rights abuses at Cargill Turkey

18 March 2019 News

Twenty-four unions representing Cargill workers in 15 countries, from Australia to the US, Indonesia to Russia and across Europe, have together publicly called on the company to stop violating rights in Turkey, where workers were fired at a Cargill facility in Bursa-Orhangazi nearly one year ago solely as a consequence of organizing to form a union - an internationally recognized human right.



Global solidarity with jailed IUF hotel union members in Myanmar

15 March 2019 News

IUF members around the world have responded to the jailing of 6 hotel union leaders and members at the Hotel Tharabar Gate in Myanmar with demonstrations of support and union visits to the country's diplomatic representations abroad.


Pakistan: union launches continuous protest for union rights and recognition at Sakrand Sugar Mills

13 March 2019 News

The Sakrand Sugar Mills Union, a member of the IUF affiliated Sindh Sugar Mills Workers Federation (SSMWF), has been demonstrating continuously since February 28 at the Sakrand Sugar Mills gates. The management of Sakrand Sugar Mills, a publicly traded company incorporated since 1989, refuses to recognize the union, meet with it or negotiate on its demands, which include payment of the legal minimum wages.

What next in Algeria?

11 March 2019 Editorial

Algerians are demanding more than a change of face - they are calling for the end of what is widely referred to as le pouvoir, the power, a system which has symbolically appropriated the independence struggle but for decades has condemned its citizens to poverty and humiliation and denied them hope for the future.


IUF members denounce ‘Miss Curvy’ Uganda beauty contest tourism promotion

7 March 2019 News

IUF members around the world are calling on the government of Uganda to cancel a plan to promote Uganda's tourist industry with a "Miss Curvy" beauty contest as well as add "sexy" women to official literature listing Uganda's "attractions".

Iceland: hotel housekeepers strike for a living wage on International Women's Day

7 March 2019 News

Hotel housekeepers in Iceland will be on strike on International Women's Day in support of their demand for a a living wage and better working conditions. Some one thousand housekeepers working in hotels and guesthouses in and around the capital Reykjavik, a majority of them immigrant women, will take part in the strike.


We are fighting for equality! For an international convention to end violence against women in the workplace

7 March 2019 News

International Women’s Day, celebrated by IUF affiliates, is again this year dedicated to combating violence against women in the workplace. It is also focused on the need to obtain, at the next International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2019, an international convention, supplemented by a recommendation, which will give governments a legally-binding framework to enable them to act against and end this form of violence.

Myanmar hotel workers imprisoned for defending their union and their rights

4 March 2019 Urgent Action

On March 1, the chairman and 5 other leaders and members of the union of workers at the Hotel Tharabar Gate in Myanmar's Bagan Archeological Zone were convicted of attempting to hold a peaceful protest march after police brutally destroyed the union's solidarity camp last December. The 6 trade unionists were each sentenced to one month's imprisonment and arrested immediately after the verdict was pronounced, an unmistakable announcement by the authorities that trade union activity in Myanmar is now criminalized. CLICK HERE  to demand the government unconditionally free the 6 unjustly convicted trade unionists.

Agreement at Danone Dairy Belgium restricts casual employment

28 February 2019 News

The IUF-affiliated Food and Services Union (ACV-CSC) has successfully negotiated a local agreement at Danone Dairy Belgium's Rotselaar plant which strictly defines and restricts the use of non-permanent employment.

Union protest marks over one year of continuous struggle on the picket line for rights at AB InBev India

27 February 2019 News

For 374 days, workers and their union at AB InBev Sonepat plant have been fighting union-busting and local management's ongoing refusal to reinstate unfairly terminated union leaders, and they continue to fight for their rights. CLICK HERE to send a message to AB InBev.


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