Egypt: Court acquits IFFCO workers of 'incitement' but union leaders, members still barred from work

2 February 2017 News

On January 29 nineteen IFFCO workers were acquitted in a Suez court of 'inciting' a strike after the company filed criminal charges and security forces descended from a fleet of 50 vehicles to swoop down on the Suez factory where workers were conducting a peaceful sit-in over the grossly unfair distribution of a much-needed end-of-year bonus. While the court has cleared them of criminal charges 17 IFFCO workers including the union President, Vice-President and General Secretary are barred from returning to work. If you have not yet been able to do so CLICK HERE to send a protest message to the company and to the President of Egypt

Champ Resto fast food workers in Indonesia keep up their struggle for justice

27 January 2017 News

ChampRestoPHKWith the support of the IUF-affiliated FSPM, workers unfairly dismissed from
Indonesia's Champ Resto fast food chain last year continue their fight
for reinstatement and for the medical insurance workers are illegally
denied.

Fresh fruit giant Fyffes is bashing rights

24 January 2017 Urgent Action

1041Workers at transnational fruit giant Fyffes subsidiaries in Costa Rica (pineapples) and Honduras (melons) report serious and systematic violations of basic labour rights, including threats, harassment and sacking of union members, blocking collective bargaining processes, failure to pay minimum wages and social insurance, exposing workers to hazardous agrochemicals and sacking pregnant workers. Fyffes is the number one importer of bananas to Europe, and among the largest global marketers for supersweet pineapples and winter season melons. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO FYFFES!

Defend Kazakhstan's independent trade unions!

23 January 2017 Urgent Action

The authoritarian government of Kazakhstan has stepped up its aggressive drive to completely eliminate independent trade unions in the country. Following years of legal and political harassment of workers' organizations that escaped government control, on January 4 a court ordered the legal dissolution of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KNPRK). CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF KAZAKHSTAN

Fruit giant Fyffes told it must ensure its workers’ rights are respected

23 January 2017 News

The IUF and the Make Fruit Fair network are calling on Irish fruit transnational Fyffes to end rights abuses on its subsidiary plantations. At the Emergency General Meeting on January 16, 2017 to confirm the takeover of Fyffes by Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo, protesters demanded that Fyffes reinstate workers sacked and blacklisted for joining trade unions in Costa Rica and Honduras, pay unpaid wages, holiday entitlement, education grants and social security contributions, and compensate workers unfairly dismissed because they became pregnant.

Sheraton Brussels: workers thrown on the scrapheap while hotel gets renovated

20 January 2017 News

SheratonBrussels1Two hundred workers at the Sheraton Brussels hotel in Belgium are paying the price of a conflict between the owner, the UK-based property group International Real Estate Ltd, and Starwood, recently bought by Marriott, who managed the establishment. When the owner and management couldn't agree on who should pay for renovation and asbestos removal Sheraton management simply walked away, leaving the workers jobless when bankruptcy was declared.

Egypt: independent union at IFFCO under attack

18 January 2017 Urgent Action

IFFCOstrikesmallWorkers at the IFFCO edible oils factory in Suez, Egypt are fighting to defend their independent union. On January 3, police stormed the factory and arrested 13 striking workers. Twenty-three IFFCO workers and leaders and members of the IFFCO Egypt Labour Union now face crippling fines and jail terms at their sentencing on January 29 for the 'crime' of holding a strike to defend their wages. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO IFFCO AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF EGYPT!

Morocco: workers from throughout the country march in Agadir in support of rights for DOHA fish workers

7 January 2017 News

rahmoun%203Union activists from around the country travelled to Agadir on December 31, 2016 to show their support for the more than 500 workers dismissed by the DOHA fish canning company following a strike and lockout in 2015 and to denounce the court-ordered seizure of the union leader's apartment.

Pakistan: arrested Quetta Serena Hotel unionists back at work, their struggle continues!

3 January 2017 News

The sixty-three members and officers of the IUF-affiliated Quetta Serena Hotel Union who were arrested on November 30 for peacefully gathering in front of the hotel after union members were denied entry are now back at work. Management has not pressed charges nor followed through with disciplinary proceedings, and the provincial High Court has overturned an earlier labour court decision instigated by the hotel management banning union activity at the hotel.

Unions push through tough new Italian legislation to combat human trafficking in agriculture

16 December 2016 News

tomatoesFollowing a sustained mobilization by the IUF's agro-food affiliates, tough new legislation to eliminate human trafficking in agriculture has been ratified by Italy's Parliament and came into effect on November 4. According to FLAI-CGIL, Italy has now established in law, for the first time, the crime of worker exploitation.

Serial rights offender Citra Mina responsible for yet another death

15 December 2016 Urgent Action

Continued rights abuses by the Citra Mina Group, the Philippine's second-largest tuna exporter, have resulted in another worker death. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO SERIAL RIGHTS ABUSER CITRA MINA!

Unions, civil society groups call for political mobilization to reject CETA

7 December 2016 Editorial

The IUF, our sister international Public Services International (PSI) and many trade unions on both sides of the Atlantic including IUF affiliates are among the more than 450 organizations which have issued a call to legislators to reject the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada (click here to read the letter and the list of signatories).

Australian unions beat back union-busting at AB InBev's Carlton United Breweries

7 December 2016 News

Six tough months on the picket line, with strong national and international support, have defeated brutal union-busting by management of Australian brewer Carlton United Breweries, now owned by brewery giant AB InBev.

PepsiCo workers in Pakistan continue fighting for their rights!

5 December 2016 News

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Workers at PepsiCo's Frito-Lay plant in Lahore continue fighting for their rights and for their union against a management which refuses to recognize their organization and their demands. Hundreds of union members, backed by the Pakistan Food Workers' Federation and community supporters rallied at the factory gate in November to highlight their demand for an end to the harassment of union members and officers, negotiation on their charter of demands and an end to the massive abuse of casual employment. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PEPSICO!

Pakistan: protest mass arrest of union members at Quetta Serena Hotel!

2 December 2016 Urgent Action

QTASerenaworkersinpolicecustudysmallSixty-three members and officers of the IUF-affiliated Quetta Serena Hotel Union were arrested on November 30 for peacefully gathering in front of the hotel after union members were denied entry and prevented from performing their jobs. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE HOTEL MANAGEMENT!

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