UFCW calls on U.S. Congress to slow production speeds in meatpacking plants

16.07.20 News

The UFCW has called on the U.S. Congress to immediately pass the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 ACT introduced in the House of Representatives which would mandate a reduction in the dangerously fast line speeds which have made many meatpacking plants coronavirus hotspots.



Defunding private equity

16.07.20 Editorial

Private equity funds, which globally dispose of some USD 2.5 trillion in uninvested 'dry powder', are preparing to scoop up bankrupt firms and extract gain from the coronavirus wreckage. At the same time, many governments are tossing financial orthodoxy overboard in search of a path to recovery. Now is the moment for labour to push for public investment vehicles, backed by central bank guarantees, to support sustainable jobs and the transition to a low-carbon economy, and cut the umbilical cord linking workers' futures to junk bond billionaires.


United States: SEIU Strike for Black Lives July 20

15.07.20 News

The IUF-affiliated SEIU has called for a Strike for Black Lives across the United States on July 20, with strikes, walkouts, and worker actions to demand racial and economic justice in society and the workplace.

Myanmar: Under cover of COVID, management at Bagan Hotel River View launches new attack on trade union rights

08.07.20 News

Management of the Bagan Hotel River View in central Myanmar's famous Bagan Archeological Zone is again attacking basic trade union rights, using COVID-19 as a pretext for dismissals targeting union members and leaders.

Marriott's Moxy UK workers win through unions' coordinated pressure

07.07.20 News

Thanks to coordinated union struggle, workers at UK Moxy hotels, one of the many Marriott brands, will benefit from the UK Government's job retention/furlough scheme. They will also receive backdated wages totalling thousands of pounds.

New report exposes the web of subcontracting behind a pandemic of exploitation in European road transport

04.07.20 News

A new report prepared by the Dutch trade union foundation FNV-VNB, the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and the IUF uncovers the multiple chains of subcontracted labour which have enabled the expansion of squalid exploitation in European road transport.

Unions join campaign to stop EU-Mercosur 'free trade agreement'

02.07.20 News

Trade union centers in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands are among the initial endorsers of a campaign to stop the disastrous trade agreement now being promoted for signature (after twenty years of negotiations) between the EU and the 4 Latin American countries (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) which make up the Mercosur bloc.


Ukraine: Unions take to the streets to contest renewed legislative attack on trade union rights and worker protections

01.07.20 News

Trade unions in Ukraine, including the IUF-affiliated Agro-Industrial Workers' Union of Ukraine (AIWU Ukraine) held protests in the capital Kyiv and across the country on June 30 to demand the withdrawal of proposed new laws which would radically undermine trade union rights and basic worker protections.

Maldives: TEAM leads fight to stop new attacks on employment and workplace rights

26.06.20 News

The IUF-affiliated TEAM (Tourism Association of Maldives) has been actively mobilizing to defeat proposed changes to employment law which would weaken the country's few existing worker protections at a time of crisis and set back the fight for basic rights in the country. Maldives has no legal industrial relations framework based on trade union and collective bargaining rights.




Germany: NGG says voluntarism has failed, demands strict regulation and enforcement to tackle abusive conditions behind coronavirus outbreaks in meat processing

25.06.20 News

New coronavirus hotspots have erupted in Germany's meat processing plants, spotlighting again the massive abuse of subcontracted migrant labour on which the industry depends. More than 1,500 workers have been infected with COVID-19 at the giant Tönnies plant (over 6,500 workers) in Rheda-Wiedenbrück alone, where local authorities have re-imposed strict lockdowns just as economic activity was reviving.

Stop the attack on workers' rights in India!

24.06.20 Urgent Action

In May, the IUF sounded the alarm on the legislative attack on fundamental workers' rights in India. The attack continues, and we've joined with our sister international federations and the ITUC in an online LabourStart campaign to  stop the attack on rights.


C190 and R206: tools for reshaping the world of work

19.06.20 News

June 21, 2020 is the first anniversary of the International Labour Conference's adoption of Convention 190 (C190) and Recommendation 206 (R206) on violence and harassment in the world of work. These two standards propose practical steps that unions must take to put an end to violence and harassment and negotiate a comprehensive framework for the construction of the foundations necessary for a world that is better able to resist future economic and social crises.

Sugar workers hold stoppages and protests over unpaid wages at Haft Tapeh in Iran as coronavirus spreads

17.06.20 News

Since June 11, hundreds of workers have been holding work stoppages and daily protests at the governor's office to demand wages and social security benefits not paid since March at the giant Haft Tapeh sugar cane growing and processing complex in Shush, Iran. COVID-19 has been spreading among the workers, who continue to report to work. They have no access to medical care since their wages and social security contributions have not been paid.

It's time to ratify and implement the Migrant Workers Convention!

17.06.20 Editorial

The COVID-19 pandemic has ruthlessly exposed the corporate food system's reliance on extended, fragile chains of migrant labour. But for many governments and international agencies like the United Nations' FAO and WHO, the harsh, even life-threatening conditions under which migrants work is a crisis of mobility rather than a consequence of exploitation underpinned by the systematic denial of fundamental rights.


International Domestic Workers Day 2020: Domestic workers demand essential rights and protection!

16.06.20 News

On June 16, 2020, International Domestic Workers Day, the IUF and its affiliates stand in solidarity with domestic workers around the world and their organization, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF).





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