Strikes, protests and solidarity mark fast food workers' global action week

26.11.19 News

November 11-17 was a week of global action for fast food workers fighting for union rights and recognition, better pay and a safe workplace. In cities around the world unions and fast food workers held strikes, public protests and rallies and took action on the job to highlight their demands.

 

Lactalis women workers in Australia on strike for equality

25.11.19 News

Women cheese packers at Lactalis-owned Jindi Cheese in Victoria, Australia are on strike for pay equality with men at other Lactalis sites. The women are members of the IUF-affiliated United Workers Union, which is campaigning to end pay discrimination at Lactalis.

 

Union tools to combat violence and harassment in the world of work

21.11.19 News

The adoption of an International Convention (C190) and its Recommendation (R206) on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work represents a victory for workers worldwide, regardless of their sector of employment or status. The IUF has created a logo as well as a leaflet explaining C190 and R206 in layman's terms.

Hotel Housekeepers around the world rising up for their rights

18.11.19 News

Hotel housekeepers around the world showed their determination to claim their rights in the course of the IUF 6th Global Week of Action held from October 21 to 27.

More women, more inclusion, more equality: historic agreement between Banacol, Sintrainagro, and IUF Latin America

15.11.19 News

On November 13 in Medellín, Banacol, Colombia's largest banana producer, the IUF-affiliated agricultural workers union SINTRAINAGRO and IUF Latin America signed a Letter of Commitment pledging to employ an additional 400 women workers on Banacol's plantations by 2020, boosting women's participation in the company's employment from the current 10.7 percent to 19.90 percent.

Unions in Haiti are fighting to save the country and need international support

11.11.19 Editorial

National uprisings against poverty, inequality and austerity have flared across Latin America and the world in recent months, taking by surprise governments insulated from the institutionalized misery they preside over. But in the impoverished nation of Haiti, a determined popular mobilization has continued for over a year, refusing to bow to violence and hunger even as the situation becomes increasingly desperate.

 

Naga World Hotel Casino workers demand measures to protect them from violence and abuse

07.11.19 News

For years, the union has called for action by management to curb violence and sexual harassment. Management has responded that customers may respond aggressively when they lose at gambling and nothing can be done; workers must apologize to guests who assault and abuse them, and get on with the job.

Coca-Cola workers fighting for their rights in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland, and the USA still need your support

05.11.19 Urgent Action

Coca-Cola continues to violate the fundamental rights of workers in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland and the USA. CLICK HERE to learn more and to send a message to Coca-Cola's CEO and Chairman James Quincey.

 

Defend Austria's Glyphosate Ban!

28.10.19 Urgent Action

In July, the lower house of Austria's parliament voted to ban all uses of the toxic herbicide glyphosate. The legislation is scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2020. But there's a hitch. Under EU regulations, the European Commission and Member States have until November 19 to 'comment' on the ban.

Bangladesh: Farmers, agricultural workers continue their fight to block commercial release of genetically-engineered rice

24.10.19 News

The IUF-affiliated Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF) and  National Women Farmers and Workers' Association (NWFA) jointly organized a public meeting at the National Press Club in Dhaka on 17 October 2019 to demand the government rescind its decision to authorize the commercial release of genetically-engineered 'Golden Rice'.

The E-commerce threat to agriculture at the WTO

21.10.19 News

Talks on 'E-commerce' are currently being fast-tracked at the WTO as part of a cluster of 'new issues'. The misleadingly titled 'E-commerce' agenda is not about online shopping. It proposes to transform all productive activity, including work in agriculture, into a bundle of outsourced, offshored services over which workers, and governments, would have no control.

Union President suspended at Cambodia's giant Naga World Hotel Casino for defending her members' right to bargain their wages!

21.10.19 Urgent Action

The 5-star Naga World Hotel Casino in Phnom Penh has 1,685 rooms and suites - but no room for the right of its thousands of employees to collectively negotiate their wages through collective bargaining - a universally-recognized human right. For nearly two decades, the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees of Naga Hotel (NHW) has struggled for rights and recognition against a hostile management. In May, 2019 the union launched a campaign to bargain wages for the first time and now faces a management backlash. CLICK HERE to send a message to Naga World corporate management!

Algeria: International unions call on ILO to defend trade unionists facing growing repression

16.10.19 News

In May this year, the ILO undertook a high-level mission to Algeria in response to systematic violations of basic trade union rights by the government over many years, violations repeatedly highlighted by the ILO's governing bodies. Since then, attacks on the independent trade union movement have intensified as the authorities crack down on the democracy movement, in which the independent unions have played a prominent role.

 

Reinstate Husni! Mobilization continues for union rights at Accor's Pullman Jakarta

11.10.19 News

Mass union protests continue outside Accor's 'chic, stylish and modern' 5-star Pullman Jakarta in Indonesia's capital city, where members of the IUF-affiliated independent national hotel and restaurant workers' federation FSPM rallied on October 9 to demand the reinstatement of their federation president, Husni Mubarok.

 

United States: UFCW files lawsuit to block government move to speed up processing lines

10.10.19 News

The UFCW, which represents 30,000 workers in US pork processing plants, has filed a federal lawsuit to block a new rule by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which eliminates all restrictions on pork processing line speeds while reducing the number of government food safety inspectors on those lines and transferring key inspection roles to the companies.

 

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