Norway: national strike in hotels, restaurant and catering

26 April 2016 News

NorwayHRCTstrikesmallNorwegian hotel, catering and restaurant workers, members of the IUF-affiliated Fellesforbundet, have been on indefinite strike since April 24 at 356 establishments across the country in response to the employers' refusal to meet the union's longstanding demand for local wage negotiations. The hotel and restaurant workers are among the lowest paid of all workers and Fellesforbundet is fighting for an increase above the minimum wage level.

Accor: union wins in Indonesia and Canada

22 April 2016 News

After several years of fighting for workers' rights, IUF-affiliated unions in Accor hotels in Indonesia and Canada have achieved important gains for their members.

The third IUF International Fast Food Workers' Day

19 April 2016 News

FastFoodDayOfAction2016-smallOn April 14, thousands of fast food workers in 40 countries joined the third International Fast Food Workers' Day to highlight the poor working conditions within the sector and to highlight wage theft, zero-hour contracts, low wages, precarious employment and to demand the right to join or form a union.

Death toll rises following fatal accident at Mondelez Egypt

18 April 2016 News

Three more workers have died as a result of injuries suffered following a boiler explosion and fire at the Mondelez Cadbury factory in Cairo on March 28, bringing the death toll to seven. Initially four workers were reported dead with some 60 injured, many with serious burns and in critical condition.

Victory in California for 'Fight for 15' union campaign to raise minimum wage

12 April 2016 News

In by far the biggest victory yet for the union-backed movement to boost pay for low-wage workers, California lawmakers have announced an agreement to raise the state's minimum wage to USD 15 an hour by 2022. More than 5.6 million Californians - over 32 percent of the state's workforce - are expected to benefit from the increase

International solidarity with embattled workers at New Zealand rights abuser Talleys/AFFCO

11 April 2016 News

StopbutcheringhumanrightsIUF affiliates in Asia/Pacific have been holding rolling actions to show solidarity and support for the New Zealand Meatworkers' Union fighting for union rights and safe working conditions at Talleys/AFFCO. Through the IUF, unions in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand have been demonstrating their support. The dozens of actions involve workers in dairy, fast food, fishing, sugar, food processing and agriculture and unions in transnational companies including Coca-Cola, Danone, Nestlé and Unilever.

Swedish foodworkers fighting Findus factory closure by asset strippers Nomad Foods

11 April 2016 Urgent Action

987The Swedish Food Workers Union (Livs) is fighting plans to shut down the Findus frozen food factory in Bjuv, which would throw 450 workers out of a job and devastate the many hundreds of farmers who supply the plant. On March 31, the CEO of Nomad Foods, an investment vehicle registered in the British Virgin Islands, came to the factory, called all staff to a meeting, announced that the factory would close at the end of the year and immediately left the country. The Swedish prime minister has called on the company to return to Sweden and meet with the government, and Livs is demanding that the factory continue in operation. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE in support of these demands.

UFCW members on strike for rights and recognition at Covered Bridge Potato Chips

6 April 2016 Urgent Action

CoveredBridgeWorkers at Covered Bridge Potato Chips in the Canadian city of Hartland, New Brunswick have been on strike since January 4 in response to the company's continued refusal to bargain for a fair first contract with a living wage and basic workplace rights including seniority. Workers at the plant voted to join the UFCW Canada in December 2013 - more than two years ago, but the company still refuses to negotiate.

CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to the company!

International solidarity secures health coverage for Citra Mina workers dismissed for forming a union

6 April 2016 News

International solidarity organized through the IUF has secured comprehensive health insurance coverage for the union leaders and members unfairly dismissed by the Philippines tuna giant Citra Mina after they formed a union two-and-a-half years ago.

Food and farm workers in Pakistan call for a sustainable sugar industry

4 April 2016 News

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IUF affiliates in Pakistan representing workers in sugar mills, transnational food and beverage companies  and agricultural farms and plantations launched a joint campaign for "sustainable sugar" and a rights-based approach to mitigating climate change.

First union of agricultural women workers launched in Pakistan

2 April 2016 News

3_0The first union of women agricultural workers, Sindh Haryani Union, was launched in Pakistan with over 500 members from seven rural districts in Sindh province.Union members are engaged in planting and harvesting crops on farms that grow wheat, barley, cotton, rice, vegetables, and sugar cane. At the founding conference union members spoke about the impact of climate change that has made insecure seasonal work even more uncertain, with unstable incomes leading to growing debt and poverty.

Tell the European Commission to ban glyphosate and get off the pesticide treadmill!

31 March 2016 Urgent Action

IUFPANThe European Commission must be stopped from approving renewed authorization in the European Union of the toxic herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and the world's most widely-used herbicide. Renewed authorization is being pushed through despite the United Nations' World Health Organization warning last year that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic and mounting evidence of pervasive glyphosate residues in our food and our bodies. The IUF and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International are calling for messages to the European Commission and its relevant bodies urging them to ban glyphosate in the EU and to provide comprehensive support for a safer, saner food system which does not put agricultural workers in the front lines of exposure and inject massive quantities of toxic chemicals into the environment. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE

Work at rights-buster Talleys/AFFCO more dangerous than ever

30 March 2016 News

Unions have obtained access to the full accident records of the New Zealand meat processor Talleys/AFFCO group of companies, and the records show a further increase over the previous year's horrific number of workers maimed and injured at the workplace.

Unfairly dismissed hotel union leaders win reinstatement in Myanmar

28 March 2016 News

Five union leaders unfairly terminated for union activities at the Bagan Hotel River View more than a year ago have been fully reinstated and management has entered into good faith negotiations with the union. The union is a member of the independent Hotel Chitthu Township Level Labour Organization Bagan-Nyaung Oo (HLOB) which is affiliated to the IUF. Last year the IUF launched a global campaign in support of the union and filed a complaint with the ILO concerning violations of the right to freedom of association. 

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