UN Human Rights Council adopts a landmark Declaration on the rights of peasants and rural workers - fight now moves to the UN General Assembly

26.10.18 News

On September 28, the United Nations' Human Rights Council voted to adopt a wide-ranging 'Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas'. The Declaration sets out a comprehensive framework of protection for the rights of peasants and rural workers struggling to defend livelihoods and small-scale agriculture from corporate and state dispossession and destruction.

Brazil: Democracy under assault

26.10.18 Editorial

Democracy in Brazil is not at a crossroads; It faces a firing squad.

Myanmar: Hotel & Tourism Workers strike over rights violations at the Hotel Tharabar Gate, Bagan

18.10.18 News

TharabarGateStrike1Protests launched by the IUF-affiliated hotel and tourism workers' union federation, HLOB, on September 10 have escalated into strike action by hotel workers in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, a major tourist attraction and cultural heritage site.

Union protests escalate at Accor's luxury Pullman Jakarta Hotel

18.10.18 News

PullmanJakartaFSPMAction1bisOn October 17, the IUF-affiliated independent national hotel and restaurant workers' federation FSPM held its fourth mass protest action in front of Accor's luxury Pullman Jakarta Hotel.

World Food Day 2018: Global call for a halt to 'gene drive' technology

18.10.18 News

On World Food Day 2018, the IUF joined with over 200 organizations and food rights advocates in calling for a halt to the use of 'gene drives', a genetic engineering technology designed to force genetic change through entire populations of plants, animals and insects.

From the Marriott US picket lines, solidarity with the fight for rights at Marriott Indonesia

17.10.18 News

OnejobOn October 10, local UNITE HERE union local leaders in all the US cities involved in the Marriott strikes and campaign wrote to Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, calling for the reinstatement of dismissed union chairman Agus Sarwatama at the W Hotel in Bali and full respect for trade union rights.

Strike at Philip Morris operations in the Philippines over closures, mass layoffs

15.10.18 News

PhilipMorrisPhilippinesWorkers at the largest tobacco company in the Philippines have been on strike since September 28, protesting factory closures and mass lay-offs.

Philippines: thugs, army and police attack striking Sumitomo banana workers

15.10.18 News

On October 10, thugs accompanied by members of the army and police again attacked striking packing house workers on picket lines at Sumitomo's Sumifru Philippines Corporation (Sumifru) operations in Compostela Valley in Mindinao. The union has been on strike since October 1 over the company's refusal to engage in collective bargaining negotiations for more than a decade.

Turkmenistan: Free Gaspar Matalaev, end forced and child labour!

12.10.18 Urgent Action

MatalayevRights defender Gaspar Matalaev has now spent more than two years in prison for the 'crime' of documenting the massive use of forced labour in the cotton fields of Turkmenistan. Arrested on October 4, 2016, two days after publishing a report on forced labour in the 2016 harvest, he was reportedly subjected to torture in order to extract a forced 'confession' to crimes he never committed. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION for his immediate and unconditional release

Marriott strikes spread as thousands more workers say 'One job should be enough!'

10.10.18 News

MarriottHawaii2sUNITE HERE members at Marriott hotels in 5 more U.S. cities have joined the growing national strike, which now brings the number of strikers to 7,700 at 23 hotels. On October 8, 2,700 union members walked off the job at Marriott-operated hotels in Hawaii.

Fast food workers around the world rise up for their rights

09.10.18 Feature

FastFoodDay4Fast food workers around the world are rising, and showed their determination to fight for rights and recognition on October 4, the IUF's International Fast Food Workers' Day. Across the globe, workers and unions held strikes and rallies and demonstrated their mutual solidarity and support in the struggle for decent pay and conditions and union recognition.

'One job should be enough!': Marriott workers on strike in cities across the US

04.10.18 News

MarriottBostonMore than 4,000 members of UNITE HERE are now on strike at Marriott hotels in 3 U.S. cities in support of their demand for jobs that are safe and enough to live on. Union members are also preparing for possible strike action at Marriott in other cities across the country after members overwhelmingly voted to authorize strikes if bargaining fails.

Hundreds of workers from Nestlé Germany protest at company headquarters in Switzerland with international support

03.10.18 News

Nespresso1.jpg400 Nestlé workers from across Germany travelled to Vevey, Switzerland, for a mass protest at Nestlé headquarters on October 2 against measures threatening the employment of some 600 workers in Germany.

UN Special Rapporteur sounds a human rights alert on toxic exposure in the workplace

28.09.18 Editorial

United Nations Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak has presented a powerful report to the Human Rights Council on the human rights implications of the routine exposure to toxic substances in the workplace which sicken and kill millions of workers each year. Unions should make maximum use of this important new resource.

Job cuts, now a worker death at Mondelez (Cadbury) India

28.09.18 News

Mondelez worker Milkhi Ram was killed on September 21 while operating a moulding machine in the company's Baddi, India plant. His death followed a wave of massive workforce reductions accompanied by a "voluntary separation scheme" initiated by Mondelez India management, which workers were pressured into accepting.


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