Emergency services turn life-threatening under US private equity owners - and a global Trade in Services Agreement would globalize the damage

29 July 2016 Feature

Private equity funds have surged into US ambulance and firefighting services, with disastrous, even life-threatening results, documented in a recent New York Times article. At the same time, far-reaching investment agreements are being negotiated in secret with, among other objectives, the goal of transferring even more public assets and services into corporate hands in the name of 'free trade'.

Harsh prison sentences for Korean union leaders

29 July 2016 News

Harsh prison sentences for two Korean trade union leaders are the latest installment in the government's ongoing war on trade unions, freedom of association, democratic protest and basic rights and civil liberties.

Union-busting escalates at SABMiller India following attack on rights in Australia

25 July 2016 Urgent Action

DharnaactionUpdate: An agreement was reached bringing an end to the conflict between the union at the SABMiller Sonepat brewery and the SABMiller India management.

The union at the SABMiller Sonepat brewery in the state of Haryana, India has been organizing mass protest actions in response to the harassment and intimidation of trade union leaders and members and management's refusal to respect collective bargaining rights. The attack on rights at SABMiller India follows the company's union-busting at SABMiller-owned Carlton United Breweries in Australia ahead of the impending merger between AB InBev and SABMiller, which would create the world's largest transnational brewing company. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO SABMILLER!

New PepsiCo Frito-Lay workers union in Pakistan wins collective bargaining recognition

25 July 2016 News


Whilst PepsiCo workers elsewhere in Asia are struggling to exercise their basic rights, on July 23 the new PepsiCo Workers' Union in Pakistan took a step forward when it was officially granted collective bargaining status by government authorities.

Strike at Nestlé Turkey ends with collective bargaining success

22 July 2016 News

Following an 11 day strike, IUF affiliate Tekgida-Is signed a collective bargaining agreement with Nestlé to apply at its multi-product site at Karacabey in the province of Bursa, Turkey.

Mass dismissal of fast food workers in the fight for health care in Indonesia

22 July 2016 News


On July 20 the national hotel and restaurant workers' federation, FSPM, held a mass action in Jakarta to demand the reinstatement of 83 union members who were terminated by one of the country's leading fast food chains, PT Champ Resto Indonesia, for protesting against the lack of health coverage that contributed to the death of a new-born baby.

The IUF strongly condemns the July 15 attempted military coup in Turkey

18 July 2016 News

The IUF strongly condemns the July 15 attempted military coup in Turkey. Turkey is a country where there is clearly a serious deficit of democracy and fundamental human rights, a deficit which is more than likely now going to grow still further.

Australian Parmalat/Lactalis workers beat lockout to win important gains in new agreement

18 July 2016 News

Members of Australia's National Union of Workers (NUW) at Australia's Longwarry Food Park, owned by the Parmalat subsidiary of French dairy giant Lactalis, voted to approve a new agreement on July 15 after a successful fightback against an 11-day lockout. Workers responded to the management show of force by protesting around the clock and showing complete solidarity at the factory gate.

Vicious union-busting at leading Australian brewer

7 July 2016 Urgent Action

1002Carlton United Breweries, maker of Australia's most popular beers, has brutally attacked the employment conditions of 55 union machine maintenance workers at its Melbourne brewery ahead of the impending merger between Carlton United's parent company SABMiller and AB InBev. The workers, members of the IUF-affiliated AMWU and the Electrical Trades Union ETU, were told their jobs would be outsourced to a new contractor but they could return to work as employees of the subcontractor - with a 65% pay cut!

Union leader latest target in government of Turkey's war on democracy

22 June 2016 Editorial

The IUF strongly condemns the June 17 detention of Arzu Cerkezoglu, general secretary of the national trade union center DISK, on charges of 'insulting the President' in a speech she delivered last year. Cerkezoglu is not the first trade unionist to be investigated or charged with insulting the President, nor will she be the last, unless the government of Turkey is effectively pressured to respect fundamental democratic rights.

Philippines: Brave rights struggle continues at Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club

18 June 2016 News


Five years after the union at Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club won legal recognition, management still refuses to recognize the union and respect the right to collective bargaining. Spirited protest actions outside the resort over the past two weeks successfully forced management into compulsory arbitration by the office of the Secretary of Labor. 

IUF solidarity with Korean unions as government steps up repression

17 June 2016 News

Government prosecutors are demanding eight years imprisonment for Han Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), charged with committing 'criminal offenses' for the organization's role in organizing strikes and protests to contest government policies which would further casualize employment and reduce the scope for trade union activity.

26 day strike ends at GSK Horlicks with reinstatement and permanent jobs

16 June 2016 News

Strike action at the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Horlicks dairy beverage factory in India has ended in victory with the reinstatement of the union president, unconditional withdrawal of all charges against union leaders and members and permanent jobs for 160 long-term casual workers. 

Broad opposition halts EU glyphosate reauthorization - for how long?

14 June 2016 Feature

StopglyphosateStrong mobilization by a wide coalition of citizen groups including trade unions has succeeded in temporarily blocking renewed EU authorization of glyphosate, the world's most widely-used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup. The European Commission and national governments are maneuvering between pressure from the agrochemical lobby, organized in the Glyphosate Task Force, and a popular insurgency which shows no signs of going away.

1,950 workers continue strike action at GSK Horlicks factory in India

5 June 2016 News


Members of the IUF-affiliated Milk Food Factory Workers Union at the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Horlicks dairy beverage factory in India continue their strike action to protest the company's assault on trade union rights. 


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