Gains in new collective agreement for fast food workers in New Zealand

13 July 2017 News

Unitelogo_1The IUF-affiliated Unite Union has reached agreement with Restaurant Brands, the company which manages KFC, Starbucks, Carls Jr and Pizza Hut, on a new two-year collective agreement which has been approved by 98% of its members.

IUF and Sodexo sign international agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

10 July 2017 News

The IUF has signed an international agreement with the French-based catering and services provider Sodexo on measures to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace. The IUF-Sodexo Joint Commitment, based on a shared recognition that sexual harassment is a human rights violation and that women working in the services are exposed to high levels of risk, sets out a policy and procedures for ensuring zero tolerance. 

Spain: Unions challenge fake 'service providers' impoverishing hotel workers

10 July 2017 News

'Multi-service providers'  have prospered under Spain's 2012 austerity-driven labour market 'reforms' in hotels and the wider service sector. Employees are dismissed and then re-employed by the service company, still performing their previous job but at a fraction of their previous wage. Under this scheme, 120,000 hotel housekeepers in Spain have lost 40% of their pay since 2012.

Defend US farmworkers' right to organize!

10 July 2017 Urgent Action

1083Following a series of recent farmworker wins in the Southern United States, farmers elected to the North Carolina State Legislature are trying to use their legislative power to stop workers on their own farms from organizing for better wages and working conditions. Farm Bill S615 aims to stop the progress that farmworkers are achieving by making it illegal for farmers to deduct dues from union members as well as making it more difficult for farmworkers to win union contracts. Join FLOC and the IUF in calling on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to veto the bill - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE

Italian unions, farmer and civil society groups say 'No!' to CETA

7 July 2017 News

RomeCETA.2jpgItaly's national center CGIL joined with farmer, environmental, food activist and other groups in a mass demonstration in Rome on July 5 to demand the Italian Parliament reject ratification of the EU-Canada CETA free trade agreement. The government is pushing for a vote on July 25.

Sugar union leader murdered in Colombia

5 July 2017 News

SINTRAINAGROAlberto Román Acosta González, president of the Guacarí SINTRAINAGRO branch in Colombia's Valle del Cauca, was fatally shot by gunmen on a motorcycle on July 1 while watching his son play football. His murder comes not long after President Juan Manuel Santos proudly announced that Colombia was no longer identified by the ILO as a country which violates workers' rights.

Inaugural IUF Food Processing Conference

3 July 2017 News

On June 26 and 27, 2017, IUF affiliates from 11 countries gathered in Chicago to begin to develop a joint approach to organizing and bargaining in the food processing sector through a newly proposed IUF division.

Unions mobilize against the Spanish government's ongoing attack on the right to strike

26 June 2017 News

In Spain, the right-wing government of Mariano Rajoy continues its assault on the right to strike. Sixteen months after 8 trade unionists were acquitted of criminal charges for having taken part in the 2010 general strike against austerity, two union representatives face prison terms of up to 7 years for their participation in the general strike of 2012.

IUF, international support for independent unions in Algeria fighting for rights and challenging repression

20 June 2017 News

Algeria1The IUF organized a demonstration and press conference  in Geneva on June 13 to highlight ongoing, brutal violations of fundamental worker rights by the government of Algeria. With the support of Swiss and international union organizations, trade unionists who travelled from Algeria to Geneva for the International Labour Conference at the ILO called for an end to the systematic government repression of workers seeking to organize independent trade unions.

New York City fast-food workers win scheduling rights

8 June 2017 News

The mayor of New York has signed a package of bills benefitting some 65,000 fast food workers, the key component of which is a requirement that fast food restaurants schedule their workers at least two weeks in advance or pay extra for shift changes.

New Zealand McDonald's workers gain new collective agreement

8 June 2017 News

Members of the IUF-affiliated Unite Union in New Zealand have overwhelmingly endorsed the agreement reached by the bargaining group and McDonald's. The agreement covers all McDonald's restaurants in New Zealand, including those franchised, and the improvements apply only to Unite members.

Workers at Asahi Australia need permanent jobs, not casual work

1 June 2017 Urgent Action

Three years after Japan's Asahi Group set up a bottling plant in Albury-Wodonga, Australia, 50% of the workers at the factory are still stuck in insecure casual employment. The IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers (NUW) is currently negotiating a new workplace agreement for the site. A key demand is the creation of 40 permanent jobs for casual workers at Asahi. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to the Asahi Group CEO.

Philippines: strike action looms as rights abuses continue at luxury Manila Peninsula Hotel

24 May 2017 Urgent Action

PeninsulaJennyThe IUF-affiliated Peninsula Employees Union has filed for industrial action at the upscale hotel in response to management's aggressive attacks on working conditions and basic workplace rights. Management's refusal to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement in good faith has provoked the threat of a major industrial dispute, compounding tensions arising from ongoing harassment and disciplinary action against union leaders. CLICK HERE TO SEND A PROTEST MESSAGE TO THE HOTEL.

Fast-food giants in Germany refuse to pay workers a living wage

12 May 2017 Urgent Action

Since last October, German fast-food workers have been in a conflict with employers over fair pay and a living wage. In collective bargaining with the German food workers union NGG, the companies have offered a wage which is considerably below what the German government calculates as the minimum needed to build for a decent retirement. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to the employers who refuse to pay a living wage!

US union solidarity with Phillips Seafood workers in Indonesia

10 May 2017 News

disposablejobsThe IUF-affiliated UFCW leafleted customers at Phillips Seafood's flagship Baltimore restaurant on a busy May 9 evening in solidarity with the union fight for permanent jobs at the company's crabmeat factory in Lampung, Indonesia, where workers with up to 15 years of service are still denied permanent employment contracts.


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