Unite signs apprenticeship training agreement with pladis in the UK

28 July 2017 News

Unite has signed a 5-year training agreement for apprenticeships at the UK operations of pladis, the transnational biscuit, chocolate and confectionery company owned by Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding.

After long fight, national agreement brings gains for fast food workers in Germany

27 July 2017 News

The German Food and Allied Workers Union (NGG) has signed a national agreement with the fast food employers' association following months of nation-wide strikes and national and local protest actions in response to the employers' refusal to pay a living wage.

Italian, Tunisian unions reinforce cooperation to support migrant workers' rights

27 July 2017 News

Against a background of rising xenophobia and closing borders in Europe, the Italian and Tunisian agrofood unions FLAI-CGIL and FGTA-UGTT are expanding their joint efforts to protect the rights of Tunisians working in Italy's agricultural and related sectors.

UFCW success at Unilever US

26 July 2017 News

Members of UFCW Local 400 approved a first collective agreement on July 24 which brings significant gains for workers at Unilever's Lipton tea factory in Suffolk, Virginia. Member ratification of the agreement brings to fruition an organizing and bargaining effort which began last year.

Hotel workers win back service charge, defend wage rights in Malaysia

25 July 2017 News

GrandMilleniumprotestdetailWhen the government introduced a new minimum wage law in 2012, the hotel employers' association reacted by attempting to withdraw the distribution of service charge to workers and instead use service charge revenue to meet the new minimum wage requirements.

Spain: trade unionists convicted in continuing government attack on the right to strike

20 July 2017 News

Spainrighttostrike2The government of Spain continues its attack on the right to strike, a fundamental human right. On June 17, two UGT union representatives were convicted by a Madrid criminal court of taking part in a peaceful informational picket in Madrid during the March 29, 2012 general strike.

US unionists return to Phillips Seafood restaurants in solidarity with Indonesian workers

19 July 2017 News

disposablejobsThe United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) returned to leaflet customers of US Phillips Seafood restaurants in support of IUF members at the Phillips Seafood processing plant in Lampung, Indonesia where the union is fighting for permanent jobs for workers who have been employed up to 15 years without a permanent contract.

Now recognized, Arbeit Workers' Union starts negotiations with McDonald's Korea

18 July 2017 News

On ALBAApril 11, 2017 McDonald's Korea announced the recognition of IUF affiliate Arbeit Workers' Union as the collective bargaining representative for McDonald's workers. The union formally established a McDonald's chapter in November 2016.

Iran: Haft Tapeh sugar workers are fighting for their wages, pensions and rights!

17 July 2017 Urgent Action

1084Workers at the giant Haft Tapeh sugar cane plantation and mill complex in the southern city of Shush have always had to fight for their wages and their rights. In 2008, workers formed an independent union - affiliated to the IUF - following a 42-day strike to demand long-standing wage arrears. Conditions have worsened since the company was privatized in 2015. The workers and their union face repression as they once again demonstrate to claim massive wage and benefit arrears. CLICK HERE to send a message to the Iranian authorities in support of the workers' demands.

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.


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