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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.

Independent unions at Coca-Cola Indonesia rally to demand respect for human rights

8 May 2017 News

CokeDemoIndonesia08052017Independent unions at Coca-Cola Indonesia, joined by IUF affiliates and other Coca-Cola unions, rallied in front of the Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia head office on May 8 in defense of the fundamental rights the company continues to systematically violate. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO COCA-COLA!

Australian union survey reveals full measure of sexual harassment and employer complacence in the hospitality sector

2 May 2017 News

The results of a nationwide survey of hundreds of hospitality workers carried out by the IUF-affiliated United Voice in Australia show that 89% of the survey respondents report being sexually harassed at work, with 19% reporting sexual assaults.

Coca-Cola Germany: NGG reaches successful agreement following warning strikes

1 May 2017 News

The IUF-affiliated NGG carried out warning strikes that lasted for a number of weeks across 36 sites in Germany during difficult negotiations which ultimately lead to a successful collective agreement signed by the union's bargaining commission.

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