International union coalition demands action to combat sexual harassment at McDonald's restaurants

19.05.20 News

The IUF and our regional European organization EFFAT-IUF have joined with the IUF-affiliated SEIU in the USA and Canada and the Brazilian national trade union center UGT to demand action to address sexual harassment at McDonald's restaurants around the world.



UN Human Rights experts: every worker must be protected!

18.05.20 News

A group of UN human rights experts have called on governments "to ensure preventative and precautionary measures are in place to protect every worker" as restrictions are eased and work resumes. "Every worker is essential", they declare in a statement published on May 18, "no matter what category is applied to them by States or businesses. Every worker has the right to be protected from exposure to hazards in the workplace, including the coronavirus."


Tell the government of Canada action is urgently needed to protect food workers' lives and safety!

18.05.20 Urgent Action

Workers at meat plants across Canada are at high risk in the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1,400 of these workers have been infected; some are in critical condition, and some have died.  The federal government has announced tens of millions of dollars in aid for the companies, but no measures have been announced to ensure worker health and safety. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) of Canada are insisting that support for the food industry must include a commitment to protect the lives, health and safety of food workers.  Canada's food workers need action now -  CLICK HERE  to sign the UFCW petition to the federal government.


Meat and poultry workers in the center of a global coronavirus hotspot

16.05.20 News

The North American meat industry, with its giant plants concentrating thousands of workers and intense line speeds, has generated particular scrutiny in the current public health emergency, but the susceptibility of meat and poultry processing facilities to the rapid spread of viral infection is a global phenomenon. Significant outbreaks have occurred at meatpacking facilities in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland and Spain, and continue to spread.


IUF action to defend LGBTI people and their rights under threat in COVID-19 emergency

15.05.20 News

In connection with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17, the IUF will hold a special virtual meeting of its LGBTI and allies committee to gather information about the impacts of COVID-19 and develop responses.





Police intimidation, management threats and rights violations at Arcor Argentina

15.05.20 News

On May 4, police entered the Bagley biscuit factory in Arroyito, Córdoba and attempted to arrest workers and union representatives preparing a meeting on safety measures to deal with the coronavirus hazard. According to the union, Bagley has not been paying the obligatory bonuses and premiums and refuses to pay wages to workers legally entitled to stay home to care for their children during the pandemic.

Profiting from pandemic: State governments in India move to eliminate trade union rights and worker protections

13.05.20 News

In India, the attack on fundamental rights at the workplace is accelerating under cover of promoting economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 emergency.

Trafficking, exploitation and death: the human cost of unregulated, illegal fishing

13.05.20 News

Video evidence and media reports detailing gross abuses aboard a Chinese fishing vessel operating with migrant seafarers have again shone a spotlight on the violence and human trafficking proliferating in the global fishing industry.


UNITE HERE calls for strict measures to protect workers and guests as U.S. casinos set to reopen

08.05.20 News

As casinos across the U.S. closed since March prepare to reopen, the IUF-affiliated UNITE HERE is calling for strict measures to protect workers, guests and public health.

International Nurses Day 2020 - support PSI's call for universal public health care!

08.05.20 News

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the deadly consequences of decades of reducing, privatizing and outsourcing public health services. Health workers putting their lives on the line every day to protect us all face overwhelming shortages of personnel, protective equipment, essential supplies and medical facilities. On the occasion of International Nurses Day, May 12, our sister international federation PSI is calling for unions internationally to endorse the call for universal health care with a petition on their site.

Combating Europe's authoritarian virus: the case of Hungary

04.05.20 Editorial

Faced with a March 30 law which, under cover of the COVID-19 emergency, empowers Hungary's Prime Minister to rule by decree for an unlimited period, suspend existing legislation and jail media critics for up to 5 years, the President of the European Commission cannot even bring herself to name the Prime Minister or the offending government.  


Yes, it is possible to protect agricultural workers and mitigate risk in a pandemic - SINTRAINAGRO shows how it's done

04.05.20 News

On March 25 the IUF-affiliated SINTRAINAGRO in Colombia negotiated an agreement covering 22,000 banana workers on comprehensive measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection. The union has produced a series of short videos demonstrating the safety procedures, which are being implemented and monitored by union representatives together with the employers and public authorities.

Unions demand enforceable safety standards as US President Trump orders meat plants to remain open

02.05.20 News

A US executive order issued on April 28 declares meat and poultry processing plants 'critical infrastructure' and enjoins state and local authorities from taking any action to close them due to health and safety concerns. IUF affiliates responded to the government's action by insisting on enforceable measures to ensure worker safety.

Burkina Faso: IUF affiliates take the lead in organizing worker safety and protection

30.04.20 News

Since the first appearance of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, the national IUF Women's Committee and the IUF national Coordination Committee have stepped in where employers and public authorities have been unwilling or unable to provide adequate protection for workers. They have been supplying soap, masks and disinfectant and informing members how to protect themselves, their families and their communities, on and off the job.




Unite hails victory as Marriott casual hotel workers win job retention under COVID-19

30.04.20 News

Despite UK government guidelines released on 26th March stating that casual workers can be furloughed and paid 80% of average annual earnings, two weeks later Marriott announced that they had "yet to determine their position" on whether casual workers could be furloughed citing 'significant cash flow issues' as their justification. UK Marriott workers wrote a letter to express concern and won.



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