IUF, Global solidarity with KCTU general strike in Korea

30 November 2016 News

Unions around the world showed their solidarity with the general strike in Korea organized by the KCTU on November 30, including over 100 trade unionists from international and national trade union organizations who rallied in Geneva. The Korean union confederation is demanding an end to anti-union repression and the immediate resignation of President Park Guen-hye. Over 200,000 KCTU members took part in the strike.

Settlement ends 14-week strike at South Africa's Robertson Winery

25 November 2016 News

Following a tough recognition struggle and 14-week strike, CSAAWU, the union representing workers at Robertson Winery in the Western Cape, has reached a settlement which will see workers returning to work on November 28.

Hotel housekeepers stand up around the world for rights, recognition and safe work in Global Action Week

18 November 2016 News

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Hotel housekeepers and their unions in 34 countries and over 50 cities around the world held a variety of actions to highlight their fight for rights, recognition and better working conditions during the IUF's 3rd Hotel Housekeepers Global Week of Action from October 31 to November 6.

Korea: Unions call on government to resign and demand an end to escalating attacks on rights

16 November 2016 News

Up to one million workers and citizens rallied in the Korean capitol Seoul in a national Peoples Rally November 12 to demand the immediate resignation of President Park Geun-hye. Over 150,000 trade unionists also held a Workers' Rally organized by the national center KCTU to highlight demands for the release of all imprisoned trade unionists and an end to the ongoing attacks on democratic rights and workers and their trade unions.

Workers at Seoul luxury Sejong Hotel continue the fight to defend their independent union

10 November 2016 News

Sejong_0Members of the independent, democratic trade union at the Sejong Hotel in Seoul continue their weekly protest actions to defend their union. Since 2011, management at the luxury 5 star hotel has used new laws allowing multiple unions in the workplace to sponsor a pro-management
group and undermine the Sejong Hotel Labor Union, which is a member of the IUF-affiliated KFSU.

Workers demand union recognition at McDonald's Korea

10 November 2016 News

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Representatives of IUF Asia/Pacific and the IUF-affiliated SEIU expressed their solidarity with workers organizing for union recognition at a protest action in front of the McDonald's Korea head office in Seoul organized by the Arbeit (Part-Time) Workers' Union.

Thousands mourn Korean farmer activist Baek Nam-gi, the struggle continues

7 November 2016 News

http://www.iuf.org/w/sites/default/files/Baek2small.jpgOn November 6, thousands gathered for the funeral procession of farmer leader Baek Nam-gi in Gwangju Geumnamno Square, site of the 1980 democracy uprising. The protestors reiterated calls for the authorities to be held accountable and to hold an official investigation into his death.

PepsiCo Pakistan workers speak out: why we need the union the company refuses to recognize!

3 November 2016 Urgent Action

PepsiCoLahorewomen2Women workers have been extremely active in the fight for union rights at PepsiCo's Lahore factory, demonstrating regularly to demand union recognition and permanent employment status. Yet they are invisible: the most recent factory inspection report, from March 2016, fails to even indicate their presence in the factory. The report, however, notes that of the more than 1500 workers employed at the factory over the past year, only 134 had permanent employment status. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PEPSICO!

Bangladesh: union mobilizes to defend workers at public agency supplying seed to farmers

3 November 2016 News

BDACdemo2The IUF-affiliated Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF) and the National Women Farmers & Workers Association (NWFA) held a joint rally on October 25 in Dhaka, forming a human chain around the National Press Club to highlight the deteriorating situation of workers at the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) and the progressive weakening of public research and seed provision to farmers.

Uzbekistan: government ratifies ILO Convention 87, forced labour and repression continue

2 November 2016 News

957In 2016, as in previous years, the government of Uzbekistan continues to rely on the massive use of forced labour in the cotton harvest and harsh repression of rights activists. On October 13, the day the government ratified ILO Convention 87 on freedom of association, the authorities detained four journalists reporting on forced labour.

UK Employment Tribunal: 'self-employed' Uber drivers are workers, with rights

31 October 2016 News

UberThe London Employment Tribunal, in a decision with major implications for the 'gig economy', has ruled that Uber drivers are workers, not 'self-employed', and as workers they have enforceable rights, including a guaranteed minimum wage, paid breaks, and holiday pay. The decision came in response to two test cases brought on behalf of drivers by the IUF-affiliated GMB in June.

European meat affiliates demand action to stop abuses

25 October 2016 News

On October 19, the German Food Workers Union NGG organized a conference for IUF European meat affiliates at Rheda-Wiedenbrück, where Tönnies, Germany's largest meat processor is based. According to the NGG, 3500 of the 4000 employees in the production line at the local factory are employed under temporary work contracts.

Korea: Police aggression continues at funeral of farmer union leader Baek Nam-gi

25 October 2016 News

Korea6Today police were deployed at the funeral hall where the family of Baek Nam-gi is attempting to hold a ceremony following his death on September 25 after 317 days in a coma.

Nutella workers on strike in Turkey

18 October 2016 News

FerreroStrikeTurkey1IUF members at Ferrero's Nutella factory in Turkey have been on strike since 10 October. Management has responded to the strike by pressuring workers to resign. The 150 striking workers have vowed to continue until a new collective agreement is signed and their rights are protected.

Newly leaked TISA texts expose the scope of the corporate power grab

14 October 2016 News

Newly published leaked documents from the top secret Trade in Services (TISA) negotiations reveal the wide scope of the deregulatory agenda and attack on democratic governance at the heart of the negotiations.

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