Denmark: Burger King workers win their first collective agreement

26 July 2019 News

The IUF-affiliated 3F has won a first collective agreement covering 33 Burger King restaurants owned by four different operators.

Aqua Star, audits and a union leader in prison

26 July 2019 Feature

Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI) in Indonesia is a major supplier to a number of large seafood processors and retailers, primarily in North America, including Aqua Star. What are Aqua Star and others doing in response to BMI's manipulation of a notoriously corrupt legal system to send a trade union leader to prison for 6 years?

AB InBev Sonepat India workers mark 500 days of struggle for rights and recognition

11 July 2019 News

On July 7, union members, family and community supporters marked 500 days of the struggle for rights and recognition at AB InBev's Budweiser plant in Sonepat, India.

 

Court confirms #TheCargill14 were fired for forming a union

11 July 2019 News

A local Turkish court determined on July 10, 2019 that workers at Cargill's Bursa-Orhangazi factory were dismissed in April 2018 solely as a consequence of their union activity. The expert report, which informed the court's decision, confirmed that the company's justifications for dismissal were groundless. The workers were fired because they had joined Tekgida-Is.

Nestlé sales force workers across Russia confined to rooms and compelled to resign employment

10 July 2019 News

On May 14 all Nestlé Russia sales force employees were invited to the company's regional centers in 10 cities across Russia under the pretext of "discussing business results". The workers were confined in locked rooms under security guard, denied access to all communication to the outside world and were given two options – sign a notice accepting their job would disappear within several months, generally by August 31, 2019, or resign immediately "by agreement of the parties".

Mass protests demand freedom for imprisoned union leader at BMI seafood Indonesia

9 July 2019 News

IUF affiliates from across Indonesia continue their daily protests demanding the release from prison of Reni Desmiria, secretary of the SPBMI union of workers at seafood processor Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI) in Lampung, Indonesia.

Germany: NGG mobilizing against employer push for longer, 'flexible' hours in the hospitality sector

8 July 2019 News

The German Food and Allied Workers Union NGG is mobilizing to defeat employer efforts to extend working time in the hospitality sector. The employer association is pushing for changes to the law which would extend the legal working day to up to 13 hours in hotels and restaurants and allow for employees to be sent home on short notice during slack times.

It’s our victory – ILO adopts new global standards to combat violence and harassment in the world of work

26 June 2019 Editorial

The IUF wholeheartedly welcomes the adoption on June 21 of new global standards on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. The Convention and Recommendation, adopted at the 2019 International Labour Conference, are the outcome of sustained mobilization and lobbying by trade unions.

 

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Solidarity with imprisoned union leader at Indonesian seafood giant BMI

17 June 2019 News

IUF affiliates in Indonesia continue their protests in support of Reni Desmiria, secretary of the SPBMI, the union of workers at major global processed seafood exporter Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI) in Lampung. Reni was arrested and jailed on May 17, and the company is demanding 6 years' imprisonment - the maximum penalty - for an infraction committed 8 years ago, when she was first hired as a contract worker at the factory.

UN Experts call on ILO to recognize health and safety workplace conditions as a fundamental right

14 June 2019 News

A group of United Nations Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts have called on the ILO to recognize the right to safe and healthy workplaces as one of its 'Fundamental principles and rights at work', a proposal contained in the draft ILO Centenary outcome document currently under discussion at the International Labour Conference.

US airline catering workers prepare for mass strike action

11 June 2019 News

IUF affiliates organizing thousands of airline catering workers in over 20 cities are balloting for strike action over the next two weeks in support of their demands for a living wage and affordable health insurance.

'Workers against extradition': Hong Kong's independent unions join massive protest against proposed new law

10 June 2019 News

One million citizens filled the streets of Hong Kong on June 9 to protest proposed legislation which would allow for political critics and opponents to be extradited and tried on the mainland. IUF affiliates, members of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (the only independent trade union in China), have actively supported the movement to stop extradition and joined the protest.

Support the feminist strike in Switzerland!

6 June 2019 News

On June 14, 2019 women across Switzerland will be on strike, at work and at home. The strike, overtly feminist and widely supported by trade unions (including our Swiss affiliate Unia), civil society groups and various political parties, is the successor to the historic strike of June 14, 1991.

Spain: Unions fight to reinstate hotel housekeepers dismissed for demanding rights and recognition

6 June 2019 Urgent Action

Nine housekeepers at the Hotel Condestable Iranzo in Jaén (Andalusia) were dismissed in May while organizing a union and demanding the application of the collective agreement for the hospitality sector in the province. The CC.OO Services Federation is fighting for their reinstatement as unions challenge the massive growth of outsourcing which is impoverishing hotel staff.

'We have not forgotten': mass Hong Kong vigil commemorates June 4

5 June 2019 News

Some 180,000 citizens of Hong Kong took part in the annual June 4 vigil to commemorate the brutal 1989 repression of China's democracy movement. 'We will not forget', declared the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, that 'During the 1989 democratic movement, workers from various cities formed their own workers' autonomous federations to break free from the shackles of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions.'

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