Pakistan: union launches continuous protest for union rights and recognition at Sakrand Sugar Mills

13 March 2019 News

The Sakrand Sugar Mills Union, a member of the IUF affiliated Sindh Sugar Mills Workers Federation (SSMWF), has been demonstrating continuously since February 28 at the Sakrand Sugar Mills gates. The management of Sakrand Sugar Mills, a publicly traded company incorporated since 1989, refuses to recognize the union, meet with it or negotiate on its demands, which include payment of the legal minimum wages.

What next in Algeria?

11 March 2019 Editorial

Algerians are demanding more than a change of face - they are calling for the end of what is widely referred to as le pouvoir, the power, a system which has symbolically appropriated the independence struggle but for decades has condemned its citizens to poverty and humiliation and denied them hope for the future.

 

IUF members denounce ‘Miss Curvy’ Uganda beauty contest tourism promotion

7 March 2019 News

IUF members around the world are calling on the government of Uganda to cancel a plan to promote Uganda's tourist industry with a "Miss Curvy" beauty contest as well as add "sexy" women to official literature listing Uganda's "attractions".

Iceland: hotel housekeepers strike for a living wage on International Women's Day

7 March 2019 News

Hotel housekeepers in Iceland will be on strike on International Women's Day in support of their demand for a a living wage and better working conditions. Some one thousand housekeepers working in hotels and guesthouses in and around the capital Reykjavik, a majority of them immigrant women, will take part in the strike.

 

We are fighting for equality! For an international convention to end violence against women in the workplace

7 March 2019 News

International Women’s Day, celebrated by IUF affiliates, is again this year dedicated to combating violence against women in the workplace. It is also focused on the need to obtain, at the next International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2019, an international convention, supplemented by a recommendation, which will give governments a legally-binding framework to enable them to act against and end this form of violence.

Myanmar hotel workers imprisoned for defending their union and their rights

4 March 2019 Urgent Action

On March 1, the chairman and 5 other leaders and members of the union of workers at the Hotel Tharabar Gate in Myanmar's Bagan Archeological Zone were convicted of attempting to hold a peaceful protest march after police brutally destroyed the union's solidarity camp last December. The 6 trade unionists were each sentenced to one month's imprisonment and arrested immediately after the verdict was pronounced, an unmistakable announcement by the authorities that trade union activity in Myanmar is now criminalized. CLICK HERE  to demand the government unconditionally free the 6 unjustly convicted trade unionists.

Agreement at Danone Dairy Belgium restricts casual employment

28 February 2019 News

The IUF-affiliated Food and Services Union (ACV-CSC) has successfully negotiated a local agreement at Danone Dairy Belgium's Rotselaar plant which strictly defines and restricts the use of non-permanent employment.

Union protest marks over one year of continuous struggle on the picket line for rights at AB InBev India

27 February 2019 News

For 374 days, workers and their union at AB InBev Sonepat plant have been fighting union-busting and local management's ongoing refusal to reinstate unfairly terminated union leaders, and they continue to fight for their rights. CLICK HERE to send a message to AB InBev.

Unions help win extended maternity leave in the Philippines

25 February 2019 News

Paid maternity leave in the Philippines has been extended from 60 to 105 days under a new law which came into effect on February 20. IUF affiliates NUWHRAIN and the SENTRO Food & Beverage Workers Council played a significant role in winning the additional 45 days.

Bangladesh: long struggle wins collective bargaining rights for workers at transnational confectioner Perfetti Van Melle

22 February 2019 News

After 160 days of struggling for recognition and overcoming management efforts to undermine the right to freedom of association, the union of workers at Dutch-based global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle was granted legal collective bargaining status on February 17. The union is now preparing to bargain a first ever collective agreement for workers at the Gazipur factory.

 

Tunisia: UGTT to set up support centers to defend migrant workers' rights

18 February 2019 News

Tunisia's national trade union center UGTT has condemned the exploitation of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa in Tunisia and called for government action to protect their rights.

Regulating the regulators? Proposed new measures on pesticide authorization in the European Union

18 February 2019 Editorial

The campaign to stop glyphosate reauthorization in the European Union failed to ban glyphosate, but it succeeded brilliantly in exposing the agrochemical industry's grip on the regulatory agencies tasked with protecting public health and the environment. The campaign aftershocks continue.

Italian unions mobilize for 'A future for work!'

13 February 2019 News

Hundreds of thousands of trade union members from across Italy came together in Rome on February 9 for a demonstration called by the three largest national union confederations demanding the 'populist' government act to ensure 'A future for work!' The unions are jointly calling for a massive government-led investment program and other measures to combat unemployment and reduce poverty and precariousness.

Algeria - independent unions challenge repression

11 February 2019 News

Independent trade unions in Algeria continue their long fight for rights in the face of ongoing repression. On February 3, police forcefully broke up a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Employment, Labour and Social Security by independent unions, including the IUF-affiliated SNATEG, demanding the reinstatement of trade union representatives dismissed from their jobs at the state electricity utility SONELGAZ.

Amnesty International, unions protest latest persecution of labour rights activists in Iran

11 February 2019 News

UK and international trade unions joined Amnesty International UK for a demonstration at the Iranian embassy in London on January 29 to demand freedom for two imprisoned labour rights activists. Esmail Bakhshi, who works at the Haft Tapeh sugar complex in Shush, and Sepideh Gholian were arrested in November after having taken part in protests to demand payment of wage arrears owed the Haft Tapeh workers over many months.

 

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