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.

Fast food workers win guaranteed hours in New Zealand

13 October 2016 News

Unitelogo_0The IUF-affiliate Unite Union and Restaurant Brands, which owns the rights to market KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Carl's Jr brands in New Zealand, have signed an agreement which fully guarantees workers' hours and shifts.

Italy: new union initiatives to combat widespread abuses of migrant agricultural labour

12 October 2016 Feature

Sikhworkersstrike2The IUF-affiliated FLAI-CGIL has launched important new organizing initiatives to combat massive rights abuses in Italian agriculture by breaking the grip of the criminal networks of caporalato (gangmasters) on vulnerable migrant workers. The system of labour agents who provide workers and enforce discipline condemns workers to living in dangerous and degrading  makeshift rural 'ghettoes' and working under hazardous conditions for payment below the minimum set by collective agreements and the law.

Korea: free imprisoned unionists!

10 October 2016 Urgent Action

KCTUpostcard_0Over twenty trade union leaders and members are now in prison as the government of Korea and powerful conglomerates escalate their attack on basic rights. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has launched an online petition on LabourStart calling on the government to free all jailed union leaders - CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

The assault on the right to strike

6 October 2016 News

protecttherighttostrikeThe right of workers to collectively withdraw their labour underpins the right to join a union and to collectively bargain the terms of employment, but the right to strike is under increasing attack, by governments and at international level through the employer offensive at the ILO. The full breadth of the growing assault on the right to strike is newly documented in a study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation published in the run-up to the October 7 World Day for Decent Work.

Another trade union victim of vigilante killing in the Philippines

3 October 2016 News

StopLaborKillingAnother union activist has been murdered in the Philippines. Edilberto Miralles, a former taxi union president, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on September 23 in front of the National Labor Relations Commission in Quezon City, where he was scheduled to attend a hearing. He is the seventh union and community activist to be murdered in September.

Leading fast food chain in Indonesia escalates repression against workers demanding basic rights

3 October 2016 Urgent Action

ChampRestoJakartaChamp Resto Indonesia, one of Indonesia's leading fast food chains, is escalating its aggression against workers and their union, who are demanding respect for basic rights. You can support their struggle - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO CHAMP RESTO!

The Canada-EU Trade Deal (CETA) is an attack on democracy and the labour movement

30 September 2016 Feature

StopCETAThe Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a comprehensive vehicle for rolling back the capacity of governments to regulate in the public interest. CETA is also the backdoor entry for TTIP, the toxic EU-US trade deal.

CLIMATE JUSTICE FOR TOURISM WORKERS!

27 September 2016 News

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On World Tourism Day, workers are demanding that governments recognize the impact of climate change on tourism, and that protecting the rights and livelihoods of tourism workers be part of the response.

(NUHCTIE, Fiji)

Death of Korean rights activist farmer Baek Nam-gi, a victim of state violence

26 September 2016 News

BaekOn September 25, Korean farmer and rights activist Baek Nam-gi succumbed to injuries inflicted by police when massive force was used against a national demonstration in Seoul last November. After he was struck down by water cannon, police continued to blast him and demonstrators attempting to come to his assistance. Baek was taken, unconscious, to hospital where he remained in a coma for 317 days.

Mondelez unions come together to defend union jobs

25 September 2016 News

MondelezChicagodemo2Over 40 members of IUF-affiliated trade unions representing Mondelez workers around the world marched on CEO Irene Rosenfeld's residence outside Chicago on September 21 to protest the company's systematic destruction of union employment. Most recently, the company has eliminated 600 union jobs at the Chicago Nabisco facility and announced the closure of its factory in Valladolid, Spain, with the loss of 220 jobs.

IUF Bangladesh affiliate rallies to demand justice for victims of factory fire disaster

21 September 2016 News

The IUF-affiliated Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF) organized a mass rally and human chain in Gazipur near the capital Dhaka on September 21 to demand the arrest of the owner of the Tampaco Foils Factory and proper compensation to the families of those who perished in the September 10 explosion and fire.  At least 34 people are known to have perished in the explosion and blaze at the factory, which manufactured packaging materials for local and multinational companies including Nestlé and British American Tobacco (BAT).

Death toll rises in Bangladesh fire at factory supplying packaging to consumer multinationals

19 September 2016 News

TampacoFoil2At least 34 people are so far known to have been killed in the September 10 explosion and fire at the Tampaco Foils factory near Dhaka in Bangladesh. The factory produced packaging for local and multinational companies, including British American Tobacco and Nestlé - companies which will now need to again examine how they monitor and enforce their supplier codes and how they plan to meet their clear obligations as customers of this factory.

SENTRO union organizer assassinated in the Philippines

19 September 2016 News

abanganThe IUF-affiliated SENTRO has called on the government of the Philippines to swiftly investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators of the September 17 assassination of Orlando Abangan, a union and community organizer who was shot dead outside his home in Cebu. Abangan, who had assisted SENTRO in organizing a union of power industry workers in Cebu and was active in organizing informal workers and persons with disabilities, was also an outspoken critic of the extrajudicial killings which have accompanied the government's 'war on drugs'.

Certifying destruction at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

14 September 2016 Feature

Labour and environmental rights defenders have long criticized the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the organization claiming to promote sustainable palm oil production, for its loose standards for certifying producers in an industry marked by widespread human rights violations and environmental destruction. Now a major palm oil producer linked to extensive deforestation, the Malaysia-based IOI Group, has sued the RSPO to regain its revoked accreditation - and apparently succeeded.

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