France: Workers at Marseilles McDonald's take over restaurant for local food distribution

15.04.20 News

McDonald's workers in Marseilles Saint-Barthélemy have responded to widespread distress and food shortages in their poor neighborhood by taking over the restaurant and converting it for local food storage and distribution. McDonald's France provides no protective equipment to workers in the dozen outlets it has maintained open in the lockdown, and is pressing for nationwide re-opening.




Maldives: Resort capitalizes on pandemic to victimize union officer

13.04.20 News

The government of Maldives has been issuing contradictory regulations in a scramble to keep the resorts operating. Management of the JA Manafaru resort has capitalized on the situation to victimize union officer Ibrahim Ziyaadh, a branch leader of the tourism workers' union TEAM which is fighting to defend the rights, health and safety of tourism workers.




IUF demands G20 action to protect tourism workers

10.04.20 News

The IUF has called on the G20 to take immediate action to protect tourism workers being laid-off in their millions as a consequence of COVID-19 lockdowns and the collapse of the industry, which directly and indirectly employs more than one in ten workers worldwide.

AB InBev India: Union temporarily suspends picket line to protect workers and community in COVID-19 crisis

07.04.20 News

After 763 days of continuous picketing at AB InBev Sonepat, the union has temporarily closed the picket line to reduce any possible risk for union members and the local community during the COVID-19 crisis.



A message from IUF General Secretary Sue Longley including IUF COVID-19 Demands

06.04.20 News

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, I am constantly impressed by the determination of our affiliates to protect members and to fight for fair treatment of workers.

To assist in the fight we have produced 5 leaflets on  Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Hotels, Equality and Fast Food

    Peru: food unions fight employer push for 12-hour shifts

    04.04.20 News

    Some of the largest food companies in Peru are using the COVID-19 crisis to impose 12-hour shifts, despite government regulations which establish an 8 PM to 5 AM curfew, limit the workweek to 48 hours and mandate negotiations on any changes to work practices. The IUF-affiliated Federation of Food Industry Workers (FNT-CGTP-ABA) is fighting back, and demands strict measures to protect worker health and safety.


    COVID-19: WTO-FAO-WHO ignore crucial link in food supply chain

    03.04.20 Editorial

    On March 31, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) jointly called for coordinated international action to keep international food supplies flowing across borders in the COVID-19 crisis - including the unimpeded flow of the migrant workers who sustain global agriculture. The IUF has written these bodies to highlight a supremely irresponsible defect in their appeal for "responsibility": the total absence of advocacy for action to protect the lives, safety and livelihoods of the agricultural workers on whose labour food security depends.

    Philippines: SENTRO calls for income guarantees for all workers affected by the COVID-19 lockdown

    03.04.20 News

    SENTRO, the trade union center affiliated to the IUF through its food, beverage and HRCT membership, is demanding income guarantees for all workers affected by the nationwide lockdown, including informal workers and the unemployed.


    Brazil: food processing unions call for workplace, government action to defend worker health and food security

    02.04.20 News

    Many food processing companies in Brazil, including some of the largest groups, are failing to take the necessary measures to protect industry workers, putting public health and food security at risk. The IUF-affiliated national food processing federations in Brazil, CNTA and CONTAC (CUT), supported by the IUF Latin American regional secretariat, are calling for workplace and government action to maintain food security and protect worker health and safety.


    Australia's UWU urges universal income and social protection, public investment and ownership for the crisis and beyond

    30.03.20 News

    The IUF-affiliated United Workers Union (UWU) is promoting an action program for the COVID-19 crisis and beyond which stresses the need for comprehensive social protection and public investment and ownership of key economic sectors. The status quo is not only untenable, says the union: 'Moments of rupture create space and impetus for change.'

    A message from IUF General Secretary Sue Longley on COVID-19

    26.03.20 News

    Dear Sisters and Brothers,

    The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for our affiliates around the world. All IUF sectors are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

    More than ever we need solidarity and a global response to minimize the risk and the impact on our members, their families and communities.

    India: Women's Water and Sanitation Committees fight to secure water facilities on tea plantations

    26.03.20 News

    Workers from tea plantations who have migrated to other states in India to work in hotels, restaurants, plantations, construction and as daily wage workers are now returning to the plantations due to loss of work and income. The water and sanitation committees organized on plantations in Assam and West Bengal with the support of the IUF are fighting to secure the water they need to protect tea workers and their families against the coronavirus.

    Colombia: SINTRAINAGRO demands and wins COVID-19 support and protection for banana workers

    26.03.20 News

    The rural workers' union SINTRAINAGRO has negotiated comprehensive COVID-19  support and health and safety protection measures for some 22,000 banana workers in an agreement signed on March 25 with the industry association Augura, representing national and transnational producers. The union insisted on the safety measures when the government decreed a partial country-wide lockdown which exempted many economic sectors, including agriculture.

    Defending agricultural workers, in a pandemic and beyond

    25.03.20 Editorial

    As borders close one after another, looming labour shortages in agriculture and the particularly vulnerable situation of agricultural workers everywhere spotlight the precarious foundations of food security and a major, but unexamined, challenge to containing the spread of the virus. To maintain food supplies while defending against the spread of the virus, governments and supra-national authorities need to take immediate action to protect the living and working conditions of the agricultural workers whose labour feeds the world.

    New appointment on extreme poverty and human rights for former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter

    24.03.20 News

    Former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter, has been appointed the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, effective May 1. De Schutter worked collaboratively with the IUF and spoke at meetings of our governing bodies. We congratulate him on this new appointment.


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