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Leading rights defender confined to 'psychiatric treatment' for seeking to expose forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton fields

21 March 2017 Urgent Action

ElenaUrlaevaUPDATE: Elena Urlaeva was released on March 24 after 23 days of forced psychiatric 'treatment', a victory for the international campaign.
Elena Urlaeva, a leading human rights activist who has dedicated years to combating child labour and forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton production, was detained by police on March 1 to prevent her attending a meeting with the International Trade Union Confederation and the World Bank. She was then forcibly committed to a psychiatric hospital, where she remains today. CLICK HERE to send a message to the government of Uzbekistan!

Myanmar: bakery workers strike against mass layoff

15 March 2017 News

Mayson3Close to 400 members of the IUF-affiliated Mayson Workers' Union have been on strike since March 9 in response to the company's unilateral announcement of 184 layoffs at the Mayson Bakery factory in Yangoon's Hlaing Tharyar township. Mayson is the country's leading producer of baked goods.

IUF affiliates worldwide demand 'More women - more power' on International Women's Day 2017

15 March 2017 News

IWDGALU2On March 8, International women's Day, IUF affiliates around the world took action to demand 'More women - more power' in factories, hotels, farms, plantations, meeting halls and in the streets.

Unions in India take struggle for union rights at IFFCO Egypt to parent company Allana

13 March 2017 News

AllanaHouse_0Four IUF-affiliated unions representing sugar workers in India took the struggle for trade union rights at the IFFCO factory in Suez, Egypt to the Mumbai headquarters of parent company Allana on March 7. On January 29, nineteen IFFCO workers and union members and leaders were acquitted of charges of 'inciting' a strike, but the prosecutor has appealed the decision and the workers face retrial on March 19.

Union leaders at IFFCO Egypt acquitted of criminal charges face retrial

13 March 2017 Urgent Action

1055Workers at the IFFCO edible oils factory in Suez, Egypt are fighting to defend their union against employer brutality and government repression. On January 29 the workers were all acquitted in a Suez court of 'inciting' a strike, but the prosecution has appealed the decision and the workers will be tried again. Fifteen IFFCO workers including the union President and General Secretary are barred from returning to work and union members are under pressure to 'resign'. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE COMPANY AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF EGYPT.

Parmalat maintains its lockout of Australian workers

8 March 2017 Urgent Action

1045The Lactalis/Parmalat lockout of its entire workforce at Echuca in the State of Victoria, Australia continues. These workers need your support. If you have not already done so CLICK HERE to send a message to the company, calling on it to immediately lift the lockout and enter into negotiations for a fair agreement.

International Women’s Day 2017 – More women, more power!

7 March 2017 News

IWD2017bannerWomen continue to suffer systematic discrimination concerning remuneration, access to jobs, social security, unpaid household and care work.

Fast food Indonesia: struggle for rights and recognition continues at Champ Resto

3 March 2017 News

On March 1 the IUF-affiliated FSPM held a protest action at the grand opening of two new Champ Resto outlets in Surabaya, with FSPM members from cities across Java turning out to show their determination to continue the fight for reinstatement of unfairly dismissed workers and for the medical insurance workers are illegally denied.

New Zealand Mondelez workers fight to save their factory

3 March 2017 Urgent Action

1054Four hundred workers in Dunedin, New Zealand have been fighting to save their Cadbury plant since parent company Mondelez announced on February 15 that it plans to close the facility. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE COMPANY!

Unilever, Kraft Heinz and swimming with sharks

27 February 2017 Editorial

It took only 48 hours for Unilever to fight off a USD 143 billion Kraft Heinz takeover bid; the shock waves will reverberate far longer at Unilever and beyond. By using Kraft Heinz as the vehicle to swallow whole a far larger company, private equity investors 3G Capital - the driving force at Kraft Heinz, AB InBev and Burger King - have again demonstrated the scale of their imprint on the food industry and 'fast-moving consumer goods' sector as a whole.

Australian workers locked out by dairy giant Lactalis/Parmalat

20 February 2017 Urgent Action

1045Workers at the Lactalis/Parmalat dairy factory in Echuca, in Australia's Victoria state, have been locked out since January 18 in a dispute over outsourcing and the use of temporary workers. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE COMPANY!

Philippines: luxury Peninsula hotel still victimizing union leaders for participating in IUF Global Housekeeper Campaign

2 February 2017 Urgent Action

PeninsulaJennyUnion leaders at the 5-star Peninsula Manila hotel, owned by the luxury Peninsula Hotels group, are still facing harsh retaliation by hotel management for their involvement in the IUF's Global Houskeepers Campaign and for effectively representing their members at the hotel. CLICK HERE TO SEND A PROTEST MESSAGE TO THE HOTEL!

Egypt: Court acquits IFFCO workers of 'incitement' but union leaders, members still barred from work

2 February 2017 News

On January 29 nineteen IFFCO workers were acquitted in a Suez court of 'inciting' a strike after the company filed criminal charges and security forces descended from a fleet of 50 vehicles to swoop down on the Suez factory where workers were conducting a peaceful sit-in over the grossly unfair distribution of a much-needed end-of-year bonus. While the court has cleared them of criminal charges 17 IFFCO workers including the union President, Vice-President and General Secretary are barred from returning to work. If you have not yet been able to do so CLICK HERE to send a protest message to the company and to the President of Egypt

Champ Resto fast food workers in Indonesia keep up their struggle for justice

27 January 2017 News

ChampRestoPHKWith the support of the IUF-affiliated FSPM, workers unfairly dismissed from
Indonesia's Champ Resto fast food chain last year continue their fight
for reinstatement and for the medical insurance workers are illegally
denied.

Fresh fruit giant Fyffes is bashing rights

24 January 2017 Urgent Action

1041Workers at transnational fruit giant Fyffes subsidiaries in Costa Rica (pineapples) and Honduras (melons) report serious and systematic violations of basic labour rights, including threats, harassment and sacking of union members, blocking collective bargaining processes, failure to pay minimum wages and social insurance, exposing workers to hazardous agrochemicals and sacking pregnant workers. Fyffes is the number one importer of bananas to Europe, and among the largest global marketers for supersweet pineapples and winter season melons. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO FYFFES!

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