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PepsiCo Pakistan workers speak out: why we need the union the company refuses to recognize!

3 November 2016 Urgent Action

PepsiCoLahorewomen2Women workers have been extremely active in the fight for union rights at PepsiCo's Lahore factory, demonstrating regularly to demand union recognition and permanent employment status. Yet they are invisible: the most recent factory inspection report, from March 2016, fails to even indicate their presence in the factory. The report, however, notes that of the more than 1500 workers employed at the factory over the past year, only 134 had permanent employment status. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PEPSICO!

Bangladesh: union mobilizes to defend workers at public agency supplying seed to farmers

3 November 2016 News

BDACdemo2The IUF-affiliated Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF) and the National Women Farmers & Workers Association (NWFA) held a joint rally on October 25 in Dhaka, forming a human chain around the National Press Club to highlight the deteriorating situation of workers at the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) and the progressive weakening of public research and seed provision to farmers.

Uzbekistan: government ratifies ILO Convention 87, forced labour and repression continue

2 November 2016 News

957In 2016, as in previous years, the government of Uzbekistan continues to rely on the massive use of forced labour in the cotton harvest and harsh repression of rights activists. On October 13, the day the government ratified ILO Convention 87 on freedom of association, the authorities detained four journalists reporting on forced labour.

UK Employment Tribunal: 'self-employed' Uber drivers are workers, with rights

31 October 2016 News

UberThe London Employment Tribunal, in a decision with major implications for the 'gig economy', has ruled that Uber drivers are workers, not 'self-employed', and as workers they have enforceable rights, including a guaranteed minimum wage, paid breaks, and holiday pay. The decision came in response to two test cases brought on behalf of drivers by the IUF-affiliated GMB in June.

European meat affiliates demand action to stop abuses

25 October 2016 News

On October 19, the German Food Workers Union NGG organized a conference for IUF European meat affiliates at Rheda-Wiedenbrück, where Tönnies, Germany's largest meat processor is based. According to the NGG, 3500 of the 4000 employees in the production line at the local factory are employed under temporary work contracts.

Korea: Police aggression continues at funeral of farmer union leader Baek Nam-gi

25 October 2016 News

Korea6Today police were deployed at the funeral hall where the family of Baek Nam-gi is attempting to hold a ceremony following his death on September 25 after 317 days in a coma.

Nutella workers on strike in Turkey

18 October 2016 News

FerreroStrikeTurkey1IUF members at Ferrero's Nutella factory in Turkey have been on strike since 10 October. Management has responded to the strike by pressuring workers to resign. The 150 striking workers have vowed to continue until a new collective agreement is signed and their rights are protected.

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.

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