The IUF strongly condemns the July 15 attempted military coup in Turkey

18 July 2016 News

The IUF strongly condemns the July 15 attempted military coup in Turkey. Turkey is a country where there is clearly a serious deficit of democracy and fundamental human rights, a deficit which is more than likely now going to grow still further.

Australian Parmalat/Lactalis workers beat lockout to win important gains in new agreement

18 July 2016 News

Members of Australia's National Union of Workers (NUW) at Australia's Longwarry Food Park, owned by the Parmalat subsidiary of French dairy giant Lactalis, voted to approve a new agreement on July 15 after a successful fightback against an 11-day lockout. Workers responded to the management show of force by protesting around the clock and showing complete solidarity at the factory gate.

Vicious union-busting at leading Australian brewer

7 July 2016 Urgent Action

1002Carlton United Breweries, maker of Australia's most popular beers, has brutally attacked the employment conditions of 55 union machine maintenance workers at its Melbourne brewery ahead of the impending merger between Carlton United's parent company SABMiller and AB InBev. The workers, members of the IUF-affiliated AMWU and the Electrical Trades Union ETU, were told their jobs would be outsourced to a new contractor but they could return to work as employees of the subcontractor - with a 65% pay cut!
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Union leader latest target in government of Turkey's war on democracy

22 June 2016 Editorial

The IUF strongly condemns the June 17 detention of Arzu Cerkezoglu, general secretary of the national trade union center DISK, on charges of 'insulting the President' in a speech she delivered last year. Cerkezoglu is not the first trade unionist to be investigated or charged with insulting the President, nor will she be the last, unless the government of Turkey is effectively pressured to respect fundamental democratic rights.

Philippines: Brave rights struggle continues at Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club

18 June 2016 News

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Five years after the union at Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club won legal recognition, management still refuses to recognize the union and respect the right to collective bargaining. Spirited protest actions outside the resort over the past two weeks successfully forced management into compulsory arbitration by the office of the Secretary of Labor. 

IUF solidarity with Korean unions as government steps up repression

17 June 2016 News

Government prosecutors are demanding eight years imprisonment for Han Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), charged with committing 'criminal offenses' for the organization's role in organizing strikes and protests to contest government policies which would further casualize employment and reduce the scope for trade union activity.

26 day strike ends at GSK Horlicks with reinstatement and permanent jobs

16 June 2016 News

Strike action at the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Horlicks dairy beverage factory in India has ended in victory with the reinstatement of the union president, unconditional withdrawal of all charges against union leaders and members and permanent jobs for 160 long-term casual workers. 

Broad opposition halts EU glyphosate reauthorization - for how long?

14 June 2016 Feature

StopglyphosateStrong mobilization by a wide coalition of citizen groups including trade unions has succeeded in temporarily blocking renewed EU authorization of glyphosate, the world's most widely-used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup. The European Commission and national governments are maneuvering between pressure from the agrochemical lobby, organized in the Glyphosate Task Force, and a popular insurgency which shows no signs of going away.

1,950 workers continue strike action at GSK Horlicks factory in India

5 June 2016 News

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Members of the IUF-affiliated Milk Food Factory Workers Union at the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Horlicks dairy beverage factory in India continue their strike action to protest the company's assault on trade union rights. 

Austrian unions call on new government to reject EU-Canada CETA trade deal

2 June 2016 News

CETAStoppenThe IUF-affiliated PRO-GE together with civil society organizations in the STOP TTIP coalition demonstrated in Vienna on May 31 outside a meeting of the new federal government to demand that Austria reject the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiated between the European Union and Canada. The treaty, whose final text was only published in February following years of secret negotiations, contains many of the toxic elements which have generated mass opposition to the better-known EU-US TTIP.

Strike ends with union win at Covered Bridge Potato Chips in Canada

26 May 2016 News

CoveredBridgestrikeOverThe five-month strike for union rights and recognition by UFCW Canada members  at Covered Bridge Potato Chips has ended successfully with union members ratifying a first collective agreement on May 24.

Four-week hotel strike in Norway ends with important gains for workers

22 May 2016 News

NorwayhotelstrikesmallThe IUF-affiliated Fellesforbundet in Norway reached an agreement with employers on May 21 which brings important gains and ends the national strike which began on April 24 and had been steadily escalating. The union has won the right to negotiate locally, a right that other sectors within Fellesforbundet have had since 1907. The settlement also brings a wage increase for the lowest paid as well as an increase in the hourly wage.

Leaked treaty texts confirm it: TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy

11 May 2016 Editorial

StopTTIPThe secret draft texts of the proposed US-EU 'free trade' agreement TTIP released by Greenpeace Netherlands on May 2 confirm what critics have maintained from the outset. TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy.

New SEWA publication highlights women workers organizing

11 May 2016 News

India's IUF-affiliated Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) has launched a new publication to highlight the successes and the ongoing challenges for women workers organizing in India's informal economy.

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