Democracy is at stake in India

12.02.20 Editorial

Citizenship, the gateway to all rights, is under attack by the government of India. Over recent months thousands of people have been detained and dozens killed as protests continue across the country in opposition to the government's assault on the foundations of Indian democracy.


France: Workers at Intercontinental Marseille hotel face management backlash for challenging abusive working conditions

11.02.20 News

Workers at the Intercontinental Hotel Dieu in Marseille, supported by the FDS-CGT, face a management backlash after organizing to demand an end to poverty wages, unpaid overtime and under-staffing.


Hong Kong hotel workers denounce plans to quarantine mainland visitors and tourists at hotels

09.02.20 News
On February 9, 2020, the Hong Kong Hotel Employees' Union (HKHEU) held a press conference to denounce the government's new policy on quarantine for visitors from mainland China and demand greater protection for hotel workers' health and safety.

Independent trade unions in Algeria face criminalization and escalating repression

07.02.20 News

Independent trade unions in Algeria face criminalization and escalating repression for their role in driving and sustaining the ongoing democracy movement, the Hirak which erupted in February last year.

Indonesia: 4 years after instant closure, workers still fighting for their rights at Great Giant Pineapple

06.02.20 Urgent Action

In May 2016, the agrofood conglomerate Gunung Sewu Group announced the immediate closure of its tapioca-based starch factory in Lampung, Indonesia, with no prior notice and without any negotiations with the union, SBMUJA. Four years on, Gunung Sewu still refuses to negotiate with the union. CLICK HERE to send a message to top management of the parent company insisting that  it remedy these violations of fundamental rights by entering into good faith negotiations with the union.

Trial of STAS union leader at Fyffes Honduras dropped

27.01.20 News

The scheduled January 22 trial of union leader Moisés Sánchez, general secretary of the IUF-affiliated STAS section at Fyffes' melon operations in Honduras, did not take place thanks to national and international pressure.

India: AB InBev Budweiser workers mark 700 days of picketing for rights and recognition

23.01.20 News

Workers at AB InBev's Budweiser plant in Sonepat, India continue their fight for rights and recognition. The workers have now been sustaining a continuous picket for 700 days, joined by a growing number of permanent workers at the plant.



Honduras: Judicial persecution of union leader at Fyffes

21.01.20 News

The IUF and unions internationally are mobilizing to stop the judicial persecution of Honduran union leader Moisés Sanchéz, who faces up to 30 years' imprisonment on ludicrous charges in a courtroom on January 22. Sanchéz is general secretary of the sub-section of our affiliated agroindustrial union STAS on the melon farms of the transnational company Fyffes in Choluteca.



Algeria: independent unions targeted in government drive to destroy the democracy movement

20.01.20 Feature

Algeria's electoral farce of December 12, in which citizens were asked to select one of five presidential candidates approved by the military, has done nothing to diminish the government crackdown on democratic civil society. Algerians fighting for freedom of association now face a double dose of repression. They are targeted as trade unionists challenging the state-controlled union federation UGTA, and under attack for the role they have played in driving and sustaining the democracy movement which erupted last spring.


Ukraine: unions mobilize against legislative assault on workers and trade union rights

15.01.20 News

The government of Ukraine is preparing a massive legislative assault on fundamental trade union rights. The IUF, our members in Ukraine and unions internationally are calling on the government to immediately abandon the draft labour law and respect international standards and commitments made to unions at national level.

We are not slaves!

Indefinite strike for direct employment at Ibis Batignolles Hotel in Paris

15.01.20 News

Hotel housekeepers at the Ibis Batignolles Hotel, one of the rare hotels directly owned by the Accor group, have been on indefinite strike demanding direct employment and improved conditions since July 17, 2019.


India: IUF affiliates join nationwide strike

11.01.20 News

On January 8, IUF affiliates across India, together with tens of millions of rural workers, farmers, students and youth, joined the national strike called by national trade union centers against the anti-labour, socially regressive and anti-democratic policies of the Narendra Modi government.

Cambodia: Strike wins reinstatement for suspended union leader at Naga World Hotel Casino

10.01.20 News

Suspended union president Sithar Chhim has been reinstated at her job following a strike by union members at the Naga World Hotel Casino in Phnom Penh launched on January 9.

'Making women visible in occupational health and safety', a new IUF resource

08.01.20 News

Trade unions help make workplaces safer and healthier for all workers, women and men, but often women's occupational health and safety (OHS) is neglected, putting workers at risk of injury and ill-health. The IUF has now published a resource on integrating gender into workplace health and safety.

McDonald's Peru: 12-hour shifts and death by electrocution

23.12.19 News

Following the death by electrocution of two young workers at a McDonald's outlet in Lima, Peru on December 15, the general manager of the company's franchises in the country has acknowledged that the beverage machine which killed the two was known to be faulty.


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