Accra, Ghana: Largest ever African regional conference charts future for IUF Africa

4 January 2012 News

Under the theme “Winning union rights and food rights” the 9th African regional conference in Accra December 6 and 7 brought together over 130 representatives of IUF affiliates and proved to be the largest and most dynamic in the region’s history.

Nestlé's end of year lottery - on the wrong shift? OK then "you're fired"

25 December 2011 News

On December 25, a day that for many symbolizes the spirit of generous human kindness, the actions of the world’s biggest food company in 2011 were far from generous for many of its workers in Indonesia.

Trading away the right to food at the WTO

23 December 2011 Editorial

The only thing of note to happen at the December 15-17 WTO ministerial summit was the occasion it provided for WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy to attack the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter. De Schutter's briefing note to the meeting called for fundamental changes in the WTO rules to give member states the room to meet their obligation to ensure the right to food.

Locked-out New Zealand meat workers back on the job!

22 December 2011 News

The over 100 meat workers who have been locked out from the CMP Rangitikei plant since October 19 will return to the plant tomorrow, December 23, after ratifying a mediated settlement.

KFC Thailand Union Activists Reinstated

21 December 2011 News

The 3 union leaders at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Thailand fired for their union activism earlier this year were reinstated on December 8 in compliance with a court order which the company, however, is appealing.

Sodexo and IUF Sign International Framework Agreement

13 December 2011 News

Sodexo, the world’s 21st largest employer with 391,000 employees worldwide, and the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) have announced the signing of an agreement confirming Sodexo’s commitments to respect fundamental rights at work, namely freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Stop attack on Argentine rural workers’ social security!

12 December 2011 Urgent Action

The Argentine Agricultural workers Union, UATRE, is calling for urgent assistance to defend the agricultural workers social security system, RENATRE.

In 1991 when the National Employment fund was established in Argentina, agricultural workers were excluded. The IUF-affiliated UATRE lead a long campaign to win social security protection for agricultural workers and in 1999, RENATRE, the National Registry of Rural Workers and Employers was set up. To-date 800, 000 workers are registered in the scheme.

Challenging Precarious_Work @ Nestlé.Kabirwala.com

5 December 2011 News

Nestlé's dairy factory in Kabirwala, Pakistan, depends on the daily labour of hundreds of precarious workers provided by contractors on a no work, no pay basis. When the union became engaged in assisting long-serving precarious workers to obtain direct, permanent employment status - as prescribed by law - management responded with mass dismissals, provocations, police charges and physical assault by the labour contractor and goons.

Women hotel workers in Cambodia fight illegal mass firings

2 December 2011 Urgent Action

Workers unfairly terminated for trade union organizing at the five star Angkor Village Hotel and Angkor Village Botanical Resort Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, are fighting for their rights, their jobs and their union - and need your support.

Hong Kong, Korean unions demonstrate against escalating anti-union attacks in Fiji

1 December 2011 News

On November 24, the IUF-affiliated Hong Kong catering and hotel workers' union CHIEGU and the HKCTU, the national center of which it is a member, held a protest action in front of the Honorary Consulate of Fiji to highlight escalating attacks on human rights and growing repression of the trade union movement by the military government of Commodore Bainimarama.

UN Special Rapporteur calls for overhaul of WTO rules to ensure the right to food

30 November 2011 News

As governments prepare for the December 15-17 WTO ministerial meeting in Geneva, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, has issued a series of recommendations for overhauling world trade rules if governments are to fulfill their obligation to ensure the right to food in an increasingly hungry world.

Union negotiates more permanent jobs at Coca-Cola Lahore, union membership rises

30 November 2011 News

On 26 November 2011, 39 long-term casual workers received their permanent appointment letters at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Lahore.This is part of the ongoing negotiations by the Coca-Cola unions in the IUF-affiliated National Federation of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Workers (NFFBTW), to increase the proportion of permanent jobs and reduce precarious work at Coca-Cola Pakistan’s six bottling plants.

Jail, bail, dismissals - criminalizing the struggle for decent work at Nestlé Pakistan

28 November 2011 News

Contract workers claiming their rights at Nestlé's dairy factory in Kabirwala, Pakistan have been punished with the loss of their jobs and jailed by the score on fabricated charges as management seeks to criminalize the union's struggle in support of permanent jobs for contract workers.

Dairy Division informal leadership group meets in New Zealand

27 November 2011 News

What follows is the content of an e-mail from James Ritchie, National Secretary of the NZDWU to Hector Ponce, General Secretary of ATILRA and Oscar Marozzi, Assistant General Secretary of ATILRA following the meeting of the informal leadership group of the dairy division of the IUF in NZ, 16-18 November 2011. Due to a series of problems with Argentinean airspace, the ATILRA delegation was unable to attend the meeting.

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