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Death of Korean rights activist farmer Baek Nam-gi, a victim of state violence

26 September 2016 News

BaekOn September 25, Korean farmer and rights activist Baek Nam-gi succumbed to injuries inflicted by police when massive force was used against a national demonstration in Seoul last November. After he was struck down by water cannon, police continued to blast him and demonstrators attempting to come to his assistance. Baek was taken, unconscious, to hospital where he remained in a coma for 317 days.

Mondelez unions come together to defend union jobs

25 September 2016 News

MondelezChicagodemo2Over 40 members of IUF-affiliated trade unions representing Mondelez workers around the world marched on CEO Irene Rosenfeld's residence outside Chicago on September 21 to protest the company's systematic destruction of union employment. Most recently, the company has eliminated 600 union jobs at the Chicago Nabisco facility and announced the closure of its factory in Valladolid, Spain, with the loss of 220 jobs.

IUF Bangladesh affiliate rallies to demand justice for victims of factory fire disaster

21 September 2016 News

The IUF-affiliated Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF) organized a mass rally and human chain in Gazipur near the capital Dhaka on September 21 to demand the arrest of the owner of the Tampaco Foils Factory and proper compensation to the families of those who perished in the September 10 explosion and fire.  At least 34 people are known to have perished in the explosion and blaze at the factory, which manufactured packaging materials for local and multinational companies including Nestlé and British American Tobacco (BAT).

Death toll rises in Bangladesh fire at factory supplying packaging to consumer multinationals

19 September 2016 News

TampacoFoil2At least 34 people are so far known to have been killed in the September 10 explosion and fire at the Tampaco Foils factory near Dhaka in Bangladesh. The factory produced packaging for local and multinational companies, including British American Tobacco and Nestlé - companies which will now need to again examine how they monitor and enforce their supplier codes and how they plan to meet their clear obligations as customers of this factory.

SENTRO union organizer assassinated in the Philippines

19 September 2016 News

abanganThe IUF-affiliated SENTRO has called on the government of the Philippines to swiftly investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators of the September 17 assassination of Orlando Abangan, a union and community organizer who was shot dead outside his home in Cebu. Abangan, who had assisted SENTRO in organizing a union of power industry workers in Cebu and was active in organizing informal workers and persons with disabilities, was also an outspoken critic of the extrajudicial killings which have accompanied the government's 'war on drugs'.

Certifying destruction at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

14 September 2016 Feature

Labour and environmental rights defenders have long criticized the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the organization claiming to promote sustainable palm oil production, for its loose standards for certifying producers in an industry marked by widespread human rights violations and environmental destruction. Now a major palm oil producer linked to extensive deforestation, the Malaysia-based IOI Group, has sued the RSPO to regain its revoked accreditation - and apparently succeeded.

Thousands march in Melbourne in support of Carlton United/SABMiller brewery workers

12 September 2016 News

melbournerallysThousands of union members and supporters marched through the center of Melbourne, Australia on September 8 in support of union members at Carlton United Breweries whose employment conditions came under brutal attack when they were told their pay would be cut by 65% under the terms of a new sub-contracting arrangement. The unions rejected the company's diktat and have maintained round-the-clock protests at the plant.


PepsiCo responds to formation of new union in Pakistan by attacking rights

8 September 2016 Urgent Action

pepsipakistan2PepsiCo management at the company's Frito-Lay plant in Lahore, Pakistan has responded to the formation and official registration of a trade union with 650 members by harassing and transferring union officers and seeking to violate the union's collective bargaining rights by creating a bogus union. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PEPSICO!

After glyphosate: European Commission confirms retreat from public health protection by authorizing toxic pesticides banned under EU law

2 September 2016 News

On June 28, the European Commission yielded to the agrochemical lobby and reauthorized the continued use of the herbicide glyphosate (best known commercially as Monsanto's Roundup) despite mounting evidence of the harm it inflicts on public health, workers and the environment.

Fast food workers in the Philippines fight for new laws to combat precarious work

23 August 2016 News


As part of its ongoing campaign for a living wage and secure jobs for fast food workers, the Respect Fast Food Workers' Alliance (RESPECT) joined APL-Youth in organizing several activities in the lead-up to International Youth Day on August 12, focusing on the fight against precarious employment among young workers.

End repression at South African winemaker - NOW!

19 August 2016 Urgent Action

CSAAWU is a South African union representing the majority of workers at Robertson Winery in the Western Cape in South Africa. Despite their majority representation management refuses to recognize CSAAWU and instead is trying to intimidate union representatives and CSAAWU members.

Support these workers by taking a few minutes to join our action.

CLICK HERE to send a message to Robertson Winery.

Emergency services turn life-threatening under US private equity owners - and a global Trade in Services Agreement would globalize the damage

29 July 2016 Feature

Private equity funds have surged into US ambulance and firefighting services, with disastrous, even life-threatening results, documented in a recent New York Times article. At the same time, far-reaching investment agreements are being negotiated in secret with, among other objectives, the goal of transferring even more public assets and services into corporate hands in the name of 'free trade'.

Harsh prison sentences for Korean union leaders

29 July 2016 News

Harsh prison sentences for two Korean trade union leaders are the latest installment in the government's ongoing war on trade unions, freedom of association, democratic protest and basic rights and civil liberties.

Union-busting escalates at SABMiller India following attack on rights in Australia

25 July 2016 Urgent Action

DharnaactionUpdate: An agreement was reached bringing an end to the conflict between the union at the SABMiller Sonepat brewery and the SABMiller India management.

The union at the SABMiller Sonepat brewery in the state of Haryana, India has been organizing mass protest actions in response to the harassment and intimidation of trade union leaders and members and management's refusal to respect collective bargaining rights. The attack on rights at SABMiller India follows the company's union-busting at SABMiller-owned Carlton United Breweries in Australia ahead of the impending merger between AB InBev and SABMiller, which would create the world's largest transnational brewing company. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO SABMILLER!

New PepsiCo Frito-Lay workers union in Pakistan wins collective bargaining recognition

25 July 2016 News


Whilst PepsiCo workers elsewhere in Asia are struggling to exercise their basic rights, on July 23 the new PepsiCo Workers' Union in Pakistan took a step forward when it was officially granted collective bargaining status by government authorities.


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