Union housekeepers are ending the silence on sexual assault

21 June 2011 News

Thanks to the courage of the housekeeper at the Sofitel New York, a curtain has been pulled back on the world of sexual misconduct that housekeepers sometimes face from guests. Inspired by her stand, more housekeepers are coming forward to share their own stories and launch a campaign to break the silence about the routine sexual misconduct and other forms of abuse that housekeepers face at work.

IUF calls on global hotel chains to disclose policies on sexual harassment of staff by guests

21 June 2011 News

Following the recent highly publicized events at the Sofitel New York,
the IUF has written to major international hotel operators, including Intercontinental, Wyndham Hotels, Marriott, Hilton, Accor, Hyatt,  Rezidor, Starwood, Carlson Hotels, and Melia to highlight the vulnerable situation of hotel housekeepers.

Still fighting for justice: Philippine hotel workers demand implementation of ILO judgement

20 June 2011 News

Union workers from the DUSIT Hotel in Manila who were dismissed en masse in 2002 during a dispute over renegotiation of their collective agreement are still fighting for justice. The workers are members of IUF affiliate NUHWRAIN.

ILO adopts Domestic Workers Convention

20 June 2011 News

The second and final discussions on an ILO Convention & Recommendation for Domestic Workers were successfully concluded on June 16, making this a historic day for millions of domestic workers around the world who have finally been recognized as workers and guaranteed the same basic rights as other categories of workers.

Respect trade union rights at Vitasoy Hong Kong

16 June 2011 Urgent Action

Over the past ten days Vitasoy International Holdings has reacted with arrogance and disdain to calls for respect of trade union rights at its Hong Kong operations.

Reinstate Polish Hotel union activist!

15 June 2011 Urgent Action

IUF affiliate Solidarnosc has begun a series of protest actions at the Hotel Jan III in Warsaw, after  Malgorzata Sokalska,  activist and chair of the hotel works council was dismissed without notice in breach of Polish law and international Conventions on trade union rights.

Russian unions join forces in new confederation

14 June 2011 News

Consolidation of the independent trade union movement in Russia has taken a large step forward with the extraordinary congress of the Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR), which took place in Moscow on May 27, 2011.

Four years after punishing lockout, Unilever Assam workers still waiting for their union to be recognized

10 June 2011 News

Business is doing well at Unilever’s personal products factory at Doom Dooma in the Indian state of Assam. But nearly 4 years after management tried to destroy the union with a punishing 6-week lockout, and almost one year since the IUF and Unilever formally concluded an agreement to settle the dispute under the auspices of the UK government, the workers are still waiting for their union to be recognized as their collective bargaining agent.

Vitasoy Australia Workers Support Fight for Union Rights in Hong Kong

9 June 2011 News

Vitasoy, a Hong Kong-based transnational company with manufacturing operations in Hong Kong, Shenzen, Shangahi, Singapore, Ayer (Massachusetts, USA) and Wodonga (Victoria, Australia), promotes its premium soy-based food and beverage brands under the slogan "where healthy life begins" - yet the company appears to be far less concerned about the health of its workers in Hong Kong.

Ban on temp agency labour advances in Russian Parliament

7 June 2011 News

Russia's Duma (Parliament) has voted in the first reading in favor of a bill which if adopted will effectively ban the use of temporary agency labour in the country.

Guatemalan banana union leader murdered

3 June 2011 Urgent Action

Violence against banana unions in Guatemala is escalating. On May 26, Joel Hernandez Godoy, finance secretary of the IUF-affiliated banana workers union SITRABI, was shot dead by a gunman on motorcycle while driving through the village of Cristina to the union headquarters in the town of Morales.

Thailand: Reinstate KFC union activists now!

31 May 2011 Urgent Action

Three union activists have been dismissed from their employment at KFC in Thailand after they established a union and sought to bargain a collective agreement with KFC management. The Thai ministry of labour approved the registration of the Cuisine and Services Thailand Workers Union after over 200 workers  signed and submitted a proposal seeking to negotiate with the company to improve wages and working conditions.

Heinz celebrates biggest profit jump ever with… mass layoffs

31 May 2011 News

Global food manufacturer H.J. Heinz on May 26 announced record full-year (fiscal 2011 ending April 30) results. Sales in the fourth quarter increased by 6% over the previous year and profits rose by 16%. Net income resulted in earnings per share rising from 60 to 69 US cents. Investor appetites were unappeased – they wanted 72 cents a share. So Heinz announced the elimination of 1,000 jobs.

Completed OECD Guidelines update a work in progress

26 May 2011 Editorial

The updated OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises were officially adopted in Paris on May 25, opening up new potential for unions to make use of the procedures.

UK Parliament report again slams Kraft

25 May 2011 Editorial

The second UK House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee appointed to examine the consequences of Kraft's Cadbury takeover has just published its report (available online here). The conclusions echo union concerns but could go further.

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