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Sixth Iranian Sugar Union Leader Faces New Charges- Act Now!

21 January 2010 Urgent Action

Reza Rakhshan, communications officer for the Haft Tapeh independent sugarworkers union in southern Iran, was arrested by security agents at his workplace on January 4 and was only released from Shush prison on January 20 after being charged with "endangering national security" for his union activity.

FLAI and UILA vote for strike action at JBS Italian joint-venture Inalca

21 January 2010 News

Negotiations for the renewal of the collective agreement at Inalca's largest slaughterhouse in Castelvetro (Modena), Italy, broke down on 22 December 2009. On 14 January 2010, an overwhelming majority of Inalca workers – represented byIUF Italian affiliates FLAI-CGIL and UILA-UIL, voted in favour of a 16-hour strike that will start in the following weeks.

Kraft and Cadbury, Victors and Spoils

21 January 2010 Editorial

Barring any last-minute surprises, Kraft, the world's second-largest food company, will swallow UK-based Cadbury. Barely a month after deriding Kraft as an "unfocused" conglomerate and declaring "There is no strategic, managerial operational or financial merit in combining with Kraft", Cadbury Chairman Roger Carr announced that the price was right. He praised Kraft for its commitment to "our heritage, values and people throughout the world"…and acknowledged the inevitability of job cuts.

UK: Victory for Sodexo workers at North Devon NHS Trust

20 January 2010 News

Following two days of strike action, 200 UNISON members working for Sodexo in North Devon NHS Trust, have won their bid for better pay and improved terms, in line with a national agreement set out in October 2006.

Colombian Workers Under Fire

18 January 2010 Urgent Action

Workers in Colombia are once again victims of armed violence for trying to exercise their right to join and be represented by a trade union.

Fourth Nestlé India Union in Recognition and Bargaining Win

15 January 2010 News

On January 5 the union at Nestlé Pantnagar, the company's largest and newest (2006) plant in the country, signed a first collective agreement on wages and benefits, joining its 3 sister unions in the IUF-affiliated Federation of All India Nestle Employees in finally winning the right to negotiate terms of employment previously declared "secret" by management.

Tata Continues Collective Punishment of Indian Tea Workers

15 January 2010 Urgent Action

Nearly one thousand tea workers and their families continue to suffer collective punishment at the hands of India's Tata Group.

Blackstone's Hilton Woes Will Weigh on Workers

4 January 2010 News

Private equity operator Blackstone, "has good reason to be nervous about Hilton." They're not alone; the enormous leverage taken on to finance the buyout at the height of the debt bubble now weighs heavily on the more than one hundred thousand Hilton employees around the world, on the wider financial system, and on the US Treasury, and therefore US taxpayers. Here's why.

Nestlé India unions win recognition and wage bargaining rights

4 January 2010 News

In a major win in the closing weeks of 2009, unions representing more than 1,200 workers at Nestlé India’s factories in Moga, Ponda and Bicholim signed collective bargaining agreements on wages and benefits for the first time - marking a major achievement in their year-long struggle for the right to wage bargaining. The agreements also include wage scales and wage information that previously were declared ‘secret’ by management.

UK-UNISON members to strike against Sodexo

4 January 2010 News

UNISON members at the North Devon hospital Trust employed by Sodexo have voted by a massive 97% in favour of strike action over unpaid wages and conditions going back over 3 years to 1st October 2006. The strike  is due to start at midnight on 4th January for 2 days followed by weekly action.

Nestlé Workers in Tunisia Continue Industrial Action After Secret Sale of Ice Cream Factory

30 December 2009 Urgent Action

Update 1 Feb 2010: Negotiations have taken place between the Nestlé union and Nestlé Tunisia management under the auspices of the Labour Inspectorate. Details will follow shortly.

Workers, their union and the Federation of Food and Tourism Workers of Tunisia (FGAT) are demanding to know the facts behind Nestlé's secret sale of an ice cream factory.

UPDATE on TEKEL Workers Protest in Ankara

22 December 2009 Urgent Action

Workers, their family members and supporters have been demonstrating in near-freezing temperatures in protest against a snap government decision to close their workplaces at the end of January 2010.

Will Investment Funds Transform Hotel Group Accor into an Empty Shell?

22 December 2009 News

The decision taken by the Board of Directors of the Accor group to proceed with the plan to split the group into two separate listed companies is the latest of a series of decisions being driven by financial investors which may change one of the largest employers in the hospitality sector into an empty shell.

Major Protest of Former Turkish Tobacco Monopoly Workers in Ankara

17 December 2009 Urgent Action

Some 10,000 workers, family members and supporters are currently demonstrating in Ankara in near-freezing temperatures in protest against a snap government decision to close their workplaces at the end of January 2010.

IUF Accuses Catering/Services Compass of Major Rights Violations in Algeria

16 December 2009 News

In Hassi Messaoud, Algeria, 850 kilometers southeast of Algiers, Eurest Support Services, a subsidiary of Compass Group, subcontracts catering and hospitality services to a score of multinationals like Schlumberger, Halliburton, Repsol, BP, Ciepsa, Burlington. Hundreds of  ESS employees live in tents; under desert temperatures, and suffer difficult hygiene and living conditions.

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