Death by Outsourcing

26 October 2009 News

Most US consumers could be forgiven for never suspecting that Hershey's chocolate - that most iconic of American confectionery brands - isn't made by Hershey at all.

Unilever, IUF Settlement Resolves Conflict over Precarious Work at Lipton Pakistan

26 October 2009 News

A negotiated settlement between Unilever and the IUF has resolved the long, difficult conflict over the rights of precarious workers at the company's directlly-owned Lipton/Brooke Bond tea factory in Khanewal, Pakistan.

The negotiations took place under the auspices of the UK's National Contact Point responsible for the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The IUF made a submission to the OECD in March this year as part of a campaign which generated strong international support for the Khanewal workers and their struggle.

Sugar Union Leaders Sentenced to Prison in Iran - Act Now!

26 October 2009 Urgent Action

In a drive to destroy the independent union established last year by workers at the giant Haft Tapeh plantation/refining sugar complex in southern Iran, a court on October 12 sentenced 6 union leaders to immediate prison terms on charges stemming from October 2007.

Nespressure Mounts at Nescafé Indonesia - Act Now to Defend Trade Union Rights!

23 October 2009 Urgent Action

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Nestlé's Corporate Business Principles claim to "respect the right of employees to form representative organisations and to join – or not to join – trade unions, provided this right is freely exercised, and establish a constructive dialogue with these unions."

Should employees need some guidance on this issue management is there to help.

World Food Day - Oct 16: Decent work is key to food security

16 October 2009 News

To mark World Food day, 2009, IUF is calling on all UN agencies and inter-governmental organisations working on food security to ensure that decent work in agriculture is central to strategies to e

Settlement Ends 3-Year Dispute over Unilever India Mumbai Closure

14 October 2009 News

In October 2006, the IUF launched an international campaign in support of the workers at Unilever's Sewri factory in Mumbai (Bombay), India, organized in the Hindustan Lever Employees Union (HLEU). HLEU members rejected the company's proposed severance scheme and the union challenged the legality of the closure itself. Actions were organized locally and across India, and internationally by the IUF, including a submission to the UK government alleging grave violations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

A comprehensive settlement has now been reached and approved by the HLEU membership which resolves all issues arising from the closure. The HLEU has warmly thanked the IUF and all those who supported this long, difficult struggle by the Sewri workers and their union.

Coca-Cola Ireland Workers need your support

13 October 2009 Urgent Action

Workers at Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co (Coca-Cola HBC), organized in the IUF's Irish affiliate SIPTU, have been walking the picket

Coca-Cola Hellenic: Workers pay, Shareholders profit from crisis

5 October 2009 News

Members of the IUF-affiliated SIPTU, which organizes workers at Coca Cola HBC Ireland, have been on strike against the outsourcing of 130 jobs at five distribution locations since the end of August (see a video). In June, workers we given a "choice" by management: accept a reduction in terms and conditions amounting to up to 40% , or be transferred to a third party provider on similarly reduced terms. A first “welcome message” from the employer-to-be already announced upcoming redundancies.

Keep Stella D'oro and Union Biscuit Jobs in the Bronx!

2 October 2009 Urgent Action

The Jobs with Justice coalition is campaigning to keep Bronx, New York-based biscuit maker Stella D'oro in New York.

Shame, Unilever, Shame! Australian Unions demand justice for casual Lipton workers in Pakistan

1 October 2009 News

Unions NSW (the organisation representing trade unions in the state of New South Wales) led a protest at the Australasian headquarters of Unilever in Sydney in support of the casual Lipton workers in Pakistan. Members from fraternal unions - the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and IUF affiliates the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AWMU) and the Australian Workers Union (AWU) - joined the protest.

Australia - AMWU Workplace Action Challenges Employer Drive for Flexibilization

29 September 2009 News

Under the Rudd government's new industrial relations laws, flexibility clauses need to be included in all enterprise agreements, and employers are using the opportunity to undermine collective bargaining. The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) and other Australian unions are challenging the employer drive through workplace action.

When Investors Buzz, Workers Take Cover

24 September 2009 Editorial

As the OECD released its latest Employment Outlook, which foresees a total of 57 million people without jobs in the world's 30 richest countries next year, the battle heated up over the price of a takeover of UK-based confectionery company Cadbury by Kraft, the world's second largest food corporation.

Nestlé, Corporate Blackmail and the Arrogance of Power

21 September 2009 Editorial

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck has publicly, pointedly threatened to pull the world's largest food company out of Switzerland in response to discussions within the government on legislation to cap executive pay. Interviewed by the weekend Sonntag on September 13, Brabeck said Switzerland "may not be the right location for us", calling legislation on pay "the beginning of the end".

IUF strengthens cooperation with European Social Auditor Vigeo

18 September 2009 News

Orignially signed in 2005, the IUF and Vigeo have recently renewed their commitment to working together by signing a new cooperation agreement. Vigeo, which was first formed in 2002 is a social auditing firm based in Paris. Their objectives include promoting and diseminating social audit criteria and specific company ratings based on verifiable standards.Their clients include corporations and institutional investors.

Dying for Casual-T in the Philippines/Union Solidarity in South Africa

18 September 2009 News

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More than 70 activists from the Philippines Alliance of Progressive Labour, including leaders of the IUF-affiliated NUWHRAIN, demonstrated their solidarity with the struggle against disposable jobs at Unilever's Pakistan tea operations at Unilever headquarters in Manila on September 15.

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