Unleashing aggression at Nestlé

21 November 2011 News

A capacity for aggression at Nestlé, the world's largest food company, is not limited to the aggressive pursuit of market share and aggressive cash flow management, qualities praised by investors and envied by competitors. It applies equally to industrial relations, where it receives considerably less attention. Violations of worker rights predictably make less headline noise than the latest quarterly results, a hefty dividend increase or the successful launch of a new product.

Ivory Coast union leader still held under harsh conditions - Act Now!

21 November 2011 Urgent Action

Basile Mahan Gahé, general secretary of the national trade union center Dignité (whose food and hotel section is affiliated to the IUF) was kidnapped from his Abidjan home on April 26, 2011 and held without charges. Amnesty International believes it has credible reports that he was tortured, particularly in the early days of his detention.

Strike against brutal, precarious conditions at Australia's largest poultry producer, supplier to one of Australia’s biggest supermarket chains

17 November 2011 Urgent Action

Members of the IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers (NUW) have been out on indefinite strike since November 9 at the Baiada Poultry plant in Laverton, Victoria. The key issue in the strike is the company's massive recourse to precarious labour and the refusal to pay comparable wages to non-permanent workers.

New Zealand lamb producer CMP ANZCO locks out 111 workers

15 November 2011 Urgent Action

Members of the New Zealand Meat Workers Union at CMP ANZCO have been targeted by a particularly vicious form of union busting which is being practiced more and more in IUF sectors across the globe. It works like this: an employer proposes radical changes to terms and conditions in CBA negotiations, then goes through the motions of bargaining with the union while actually just biding time, then locks out the workers in an attempt to force a signature on an essentially non-negotiated agreement.

Strikes at PepsiCo Bottling Plants in China

15 November 2011 News

As new details emerge about the process of transfer of PepsiCo bottling operations in China to Tingyi, workers there found out about the devil in this detail. And that devil is evil enough to make workers take very courageous steps of protest. According to recent press reports, workers in three locations protested against the company's plan in what obviously is a coordinated action in a country that denies basic union rights - that is the right to independent unions -  to its citizens.

Nestlé European Trade Unions Demand "Stop Nespressure" in Indonesia and in Pakistan!

9 November 2011 News

At the November 8 meeting of the Nestlé European Works Council in Geneva, Switzerland, representatives of twenty Nestlé unions from across Europe collectively called on the company to immediately halt attacks on trade union rights in Indonesia and in Pakistan. The unions insisted that Nestlé reinstate the dismissed trade union members in Indonesia and ensure their livelihoods and halt all harassment of trade unionists in Pakistan.

Jail, bail, threats and dismissals as Nestlé Pakistan dairy workers fight for their rights

9 November 2011 Urgent Action

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Management at Nestle's giant Kabirwala dairy factory in Pakistan - a state-of-the art facility with a feudal industrial relations system - is criminalizing the union's fight for the rights of hundreds of contract workers at the plant.

Accor continues brutal violations of trade union rights at Canada hotels

7 November 2011 Urgent Action

Management at 3 Accor hotels in Canada - Novotel Mississauga, Novotel Ottawa and Novotel North York - continues to retaliate against union members and supporters by disciplining and sacking them. Despite fierce management opposition, workers at the hotels are committed to winning recognition and bargaining rights, supported by UNITE HERE.

MF Global - canary in the (financial) coalmine?

7 November 2011 Editorial

The October 31 collapse into bankruptcy of MF Global, the US brokerage firm with investment bank appetites and ambition, was the eighth largest corporate bankruptcy in US history, behind Lehman Brothers, Enron and Washington Mutual but ahead of automaker Chrysler. As with any bankruptcy, clients are scrambling to recover their money, but large sums have gone missing.

Dismissed Nestlé Indonesia workers rally for justice, protest mass firings of union members

3 November 2011 News

On October 31, members of the IUF-affiliated SBNIP rallied against the mass dismissal of union members at the Panjang, Indonesia Nescafé factory, where the union has struggled for more than 5 years to affirm its right to collectively bargain the terms and conditions of Nestlé workers.

Entrenching inequality: how companies learned to stop worrying and learn to love the EU Directive on agency work

3 November 2011 News

Companies and agencies are jointly profiting from an opportunistic clause in the EU's Directive on temporary agency work, whose transposition into national law in the UK in October is already having a negative impact, reports IUF affiliate Unite.

General strike in Tunisia's hotels and travel agencies

27 October 2011 Urgent Action

Tunisia's IUF-affiliated food and tourism union FGAT-UGTT has called  a sector-wide general strike in hotels and travel agencies November 1, and is requesting global support. Since the overthrow of Ben Ali 51 collective agreements have been negotiated in the private sector, leaving only the tourism workers - who played a prominent role in the uprising - still waiting for their bosses to agree to new terms and conditions for workers in this vital sector.

Colombian palm oil workers strike for a collective agreement and against precarious work

27 October 2011 Urgent Action

Thousands on palm oil workers in the Puerto Wilches district of Colombia are now on a general strike to defend collective bargaining and oppose the spread of casualization and precarious work on palm oil farms. Their dispute dates back to early August when a major company, Palmas Oleaginosas Bucarelia, refused to enter into meaningful negotiations with the IUF-affiliated SINTRAINAGRO for the renewal of the collective agreement.

Australian NUW Launches 'Better Jobs 4 Better Chicken' Campaign

27 October 2011 News

Australia's National Union of workers has stepped up its poultry organizing efforts and launched a "Better Jobs 4 Better Chicken" campaign aimed at winning permanent work, safer workplaces and the production of better chicken.

Temp Agencies Offensive Rebuffed at ILO Tripartite Meeting

26 October 2011 News

Representatives of unions, governments and the private employment agency lobby came together for a tripartite meeting on "The role of private employment agencies in promoting job creation and decent work in the private services sector" at the ILO in Geneva from October 18-19. The meeting failed to reach agreement on consensus points - a not unsurprising outcome for an exercise which vividly demonstrated the gulf between unions seeking to defend workers against the destructive impact of agency work and an agency lobby seeking to enlist the ILO in their drive for growing market share.

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