No contract, years without a raise - LSG Sky Chefs workers rally at Lufthansa hq

25 July 2011 News

UNITE HERE brought hundreds of airline catering workers from across the US to rally in support of their demands on July 14 at the headquarters of the parent company, German airline Lufthansa, in East Meadow, New York. The workers have been without a contract since January 2010.

Fiji government steps up anti-union aggression

25 July 2011 News

The government of Fiji, which abrogated the Constitution following the 2009 coup which brought it to power, has stepped up its aggression against both private and public sector unions.

Lithuania: UAB members at Carlsberg on strike /company retaliates and threatens use of strike-breakers

22 July 2011 News

On June 10 more than half of the workers of IUF-affiliated UAB union "Svyturys-Utenos alus", voted in favour of strike action at the Carlsberg brewery in Lithuania in support of their demand for a decent company level collective agreement.

Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP) rolls back casualization

12 July 2011 News

In a meeting between Coca-Cola Philippines Bottlers Inc. (CCBPI) management and the IUF-affiliated Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions Philippines (ACCUP) on 14 June, the company committed to 741 new permanent jobs in 2012. This will be the first step in reversing more than a decade of outsourcing and casualization that destroyed permanent jobs and drastically reduced union membership in 19 bottling plants and distribution centres across the country.

Precarious x 3: The layers of precarious employment beneath Kraft’s Oreo biscuits and wafers

8 July 2011 News

As Kraft Foods bursts into the Indian market, its famous Oreo biscuits and wafers are produced through three layers of precarious employment: outsourced production (or third-party manufacturing); casual employment; and no employment contracts....

Heinz keeps workers in the dark – and docks their pay

6 July 2011 News

Workers at Heinz’ sauces factory in Girgarre, in Australia, set to close in January 2012 with the loss of 146 jobs, had four hours’ pay docked on 17 June after attending a one-hour union meeting.

IUF and Guatemala General Prosecutor to set up joint working group in response to banana union murders

24 June 2011 News

An IUF mission to Guatemala following the May 26 murder of SITRABI leader Idar Joel Hernandez Godoy has resulted in an initiative for a joint working group with the prosecutor's office to investigate and prosecute those guilty of crimes against trade unionists.

Strike brings gains for Fonterra Chile dairy workers

23 June 2011 News

Nearly two weeks after launching an unlimited strike at the Prolesur dairy plant in Osorno, Chile, 120 members of the Chilean Federation of Dairy Company Workers' Unions (FENATRAL) have won a collective agreement bringing substantial gains in wages and benefits. Prolesur is a subsidiary of Soprole, Chile's largest dairy company, which is 99.8% owned by New Zealand-based Fonterra.

Amnesty International Launches Iran Trade Union Rights Campaign

22 June 2011 News

Amnesty International (AI) has launched a global campaign for worker's rights in Iran, officially kicked off at a June 10 press conference at the ILO in Geneva organized jointly with IUF, ITF, Education International (EI) and the ITUC.

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.

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