RWDSU wins at Pilgrim's Pride Poultry in Alabama

13.06.12 News

On June 7-8, 2012, 1,200 poultry workers at Pilgrim's Pride in Russellville, in the US state of Alabama voted overwhelmingly to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

Geneva: Global Union Federations call on Turkish Labour Minister to respect trade union rights

12.06.12 News

The Representatives of ITF, PSI, IUF, ICEM, UNI, CGU and union confederations of Turkey met with the Turkish Labour Minister in Geneva on June 12.

Manpower's disposable workers required to wear barcodes

11.06.12 News

Casual workers in an Australian workplace supplied by global temp giant Manpower are required to wear barcodes, reports the National Union of Workers (NUW).

May/June: IUF members score important wins

11.06.12 News

Despite challenging times for our movement IUF members had important wins in recent weeks.

Sweden: IUF affiliated hotel union HRF protects wages, calls off strike

11.06.12 News

HRF yesterday signed an agreement covering about 65 000 employees in the hotel and restaurant industry. The agreement critically raises minimum real salaries.

Argentina's food workers mobilize for a living wage

08.06.12 News

The IUF-affiliated Federation of Food Industry Workers of Argentina is stepping up nationwide pressure to secure a living wage for food workers in this year's round of collective bargaining negotiations.

Employer sabotage at the ILO: a modest proposal

08.06.12 Feature

On June 6, the ITUC released the 2012 edition of its essential Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights. This year's survey confirms that Colombia remains the most dangerous country for trade unionists, with 29 women and men murdered in the space of a year for belonging to a union. Guatemala follows, with 10 assassinations.

Stop union-busting at KFC Bermuda!

06.06.12 Urgent Action

The Bermuda Industrial Union (BIU) is calling for international support in its fight to repulse union-busting at the fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), where the union has represented workers for close to 40 years.

Click here to send a message to KFC!

IUF Congress defines struggles, objectives for coming years

05.06.12 Feature

The 26th IUF Congress, held in Geneva from May 15-18 around the slogan "Organize, fight and win!", was the largest and most representative Congress in the organization's history, marked by a great spirit of participation, militant commitment and solidarity.

Taking part in the Congress were 393 delegates (up from 2007), with all regions and sectors strongly represented.

Pakistan: Union secures hundreds of permanent jobs for casual workers at Nestlé Kabirwala

04.06.12 News

An agreement has been reached in Pakistan under which hundreds of casual jobs at the Nestle Kabirwala dairy plant will be converted to permanent jobs, finally resolving a long and difficult conflict. With the end of years of precarious employment hundreds of workers will not only enjoy job security for the first time, but will also be able to exercise their trade union rights.

"They told us we didn't work for Nestlé," said Ashfaq Butt, President of the Action Committee Nestlé Workers Kabirwala, who has worked for 7 years as a contract worker at the Kabirwala factory. "But now under this agreement we are recognized as working for Nestlé and can go to the factory as permanent workers for the first time."

New Amnesty International action on imprisoned Iranian trade unionists

04.06.12 Urgent Action

Amnesty International has launched a new action in response to the sentencing of two Iranian union leaders. 

USA: Two Teamster union wins on the same day

01.06.12 News

Workers at the Stonyfield plant, partly owned by Danone, in Antioch California voted in favour of Teamsters representation on May 31 and will start bargaining for a first contract shortly.

Unilever Assam workers waiting for their rights: 5 years on and counting

31.05.12 Feature

How long does it take for Unilever, the company whose Business Principles and  Supplier Codes "embody our commitment to the human dignity and labour rights of our employees and suppliers", to honor an agreement on fundamental trade union rights for a group of workers in its highly profitable Indian operations? Workers at the company's factory in the state of Assam are asking that question, and scratching their heads.

Turkey: IUF calls on Government to drop proposed ban on strikes in aviation services

29.05.12 News

On May 11, Metin Külünk, of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), tabled a motion in parliament to amend the law on collective agreement, strike and lockout such that the law would effectively ban strikes in the aviation sector.

IUF and Nestlé welcome settlement of Panjang Indonesia dispute

29.05.12 News

The IUF and Nestlé welcome the settlement of the dispute at Panjang, Indonesia, around the status of 53 employees whose employment was terminated on October 5 and 6, 2011.


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