IUF, ITUC Call for ILO Action on Jailed Iranian Sugar Union Leaders

7 December 2009 News

The IUF and ITUC have together lodged a formal complaint against the government of Iran with the ILO's Committee on Freedom of Association in response to the recent imprisonment of 5 leaders of the independent Haft Tapeh Sugar Workers Union, an IUF affiliate.

Faster Discharges for Fast Food Bakery Workers?

7 December 2009 News

Bakery workers of the US BCTGM Local 57 face a vicious assault on their working conditions and benefits by management of the “New Bakery of Ohio” in Zanesville, Ohio.

Strike at Nestlé Tunisia after secret sale of ice cream factory

7 December 2009 News

On 17 November 2009, workers at the Nestlé ice cream factory in Carthage were informed by a bulletin board notice that their factory had been sold to a consortium of local companies active in the food industry.

"In conformity with its policy of social responsibility," the notice read, "Nestlé has expended all efforts to preserve jobs, the rights of the workers concerned, and maintain the production site."

IUF joins the world's labour movement in mourning the death of Neil Kearney, ITGLWF General Secretary

23 November 2009 News

Neil Kearney.The IUF was shocked to learn of the passing of Neil Kearney, the General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF). Neil suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep on November 19 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Sexual harassment, safety and health and rights issues top agenda at Chiquita meeting

22 November 2009 News

Meeting in Costa Rica on November 5 2009 in the latest of the twice-yearly meetings to review the operation of the IUF/COLSIBA/Chiquita regional agreement delegates from all three organizations took an in depth look at tackling sexual harassment within the company's operations.

UPDATE! Independent Sugar Union Leaders in Iran Now Behind Bars - Act Now!

18 November 2009 Urgent Action

The leaders of Iran's independent sugarworkers union are now in prison in the city of Dezful serving sentences for their trade union activity.

As UN World Summit on Food Security Meets, IUF Asks What about the Workers?

18 November 2009 News

The number of hungry people on the planet is now officially estimated to exceed one billion, and the price of basic foodstuffs is predicted to remain high, volatile and susceptible to shocks. This is the background against which the United Nations' World Summit on Food Security is now taking place in Rome November 16-18.

Unite Demands Kraft Divulge Employment Implications of Potential Cadbury Takeover

18 November 2009 News

As the battle for the financial spoils from a potential hostile takeover of UK-based Cadbury by Kraft Foods heats up, the IUF's UK affiliate Unite has called on Kraft to lay its plans on the table, and to offer clear guarantees on jobs and pensions.

Ethical? Tetley’s Tata Tea Starving Indian Tea Workers into Submission - they need your help

14 November 2009 Urgent Action

Tata, the transnational Indian conglomerate whose Tetley Group makes the world famous Tetley teas, has taken 6,500 people hostage through hunger. Click here to send a message to Tata/Tetley!

Coca-Cola Ireland conflict resolved

10 November 2009 News

On October 29, SIPTU members voted in favor of an agreement with Coca-Cola HBC to resolve the 9-week industrial conflict over outsourcing. The agreement was achieved with the help of a mediation process SIPTU initiated after the company refused to implement Labour Court recommendations, a move almost unprecedented in the history of Irish labour relations. The agreement provides for an increase in the redundancy package plus the prospect of employment with third party operators for some workers subject to further negotiations.

Europe's Social Democrats Launch 'Europeans for Financial Reform'

30 October 2009 News

The Party of European Socialists, the umbrella group of European Social Democratic and Labour parties with whom the IUF has worked closely on legislative proposals for regulating private equity and hedge funds, has launched a call for action to bring about fundamental financial reform in Europe.

IUF/Danone Group Launch International Union/Management Meetings

28 October 2009 News

For the first time in the over 20-year history of international labour relations at Danone, trade unionists representing Danone workers from all over the globe attended this year's meeting of the Danone Council for Information and Consultation (CIC), transforming it into a truly international structure.

Nestlé Hong Kong still refuses union recognition, steps up casual hiring

26 October 2009 News

Eight months after strike action against union-busting forced Nestlé Hong Kong management to agree to union recognition and formal negotiations, the IUF-affiliated Hong Kong Nestlé Workers Union is still denied these basic
rights.

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.

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