Management change marks new phase in campaign to reinstate dismissed Polish hotel union activist

26 October 2011 News

Management of the Jan Sobieski III hotel in Warsaw, where union chairperson Malgorzata Sokalska was illegally dismissed in June, has been transferred from Vienna International to Rezidor hotels. With support from the Norwegian hotel union and their shop stewards, Solidarnosc has approached the new management to urge that her case be resolved. As consultations are pending, Solidarnosc has suspended their protest campaign. The IUF support campaign is therefore on hold pending the outcome of talks with the new management.

Unions call for comprehensive action on precarious work by the ILO

25 October 2011 News

Over 100 representatives from trade unions around the world took part in a symposium on precarious work organized by the ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) held in Geneva from October 4-7. Over 3 days, unions described the role of precarious employment relationships in undermining worker rights, the scope and coverage of collective bargaining and wages and working conditions around the world.

Help protect wages and conditions for UK agricultural workers

25 October 2011 Urgent Action

Agricultural Workers from across Britain demonstrated at the Houses of Parliament on October 25, 2011 to urge Members of Parliament (MPs) to oppose the Public Bodies Bill.  The Bill, if passed, would allow a process to start to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB), the mechanism for fixing legally enforceable minimum wages and conditions for agricultural workers in England and Wales. The agricultural workers' union, Unite, called the demonstration to try to  persuade MPs to oppose both the inclusion of the AWB in the Bill and the entire Public Bodies Bill.

'Beautiful and absolutely secured'.. against unions - mass firings in response to union formation at Sheraton's upscale Algerian resort hotel

23 October 2011 Urgent Action

The only 5-star resort in Algeria, the luxury Sheraton Club des Pins in the capital Algiers invites the visitor to "reenergize at our pools and steam room before dining in our bayfront restaurants." Workers at the hotel have recently learned that 'absolutely secure' can mean secure against unions. Hundreds of employees who recently tried to form a union according to the legal procedure now find themselves out of work, victims of mass firings which have emptied the hotel of experienced personnel.

Vitasoy Australia Workers and NUW win

19 October 2011 News

Following two 24-hours strikes organised by the Vitasoy workers under NUW membership at the factory in Wodonga, Victoria, the union reached an agreement with the company on October 14. VITASOY factory workers accepted the new collective bargaining agreement after their union NUW gained some important benefits and rights from management. These gains included:

IUF/DANONE New Agreement on Health, Safety, Working Conditions and Stress

14 October 2011 News

We are pleased to announce that a new agreement on Health, Safety, Working Conditions and Stress has been signed between IUF General Secretary Ron Oswald and Danone CEO Frank Riboud in Paris.

Vitasoy Australia Workers Take Industrial Action

4 October 2011 News

Following a strike vote in which the NUW membership at Vitasoy Australia voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, NUW members went out on strike for 24 hours on Friday, 30 September. They will organize further rolling industrial action the following weeks.

Poland : Coca-Cola workers organise

1 October 2011 News

IUF affiliate Solidarnosc has successfully run an organising initiative among the workers in Coca-Cola Radzymin near Warsaw, Poland. More than 100 workers out of a workforce of close to 300 joined the new union local, more than doubling the number of union members in the country, where previously smaller locals existed only in the factory in Lodz and a distribution center in Gdynia.

Settlement ends long strike at New York Boathouse Restaurant

29 September 2011 News

The bitter conflict at the Boathouse Restaurant in New York City's Central Park ended on September 22 when Local 6 and the New York Hotel Trades Council settled the issues leading to the 44-day strike. After fighting the workers' effort to organize for months, the Boathouse agreed to recognize the union and reinstate all fired union supporters.

Week of strikes at Hyatt USA

28 September 2011 News

September 14 marked the final day of weeklong strikes by UNITE HERE members at Hyatt hotels in Honolulu, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, with each local union holding large actions with hundreds of workers on the picket lines.

Jamaican union wins reinstatement of dismissed Iberostar hotel workers

28 September 2011 News

Jamaica's University and Allied Workers' Union has won reinstatement for over 360 Iberostar employees dismissed in August 2009 for alleged reasons of redundancy.

UFCW legal victory wins back payment for thousands of Tyson poultry workers

20 September 2011 News

A settlement has been approved by a US court awarding USD 32 million to more than 17,000 Tyson poultry workers in 41 plants in 12 states, the culmination of a long struggle for compensation for work already performed initiated by the IUF-affiliated UFCW 12 years ago.

American Crystal Sugar locks out 1,300 workers across 7 factories

9 September 2011 News

On August 1, American Crystal Sugar, the largest sugar beet processor in the US (a farmer-owned coop) locked out 1,300 BCTGM members when they refused, after minimal bargaining, to accept the company's re-draft of the collective agreement.

Justice and union jobs for all Hershey workers!

8 September 2011 Urgent Action

The walkout by some 400 "educational exchange" workers at a facility packing and distributing products for US chocolate maker Hershey has exposed one of corporate America's privileged strategies for destroying union jobs through outsourcing. These formerly union jobs were triply outsourced in a long-running scheme to eliminate directly employed unionized workers at Hershey and destroy the jobs of the IUF-affiliated BCTGM, whose work this once was.


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