Italian unions strike against austerity

5 September 2011 News

Italy's national confederation CGIL has called for a one-day national general strike on September 6 to demand the government rescind its budgetary and legislative attacks on workers and their rights.

Strike by student exchange workers at US chocolate maker Hershey exposes sordid trail of outsourcing and exploitation

4 September 2011 News

Over 300 foreign student workers sat in and then walked off the job at a distribution plant in Palmyra, Pennsylvania on August 17, bringing into the spotlight a sordid trail of exploitation and abuse leading to premier US chocolate manufacturer Hershey.

Fiji update - Military moves into sugar mills

29 August 2011 News

As the anti-union actions of the Fijian military dictatorship continue (click here for details and link to urgent action), soldiers are now present 24/7 in all Fiji’s sugar mills.

Military dictatorship in Fiji determined to crush unions

26 August 2011 Urgent Action

On September 2, Daniel Urai, general secretary of the IUF-affiliated Fijian National Union of Hospitality Catering and Tourism Industries Employees (NUHCTIE) and union organiser Nitin Goundra  will go on trial for “unlawful assembly”.  Their real “crime” is to have met and advised members about pending collective bargaining negotiations with hotel management. The case is just one in a long line of incidents of assault, harassment and intimidation of union leaders in Fiji over recent months.

New York: Boathouse Restaurant workers strike against unfair labor practices

15 August 2011 Urgent Action

60 employees of the Boathouse Restaurant in New York’s Central Park walked off their jobs on August 9 and were joined on the picket line by 37 of their co-workers who were illegally terminated in retaliation for organizing a union. Boathouse workers began organizing in 2009 because of very low wages, stolen overtime pay, long hours, no benefits, unsafe conditions, rampant favoritism, sexual harassment, ethnic discrimination, and extremely abusive managers.

Launch of the Joint ITF/IUF Fisheries Programme Web-Site

8 August 2011 News

We're happy to announce that the joint web-site of the ITF/IUF Fisheries Programme is live on both global union federations' main pages. You can access the joint site through the "Fisheries" section under the work areas & sectors on the right column of the front page of the IUF site.

Finnish Hotel workers document sexual harrassment

3 August 2011 News

IUF affiliate PAM  has surveyed hotel room cleaners, asking questions about their experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Coca-Cola unions in Pakistan coordinate national bargaining, sign collective agreements for the first time

1 August 2011 News

Six Coca-Cola unions jointly negotiated their plant-level Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) with Coca-Coca Pakistan Beverages Limited (CCBPL) through national bargaining for the first time ever.

Peru: women chocolate workers' hunger strike brings victory at La Ibérica

26 July 2011 News

A twenty-two day strike by workers at Peru's upscale La Ibérica chocolate maker - including a week's hunger strike - have resulted in a new collective agreement which brings important gains. Ibérica is a hundred-year-old family enterprise with a single factory in the southern city of Arequjipa but outlets throughout the country. Ninety-five of the factory's one hundred workers are women.

Settlement ends 10-month lockout at Roquette USA

26 July 2011 News

Members of the BCTGM Local 48G at the Keokuk, Iowa Roquette facility voted on July 23 to agree a settlement in the conflict which saw them locked out of their jobs since September 28 last year. Work is expected to resume next week.

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....

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