Nespressure Mounts at Nescafé Indonesia - Act Now to Defend Trade Union Rights!

23 October 2009 Urgent Action

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Nestlé's Corporate Business Principles claim to "respect the right of employees to form representative organisations and to join – or not to join – trade unions, provided this right is freely exercised, and establish a constructive dialogue with these unions."

Should employees need some guidance on this issue management is there to help.

World Food Day - Oct 16: Decent work is key to food security

16 October 2009 News

To mark World Food day, 2009, IUF is calling on all UN agencies and inter-governmental organisations working on food security to ensure that decent work in agriculture is central to strategies to e

Settlement Ends 3-Year Dispute over Unilever India Mumbai Closure

14 October 2009 News

In October 2006, the IUF launched an international campaign in support of the workers at Unilever's Sewri factory in Mumbai (Bombay), India, organized in the Hindustan Lever Employees Union (HLEU). HLEU members rejected the company's proposed severance scheme and the union challenged the legality of the closure itself. Actions were organized locally and across India, and internationally by the IUF, including a submission to the UK government alleging grave violations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

A comprehensive settlement has now been reached and approved by the HLEU membership which resolves all issues arising from the closure. The HLEU has warmly thanked the IUF and all those who supported this long, difficult struggle by the Sewri workers and their union.

Coca-Cola Ireland Workers need your support

13 October 2009 Urgent Action

Workers at Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co (Coca-Cola HBC), organized in the IUF's Irish affiliate SIPTU, have been walking the picket

Coca-Cola Hellenic: Workers pay, Shareholders profit from crisis

5 October 2009 News

Members of the IUF-affiliated SIPTU, which organizes workers at Coca Cola HBC Ireland, have been on strike against the outsourcing of 130 jobs at five distribution locations since the end of August (see a video). In June, workers we given a "choice" by management: accept a reduction in terms and conditions amounting to up to 40% , or be transferred to a third party provider on similarly reduced terms. A first “welcome message” from the employer-to-be already announced upcoming redundancies.

Keep Stella D'oro and Union Biscuit Jobs in the Bronx!

2 October 2009 Urgent Action

The Jobs with Justice coalition is campaigning to keep Bronx, New York-based biscuit maker Stella D'oro in New York.

Shame, Unilever, Shame! Australian Unions demand justice for casual Lipton workers in Pakistan

1 October 2009 News

Unions NSW (the organisation representing trade unions in the state of New South Wales) led a protest at the Australasian headquarters of Unilever in Sydney in support of the casual Lipton workers in Pakistan. Members from fraternal unions - the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and IUF affiliates the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AWMU) and the Australian Workers Union (AWU) - joined the protest.

Australia - AMWU Workplace Action Challenges Employer Drive for Flexibilization

29 September 2009 News

Under the Rudd government's new industrial relations laws, flexibility clauses need to be included in all enterprise agreements, and employers are using the opportunity to undermine collective bargaining. The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) and other Australian unions are challenging the employer drive through workplace action.

When Investors Buzz, Workers Take Cover

24 September 2009 Editorial

As the OECD released its latest Employment Outlook, which foresees a total of 57 million people without jobs in the world's 30 richest countries next year, the battle heated up over the price of a takeover of UK-based confectionery company Cadbury by Kraft, the world's second largest food corporation.

Nestlé, Corporate Blackmail and the Arrogance of Power

21 September 2009 Editorial

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck has publicly, pointedly threatened to pull the world's largest food company out of Switzerland in response to discussions within the government on legislation to cap executive pay. Interviewed by the weekend Sonntag on September 13, Brabeck said Switzerland "may not be the right location for us", calling legislation on pay "the beginning of the end".

IUF strengthens cooperation with European Social Auditor Vigeo

18 September 2009 News

Orignially signed in 2005, the IUF and Vigeo have recently renewed their commitment to working together by signing a new cooperation agreement. Vigeo, which was first formed in 2002 is a social auditing firm based in Paris. Their objectives include promoting and diseminating social audit criteria and specific company ratings based on verifiable standards.Their clients include corporations and institutional investors.

Dying for Casual-T in the Philippines/Union Solidarity in South Africa

18 September 2009 News

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More than 70 activists from the Philippines Alliance of Progressive Labour, including leaders of the IUF-affiliated NUWHRAIN, demonstrated their solidarity with the struggle against disposable jobs at Unilever's Pakistan tea operations at Unilever headquarters in Manila on September 15.

Stop Nespressure: UNIA and IUF demand global rights for Nestlé workers world-wide

18 September 2009 News

The IUF and the Swiss union UNIA organised a joint press conference in the Swiss capital of Bern on 10 July to launch the "Stop Nespressure" campaign in Switzerland and call on Nestlé to Stop the Nespressure and respect fundamental trade union rights!

Indian Tea Workers Dying from Lack of Clean Drinking Water

17 September 2009 News

On September 4, Sukesh Munda of Joy Birpara Tea Estate died of an enteric infection, bringing the number of tea worker deaths from the disease to four in a one-week period. By September 5, 250 workers from the estate had been admitted to hospital - over 100 of them on a single day.

The water-borne disease, of which acute diarrhoea is the main symptom, first showed up at the end of August at the Dheklapara estate, one of the many plantations which have been closed in India's enduring tea crisis. At least three child deaths have been recorded there.

The local hospital in Biapara which has only 100 beds is unable to cope with the number of patients, who have to share beds or sleep on blankets on the floor.

Domestic Workers in Benin finally covered by labour code

3 September 2009 News

Domestic workers in Benin will finally be recognized as workers under the labour code. This news was brought to representatives of the Domestic and Restaurant Workers’ National Union, SYNEMB and its local from the Northern part of Benin, the Hotel and Domestic Workers Union of Borgou-Alibori, SEHM/BA at a meeting held at the national center CSA on Friday 28 August.

The meeting was organized by the IUF affiliate FESYNDER in order to give the African regional co-ordinator for domestic workers, Vicky Kanyoka, and the co-ordinator of the regional women’s project, Adwoa Sakyi, a possibility to exchange experiences with members of SYNEMB / SEHM/BA. Vicky Kanyoka also informed the union about the International Domestic Network and the preparation for the 2010 ILO discussion on a convention for domestic workers.

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