Tata Continues Collective Punishment of Indian Tea Workers

15 January 2010 Urgent Action

Nearly one thousand tea workers and their families continue to suffer collective punishment at the hands of India's Tata Group.

Blackstone's Hilton Woes Will Weigh on Workers

4 January 2010 News

Private equity operator Blackstone, "has good reason to be nervous about Hilton." They're not alone; the enormous leverage taken on to finance the buyout at the height of the debt bubble now weighs heavily on the more than one hundred thousand Hilton employees around the world, on the wider financial system, and on the US Treasury, and therefore US taxpayers. Here's why.

Nestlé India unions win recognition and wage bargaining rights

4 January 2010 News

In a major win in the closing weeks of 2009, unions representing more than 1,200 workers at Nestlé India’s factories in Moga, Ponda and Bicholim signed collective bargaining agreements on wages and benefits for the first time - marking a major achievement in their year-long struggle for the right to wage bargaining. The agreements also include wage scales and wage information that previously were declared ‘secret’ by management.

UK-UNISON members to strike against Sodexo

4 January 2010 News

UNISON members at the North Devon hospital Trust employed by Sodexo have voted by a massive 97% in favour of strike action over unpaid wages and conditions going back over 3 years to 1st October 2006. The strike  is due to start at midnight on 4th January for 2 days followed by weekly action.

Nestlé Workers in Tunisia Continue Industrial Action After Secret Sale of Ice Cream Factory

30 December 2009 Urgent Action

Update 1 Feb 2010: Negotiations have taken place between the Nestlé union and Nestlé Tunisia management under the auspices of the Labour Inspectorate. Details will follow shortly.

Workers, their union and the Federation of Food and Tourism Workers of Tunisia (FGAT) are demanding to know the facts behind Nestlé's secret sale of an ice cream factory.

UPDATE on TEKEL Workers Protest in Ankara

22 December 2009 Urgent Action

Workers, their family members and supporters have been demonstrating in near-freezing temperatures in protest against a snap government decision to close their workplaces at the end of January 2010.

Will Investment Funds Transform Hotel Group Accor into an Empty Shell?

22 December 2009 News

The decision taken by the Board of Directors of the Accor group to proceed with the plan to split the group into two separate listed companies is the latest of a series of decisions being driven by financial investors which may change one of the largest employers in the hospitality sector into an empty shell.

Major Protest of Former Turkish Tobacco Monopoly Workers in Ankara

17 December 2009 Urgent Action

Some 10,000 workers, family members and supporters are currently demonstrating in Ankara in near-freezing temperatures in protest against a snap government decision to close their workplaces at the end of January 2010.

IUF Accuses Catering/Services Compass of Major Rights Violations in Algeria

16 December 2009 News

In Hassi Messaoud, Algeria, 850 kilometers southeast of Algiers, Eurest Support Services, a subsidiary of Compass Group, subcontracts catering and hospitality services to a score of multinationals like Schlumberger, Halliburton, Repsol, BP, Ciepsa, Burlington. Hundreds of  ESS employees live in tents; under desert temperatures, and suffer difficult hygiene and living conditions.

Getting the World to Work : Green Growth for jobs and social justice

14 December 2009 News

On the occasion of the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, the Global Unions have issued a joint publication, “Green Growth for jobs and social justice“.

Click here to download a copy.

Send a message to Sun International - "negotiate and don't try to break the union"

14 December 2009 Urgent Action

More than 3,500 SACCAWU members at the Sun International South Africa have been on strike since December 4, 2009 for wage increases and improved working conditions.

10 December 2009 - International day of mobilization for domestic workers

11 December 2009 News

Coordinated by the International Domestic Workers Network, domestic workers around the world held actions to defend their rights to justice, dignity and fair treatment at work.

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."

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