Heinz keeps workers in the dark – and docks their pay

6 July 2011 News

Workers at Heinz’ sauces factory in Girgarre, in Australia, set to close in January 2012 with the loss of 146 jobs, had four hours’ pay docked on 17 June after attending a one-hour union meeting.

IUF and Guatemala General Prosecutor to set up joint working group in response to banana union murders

24 June 2011 News

An IUF mission to Guatemala following the May 26 murder of SITRABI leader Idar Joel Hernandez Godoy has resulted in an initiative for a joint working group with the prosecutor's office to investigate and prosecute those guilty of crimes against trade unionists.

Strike brings gains for Fonterra Chile dairy workers

23 June 2011 News

Nearly two weeks after launching an unlimited strike at the Prolesur dairy plant in Osorno, Chile, 120 members of the Chilean Federation of Dairy Company Workers' Unions (FENATRAL) have won a collective agreement bringing substantial gains in wages and benefits. Prolesur is a subsidiary of Soprole, Chile's largest dairy company, which is 99.8% owned by New Zealand-based Fonterra.

Amnesty International Launches Iran Trade Union Rights Campaign

22 June 2011 News

Amnesty International (AI) has launched a global campaign for worker's rights in Iran, officially kicked off at a June 10 press conference at the ILO in Geneva organized jointly with IUF, ITF, Education International (EI) and the ITUC.

Union housekeepers are ending the silence on sexual assault

21 June 2011 News

Thanks to the courage of the housekeeper at the Sofitel New York, a curtain has been pulled back on the world of sexual misconduct that housekeepers sometimes face from guests. Inspired by her stand, more housekeepers are coming forward to share their own stories and launch a campaign to break the silence about the routine sexual misconduct and other forms of abuse that housekeepers face at work.

IUF calls on global hotel chains to disclose policies on sexual harassment of staff by guests

21 June 2011 News

Following the recent highly publicized events at the Sofitel New York,
the IUF has written to major international hotel operators, including Intercontinental, Wyndham Hotels, Marriott, Hilton, Accor, Hyatt,  Rezidor, Starwood, Carlson Hotels, and Melia to highlight the vulnerable situation of hotel housekeepers.

Still fighting for justice: Philippine hotel workers demand implementation of ILO judgement

20 June 2011 News

Union workers from the DUSIT Hotel in Manila who were dismissed en masse in 2002 during a dispute over renegotiation of their collective agreement are still fighting for justice. The workers are members of IUF affiliate NUHWRAIN.

ILO adopts Domestic Workers Convention

20 June 2011 News

The second and final discussions on an ILO Convention & Recommendation for Domestic Workers were successfully concluded on June 16, making this a historic day for millions of domestic workers around the world who have finally been recognized as workers and guaranteed the same basic rights as other categories of workers.

Respect trade union rights at Vitasoy Hong Kong

16 June 2011 Urgent Action

Over the past ten days Vitasoy International Holdings has reacted with arrogance and disdain to calls for respect of trade union rights at its Hong Kong operations.

Reinstate Polish Hotel union activist!

15 June 2011 Urgent Action

IUF affiliate Solidarnosc has begun a series of protest actions at the Hotel Jan III in Warsaw, after  Malgorzata Sokalska,  activist and chair of the hotel works council was dismissed without notice in breach of Polish law and international Conventions on trade union rights.

Russian unions join forces in new confederation

14 June 2011 News

Consolidation of the independent trade union movement in Russia has taken a large step forward with the extraordinary congress of the Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR), which took place in Moscow on May 27, 2011.

Four years after punishing lockout, Unilever Assam workers still waiting for their union to be recognized

10 June 2011 News

Business is doing well at Unilever’s personal products factory at Doom Dooma in the Indian state of Assam. But nearly 4 years after management tried to destroy the union with a punishing 6-week lockout, and almost one year since the IUF and Unilever formally concluded an agreement to settle the dispute under the auspices of the UK government, the workers are still waiting for their union to be recognized as their collective bargaining agent.

Vitasoy Australia Workers Support Fight for Union Rights in Hong Kong

9 June 2011 News

Vitasoy, a Hong Kong-based transnational company with manufacturing operations in Hong Kong, Shenzen, Shangahi, Singapore, Ayer (Massachusetts, USA) and Wodonga (Victoria, Australia), promotes its premium soy-based food and beverage brands under the slogan "where healthy life begins" - yet the company appears to be far less concerned about the health of its workers in Hong Kong.

Ban on temp agency labour advances in Russian Parliament

7 June 2011 News

Russia's Duma (Parliament) has voted in the first reading in favor of a bill which if adopted will effectively ban the use of temporary agency labour in the country.

Guatemalan banana union leader murdered

3 June 2011 Urgent Action

Violence against banana unions in Guatemala is escalating. On May 26, Joel Hernandez Godoy, finance secretary of the IUF-affiliated banana workers union SITRABI, was shot dead by a gunman on motorcycle while driving through the village of Cristina to the union headquarters in the town of Morales.


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