IUF Tells UN Precarious Work is Undermining Human Rights!

22 March 2010 News

The IUF has made an official submission to the United Nations' Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, drawing attention to the many ways in which precarious employment is being systematically used to undermine trade union organization and bargaining power.

Pearl Continental Workers End Sit-in, Hunger Strike as Crisis Forces Management Response

21 March 2010 News

Two hundred union members occupying the basement of the Pearl Continental Karachi Hotel ended their 25-day sit-in on Saturday night, March 20 when a direct representative of the hotel's owner directly intervened in the conflict for the first time ever in the more than 8-year history of the conflict.

IUF Global Dairy Conference Builds Global Solidarity, Cooperation

18 March 2010 News

The IUF Global Dairy Conference held in Buenos Aires and Sunchales, Argentina March 9-12 brought together 120 union representatives from 22 countries to map a united trade union approach and action in response to the common problems facing dairy workers globally.

Tension Escalates at Pearl Continental Karachi as Workers Contest New Management Brutality

17 March 2010 Urgent Action

Tension is building to a crisis point at the notorious Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan, as 4 elected union leaders continue to resist their illegal dismissal on February 24 by refusing to leave the hotel and union members and supporters maintain a vigil outside.

Call for Action from UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food: Over Half the World's Hungry are Food Producers

8 March 2010 News

The right to food is grounded in key human rights instruments (declarations, conventions, covenants) which oblige governments not only to protect this fundamental right but also to actively ensure that the right to food is effectively realized.

International Women's Day 2010 - Rights and Recognition for Domestic Workers

5 March 2010 News

Domestic workers around the world are organizing to challenge the harsh, abusive, often slave-like conditions in which they work. They are organizing unions and support networks, and they are mobilizing in support of an international Convention that will finally recognize them as workers and establish their rights in international law.

Agreement in Colombian Palm Plantation Struggle Ends 67-Day Strike

3 March 2010 News

An agreement between the Colombian rural workers union SINTRAINAGRO and Palo Alto Gnecco Espinosa Investments has brought a successful first round conclusion to a long, bitter struggle at the company's palm plantation in Ciénaga district, Magdelena.

Zimbabwe Union Leaders Arrested, General Secretary Forced into Hiding

3 March 2010 Urgent Action

GAPWUZ, the agricultural and plantation workers union in Zimbabwe is again under attack. General secretary Gertrude Hambira is currently in hiding and at least one official under arrest.

Nestlé Workers Worldwide Say: Stop Nespressure!

2 March 2010 News

On February 25 the Nestle Ponda and Nestle Bicholim unions in Goa, India, held protest actions against trade union rights violations at Nestle Waters in Russia.

The unions, members of the IUF-affiliated Federation of All India Nestle Employees, condemned union-busting at Nestle Domodedovo and demanded the reinstatement of the union vice-chair Sergei Strykov.

Kraft on a Diet After the Cadbury Feast - How Many Union Jobs Lighter?

19 February 2010 News

News Release
Kraft Foods Starts New Year 150 Million Pounds Lighter
NORTHFIELD, IL (January 27, 2010) – A few years ago, Kraft Foods decided to lose a lot of weight.

Nespressure Again at Nestlé Russia: Company Punishes Union Workers with Dismissal, Discrimination and Pay Cuts

18 February 2010 Urgent Action

Nestlé's Corporate Business Principles state that their business practices are "designed" to "establish a constructive dialogue with unions. In fact they have little choice - if they want to respect international Conventions and treaties which anchor this obligation in international human rights law.

Unions Call for Action on Iranian Workers at UN Human Rights Review

17 February 2010 News

IUF staff joined demonstrators from international unions and human rights groups including Amnesty International outside the Human Rights Council of the United Nations on February 15 to demand that the situation of Iranian workers and their persecuted trade union leaders be placed  on the agenda of the 7th session of the UN rotational review of human rights.

Organizing, Precarious Work Priorities for IUF Coca-Cola Workers Alliance

11 February 2010 News

The Coca-Cola Workers Alliance, which now includes 56 IUF unions with membership in Coca-Cola, was launched in 2008 to strengthen and reinforce members' organizing and bargaining power inside the company.

Strike Settlement at South African Coca-Cola Bottler/Talks Set on Contract Labour

11 February 2010 News

A settlement agreement on February 9 has put an end to the 7-week strike by FAWU at ABI , an SAB-owned Coca-Cola bottler in South Africa. As part of the settlement, FAWU and ABI have agreed to enter into national-level talks no later than the end of March to discuss the use of labour brokers, agency workers and owner-operator drivers at the company.

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