The 'Nescafé Plan': Buyer Beware

3 September 2010 News

Nestlé has announced with typical media fanfare a 10-year "Nescafé Plan" to help the company "further optimize its coffee supply chain". Nestlé plans to double the amount of Nescafé coffee purchased directly from farmers over the next five years. There's also a specific Nespresso component to the plan - unsurprising, since Nespresso is Nestlé's fastest-growing brand.

Record US Egg Recall Should Turn Spotlight on Working Conditions and Trade Union Rights

3 September 2010 Editorial

Over 1,500 cases of potentially fatal salmonella enteritidis poisoning across the United States have been linked to production from two interlinked giant producers. The poisonings have led to the largest-ever recall of eggs – over half a billion so far.

Australian Unions Protest Nestlé’s Suppression of Union Rights at Nescafé Indonesia/Protest shuts Sydney Nespresso shop

31 August 2010 News

Australian unions in the state of New South Wales led by Unions NSW (formerly the Labour Council) held a demonstration on August 30 in front of the Nestlé-owned Nespresso shop in Sydney’s city center. The action, which resulted in the temporary closure by management of the Nespresso shop, was taken in support of the IUF-affiliated SBNIP representing workers at the Nescafé factory in Panjang, Indonesia.

Solidarity with UPS Turkey Workers!

27 August 2010 Urgent Action

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has called for global solidarity with their affiliate TUMTIS at the Turkish subsidiary of global logistics giant UPS. Since April 13, when management began resorting to physical intimidation and forced resignations to crush an organizing drive, 157 union members and supporters have been dismissed by UPS and its subcontractors: 126 at 3 UPS facilities in Istanbul, 27 in Izmir and the remainder at 2 other cities.

Another new union organized in Coca-Cola Pakistan, this time in Faisalabad

12 August 2010 News

Just two weeks after the victory in Coca-Cola Multan, workers at Coca-Cola Pakistan's Faisalabad plant had cause to celebrate yet again today, as their union was officially registered.

Our Message to Tata – We Have Had Enough of Your Excuses!

9 August 2010 News

Solidarity actions were held in Australia and the UK last week to protest the ongoing denial of rights at the Tata Group-controlled Nowera Nuddy tea plantation in West Bengal, India (click here for background story).

Global Catering Giant Compass in the Dock Again at the OECD

4 August 2010 News

The IUF has filed a second complaint against UK- based Compass Group under the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises in response to the firing of two union activists in Turkey.

What's in Your Tea?

2 August 2010 News

A new report is warning millions of tea drinkers in Britain that their breakfast cuppa may come from Indian workers toiling for 7p an hour – well below a living wage. A Bitter Cup, co-published by IUF, Unite the Union and the British charity War On want, was launched to coincide with the  UK prime minister David Cameron's trip to India at the end of July. It shows that workers in northern India earn just INR 1,220 compared to a living wage of at least INR 3,500 a month.

Comprehensive Agreement Ends Long, Bitter Conflict at Coca-Cola Pakistan

26 July 2010 News

An agreement negotiated between the IUF, the Atlanta, USA-based The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and Coca-Cola Icecek (CCI, Coca-Cola's Turkey-based bottler for the Middle East, Pakistan and Central Asia), has successfully resolved a long and bitter conflict over employment and trade union rights at Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan (CCBPL). CCBPL is jointly owned by TCCC and CCI.

Nestlé Defends Anti-Union Practices in Indonesia with…Nestlies

20 July 2010 News

How many times can a company lie in the course of attempting to undermine a union? It is difficult to say if Nestlé, the world's largest food company, holds the record (the competition is stiff), but it is certainly an over-achiever…

Tata India – Are its Tea Estates Above the Law?

16 July 2010 News

An international IUF fact-finding team has been denied access to an Assam plantation to investigate the recent deaths of three workers. The plantation is owned by Amalgamated Plantations in which Tata Global Beverages is the major shareholder. The 930 hectare Powai estate has one of the world's largest tea-processing factories and employs some 1,800 permanent and 1,200 temporary workers.

Police Kill Banana Workers in Panama as Strikes, Protests Contest Repressive New Laws

16 July 2010 News

At least two banana workers were killed on July 8 as police opened fire on striking workers in the province of Bocas del Toro. Four thousand workers at the Bocas Fruit Company struck over wages at the beginning of the month, and were joined by thousands of independent producers in the cooperatives with their own grievances.

Nestlé Waters Russia Bows to Pressure, Union Vice-Chair Reinstated

14 July 2010 News

Management of Nestlé Waters Russia has declined to appeal the court-ordered reinstatement of Sergei Strykov, Vice-Chair of the union formed last year who was fired on January 27. Strykov has also been compensated for wages lost from January through May, while the union was fighting his illegal dismissal.

Whose Workplace? The ILO and Nestlé

13 July 2010 News

The latest video interview with Nestlé Chair Peter Brabeck takes place on the balcony at company headquarters in Vevey Switzerland, with Lake Geneva and the snow-capped Alps shining in the background. Brabeck relates his rise from ice cream salesman to head of the world's largest food company, with the reporter smiling approvingly: "You've come a long way." You cannot escape promotion, explains Brabeck, if you're just a bit better (expressed with mathematical precision as 5% better).

BAT must take responsibility for appalling conditions on tobacco farms in the US!

9 July 2010 Urgent Action

Reynolds American Incorporated (RAI) is the second-largest tobacco company in the United States (after Philip Morris) with annual profits of over USD 2 billion. Its shareholders have enjoyed an over 80% rate of return over the past 5 years. British American Tobacco (BAT) holds a 42% share, making it the largest shareholder.

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