More broken Kraft promises – this time in Spain

14 April 2011 News

Some 160 Spanish workers producing Kraft-branded products are at risk of joining the growing line of unemployed former Kraft workers.

Disposable jobs, hazardous work: Japanese nuclear workers thrown out with the radioactive trash

12 April 2011 News

Unions have long contended that precarious workers have higher rates of accidents, injuries and illness on the job. Precarious work is also the hidden underside of the Japanese nuclear power industry, where contract workers have an average level of radiation exposure 16 times that of the small layer of permanent workers.

IUF condemns use of “racketeering” legislation to attack US union organizing

12 April 2011 News

The IUF, whose governing Executive Committee met in Geneva, Switzerland March 29, 30, has strongly condemned the use of legislation originally designed to combat organized crime to attack fundamental union rights in the United States.

New Publication: Leaflet on the IUF PepsiCo Union network

5 April 2011 News

The IUF is constantly working on extending union networks in transnational companies.
In December 2010, the IUF PepsiCo Union network was founded. In order to inform PepsiCo workers not yet part of the network  about this strong tool for mutual solidarity, a new leaflet now informs about the purpose and objectives of the network.

Settlement at Nestlé Indonesia brings Nespressure campaign to successful conclusion

31 March 2011 News

A settlement has been agreed which brings recognition and bargaining rights to the IUF-affiliated SBNIP at the Nescafé factory in Panjang, Indonesia.

Together: New Zealand's new union for non-members

28 March 2011 News

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) has created a new organization - 'Together' - to expand union membership and influence by bringing workers from non-union workplaces into the trade union movement. The NZCTU and its affiliates are reaching out by offering membership in together to individuals at workplaces where there is no union and by signing up friends and family members of current union members.

Solidarity with Iranian Workers

21 March 2011 News

March 21 is the start of the New Year in Iran. IUF, Education International, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (the three international union federations with member organizations in Iran) and the ITUC together send a message of solidarity to all Iranian workers fighting for trade union rights and independent unions:

Kraft CEO missing in action as company steps up its vanishing act

21 March 2011 Editorial

Called to testify last week before a UK parliamentary committee of enquiry, Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld failed to appear, even declining an offer to answer questions by video hookup. “Kraft declined to comment on Rosenfeld's whereabouts”, the UK Guardian reported on March 15.

Spain: UGT and CC.OO campaign together for their members’ rights at bankrupt food company

18 March 2011 News

Under the motto: "In defense of employment and workplaces at Nueva Rumasa" more than 3,000 workers marched in Madrid on 12 March in a demonstration called jointly by the UGT and CC.OO. agro-food federations.

California unions win first workplace regulation of hazardous flavoring ingredient diacetyl/local success underlines global regulatory failure

16 March 2011 News

A long union push for workplace regulation of the highly toxic food flavoring diacetyl has resulted in the introduction of a strict new workplace standard in the state of California.

European Parliament votes in favor of financial transaction tax – now on to implementation!

11 March 2011 News

Members of the European Parliament, voting in Strasbourg on March 8, voted overwhelmingly across party lines to adopt the Eurosocialists proposal for a tax on financial transactions (FTT) as an alternative to austerity. The parliament approved a report by Greek Socialist Anni Podimata calling for the implementation of a 0.05% tax on all financial transactions at European level as a first step towards a global implementation.

March 8 - Tata tea workers celebrate 100 years of International Women's Day and their own struggle

11 March 2011 News

Over 1,000 people came to the Nowera Nuddy tea estate on March 8 to celebrate International Women's Day 2011. With more than 18 months of struggle to resolve a dispute that started over the right to maternity leave, women on the estate know first- hand the importance of campaigning for their rights in the workplace.

Ireland: Labour Court victory for SIPTU hotel workers

8 March 2011 News

The Dublin Labour Court has recommended that five SIPTU members removed from the payroll of the Davenport Hotel in Dublin for refusing to accept a cut in their minimum wage should be reinstated and their previous pay rate restored.

Chile's government must overhaul mine safety now!

7 March 2011 Urgent Action

On October 18 last year – 4 days after the last of 33 Chilean miners emerged from over two months underground at the San Jose copper mine – President Piñera pleged in an interview  to overhaul the country’s mine safety structures and ratify ILO Convention 176 on mine safety within 90 days. Nearly 5 months later, none of this has happened.

On March 2, a commission established by the Chilean parliament determined that the mine owners were responsible for the collapse of the poorly reinforced tunnels, and that the country’s mine safety agency had failed to enforce its own rules.

Struggle for domestic workers’ ILO convention heads for final round - and needs your support

4 March 2011 News

The final discussion on an ILO Convention for Domestic Workers will take place June 1-17 at the International Labour Conference in Geneva – and union action is crucial to ensuring adoption of a strong instrument. Although important battles were won in the discussions last year, the essence of the draft Convention - to provide domestic workers equal rights with other workers – was challenged by employers and some governments, including the EU.

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