Turkmenistan: Free Gaspar Matalaev, end forced and child labour!

12 October 2018 Urgent Action

MatalayevRghts defender Gaspar Matalaev has now spent more than two years in prison for the 'crime' of documenting the massive use of forced labour in the cotton fields of Turkmenistan. Arrested on October 4, 2016, two days after publishing a report on forced labour in the 2016 harvest, he was reportedly subjected to torture in order to extract a forced 'confession' to crimes he never committed. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION for his immediate and unconditional release

Marriott strikes spread as thousands more workers say 'One job should be enough!'

10 October 2018 News

MarriottHawaii2sUNITE HERE members at Marriott hotels in 5 more U.S. cities have joined the growing national strike, which now brings the number of strikers to 7,700 at 23 hotels. On October 8, 2,700 union members walked off the job at Marriott-operated hotels in Hawaii.

Fast food workers around the world rise up for their rights

9 October 2018 Feature

FastFoodDay4Fast food workers around the world are rising, and showed their determination to fight for rights and recognition on October 4, the IUF's International Fast Food Workers' Day. Across the globe, workers and unions held strikes and rallies and demonstrated their mutual solidarity and support in the struggle for decent pay and conditions and union recognition.

'One job should be enough!': Marriott workers on strike in cities across the US

4 October 2018 News

MarriottBostonMore than 4,000 members of UNITE HERE are now on strike at Marriott hotels in 3 U.S. cities in support of their demand for jobs that are safe and enough to live on. Union members are also preparing for possible strike action at Marriott in other cities across the country after members overwhelmingly voted to authorize strikes if bargaining fails.

Hundreds of workers from Nestlé Germany protest at company headquarters in Switzerland with international support

3 October 2018 News

Nespresso1.jpg400 Nestlé workers from across Germany travelled to Vevey, Switzerland, for a mass protest at Nestlé headquarters on October 2 against measures threatening the employment of some 600 workers in Germany.

UN Special Rapporteur sounds a human rights alert on toxic exposure in the workplace

28 September 2018 Editorial

United Nations Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak has presented a powerful report to the Human Rights Council on the human rights implications of the routine exposure to toxic substances in the workplace which sicken and kill millions of workers each year. Unions should make maximum use of this important new resource.

Job cuts, now a worker death at Mondelez (Cadbury) India

28 September 2018 News

Mondelez worker Milkhi Ram was killed on September 21 while operating a moulding machine in the company's Baddi, India plant. His death followed a wave of massive workforce reductions accompanied by a "voluntary separation scheme" initiated by Mondelez India management, which workers were pressured into accepting.

Finnish food workers to strike in defense of protection against dismissal

28 September 2018 News

More than 4,500 members of the Finnish Food Workers Union (SEL) will take strike action at 15 workplaces on October 3 in support of their demand that the government withdraw its proposal to strip protection against dismissal from workers at companies with fewer than 20 employees.

International delegation brings IUF Coca-Cola Zero Rights campaign to Coke unions across Canada

27 September 2018 News

BramptonsmAn international union delegation including Atra Narwanto and Lutfi Arifiyanto, the victimized leaders of independent unions at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, is currently meeting with IUF affiliates representing Coca-Cola workers in Canada.

IUF international union delegation brings the 'Coca-Cola Zero Rights' campaign to the USA

26 September 2018 News

BostonsmFollowing successful protests and meeting with student groups in Atlanta (see more here) IUF members from Indonesia, the Philippines and Haiti shared their experiences of The Coca-Cola Company's human rights failures in their countries with IUF members working at Coca-Cola in Boston and Philadelphia and student civil rights groups in Atlanta.
 

Italian unions to strike against job destruction at Jacob Douwe Egberts (JDE)

26 September 2018 News

IUF affiliates in JDE's Italian operations will be striking on September 28 to protest the elimination of 57 jobs with the announced closure of JDE's Andezeno, Italy facility.  FLAI-CGIL, FAI-CISL and UILA-UIL have issued a joint call for JDE to enter into immediate negotiations and to reconsider the company's decision to transfer production and make 57 workers redundant.

Strikers return to work at upscale Spanish hotel with agreement to reduce workloads & precarious jobs

24 September 2018 News

BeLive3Housekeepers and valets at the Hotel Be Live Experience in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) ended their ongoing industrial action on September 6 with a vote in favor of a pre-agreement that establishes a negotiated framework for reducing the intolerable workload on housekeepers, guarantees more hours to valets and establishes more permanent positions.

Reinstate #TheCargill14 now!

18 September 2018 News

Cargill14Istanbulrally2A large rally on September 18 in front of Cargill's Istanbul head office, with participants from 22 trade union, civil and political organizations, showed the wide support for the fourteen workers and members of IUF affiliate Tekgida-Is who have been continuously protesting since they were dismissed over 150 days ago while organizing a union at Cargill in Bursa-Orhangazi, Turkey.  

IUF members from around the world protest Coca-Cola's rights violations at company-sponsored human rights conference

14 September 2018 News

DemoCokeAtlanta213092018Led by the IUF, unions representing Coca-Cola workers around the world held a spirited demonstration on September 13 outside The Coca-Cola Company-sponsored conference on business and human rights at the company's global headquarters in Atlanta.

Myanmar: hotel workers protest irresponsible, unethical tourism at Bagan's historic Tharabar Gate

10 September 2018 News

Protest actions were launched by HLOB, the IUF-affiliated hotel and tourism workers' union federation in the Bagan, Myanmar, to denounce rights violations at The Hotel Tharabar Gate. On August 24 management terminated 12 workers including the union chairperson, two union executive officers and seven union members.

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