Close to 400 members of the IUF-affiliated Mayson Workers' Union have been on strike since March 9 in response to the company's unilateral announcement of 184 layoffs at the Mayson Bakery factory in Yangoon's Hlaing Tharyar township. Mayson is the country's leading producer of baked goods.
Four IUF-affiliated unions representing sugar workers in India took the struggle for trade union rights at the IFFCO factory in Suez, Egypt to the Mumbai headquarters of parent company Allana on March 7. On January 29, nineteen IFFCO workers and union members and leaders were acquitted of charges of 'inciting' a strike, but the prosecutor has appealed the decision and the workers face retrial on March 19.
Workers at the IFFCO edible oils factory in Suez, Egypt are fighting to defend their union against employer brutality and government repression. On January 29 the workers were all acquitted in a Suez court of 'inciting' a strike, but the prosecution has appealed the decision and the workers will be tried again. Fifteen IFFCO workers including the union President and General Secretary are barred from returning to work and union members are under pressure to 'resign'. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE COMPANY AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF EGYPT.
The Lactalis/Parmalat lockout of its entire workforce at Echuca in the State of Victoria, Australia continues. These workers need your support. If you have not already done so CLICK HERE to send a message to the company, calling on it to immediately lift the lockout and enter into negotiations for a fair agreement.
On March 1 the IUF-affiliated FSPM held a protest action at the grand opening of two new Champ Resto outlets in Surabaya, with FSPM members from cities across Java turning out to show their determination to continue the fight for reinstatement of unfairly dismissed workers and for the medical insurance workers are illegally denied.
Four hundred workers in Dunedin, New Zealand have been fighting to save their Cadbury plant since parent company Mondelez announced on February 15 that it plans to close the facility. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE COMPANY!
It took only 48 hours for Unilever to fight off a USD 143 billion Kraft Heinz takeover bid; the shock waves will reverberate far longer at Unilever and beyond. By using Kraft Heinz as the vehicle to swallow whole a far larger company, private equity investors 3G Capital - the driving force at Kraft Heinz, AB InBev and Burger King - have again demonstrated the scale of their imprint on the food industry and 'fast-moving consumer goods' sector as a whole.
Workers at the Lactalis/Parmalat dairy factory in Echuca, in Australia's Victoria state, have been locked out since January 18 in a dispute over outsourcing and the use of temporary workers. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE COMPANY!
Union leaders at the 5-star Peninsula Manila hotel, owned by the luxury Peninsula Hotels group, are still facing harsh retaliation by hotel management for their involvement in the IUF's Global Houskeepers Campaign and for effectively representing their members at the hotel. CLICK HERE TO SEND A PROTEST MESSAGE TO THE HOTEL!
On January 29 nineteen IFFCO workers were acquitted in a Suez court of 'inciting' a strike after the company filed criminal charges and security forces descended from a fleet of 50 vehicles to swoop down on the Suez factory where workers were conducting a peaceful sit-in over the grossly unfair distribution of a much-needed end-of-year bonus. While the court has cleared them of criminal charges 17 IFFCO workers including the union President, Vice-President and General Secretary are barred from returning to work. If you have not yet been able to do so CLICK HERE to send a protest message to the company and to the President of Egypt
With the support of the IUF-affiliated FSPM, workers unfairly dismissed from
Indonesia's Champ Resto fast food chain last year continue their fight
for reinstatement and for the medical insurance workers are illegally
Workers at transnational fruit giant Fyffes subsidiaries in Costa Rica (pineapples) and Honduras (melons) report serious and systematic violations of basic labour rights, including threats, harassment and sacking of union members, blocking collective bargaining processes, failure to pay minimum wages and social insurance, exposing workers to hazardous agrochemicals and sacking pregnant workers. Fyffes is the number one importer of bananas to Europe, and among the largest global marketers for supersweet pineapples and winter season melons. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO FYFFES!
The authoritarian government of Kazakhstan has stepped up its aggressive drive to completely eliminate independent trade unions in the country. Following years of legal and political harassment of workers' organizations that escaped government control, on January 4 a court ordered the legal dissolution of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KNPRK). CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF KAZAKHSTAN
The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) is an international federation of trade unions representing workers employed in agriculture and plantations; the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages; hotels, restaurants and catering services; all stages of tobacco processing. The IUF is composed of 414 affiliated trade unions in 128 countries representing over 10 million workers.
How to contact the IUF:
Post: Rampe du Pont-Rouge, 8, CH-1213, Petit-Lancy (Switzerland)
Phone: + 41 22 793 22 33
Fax: + 41 22 793 22 38