India: Supreme Court orders payment of wages and benefits owed tea workers for 15 years

14 April 2018 News

In response to legal action by the IUF together with the affiliated Estates' Staff Union of South India (ESUSI) and other unions, the Supreme Court of India has ordered the governments of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to make interim payment of long standing wage and benefit arrears to tea workers within 60 days.

Union action for more and better jobs for women on banana plantations in Ghana

11 April 2018 News

The IUF and Banana Link have recently facilitated workshops for affiliated unions  as part of the push for more and better jobs for women workers on the plantations. 

Germany: union support for food delivery workers fighting for rights in the 'platform economy'

9 April 2018 News

Deliveroo1The German Food and Allied Workers (NGG) are giving strong support to bicycle couriers fighting for their rights at the food delivery 'platforms' Foodora and Deliveroo, who together employ over 4,000 workers in dozens of cities. A day of national action against exploitation, precarious work and union-busting at Deliveroo is planned for April 13.

Philippines: RESPECT calls for wider application of government order making thousands of fast food workers permanent

8 April 2018 News

The Respect Fast Food Workers' Alliance (RESPECT) won an important partial victory in their long-running campaign for fast food workers' rights to secure jobs when the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on April 3 ordered Jollibee to convert 6,400 casual workers to direct, permanent employment.

Contract workers win permanent jobs at Danone Netherlands

25 March 2018 News

As a direct result of successful local negotiations by the IUF-affiliated FNV based on the IUF-Danone Agreement on Sustainable Employment and Access to Rights, 45 long-term contract workers have moved onto permanent contracts at the Danone/Nutricia research center in the Netherlands.

World Water Day: women workers on Indian tea plantations supplying global brands demand their right to water and sanitation

22 March 2018 News connection with World Water Day, March 22, women workers on tea plantations in the states of Assam and West Bengal held meetings and rallies to highlight their continued lack of access to a fundamental human right: the right to water and sanitation. 

IUF women around the world demand EQUALITY NOW! on International Women's Day

16 March 2018 News

On March 8, International Women's Day (IWD), IUF affiliates around the world took action to demand EQUALITY NOW! They also strongly underlined the need to stop violence against women at work and in society.

Now it's official: six-year union drive wins workplace health standard for hotel housekeepers

15 March 2018 News

HousekeeperpainOn March 9, the state of California officially approved the first ergonomic standard in the United States written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers, capping a 6-year initiative by UNITE HERE.

International solidarity with Phillips Seafood Indonesia workers

15 March 2018 News

International union delegates to IUF meat and dairy division steering meetings in San Francisco, USA showed their support for the struggle for decent jobs at Phillips Seafood Indonesia with an informational picket at one of Phillips' principal US retail outlets, CostCo, on March 14.

Rights violations escalate at AB InBev India

8 March 2018 News

IndiaIUF1The IUF is demanding that AB InBev makes sure that management at its Sonepat, India factory reinstates sacked union leaders and members and enters into good faith negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union.

EQUALITY NOW! For an international Convention to stop violence against women at work

5 March 2018 News

IUF_8March_English_NA%20%282%29The International Women's Day celebrated by IUF affiliates this year is devoted to the struggle to end violence against women, violence which is rooted in resistance to equality. Sexually harassing a woman is an insidious reminder that she has no right to be at work. This is why this struggle is everybody's business, and why the trade union role is so vital.

HKScan meat workers in Estonia strike for rights, recognition and a collective agreement

2 March 2018 News

StrikingMeatWorkersEstoniaHKScanWorkers on the slaughter line at the HKScan meat factory in Rakvere, Estonia have been on strike since February 6 for their right to union recognition and a wage increase through collective bargaining.

The battle over TiSA: when everything is a service, a Trade in Services Agreement affects everyone

23 February 2018 Feature

Since 2013, a conclave of governments  calling themselves 'The Really Good Friends of Services', has been negotiating a secretive 'Trade in Services Agreement' (TiSA) that would set the rules for twenty-first century capitalism and place these rules beyond the reach of government regulation, now and in the future.

Haft Tapeh workers in Iran win unpaid wages after months of struggle

22 February 2018 News

HaftTapehwagespaid2The long struggle by workers and their union at the Haft Tapeh sugar complex in Shush, Iran to secure wages unpaid since July 2017 has ended with full payment of the massive wage arrears to all company workers. Permanent and temporary Haft Tapeh workers have now been paid their arrears through mid-January of this year.

Conversion of casual to permanent work at Mondelez (Cadbury) Pakistan

18 February 2018 News

At its annual general meeting on February 16, the Mondelez (Cadbury) Progressive Employees Union celebrated the conversion of 94 long term casuals to permanent jobs. The casual workers were employed at the Cadbury plant for several years through corrupt labour hire agencies that exploited workers' insecurity and vulnerability.


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