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Austrian unions call on new government to reject EU-Canada CETA trade deal

2 June 2016 News

CETAStoppenThe IUF-affiliated PRO-GE together with civil society organizations in the STOP TTIP coalition demonstrated in Vienna on May 31 outside a meeting of the new federal government to demand that Austria reject the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiated between the European Union and Canada. The treaty, whose final text was only published in February following years of secret negotiations, contains many of the toxic elements which have generated mass opposition to the better-known EU-US TTIP.

Strike ends with union win at Covered Bridge Potato Chips in Canada

26 May 2016 News

CoveredBridgestrikeOverThe five-month strike for union rights and recognition by UFCW Canada members  at Covered Bridge Potato Chips has ended successfully with union members ratifying a first collective agreement on May 24.

Four-week hotel strike in Norway ends with important gains for workers

22 May 2016 News

NorwayhotelstrikesmallThe IUF-affiliated Fellesforbundet in Norway reached an agreement with employers on May 21 which brings important gains and ends the national strike which began on April 24 and had been steadily escalating. The union has won the right to negotiate locally, a right that other sectors within Fellesforbundet have had since 1907. The settlement also brings a wage increase for the lowest paid as well as an increase in the hourly wage.

Leaked treaty texts confirm it: TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy

11 May 2016 Editorial

StopTTIPThe secret draft texts of the proposed US-EU 'free trade' agreement TTIP released by Greenpeace Netherlands on May 2 confirm what critics have maintained from the outset. TTIP is a trade deal that threatens democracy.

New SEWA publication highlights women workers organizing

11 May 2016 News

India's IUF-affiliated Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) has launched a new publication to highlight the successes and the ongoing challenges for women workers organizing in India's informal economy.

Solidarity with Chinese labour rights activists!

4 May 2016 Urgent Action

solidarityGuangdongThe Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) is calling for international solidarity with labour activists in Guangdong Province still in detention following a repressive crackdown last December targeting at least 25 activists and their organizations. KEEP READING TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN

Support US farmworkers blacklisted for speaking out!

2 May 2016 Urgent Action

FLOC_0Seven tobacco farmworkers in the US state of North Carolina have been blacklisted for filing suit for wages owed in 2015. After refusing to withdraw their suit, they are now being denied employment for the 2016 season. SEND A MESSAGE TO THE FARM OWNER!

A Life without dignity - the price of your cup of tea

1 May 2016 News


A damning report on the working and living conditions of India's tea workers was launched on May 1, International Labour Day, by the IUF and the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition. The report documents how poverty wages and harsh working conditions lead to massive violations of the right to food and nutrition and other human rights of tea workers. The situation of women workers, who make up 70% of a workforce of 1.2 million, is examined in detail.

Uzbekistan - defend human rights defenders monitoring abuses in the cotton harvest

29 April 2016 Urgent Action


Uktam Pardaev was arrested on November 16, 2015 and held for eight weeks in pre-trial detention. His crime? Reporting on forced and child labour in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest. On January 11, 2016 he was given a three year conditional sentence under which he has to remain at home under constant surveillance by security services. Click here to support the campaign to end this harassment by the Uzbek government.

International union action grows at Seafood Expo Global

28 April 2016 News took action at the annual Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium from April 26-28 to highlight the brutal practices which are widespread within the industry and to defend the rights of seafood industry workers. Seafood Expo Global is the largest international trading platform for fish and sea food.

PepsiCo complicit in ongoing rights violations at Indian warehouse supplier

26 April 2016 Urgent Action

995Global drink and snacks giant PepsiCo is complicit in ongoing human rights violations by a warehouse provider in the Indian state of West Bengal. Since 2013, IUF members have been supporting a courageous group of warehouse workers who are unemployed as a consequence of insisting on their right to form a trade union. The company which dismissed them - Radhakrishna Foodland Pvt. Ltd (RKFL) - operates a warehouse contracted exclusively to PepsiCo.


Norway: national strike in hotels, restaurant and catering

26 April 2016 News

NorwayHRCTstrikesmallNorwegian hotel, catering and restaurant workers, members of the IUF-affiliated Fellesforbundet, have been on indefinite strike since April 24 at 356 establishments across the country in response to the employers' refusal to meet the union's longstanding demand for local wage negotiations. The hotel and restaurant workers are among the lowest paid of all workers and Fellesforbundet is fighting for an increase above the minimum wage level.

Accor: union wins in Indonesia and Canada

22 April 2016 News

After several years of fighting for workers' rights, IUF-affiliated unions in Accor hotels in Indonesia and Canada have achieved important gains for their members.


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