Unite Demands Kraft Divulge Employment Implications of Potential Cadbury Takeover

18 November 2009 News

As the battle for the financial spoils from a potential hostile takeover of UK-based Cadbury by Kraft Foods heats up, the IUF's UK affiliate Unite has called on Kraft to lay its plans on the table, and to offer clear guarantees on jobs and pensions.

Ethical? Tetley’s Tata Tea Starving Indian Tea Workers into Submission - they need your help

14 November 2009 Urgent Action

Tata, the transnational Indian conglomerate whose Tetley Group makes the world famous Tetley teas, has taken 6,500 people hostage through hunger. Click here to send a message to Tata/Tetley!

Coca-Cola Ireland conflict resolved

10 November 2009 News

On October 29, SIPTU members voted in favor of an agreement with Coca-Cola HBC to resolve the 9-week industrial conflict over outsourcing. The agreement was achieved with the help of a mediation process SIPTU initiated after the company refused to implement Labour Court recommendations, a move almost unprecedented in the history of Irish labour relations. The agreement provides for an increase in the redundancy package plus the prospect of employment with third party operators for some workers subject to further negotiations.

Europe's Social Democrats Launch 'Europeans for Financial Reform'

30 October 2009 News

The Party of European Socialists, the umbrella group of European Social Democratic and Labour parties with whom the IUF has worked closely on legislative proposals for regulating private equity and hedge funds, has launched a call for action to bring about fundamental financial reform in Europe.

IUF/Danone Group Launch International Union/Management Meetings

28 October 2009 News

For the first time in the over 20-year history of international labour relations at Danone, trade unionists representing Danone workers from all over the globe attended this year's meeting of the Danone Council for Information and Consultation (CIC), transforming it into a truly international structure.

Nestlé Hong Kong still refuses union recognition, steps up casual hiring

26 October 2009 News

Eight months after strike action against union-busting forced Nestlé Hong Kong management to agree to union recognition and formal negotiations, the IUF-affiliated Hong Kong Nestlé Workers Union is still denied these basic

Death by Outsourcing

26 October 2009 News

Most US consumers could be forgiven for never suspecting that Hershey's chocolate - that most iconic of American confectionery brands - isn't made by Hershey at all.

Unilever, IUF Settlement Resolves Conflict over Precarious Work at Lipton Pakistan

26 October 2009 News

A negotiated settlement between Unilever and the IUF has resolved the long, difficult conflict over the rights of precarious workers at the company's directlly-owned Lipton/Brooke Bond tea factory in Khanewal, Pakistan.

The negotiations took place under the auspices of the UK's National Contact Point responsible for the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The IUF made a submission to the OECD in March this year as part of a campaign which generated strong international support for the Khanewal workers and their struggle.

Sugar Union Leaders Sentenced to Prison in Iran - Act Now!

26 October 2009 Urgent Action

In a drive to destroy the independent union established last year by workers at the giant Haft Tapeh plantation/refining sugar complex in southern Iran, a court on October 12 sentenced 6 union leaders to immediate prison terms on charges stemming from October 2007.

Nespressure Mounts at Nescafé Indonesia - Act Now to Defend Trade Union Rights!

23 October 2009 Urgent Action


Nestlé's Corporate Business Principles claim to "respect the right of employees to form representative organisations and to join – or not to join – trade unions, provided this right is freely exercised, and establish a constructive dialogue with these unions."

Should employees need some guidance on this issue management is there to help.

World Food Day - Oct 16: Decent work is key to food security

16 October 2009 News

To mark World Food day, 2009, IUF is calling on all UN agencies and inter-governmental organisations working on food security to ensure that decent work in agriculture is central to strategies to e

Settlement Ends 3-Year Dispute over Unilever India Mumbai Closure

14 October 2009 News

In October 2006, the IUF launched an international campaign in support of the workers at Unilever's Sewri factory in Mumbai (Bombay), India, organized in the Hindustan Lever Employees Union (HLEU). HLEU members rejected the company's proposed severance scheme and the union challenged the legality of the closure itself. Actions were organized locally and across India, and internationally by the IUF, including a submission to the UK government alleging grave violations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

A comprehensive settlement has now been reached and approved by the HLEU membership which resolves all issues arising from the closure. The HLEU has warmly thanked the IUF and all those who supported this long, difficult struggle by the Sewri workers and their union.

Coca-Cola Ireland Workers need your support

13 October 2009 Urgent Action

Workers at Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co (Coca-Cola HBC), organized in the IUF's Irish affiliate SIPTU, have been walking the picket

Coca-Cola Hellenic: Workers pay, Shareholders profit from crisis

5 October 2009 News

Members of the IUF-affiliated SIPTU, which organizes workers at Coca Cola HBC Ireland, have been on strike against the outsourcing of 130 jobs at five distribution locations since the end of August (see a video). In June, workers we given a "choice" by management: accept a reduction in terms and conditions amounting to up to 40% , or be transferred to a third party provider on similarly reduced terms. A first “welcome message” from the employer-to-be already announced upcoming redundancies.

Keep Stella D'oro and Union Biscuit Jobs in the Bronx!

2 October 2009 Urgent Action

The Jobs with Justice coalition is campaigning to keep Bronx, New York-based biscuit maker Stella D'oro in New York.


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