What's in Your Tea?

02.08.10 News

A new report is warning millions of tea drinkers in Britain that their breakfast cuppa may come from Indian workers toiling for 7p an hour – well below a living wage. A Bitter Cup, co-published by IUF, Unite the Union and the British charity War On want, was launched to coincide with the  UK prime minister David Cameron's trip to India at the end of July. It shows that workers in northern India earn just INR 1,220 compared to a living wage of at least INR 3,500 a month.

Comprehensive Agreement Ends Long, Bitter Conflict at Coca-Cola Pakistan

26.07.10 News

An agreement negotiated between the IUF, the Atlanta, USA-based The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and Coca-Cola Icecek (CCI, Coca-Cola's Turkey-based bottler for the Middle East, Pakistan and Central Asia), has successfully resolved a long and bitter conflict over employment and trade union rights at Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan (CCBPL). CCBPL is jointly owned by TCCC and CCI.

Nestlé Defends Anti-Union Practices in Indonesia with…Nestlies

20.07.10 News

How many times can a company lie in the course of attempting to undermine a union? It is difficult to say if Nestlé, the world's largest food company, holds the record (the competition is stiff), but it is certainly an over-achiever…

Tata India – Are its Tea Estates Above the Law?

16.07.10 News

An international IUF fact-finding team has been denied access to an Assam plantation to investigate the recent deaths of three workers. The plantation is owned by Amalgamated Plantations in which Tata Global Beverages is the major shareholder. The 930 hectare Powai estate has one of the world's largest tea-processing factories and employs some 1,800 permanent and 1,200 temporary workers.

Police Kill Banana Workers in Panama as Strikes, Protests Contest Repressive New Laws

16.07.10 News

At least two banana workers were killed on July 8 as police opened fire on striking workers in the province of Bocas del Toro. Four thousand workers at the Bocas Fruit Company struck over wages at the beginning of the month, and were joined by thousands of independent producers in the cooperatives with their own grievances.

UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights Calls for ILO Assistance on Precarious Work

04.06.10 News

Speaking at a June 3 side meeting at the International Labour Conference in Geneva, the United Nations' Special Representative on business and human rights (SRSG), John Ruggie, called on the ILO for guidance in elucidating the human rights implications of precarious work.

Nestlé European Unions Demand Halt to Trade Union Rights Violations at Nescafé Indonesia

03.06.10 News

At the June 1 meeting of the Nestlé European Works Council in Geneva, Switzerland, representatives of twenty Nestlé unions from across Europe collectively called on the company to immediately halt all attempts to weaken the IUF's affiliate at the Nescafé factory in Panjang, Indonesia. The unions insisted that Nestlé enter into the wage bargaining talks the union has been demanding for 3 years.

GSK Horlicks India Union Wins Permanent Employment for 450 Casual Workers

31.05.10 News

Following a month-long campaign, the Milk Food Factory Workers Union at the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Horlicks factory in Nabha in Punjab state in northwest India, has won permanent employment for 452 casual workers employed on a 'temporary’ basis for more than a decade.

Mass dismissal of contract workers and political repression at Schreiber-Dynamix Dairies India

28.05.10 News

When the US-based Schreiber Foods Inc acquired a 51 per cent stake in Dynamix Dairy Industries in 2004, one of India’s most advanced milk processing plants was transformed into a global company.

US Beverage-Maker Mott's Celebrates Booming Sales and Share Price by Attacking Wages!

08.04.10 Urgent Action

Workers at juice and beverage manufacturer Mott's in Williamson, New York, members of the RWDSU-UFCW Local 220, are being asked to celebrate the company's highly successful sales and stock performance by agreeing to steep cuts in their wages and the elimination of their pension plan.

Call for Action from UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food: Over Half the World's Hungry are Food Producers

08.03.10 News

The right to food is grounded in key human rights instruments (declarations, conventions, covenants) which oblige governments not only to protect this fundamental right but also to actively ensure that the right to food is effectively realized.

Send a message to Sun International - "negotiate and don't try to break the union"

14.12.09 Urgent Action

More than 3,500 SACCAWU members at the Sun International South Africa have been on strike since December 4, 2009 for wage increases and improved working conditions.

10 December 2009 - International day of mobilization for domestic workers

11.12.09 News

Coordinated by the International Domestic Workers Network, domestic workers around the world held actions to defend their rights to justice, dignity and fair treatment at work.

UPDATE! Independent Sugar Union Leaders in Iran Now Behind Bars - Act Now!

18.11.09 Urgent Action

The leaders of Iran's independent sugarworkers union are now in prison in the city of Dezful serving sentences for their trade union activity.

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