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.

Tata Group Escalates Repression Against Bengal Tea Workers

01.06.10 Urgent Action

Workers from a West Bengal tea plantation who participated in a protest last year against the abusive treatment of a pregnant 22 year-old tea garden worker could face prison sentences of up to 7 years, if India's powerful Tata Group has its way. Mrs. Arti Oraon,  who collapsed after being forced to work while 8 months pregnant on a Tata-owned estate, now faces criminal charges.

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.

Ireland IUF affiliate SIPTU launches Fair Hotels campaign

27.05.10 News

SIPTU, the union for hotel workers in Ireland has launched a campaign to support hotels which hotels which treat workers fairly and promote quality jobs in the industry Over 40 hotels across Ireland where workers have collective bargaining rights have signed up to the campaign, encouraging union members and consumers who care about workers rights to use these hotels.

Finnish Foodworkers Preserve Working Hours Following Industrial Action

25.05.10 News

A close vote to accept a mediated proposal on May 24 has brought an end to nearly two months of conflict around renewal of the collective agreements in the Finnish food sector. The General Council of the Finnish Food Workers voted to accept the government mediators' proposal, which preserves existing shift and working time arrangements against employer efforts to stretch the working day to as long as ten hours.

IUF Calls on Accor to Renegotiate International Union Rights Agreement

25.05.10 News

Trade unions from around the world have called on the French-based Accor Group to immediately enter into negotiations to redefine the scope and content of the international trade union rights agreement signed with the IUF in 1995. The call came from the IUF's annual global meeting of member unions in the hospitality, tourism and catering sectors, which was held in Ankara, Turkey May 17-18.

Strike Averted as Union Solidarity Boosts Swedish Hotel Workers' Struggle for Permanent Jobs and a Living Wage

17.05.10 News

Strike action scheduled to begin at 19 hotels in Sweden's 3 largest cities on early morning May 17 has been averted with the conclusion of a new 2-year collective agreement between the Swedish Hotel and Restaurant Workers' Union (HRF) and the employers association. The conflict had gone into mediation as the strike deadline approached and other unions had announced active support measures.

Ahmadinejad's Hangmen Execute Iranian Teachers Union Activist

12.05.10 News

Iranian teacher union activist Farzad Kamanger was executed in Tehran's notorious Evin prison on May 9, together with 4 other political prisoners. The families have not been allowed to claim their bodies. Teachers' unions, the IUF and other international trade union organizations, Amnesty International and other human rights groups had campaigned for his release following his 2008 conviction on ludicrous charges of "endangering national security" and "enmity against God" in a mock 5-minute trial.

IUF Downgrades Nestlé CSR Rating from B+ to Junk

10.05.10 News

We never bought it, so we can't change the recommendation to sell - but we have taken a closer look at the rating put on Nestlé's Creating Shared Value Report 2009 in order to investigate the reporting criteria - and whether they've been met.

Kraft Responds to Post-Cadbury 'Agitation' with…Surveys?

05.05.10 News

Anyone following the UK parliamentary enquiry into the takeover of Cadbury by Kraft could not help but conclude that Kraft was either less than truthful, or incompetent, or both, in its cynical manipulation of false hopes around the Cadbury Somerdale plant previously slated for closure (see Kraft on a Diet after the Cadbury Feast - How Many Union Jobs Lighter?).

Horlicks Workers in India Contest Precarious Employment at Health Giant GSK

03.05.10 News

Since April 21 hundreds of workers at the Horlicks factory in Nabha in Punjab state in northwest India, have held continuous protest actions against the company’s refusal to grant permanent employment to casual workers employed on a 'temporary’ basis for more than a decade.

April 28 - International Workers Memorial Day: Kenya Sugar Union Organizing to Make Workplaces Safer

02.05.10 News

Workers in the cane-based sugar sector in Kenya face substantial safety and health hazards. Companies historically have shown a lack of concern about occupational health and safety (OHS)  and this has been worsened by casualization and outsourcing, which put a great proportion of the sugar labour force at risk.

May Day 2010 - Global Solidarity with Turkish Trade Unionists

01.05.10 News

Representatives from seven global union federations, plus the International Confederation of Trade Unions (ITUC) and the European Confederation of Trade Unions (ETUC), will meet with various affiliated unions in Turkey on the eve of International Workers’ Day (May Day).


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