Women Workers


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

22.03.18 News

http://www.iuf.org/w/sites/default/files/worldwaterday.jpgIn 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

16.03.18 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.

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

05.03.18 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.

Under Iceland’s new equal pay law employers must prove compliance or face fines

25.01.18 News

Gender-based wage discrimination has long been illegal in Iceland, as it is in many countries around the world. But the gender pay gap persists. Under the Equal Pay Standard law which came into effect on January 1, employers now must prove that they are paying equal wages for the same work or work of equal value, and can be fined for non-compliance.

Unions mobilizing against sexual harassment in hotels and restaurants: We are not on the menu/Hands off pants on

23.11.17 News

notonthemenuIUF members around the world are taking action to combat the rampant sexual harassment to which workers are subjected in the hotel, restaurant and catering industries.

Tunisia: comprehensive new law on violence against women

02.08.17 News

On July 26, the Tunisian Parliament unanimously adopted a comprehensive law addressing all forms of violence against women, psychological and economic violence as well as physical.

IUF and Sodexo sign international agreement on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

10.07.17 News

The IUF has signed an international agreement with the French-based catering and services provider Sodexo on measures to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace. The IUF-Sodexo Joint Commitment, based on a shared recognition that sexual harassment is a human rights violation and that women working in the services are exposed to high levels of risk, sets out a policy and procedures for ensuring zero tolerance. 

Cambodia: Brewery giant Carlsberg seeks to punish union for defending workers' rights

24.04.17 Urgent Action

1070Global brewery giant Carlsberg is using the courts to bully and intimidate the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF), the union representing workers at its Cambodian joint venture Cambrew. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO CARLSBERG!

No room for sexual harassment at the workplace!

31.03.17 News

workplacefreeofsexualharassment_0On January 26, 2016, Unilever, the IUF and IndustriAll signed a Joint Commitment on preventing sexual harassment. A new brochure from the IUF based on this agreement presents concrete actions every union should take to prevent sexual harassment.

IUF affiliates worldwide demand 'More women - more power' on International Women's Day 2017

15.03.17 News

IWDGALU2On March 8, International women's Day, IUF affiliates around the world took action to demand 'More women - more power' in factories, hotels, farms, plantations, meeting halls and in the streets.

International Women’s Day 2017 – More women, more power!

07.03.17 News

IWD2017bannerWomen continue to suffer systematic discrimination concerning remuneration, access to jobs, social security, unpaid household and care work.

Sexual harassment rampant in the service sector

09.12.16 News

Affiliate surveys in North America and the Nordic countries and other information gathering has revealed alarming rates of sexual harassment in the hotel, restaurant, catering and tourism sectors.

New SEWA publication highlights women workers organizing

11.05.16 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.

Informal sector workers in Gujarat win health care, social security with first identity cards

21.03.16 News


After years of campaigning the IUF-affiliated Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) won a major victory for informal sector workers in the state of Gujarat in the form of government issued identity cards. The identity cards are the first held by informal sector workers, identifying them as workers and granting access to free health insurance, accident insurance for women and children, hospitalization coverage and free access to rural health services covering all medical benefits for workers and their families.

Honduras: human rights campaigner murdered and one woman killed every 16 hours

08.03.16 Editorial

bertacacaresIn a grim prelude to International Women's Day on March 8, the celebrated Honduran indigenous and environmental rights campaigner Berta Cáceres (pictured left) was murdered in Honduras, barely a week after she was threatened for opposing a hydroelectric project.


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