From its founding in 1920, international labour solidarity has been the IUF’s guiding principle. This principle is implemented through:

  • building solidarity at every stage of the food chain
  • global action to defend human, democratic and trade union rights
  • international union organizing within transnational companies

For the IUF, the active defense of trade union, human and democratic rights is not an adjunct to our industrial work but an integral part of our ongoing activity. Defending these rights is an essential class issue for the labour movement, because workers cannot organize in defense of their interests, nor maintain the gains they have achieved, when fundamental rights are violated or not secure.

The IUF gives active support to movements everywhere struggling against oppression. We respond internationally to every attack on our affiliates and on the labour movement. We are committed to building alliances with human rights, environmental, consumer and other organizations in civil society who share our objectives and principles.

Key Developments

Guatemala: FESTRAS union leader brutally beaten

28/09/2020

Odilia Caal Có, local leader in a branch of the IUF-affiliated Federación Sindical de Trabajadores de la Alimentación, Agroindustria y...

International trade union declaration: ‘We stand in full solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Algeria fighting for trade union and democratic rights’

21/07/2020

Nine international trade union organizations including the IUF have joined together "to  express their full solidarity and support for the...

Amnesty International Launches Iran Trade Union Rights Campaign

22/06/2011

Amnesty International (AI) has launched a global campaign for worker’s rights in Iran, officially kicked off at a June 10...

Vitasoy Australia Workers Support Fight for Union Rights in Hong Kong

09/06/2011

Vitasoy, a Hong Kong-based transnational company with manufacturing operations in Hong Kong, Shenzen, Shangahi, Singapore, Ayer (Massachusetts, USA) and Wodonga...

Thailand: Reinstate KFC union activists now!

31/05/2011

Three union activists have been dismissed from their employment at KFC in Thailand after they established a union and sought...

Turkey criminalizes union action with mass indictments of union leaders – Act Now! to defend trade union rights

19/05/2011

The Turkish government has filed criminal charges against 111 union leaders, members and supporters which carry prison terms of up...

Union at Schreibers in India obtains permanent jobs for contract workers

04/03/2011

The IUF-affiliated Schreiber Dynamix Dairies Employees Union, which represents 350 members, launched a campaign in early 2010 to rectify the...

Sugar and starch TNC Roquette in the dock at the OECD

04/01/2011

The US AFL-CIO and the global union federation ICEM have joined the IUF in lodging a formal complaint against French-based...

Guatemala: FESTRAS union leader brutally beaten

28/09/2020

Odilia Caal Có, local leader in a branch of the IUF-affiliated Federación Sindical de Trabajadores de la Alimentación, Agroindustria y...