Across the globe over 1 billion women and men work in agriculture to produce our food. 450 million are waged workers.

Established in 1994, the IUF Agricultural Workers Trade Group unites agricultural and plantation workers worldwide in order to grow union density in the sector, to defend agricultural workers’ rights and interests, and to build international solidarity. The IUF’s priorities include occupational health and safety, the right to food, and the elimination of child labour in agriculture. We are also campaigning to ban hazardous pesticides and for sustainable agriculture based on agro-ecology.

We participate in the development of the ILO labour standards and campaign for the universal application of these standards to guarantee that all agricultural workers can access the same labour and social protection rights as workers in other industries. We promote women’s equality at work and in society, and we fight for equal rights for migrant workers.

IUF Contact

Svetlana Boincean

International Officer: Agriculture & Plantations

E: [email protected]

Priority Crops

Sugar

Tea

Bananas

Palm Oil

Cut Flowers

Key Developments

Universal ratification of ILO Convention on child labour: now it’s time to implement!

18/08/2020

An ILO Convention has for the first time been ratified by all 187 member states.  The IUF calls for renewed...

India: Agricultural and rural workers look to MGNREGA to ensure livelihoods

13/08/2020

Rural areas, already faced with an unprecedented economic crisis, are now being hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of thousands...

IUF calls on ILO to help secure wage arrears for hungry sugar workers in Iran

10/08/2020

The IUF has called for the urgent intervention of the ILO to help secure unpaid wages owed the 5,000 workers...

It’s time to ratify and implement the Migrant Workers Convention!

17/06/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has ruthlessly exposed the corporate food system’s reliance on extended, fragile chains of migrant labour. But for...

Italy: Union push brings breakthrough in protecting migrant worker rights

29/05/2020

Sustained organizing and engagement by our Italian agro-food affiliate FLAI-CGIL has won landmark government action to protect the rights, health...

Yes, it is possible to protect agricultural workers and mitigate risk in a pandemic – SINTRAINAGRO shows how it’s done

04/05/2020

On March 25 the IUF-affiliated SINTRAINAGRO in Colombia negotiated an agreement covering 22,000 banana workers on comprehensive measures to mitigate...

IWMD 2020: agricultural workers must be protected

28/04/2020

On April 28, we remember those who lost their lives because of their work and we campaign to protect the...