Zimbabwe: the crocodile bites

10.08.18 Editorial

ZCTUGovernment repression in the wake of disputed election results has intensified following the army's indiscriminate use of live ammunition which killed at least 6 protestors in the capital Harare on August 1. Amnesty International has denounced "a vicious campaign of torture, intimidation and suppression of dissenting voices."

Tea workers strike for living wage in West Bengal

08.08.18 News


Tea workers in West Bengal held a three-day strike on the tea plantations August 7-9 in response to a deadlock in wage negotiations and the government's refusal to apply the Minimum Wage Act to workers on the tea estates. Tea workers are excluded from the Minimum Wage Act and instead subjected to tripartite agreement at the state level that perpetuates starvation wages.

Rise in deadly violence against land and environment rights defenders

27.07.18 News

2017 was a year of record violence against environmental and land rights defenders, according to a recent Global Witness report, and agribusiness has surpassed mining as the most dangerous sector.

AMR, Superbugs and the workplace

26.07.18 News

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) - the development of 'superbugs' resistant to antibiotic treatment - has emerged as a major global threat to public health. Yet worker health and safety has been almost completely ignored in the global fight against AMR.

Monsanto on trial

23.07.18 Editorial

StopglyphosateThe case of Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Co. is now underway in a San Francisco, California federal court, two-and-a-half years after the lawsuit was filed. The presiding judge has ruled that jurors may consider evidence concerning Monsanto's efforts to conceal the potential toxicity of the product in reaching a verdict. The scope of potential liability for glyphosate makers is therefore enormous.

Swiss union investigation into housekeeping in Marriott Zürich hotels reveals exploitative, dangerous and unsanitary conditions

19.07.18 News

An investigation by IUF affiliate Unia into housekeeping in Marriott-branded hotels in Zürich - one of the world's most expensive cities - shows the brutal consequences of cut-throat outsourcing: extreme speed-up and exploitation of a vulnerable workforce resulting in dangerously unsanitary conditions for workers and guests and multiple violations of the regional collective agreement for the cleaning sector which sets minimum legal working conditions.

Nicaragua's stolen revolution

19.07.18 Editorial

Nicaragua2July 19 marks the anniversary of the 1979 overthrow of the US-backed Somoza dictatorship. The democratic promise of the Sandinista revolution, which resonated throughout the region and the world, has been progressively confiscated by the autocratic rule of President Daniel Ortega, whose government has been brutally repressing popular demonstrations as it indulges in ritual celebration.

Stop the attack on rights at Cargill Turkey - Reinstate #TheCargill14 now!

16.07.18 Urgent Action

CargillFourteen union activists have been continually protesting after being unfairly dismissed from their jobs on April 17, 2018 while organizing a union at Cargill-Turkey's corn-milling facility in Bursa-Orhangazi. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO CARGILL!


Who picked my tea?

13.07.18 Urgent Action

whopickedmyteaThe UK trade justice organization Traidcraft Exchange has launched a public campaign calling on the 6 tea companies which together account for over two-thirds of UK tea sales to disclose the plantations they source from in Assam, India. We support the call for transparency.

USA: farmworkers fired for speaking out against abuses

06.07.18 Urgent Action

FLOC_1Two migrant farmworkers on a tobacco farm in North Carolina were abused, denied work and then summarily fired after describing substandard living conditions to an inspector from the state Department of Labor. Our affiliate, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), is supporting the workers in their conflict with the grower and is seeking to recover thousands of dollars in stolen wages. CLICK HERE to send a message of protest to the grower, his anti-union lawyer and the tobacco giants!

Norway: Stop union-busting at processed fish exporter Sekkingstad!

02.07.18 Urgent Action

Norway's Sekkingstad AS, a salmon and trout processor which exports to retail customers in over 50 countries, is trying to roll back a successful struggle by the Norwegian Food Workers Union NNN, which last year won recognition and a collective agreement at the company's processing sub-contractor following a 35-day strike. CLICK HERE to tell Sekikingstad to stop union-busting!

Struggle continues for rights and recognition at AB InBev Sonepat India

02.07.18 News

SonepatProtest1IUF members at global brewery giant AB InBev's plant in Sonepat, India continue their non-stop peaceful protest in defense of union rights and recognition outside the factory gate. The Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union (HBLM) launched the action in February in response to management's escalating attacks on union members and ongoing refusal to enter into good faith negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement.


Marriott workers around the world demand global measures to combat sexual harassment

28.06.18 News

PhilippinesMarriott2On June 27, IUF members at Marriott hotels around the world demonstrated in support of the union call for concrete action by the world's largest hotel group to protect workers from the endemic sexual harassment which afflicts hospitality workers.



Brazil: Congress set to vote on making the world's leading pesticide user more toxic still

27.06.18 News

BrazilDespite mass opposition, Brazil's notoriously corrupt Congress has paved the way for a vote on easing authorization for still more pesticide use in the country which is the world's largest consumer of toxic agrochemicals. Brazil's already low standards of pesticide protection permit the massive import of dozens of chemical products like paraquat whose use is prohibited in their countries of manufacture.

Algerian government escalates its war on independent unions

22.06.18 News

AlgeriaENGThe government of Algeria is escalating its war on worker rights and independent trade unions following a critical report issued by the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards at this year's International Labour Conference. Independent unions face a new wave of repression and have been personally, viciously attacked by the Labour Minister, who has also threatened to withdraw Algeria from the ILO.


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