Vitasoy Australia Workers Take Industrial Action

04.10.11 News

Following a strike vote in which the NUW membership at Vitasoy Australia voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, NUW members went out on strike for 24 hours on Friday, 30 September. They will organize further rolling industrial action the following weeks.

Poland : Coca-Cola workers organise

01.10.11 News

IUF affiliate Solidarnosc has successfully run an organising initiative among the workers in Coca-Cola Radzymin near Warsaw, Poland. More than 100 workers out of a workforce of close to 300 joined the new union local, more than doubling the number of union members in the country, where previously smaller locals existed only in the factory in Lodz and a distribution center in Gdynia.

Settlement ends long strike at New York Boathouse Restaurant

29.09.11 News

The bitter conflict at the Boathouse Restaurant in New York City's Central Park ended on September 22 when Local 6 and the New York Hotel Trades Council settled the issues leading to the 44-day strike. After fighting the workers' effort to organize for months, the Boathouse agreed to recognize the union and reinstate all fired union supporters.

Week of strikes at Hyatt USA

28.09.11 News

September 14 marked the final day of weeklong strikes by UNITE HERE members at Hyatt hotels in Honolulu, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, with each local union holding large actions with hundreds of workers on the picket lines.

Jamaican union wins reinstatement of dismissed Iberostar hotel workers

28.09.11 News

Jamaica's University and Allied Workers' Union has won reinstatement for over 360 Iberostar employees dismissed in August 2009 for alleged reasons of redundancy.

UFCW legal victory wins back payment for thousands of Tyson poultry workers

20.09.11 News

A settlement has been approved by a US court awarding USD 32 million to more than 17,000 Tyson poultry workers in 41 plants in 12 states, the culmination of a long struggle for compensation for work already performed initiated by the IUF-affiliated UFCW 12 years ago.

American Crystal Sugar locks out 1,300 workers across 7 factories

09.09.11 News

On August 1, American Crystal Sugar, the largest sugar beet processor in the US (a farmer-owned coop) locked out 1,300 BCTGM members when they refused, after minimal bargaining, to accept the company's re-draft of the collective agreement.

Justice and union jobs for all Hershey workers!

08.09.11 Urgent Action

The walkout by some 400 "educational exchange" workers at a facility packing and distributing products for US chocolate maker Hershey has exposed one of corporate America's privileged strategies for destroying union jobs through outsourcing. These formerly union jobs were triply outsourced in a long-running scheme to eliminate directly employed unionized workers at Hershey and destroy the jobs of the IUF-affiliated BCTGM, whose work this once was.

Kraft Foods cutting jobs and stealing severance pay from BCTGM members

05.09.11 News

On May 19, 2011 Kraft Foods informed the BCTGM that the warehouse in Norcross, Georgia, will close and jobs previously performed by BCTGM-represented workers will be transferred to a non-union third-party operation within thirty miles (48 kilometers) of the union warehouse.

This outsourced employer, Exel, is the same employer who has been recently accused of exploiting foreign students on summer visas working in a warehouse  located in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, packaging products for the Hershey Company.

Italian unions strike against austerity

05.09.11 News

Italy's national confederation CGIL has called for a one-day national general strike on September 6 to demand the government rescind its budgetary and legislative attacks on workers and their rights.

Strike by student exchange workers at US chocolate maker Hershey exposes sordid trail of outsourcing and exploitation

04.09.11 News

Over 300 foreign student workers sat in and then walked off the job at a distribution plant in Palmyra, Pennsylvania on August 17, bringing into the spotlight a sordid trail of exploitation and abuse leading to premier US chocolate manufacturer Hershey.

Fiji update - Military moves into sugar mills

29.08.11 News

As the anti-union actions of the Fijian military dictatorship continue (click here for details and link to urgent action), soldiers are now present 24/7 in all Fiji’s sugar mills.

Military dictatorship in Fiji determined to crush unions

26.08.11 Urgent Action

On September 2, Daniel Urai, general secretary of the IUF-affiliated Fijian National Union of Hospitality Catering and Tourism Industries Employees (NUHCTIE) and union organiser Nitin Goundra  will go on trial for “unlawful assembly”.  Their real “crime” is to have met and advised members about pending collective bargaining negotiations with hotel management. The case is just one in a long line of incidents of assault, harassment and intimidation of union leaders in Fiji over recent months.

New York: Boathouse Restaurant workers strike against unfair labor practices

15.08.11 Urgent Action

60 employees of the Boathouse Restaurant in New York’s Central Park walked off their jobs on August 9 and were joined on the picket line by 37 of their co-workers who were illegally terminated in retaliation for organizing a union. Boathouse workers began organizing in 2009 because of very low wages, stolen overtime pay, long hours, no benefits, unsafe conditions, rampant favoritism, sexual harassment, ethnic discrimination, and extremely abusive managers.

Launch of the Joint ITF/IUF Fisheries Programme Web-Site

08.08.11 News

We're happy to announce that the joint web-site of the ITF/IUF Fisheries Programme is live on both global union federations' main pages. You can access the joint site through the "Fisheries" section under the work areas & sectors on the right column of the front page of the IUF site.


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