Strike at Nestlé Tunisia after secret sale of ice cream factory

07.12.09 News

On 17 November 2009, workers at the Nestlé ice cream factory in Carthage were informed by a bulletin board notice that their factory had been sold to a consortium of local companies active in the food industry.

"In conformity with its policy of social responsibility," the notice read, "Nestlé has expended all efforts to preserve jobs, the rights of the workers concerned, and maintain the production site."

UPDATE! Independent Sugar Union Leaders in Iran Now Behind Bars - Act Now!

18.11.09 Urgent Action

 

The leaders of Iran's independent sugarworkers union are now in prison in the city of Dezful serving sentences for their trade union activity.

Nestlé Hong Kong still refuses union recognition, steps up casual hiring

26.10.09 News

Eight months after strike action against union-busting forced Nestlé Hong Kong management to agree to union recognition and formal negotiations, the IUF-affiliated Hong Kong Nestlé Workers Union is still denied these basic
rights.

Death by Outsourcing

26.10.09 News

Most US consumers could be forgiven for never suspecting that Hershey's chocolate - that most iconic of American confectionery brands - isn't made by Hershey at all.

Nespressure Mounts at Nescafé Indonesia - Act Now to Defend Trade Union Rights!

23.10.09 Urgent Action

CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO NESTLE!

Nestlé's Corporate Business Principles claim to "respect the right of employees to form representative organisations and to join – or not to join – trade unions, provided this right is freely exercised, and establish a constructive dialogue with these unions."

Should employees need some guidance on this issue management is there to help.

World Food Day - Oct 16: Decent work is key to food security

16.10.09 News

To mark World Food day, 2009, IUF is calling on all UN agencies and inter-governmental organisations working on food security to ensure that decent work in agriculture is central to strategies to e

When Investors Buzz, Workers Take Cover

24.09.09 Editorial

As the OECD released its latest Employment Outlook, which foresees a total of 57 million people without jobs in the world's 30 richest countries next year, the battle heated up over the price of a takeover of UK-based confectionery company Cadbury by Kraft, the world's second largest food corporation.

Nestlé, Corporate Blackmail and the Arrogance of Power

21.09.09 Editorial

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck has publicly, pointedly threatened to pull the world's largest food company out of Switzerland in response to discussions within the government on legislation to cap executive pay. Interviewed by the weekend Sonntag on September 13, Brabeck said Switzerland "may not be the right location for us", calling legislation on pay "the beginning of the end".

IUF strengthens cooperation with European Social Auditor Vigeo

18.09.09 News

 

Orignially signed in 2005, the IUF and Vigeo have recently renewed their commitment to working together by signing a new cooperation agreement. Vigeo, which was first formed in 2002 is a social auditing firm based in Paris. Their objectives include promoting and diseminating social audit criteria and specific company ratings based on verifiable standards.Their clients include corporations and institutional investors.

Domestic Workers in Benin finally covered by labour code

03.09.09 News

Domestic workers in Benin will finally be recognized as workers under the labour code. This news was brought to representatives of the Domestic and Restaurant Workers’ National Union, SYNEMB and its local from the Northern part of Benin, the Hotel and Domestic Workers Union of Borgou-Alibori, SEHM/BA at a meeting held at the national center CSA on Friday 28 August.

The meeting was organized by the IUF affiliate FESYNDER in order to give the African regional co-ordinator for domestic workers, Vicky Kanyoka, and the co-ordinator of the regional women’s project, Adwoa Sakyi, a possibility to exchange experiences with members of SYNEMB / SEHM/BA. Vicky Kanyoka also informed the union about the International Domestic Network and the preparation for the 2010 ILO discussion on a convention for domestic workers.

Burkina Faso ratifies ILO Conventions on Maternity Protection and Health and Safety in Agriculture

18.02.09 News

On 25 February, the Council of Ministers in Burkina Faso authorized the government to ratify the ILO Conventions 183 on Maternity Protection and 184 on Health and Safety in Agriculture.

The five IUF-affiliated unions in Burkina Faso have worked actively to promote the ratification of these conventions in the framework of an IUF/ILO supported health and safety program and the IUF regional Women’s project.

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