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Coca-Cola Ireland conflict resolved 10-11-2009
On October 29, SIPTU members voted in favor of an agreement with Coca-Cola HBC to resolve the 9-week industrial conflict over outsourcing. The agreement was achieved with the help of a mediation process SIPTU initiated after the company refused to implement Labour Court recommendations, a move almost unprecedented in the history of Irish labour relations. The agreement provides for an increase in the redundancy package plus the prospect of employment with third party operators for some workers subject to further negotiations.
The Party of European Socialists, the umbrella group of European Social Democratic and Labour parties with whom the IUF has worked closely on legislative proposals for regulating private equity and hedge funds, has launched a call for action to bring about fundamental financial reform in Europe.
For the first time in the over 20-year history of international labour relations at Danone, trade unionists representing Danone workers from all over the globe attended this year's meeting of the Danone Council for Information and Consultation (CIC), transforming it into a truly international structure.
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
Death by Outsourcing 26-10-2009
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.
A negotiated settlement between Unilever and the IUF has resolved the long, difficult conflict over the rights of precarious workers at the company's directlly-owned Lipton/Brooke Bond tea factory in Khanewal, Pakistan.
In a drive to destroy the independent union established last year by workers at the giant Haft Tapeh plantation/refining sugar complex in southern Iran, a court on October 12 sentenced 6 union leaders to immediate prison terms on charges stemming from October 2007.
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."
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