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

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

Settlement Ends 3-Year Dispute over Unilever India Mumbai Closure

In October 2006, the IUF launched an international campaign in support of the workers at Unilever's Sewri factory in Mumbai (Bombay), India, organized in the Hindustan Lever Employees Union (HLEU). HLEU members rejected the company's proposed severance scheme and the union challenged the legality of the closure itself. Actions were organized locally and across India, and internationally by the IUF, including a submission to the UK government alleging grave violations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

A comprehensive settlement has now been reached and approved by the HLEU membership which resolves all issues arising from the closure. The HLEU has warmly thanked the IUF and all those who supported this long, difficult struggle by the Sewri workers and their union.

Urgent Action Coca-Cola Ireland Workers need your support

Workers at Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co (Coca-Cola HBC), organized in the IUF's Irish affiliate SIPTU, have been walking the picket

Coca-Cola Hellenic: Workers pay, Shareholders profit from crisis

Members of the IUF-affiliated SIPTU, which organizes workers at Coca Cola HBC Ireland, have been on strike against the outsourcing of 130 jobs at five distribution locations since the end of August (see a video). In June, workers we given a "choice" by management: accept a reduction in terms and conditions amounting to up to 40% , or be transferred to a third party provider on similarly reduced terms. A first “welcome message” from the employer-to-be already announced upcoming redundancies.

Urgent Action Keep Stella D'oro and Union Biscuit Jobs in the Bronx!

The Jobs with Justice coalition is campaigning to keep Bronx, New York-based biscuit maker Stella D'oro in New York.

Shame, Unilever, Shame! Australian Unions demand justice for casual Lipton workers in Pakistan

Unions NSW (the organisation representing trade unions in the state of New South Wales) led a protest at the Australasian headquarters of Unilever in Sydney in support of the casual Lipton workers in Pakistan. Members from fraternal unions - the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and IUF affiliates the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AWMU) and the Australian Workers Union (AWU) - joined the protest.

Australia - AMWU Workplace Action Challenges Employer Drive for Flexibilization

Under the Rudd government's new industrial relations laws, flexibility clauses need to be included in all enterprise agreements, and employers are using the opportunity to undermine collective bargaining. The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) and other Australian unions are challenging the employer drive through workplace action.

Editorial When Investors Buzz, Workers Take Cover

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.

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