Coca-Cola Philippines workers overcome “red tagging” fear in victory for independent unions

In a major victory against the climate of fear created by "red-tagging", more Coca-Cola workers in the Philippines have voted in...

Lotte Kolson profited from child labour in the Hashem Foods tragedy

Along with Idilia Foods' Nocilla chocolate hazelnut spread and Shezan International's Shezan juices, the Kolson pasta products...

Sajeeb Group decides a worker’s life is worth $2,317. Families of victims must give up any further compensation claims.

From 16 to 18 July 2021, management of Sajeeb Group summoned 24 relatives of workers who died in the fire to give them...

Spanish confectionery brand Nocilla identified in Hashem Foods factory fire

Workers identified the hazelnut and chocolate spread manufactured under the brand name Nocilla for Spanish company Idilia Foods...

Hashem Foods ignored warnings on fire safety and child labour. The authorities did nothing.

Months before the tragic fire at Hashem Foods factory, management ignored notices issued by the fire services department...

Working in luxury, living in poverty. Naga World Hotel Casino workers face more poverty after mass redundancies.

After years of working in the luxurious Naga World Hotel Casino complex in Phnom Penh, over 1,300 workers were thrown out in a...

Sajeeb Group shuts website, hides brands responsible for killing workers including child labour

Even before firefighters could extinguish the fire at Hashem Foods factory, the Sajeeb Group chairman, Abdul Hashem, quickly...

“find my mother” – the story of a child labourer in the Hashem Foods factory fire in Bangladesh

The following is an extract from an article published in the newspaper, Kaler Kantho, on July 10, 2021, under the title "Find my...

Pakistan Food Workers’ Federation condemns killing of workers in Bangladesh fire tragedy, calls on Shezan International to take responsibility

The IUF-affiliated Pakistan Food Workers' Federation (PFWF) issued a statement expressing solidarity with the workers and...

Children working as child labour among those killed and injured in Hashem Foods factory fire in Bangladesh

Among the bodies recovered from the horrific Hashem Foods factory fire are an unknown number of children who were exploited as...

Food and agricultural unions in Bangladesh demand justice for Sajeeb Group workers in fire tragedy

In response to the tragic death of workers in the Hashem Foods factory fire, several food, beverage and agricultural trade...

Hazardous working conditions kill dozens of food workers in fire tragedy in Bangladesh

[photo credit: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters] The tragic fire at the Hashem Foods Ltd factory in Rupganj in Narayanganj...

Solidarity across Asia-Pacific for striking General Mills workers in Australia

Food workers in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and the Maldives in solidarity with striking...

promoting COVID-19 vaccination among young agricultural workers in India

In Gujarat, India, young members of the Gujarat Agricultural Labour Union (GALU) are vaccinated in Panchmahal district, a tribal...

Essential food workers at General Mills strike for decent pay, secure jobs

After working hard throughout the pandemic as essential food industry workers, members of the IUF-affiliated United Workers...

DEFENDING RIGHTS & LIVELIHOODS IN THE COVID-19 era

Please visit our COVID-19 blog to learn more about how we are supporting food, farm & hotel workers in the COVID-19 crisis.

WOMEN, UNIONS & POWER

The strength and resilience of trade unions depends on the active involvement of women as members and leaders and the priority given to gender equality and the elimination of all forms of discrimination, sexual harassment & violence. Please join our Women, Unions & Power Initiative.

THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION

All workers have the right to form or join a trade union. Only through freedom of association can workers collectively improve their wages and working conditions; secure a safe workplace; promote gender equality; end discrimination, harassment & violence; overcome vulnerability & insecure jobs; and live a life worthy of human dignity.

ABOUT IUF ASIA-PACIFIC

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tourism, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) was established in 1920. As a result of the struggle to organize independent, democratic trade unions in Asia and the Pacific with international solidarity, these independent unions established the IUF Regional Organization for Asia and the Pacific in 1962. The IUF Asia-Pacific is a regional organization of the global IUF and has its own constitution and rules. Every 5 years a Regional Conference of delegates representing affiliates in the region elects the Regional Secretary, Regional President and the Regional Committee.

14th IUF Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2022

The next statutory Regional Conference of the IUF Regional Organization for Asia and the Pacific will be held in October 2022.