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IUF International Fast Food Workers' Meeting
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:04

Comrade Dwaine Paul, Deputy General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (B.W.U.) is among the delegates of the affiliates of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF), who are attending the IUF International Fast Food Workers’ meeting, which began in London on Tuesday, 2 October.

In recent years, activities from IUF affiliates have taken place in solidarity and support of a growing number of fast food workers fighting for their rights and decent wages and conditions. Thousands of fast food workers in several countries have joined the three International Fast Food Workers’ Days, and participated in a variety of actions including leafleting, demonstrations and strikes. Global protests have been organised to demand the right to join or form a union, to highlight poor working conditions and wage theft, zero-hour contracts, low wages and precarious employment. The Fifth International Fast Food Workers’ Day is planned for Thursday, 4 October, which, incidentally, is the 77th anniversary of the B.W.U.

The elaboration of a broader strategy than can unite and strengthen fast food workers and the unions that increasingly represent them is among a strategic programme planned by the IUF for the next five years. The programme will also deal with the following issues:

  • explore with affiliates the potential value of company-specific networks of union representatives to share knowledge and any progress establishing union membership and collective bargaining processes in those companies;
  • enhancing the international fast food workers network amongst affiliates active within the sector and strengthen regular communications amongst these affiliates;
  • deepen research on key fast food companies and enhance the degree to which the research is shared and understood amongst affiliates;
  • continue to map union activity and engagement in the sector world-wide;
  • strengthen our capacity for collective and concrete solidarity action in support of fast food workers facing rights abuses in the sector; and
  • continuing to expand the footprint and visibility of the international struggle of fast food workers around the world.

The IUF is an international federation of trade unions representing workers employed in agriculture and plantations, the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages, hotels, restaurants and catering services, all stages of tobacco processing and is composed of 416 affiliated trade unions in 128 countries representing over 10 million workers.





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