From its founding in 1920, international labour solidarity has been the IUF’s guiding principle. This principle is implemented through:

  • building solidarity at every stage of the food chain
  • global action to defend human, democratic and trade union rights
  • international union organizing within transnational companies

For the IUF, the active defense of trade union, human and democratic rights is not an adjunct to our industrial work but an integral part of our ongoing activity. Defending these rights is an essential class issue for the labour movement, because workers cannot organize in defense of their interests, nor maintain the gains they have achieved, when fundamental rights are violated or not secure.

The IUF gives active support to movements everywhere struggling against oppression. We respond internationally to every attack on our affiliates and on the labour movement. We are committed to building alliances with human rights, environmental, consumer and other organizations in civil society who share our objectives and principles.

Key Developments

Guatemala: FESTRAS union leader brutally beaten


Odilia Caal Có, local leader in a branch of the IUF-affiliated Federación Sindical de Trabajadores de la Alimentación, Agroindustria y...

International trade union declaration: ‘We stand in full solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Algeria fighting for trade union and democratic rights’


Nine international trade union organizations including the IUF have joined together "to  express their full solidarity and support for the...

China: worker rights and the mirage of ‘reform’


Trade union and NGO statements submitted for the UN’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review of member states’ human rights records give...

IUF pledges full support to striking Nigerian affiliates


Late last year the Federal government of Nigeria gave a hint that it would deregulate the downstream of the oil...

Accra, Ghana: Largest ever African regional conference charts future for IUF Africa


Under the theme “Winning union rights and food rights” the 9th African regional conference in Accra December 6 and 7...

KFC Thailand Union Activists Reinstated


The 3 union leaders at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Thailand fired for their union activism earlier this year were reinstated...