Pepsi complicit in ongoing rights violations - India

Global drink and snacks giant PepsiCo is complicit in ongoing human rights violations by a warehouse provider in the Indian state of West Bengal. Since 2013, IUF members have been supporting a courageous group of warehouse workers who are unemployed for demanding the right to form a trade union.. The company which dismissed them - Radhakrishna Foodland Pvt. Ltd (RKFL) - operates a warehouse contracted exclusively to PEPSICO. 

PepsiCo's warehouse supplier has responded to the workers' fight for rights by compounding earlier abuses. In the course of the long struggle, already precarious one-year contracts have been unilaterally replaced with contracts for 3 months, pushing rights even further out of reach. Workers at this PepsiCo supplier do not receive written contracts in a language they can understand; they sign a document in English and are verbally informed of the length of their contract. And PepsiCo, which claims to have a rigorous supplier code and a strong dedication to international human rights standards, stands firmly behind its supplier's practices. 

Direct discussions between the IUF and PepsiCo, including mediation under the auspices of the United States government's National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, have failed to remedy the abuses. 

PepsiCo's refusal to recognize and to remedy ongoing human rights violations makes it complicit in human rights abuses - complicity that leaves their supplier code and their claimed dedication to human rights in tatters.


Urgent protests for imprisoned Trade Unionists - Iran

Socialist and trade union activists in Iran have once again found themselves the target of persecution for exercising their legal and rightful trade union activities.

On the eve of May Day, on 29 April 2015, Davood Razavi and Ebrahim Madadi of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company were reportedly arrested and incarcerated in Section 209 of Evin prison where political prisoners are detained. Earlier, on 28 April 2015, Mahmoud Salehi and Osman Ismaili, of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers' Organizations were also arrested.

The reasons for the arrests are not known. There have also been reports of other incidents against socialist and trade union activists.

Send your protests through the Labour Start campaign website - follow the link here

Solidarity with Azerbaijan Human Rights Defenders.

Urgent protests are required to support Intigram Aliyev and Rasul Jafarov. These human rights defenders have been jailed on trumped up charges.

In the case of Intigram Aliyev he was given a  seven and half year prison sentence for ‘tax evasion,’ ‘abuse of authority,’ ‘illegal entrepreneurship,’ and ‘appropriation.’ These are clearly trumped up charges and are the result of the fact that he has represented hundreds of cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Rasul Jafarov was handed a six and a half year prison sentence on similar charges. He had been organising a Sport for Rights campaign to raise awareness about political prisoners in the run up to the European Games, and he and Aliyev had been compiling a list of victims of politically motivated arrests.

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Free Itai Dzamara - Human Rights Defender - Zimbabwe

Journalist and pro-democracy activist, Itai Dzamara, was abducted on the morning of 9 March by five men while at a barber shop in Harare’s Glen View suburb of Zimbabwe. The men accused him of stealing cattle before handcuffing him and driving off with him in a white truck. His whereabouts are unknown. Itai Dzamara, is the leader of the protest group Occupy Africa Unity Square.

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Free Liliany Obando - Human Rights Defender - Colombia

Urgent protests are required to support Liliany Obando a sociology lecturer who is a human rights activist. She was accused of 'rebellion' and arrested in August 2008 as a way of silencing her criticism of the current political and economic situation in Colombia. We are concerned that she remains deprived of her freedom in arbitrary fashion even though she has completed three fifths of the sentence imposed on her and thereby has gained the right to enjoy “conditional liberty,” or parole.

We are calling on our supporters to send protests calling for due process to be followed and release from detention.

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