Nestlé: Major violations of basic union rights around the world

For growing numbers of Nestlé workers around the world, it's "Good Food - Good Life - Goodbye to Union Rights in the Workplace". The IUF and its affiliates are currently fighting against major violations of basic rights at Nestlé in Indonesia, India, Korea and Hong Kong. Support our Struggle! Stop Nespressure!

For the past two years at Nestlé INDONESIA, the union has been requesting negotiations for badly needed changes to the collective agreement. Management has responded by creating a fake union and pressuring workers to join it.

At Nestlé INDIA, unions jointly approached management to request that wages be negotiated, not imposed. Management responded with a court order permanently banning workers from gathering or holding any union activities within 200 meters of their workplaces.

At Nestlé HONG KONG, workers suffered 17-hour workdays and casual contracts for decades. The workers formed a union. Nestlé refuses to recognize it. The union is under constant pressure.

At Nestlé KOREA, the union tried to verify press reports that the Nestlé Korea factory would be sold. Management refused to even discuss it with the union, claiming at first that the sale of the country's only factory was a "rumour" - and then alternately claiming that the deal had fallen through, or was still under discussion! Workers still don't know if they'll be working at Nestlé tomorrow.

Nestlé, the world's largest food company, carefully polishes and peddles its profile as a "responsible corporate citizen" - in its glossy presentations and publications, in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) get-togethers, even at the United Nations, where it now sponsors public events. But Nestlé workers and their unions around the world know a different Nestlé - a company which, given half a chance, never hesitates to violate international standards on trade union rights and Conventions of the United Nations' ILO in its ruthless quest for profit. Nestlé is a frequent visitor on the bench of the accused at the OECD, whose Guidelines require transnational companies to comply with international labour standards. Read more.