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Labour Start are campaigning for workers to join a trade union of their choice.

The Sabah Forest Industries (SFI), owned and operated by Ballarpur Industries Limited (BILT), part of the Avantha group, has been refusing to recognise the Sabah Timber Industry Employees Union (STIEU).  SFI has been reviving a defunct union saying that it will only recognise an in-house union. SFI continues to apply double standards regarding workers’ rights, allowing unions to be formed and sign collective agreements in India but not in Malaysia. In view of the above, SFI needs to allow its workers to have the right to form a trade union of their own choosing as enshrined in ILO convention 87 and embedded as a mandatory requirement in forest certification systems and performance standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) which financially supports SFI.

For more information please follow this link and sign the petition:

The International Labour rights Forum is drawing our attention to two reports which highlight how Macdonald’s and Walmart are disrespectful to their own workers but are also now impacting on workers down their supply chains. Please follow these links for more information:





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