The International Union of Food


The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (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

The IUF is currently composed of 336 trade unions in 120 countries representing a combined representational membership of over 12 million workers (including a financial membership of 2.7 million). It is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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
* international organizing within transnational companies (TNCs)
* global action to defend human, democratic, and trade union rights.