International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations

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Buyout Watch

The IUF Secretariat has established a unique website on private equity in the IUF and other sectors at http://www.iuf.org/buyoutwatch/. The secretariat published a "A Workers' Guide to Private Equity", a 36-page A5 brochure, aimed at IUF affiliates and trade unions and their members around the world. ref

Articles

  • 2007: A Workers' Guide to Private Equity Buyouts. The IUF first drew the attention of the international trade union movement to the growing scale of private equity buyouts in the context of the "financialization" of corporate investment to deliver maximum short term financial returns to shareowners. The secretariat has briefed UK and European parliamentarians on the threat of private equity, established a unique website on private equity in the IUF and other sectors, and assisted affiliates in responding to private equity buyouts. The secretariat has now published a A Workers' Guide to Private Equity, a 36-page A5 brochure, aimed at IUF affiliates and trade unions and their members around the world. the publication sets out in accessible language what private equity is, how it operates and the dangers it represents to workers and unions. It points to possible strategies in bargaining with the private equity funds who are becoming increasingly significant players as owners and employers in many IUF sectors. It explains how a specific political environment (deregulation) has made it possible for the funds to expand globally, and how political action can contain the funds. International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers􏰀 Associations.