From the TUC
Education International Congress

Global teacher unions oppose neo-liberal trade & investment agreements

25 Jul 2015, By Guest

At this week’s Education International (EI) World Congress in Canada, education unions around the globe voted to oppose the new wave of trade and investment agreements that are being negotiated – often in secret – by our governments. Representing nearly 32 million teachers and education workers, EI is the largest global union federation and therefore…

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What can we do about shift work?

23 Jul 2015, By

There has been a lot of research published in the past few years around the effect of shift work and our health since the World Health Organisation classified night shift work as a probable carcinogen back in 2007. In 2012 research for the HSE estimated that the additional breast cancer risk associated with night shift…

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International Monetary Fund

Solving the IMF’s concerns about stronger unions

22 Jul 2015, By

I have blogged at Touchstone about this week’s bombshell news from the International Monetary Fund that declining unionisation leads to ballooning inequality (which the IMF accepts is damaging to economic growth) and rampaging top people’s pay. Readers of Stronger Unions might have assumed this finding would have led to the IMF proposing mass unionisation drives and the…

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Andy Hall

Defending workers’ rights defenders: Andy Hall in Thailand

20 Jul 2015, By

I’ve blogged several times over the years about the harassment of British workers’ rights advocate Andy Hall, who faces a number of charges – some with terrifying jail terms or financial penalties if he’s found guilty – for exposing exploitation of Burmese migrants in the Thai fruit processing industry. The harassment, by a single fruit company whose owner…

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Jaimie Fuller, SKINS' Chair, holds a Playfair Qatar sign at the FSF Supporters' Summit

At the summit: fans keen to support FIFA reform

18 Jul 2015, By

The fans got stuck in to our panel at the football Supporters’ Summit today, where the Football Supporters’ Federation had invited the TUC’s Playfair Qatar to talk about FIFA reform and – of course – the Qatar World Cup. There was so much interest there wasn’t time to answer all the questions from the floor.…

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Coca-Cola backs global union call for an independent review of FIFA

17 Jul 2015, By

The global trade union movement’s campaign for workers’ rights to be a key element of mega-sporting events is often obscured by the cesspit that is FIFA. Migrant construction workers preparing the infrastructure for the 2022 Qatar World Cup face squalid living conditions, slavery and even death. And yet the corruption and bribery that seems to characterise FIFA…

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