From the TUC

Iranian Government – predictable repression of trade unions

27 Dec 2008, By

As predicted in this blog, the Iranian regime has indeed used the holiday season to crack down on Iranian trade unionists. Just days after labour writer Mohsen Hakimi was seized, bus worker union leader Ebrahim Madadi was arrested too. Meanwhile Channel 4 in the UK chose to broadcast a ‘Christmas message’ from Iranian President Ahmadinejad.…

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570,000 workers gain union rights at a stroke

26 Dec 2008, By

Here’s a story you don’t hear very often. On 16 December, global private services union federation UNI and one of their UK affiliates, the GMB, signed an ‘International Framework Agreement’ with the global multinational security firm G4S. G4S has 570,000 employees around the world, which makes it a big player in global employment terms. And…

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This Christmas, trade union activity is banned

25 Dec 2008, By

It’s Christmas Day, so I really shouldn’t be writing this. But not all trade unionists will be having the day off – emergency services workers, for instance. And in some parts of the world, they have it even tougher than that. Like Guinea, on the West coast of Africa, where three days ago on 22…

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US union happy as a pig in muck

15 Dec 2008, By

We have been told by our good friend Rory O’Neil, Editor of Hazards magazine, of a major union recognition victory in the Deep South state of North Carolina, USA, where employer antogonism to trade unions runs deepest. In what unions are hailing as a crucial victory in the South, United Food and Commercial Workers Union prevailed…

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Social Networking union style

12 Dec 2008, By

It seems that no campaign is complete these days without someone setting up the ubiquitous accompanying Facebook group. Some of these have been really successful, some really haven’t. I’m a big fan of anything that can help unions organising but I think there are a couple of potential pitfalls in using Facebook so liberally. The first is that…

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