From the TUC

Links for 26 February

26 Feb 2009, By

Keep the Post Public Privatisation of the post office makes no sense at all – private companies will no doubt skim off the profitable parts (like city to city mail and bulk mail), and the Royal Mail will be left to struggle with those bits that will never make money – support the CWU’s campaign!…

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They’re not all ‘Bankers’

26 Feb 2009, By

You know what its like – you drive your company to into the ground, make a loss of £28bn, ask the tax-payers to bail you out to the tune of £20bn, and all you get in return is a £693k a year pension from the age of 50… There has been much outrage (and on-line…

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Why Amnesty says “protect the human” AND “join a union”

26 Feb 2009, By

Amnesty International is one of the best loved organisations in Britain, regardless of whether you grew up with the Secret Policeman’s Balls (which in the late 1970s were the adult equivalent of early 1970s playground recitations of Monty Python sketches – only with the original cast on the stage leading the chorus!) Everyone knows they help people…

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An outstanding festival – history, art and education

25 Feb 2009, By

At the weekend i attended the first ever festival of learning and organising. The festival was a celebration of the achievements of the learning agenda as a major factor in the organisation of the justice for cleaner’s campaign (J4C). There were over 70 activists from the campaign which had organised, educated and won the living…

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Not so sweet Nestlé

23 Feb 2009, By

I saw the headline “Nestlé Hong Kong: Strike action wins dramatic step-down from management” on the IUF website today and thought I would look a little deeper. It seems that the Hong Kong Nestlé workers took strike action at 6.30 am last Saturday morning to force the reinstatement of their suspended union president. Within five…

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Trade unions take to the streets – Dublin today, London next month

21 Feb 2009, By

The Irish Times reports that 100,000 people have gathered in Dublin today at a demonstration organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) to protest at the Government’s handling of the recession. Almost alone among EU Governments, Fianna Fail have opted to make cuts in spending – especially public sector pensions, and unions are…

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Fair to Agency workers campaign in North West

19 Feb 2009, By

The North West TUC has launched a campaign for agency workers to be treated fairly. The campaign wants to see agency workers receive fair pay and conditions. Many are paid far less than permanent staff for exactly the same work. Terms and conditions can also be far inferior. Both sides of industry, the Government and…

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