From the TUC

Made with love not sweat

30 Apr 2009, By

In the United States this is the original “fair trade” purchasing, as labour organised campaigns to get people to buy union made goods (similar to the UK company Ethical Threads. Also pleasing to note that Barrack Obama used trade union only made goods for his election campaign). In the late 1970s, the International Ladies Garment…

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Vote for Congress House

30 Apr 2009, By

Congress House has been nominated for the ‘Stirling of Stirlings’ architecture prize – a prestigious one-off award being run by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects.  We’re shortlisted in the section covering 1934-1958. We’re up against the Royal Festival Hall, so we need all the votes we can get. You can vote for Congress…

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links for 2009-04-28

28 Apr 2009, By

TUC – Manchester downturn briefing for union officers and organisers Activists, organisers and officers are in the front line of union efforts to represent members in these challenging times of recession, redundancy and restructuring. This TUC briefing aims to give practical help on a range of issues. (tags: recession , unions, downturn) PM ackowledges vital…

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links for 2009-04-27

27 Apr 2009, By

Viral fraternalism: Why trades unions have the most to gain from social media tools | Memeserver (tags: social networking, unions) Blacklisting in publishing Not shocking or surprising news, but shows you how widespread this problem might be and why Government needs to act! (tags: union busting, blacklisting, unions)

Of rights and rewards

27 Apr 2009, By

We’re hearing plenty at the moment about how we are in a new age of austerity.  As with many things, the impact of this on groups and individuals depends on who you are, where you are from and what you do. Driving along in the car on Sunday I was listening to Radio 5 Live’s…

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Organising in schools – developments

27 Apr 2009, By

Last week I posted on the challenges faced by UK teacher unions in reviving and rebuilding activity and activism in the face of profound changes to how schools in the UK are managed and organised. Last Saturday’s Guardian featured an interview with the Conservative Party Education spokesperson Michael Gove in which he announced that the Tory’s next manifesto would…

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Autologic update

26 Apr 2009, By

Earlier this week I blogged about car delivery firm Autologic’s efforts to de-recognise UNITE. I’m glad to say that UNITE members at Autologic have proven there is still life in the old chestnut that the ‘workers united will never be defeated’ – Autologic have now backed down! You can read more here. PS Why has…

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