From the TUC

Sexism in the city

28 Sep 2009, By

Excellent article in the Times by Janice Turner on the rise of ‘casual sexism’. The whole article is worth a read but here are some highlights: “Does casual sexism matter any more? Aren’t we all too cool and liberated to care? It is always crass and reductive to draw up cause and effect. But there…

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Act now to prevent the jailing of Iranian sugar workers

24 Sep 2009, By

Two Iranian trade unionists from the sugar industry are still facing jail, although three of their colleagues have had their sentences overturned on appeal after an international solidarity campaign. The IUF – the global union for food workers – is asking people to protest to the Iranian authorities on behalf of Ali Nejati and Reza Rekhshan. Please…

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A great night out for World Day for Decent Work – book now!

24 Sep 2009, By

Wednesday 7 October is World Day for Decent Work, the global trade union movement’s day to demand a right to good jobs at good wages with quality public services and the right to join a union. In London, we’re holding a great night out with lead speakers Wellington Chibebe (General Secretary of the Zimbabwean TUC),…

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Young Workers in the Recession: the Organising Challenge

24 Sep 2009, By

As Chair of the TUC’s Young Members Forum, I’m very happy to be a guest blogger for today on Stronger Unions. As a young trade union activist, I’m interested to know what the Government is doing for young people facing the worst of times in this current recession? And, perhaps more importantly from our perspective,…

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Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and the TUC

18 Sep 2009, By

Oh how the media have enjoyed themselves in their ‘reporting’ of the motion discussed at this weeks Congress on the wearing of high heels in the workplace.  Obviously the facts couldn’t be, and weren’t, allowed to get in the way of the chance to have a poke at two of the favourite targets of right wing reporters and ‘commentators’…

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TUC Congress Fringe Reaching Out Organising Young Workers

17 Sep 2009, By

I was pleased to attend the above fringe event at TUC annual Congress this week, it really demonstrated the commitment at the most senior level of trade unions to the challenge of engaging the youth of tomorrow. The event was well attended with over eighty people, most of whom were young (and some of whom…

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Organising Motion at Congress

17 Sep 2009, By

TUC Congress has carried the following motion on Trade Union membership: Congress notes with concern that in 2008 trade union membership levels and union density in the UK both declined. Private sector union density fell by 0.6 per cent to 15.5 per cent and public sector union density fell by more than three times this…

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