From the TUC

links for 2009-12-27

27 Dec 2009, By

Tim Costello, Trucker-Author Who Fought Globalization, Dies at 64 Sad news that Tim Costello – who was at the forefront of thinking about how trade unions can organise globally – has passed away over the Christmas break. (tags: Tim Costello, organising, globalisation)

Canadian strikers need your support at Christmas

26 Dec 2009, By

61 building service workers at the Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto were locked-out and then fired by their employer when they refused to agree to the gutting of their collective agreement. They were forced to celebrate Christmas on a picket line almost 6 months after being forced off the job. Their union, CEP, is asking…

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Seasons Greetings from Stronger Unions

25 Dec 2009, By

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year! We hope you have a good break and look forward to working with you again in 2010. If you’ve been following our Union Advent postings, here’s a download present for you. “The Union Advantage” contains all the factoids we ran this month, and more. You can download…

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The Union Advent: 24 Dec

24 Dec 2009, By

Trade unions are the most effective tool for ensuring good health and safety at work. Put simply unionised workplaces are safer workplaces. That is one of the main reasons that people join and stay in a union. When asked, 70% of new trade union members considered health and safety a ‘very important’ union issue –…

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The Union Advent: 23 Dec

23 Dec 2009, By

Union Learning Reps increase the impact of training. 73% of Union Learning Reps and one-half of managers reported that ULRs have had a positive impact on either employer-funded or non-employer-funded training. Three out of the five managers stated that ULRs help to address employee skills gaps. Both ULRs and managers report that ULRs are more…

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The Union Advent: 22 Dec

22 Dec 2009, By

Unions work to secure jobs in the recession. At the car manufacturers Toyota, Unite union representative Peter Tsouvallaris says “members are reminded daily of the tremendous insecurity the recession has brought to our industry”. After negotiations with management at Toyota, and faced with cuts in jobs and wages, the union has been able to recommend…

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The Union Advent: 21 Dec

21 Dec 2009, By

Legal expertise and advice. Through the union’s own legal officers or through specialist solicitors, union full time officers and representatives have access to advice on legal aspects of working life from employment contracts, harassment, redundancy, pensions or equalities issues. Through the union, members have an access to justice which may otherwise have been denied to…

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