From the TUC

Act now for workers’ rights in the sportswear industry

27 Feb 2010, By

Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics are over, and attention is turning towards London 2012. The Playfair 2012 campaign, backed by the TUC, Labour Behind the Label and many others, has launched a website and a first campaign action, aimed at multinationals Adidas, Nike and Pentland (makers of speedo), urging these three major suppliers of sporting goods to…

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Friday 26 Feb is Work Your Proper Hours Day

24 Feb 2010, By

Are you ready for Work Your Proper Hours Day this Friday (26 Feb)? It’s the day when, according to official statistics, the average person who does unpaid overtime stops working for free, and starts to earn for themselves. We reckon that’s a day to celebrate, so we’re suggesting everyone makes a real effort to work…

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Listen, Explore, Equalise, Elevate!

23 Feb 2010, By

Past and present TUC Organising Academy Trainee Organisers will recognise the above slogan from their training – it’s a template we try and get organisers to use so that they get the most from conversations with members and workers.  Its a bit corny, but it does the trick in getting over the point that speaking…

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Sausage rolls brought to you by union organisers

18 Feb 2010, By

Some really engaging discussions today at the GFTU’s seminar on organising young workers. Met some great union reps and officers, some of  them from the bakers’ union BFAWU who are organising the often low paid, part time and largely female workforce at Gregg’s.   Two young women in particular from Gregg’s described the problems facing organising in…

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Fighting the corner for young workers

11 Feb 2010, By

Its no secret that young people are having a bad time of it in the labour market right now. Youth unemployment stands at record levels, demand for apprenticeships and places in higher education is outstripping supply and too many young workers find themselves in low paid, low skilled, vulnerable jobs in the sharp end of…

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The world’s greatest bank job

10 Feb 2010, By

Here’s a video of some hardy Robin Hood Tax campaign merry men and women braving the 4am chill and nocturnal traffic wardens to beam a message ten metres high onto the side of Bank of England. If you haven’t yet added your voice to the campaign, go do so now at the Robin Hood Tax…

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Robin Hood Tax – A good idea?

10 Feb 2010, By

The Robin Hood Tax campaign launches today, supported by the TUC and dozens of other charities, faith groups and community organisations. The campaign is calling on the leaders of the UK’s political parties to support a global tax on the banks to help repair the human damage caused by the global economic crisis, protect public…

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