From the TUC

Brussels sprouts green shoots of protest

30 Sep 2010, By

(Ok, I admit it, the headline is dreadful but….) Yesterday more than 100,000 trade unionists from across Europe answered the ETUC’s call to march in Brussels to say ‘No’ to the austerity measures currently in vogue across the continent. With co-ordinated protests in 13 European capitals, 10 million on strike in Spain, and campaigning activity…

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How union members voted for Labour Leader

27 Sep 2010, By

When Tony Blair stood for Leader of the Labour Party in 1994, only one union nominated him. When their members voted, only two unions’ members backed the nomination their union had made (the then GPMU and ISTC). There was a feeling in Tony Blair’s circles that unions were not representative of their members. Flash forward…

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TUC backs Turkish workers at UPS

27 Sep 2010, By

The Turkish trade union TÜMTIS is facing tough times at global parcel delivery company UPS, and a global solidarity campaign run by ITF won support at the September General Council and then at Congress. Since November 2009, more than 150 employees in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir have been dismissed without any application of the procedures stipulated…

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Would you believe it? People support the need for unions!

27 Sep 2010, By

You wouldn’t think it reading much of the coverage of unions provided by most of the media – but a new Harris Interactive poll for Metro has revealed support amongst the public for unions. In the poll, four out of five people belived that there was still a role for unions and three out of…

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ACT NOW – join Amnesty campaign for Cambodian union leaders

26 Sep 2010, By

Several union leaders and activists organising a nationwide strike of garment factory workers in Cambodia are at risk of arrest and legal action. The TUC is supporting Amnesty International’s urgent action calling on the Cambodian government to stop its harassment and to respect freedom of association.

There is a better way

25 Sep 2010, By

Hat tip to my colleagues at the STUC for their campaign and website “There is a better way”. The site contains resources for activists as well as as excellent myth buster and Pinocchio Award given to those in the media and politics telling the biggest fibs about the origins of the crisis and how to…

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Our blog crashes the TIGMOO Top 3

25 Sep 2010, By

Thanks to my excellent colleague at the TUC John Wood for compiling via Tigmoo a list of the of top 25 trade union related bloggers. This year, Stronger Unions has moved up in the rankings from 7 to 3 which isn”t bad considering the rather ‘niche’ nature of our blog.  Thanks too, to regular visitors, and lets…

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