From the TUC

World AIDS Day – TUC seminar

31 Oct 2010, By

The TUC is, as usual, marking World AIDS Day on 1 December with a seminar, and this year it’s especially relevant to union organisers. This year the ILO adopted a recommendation on HIV/AIDS at the workplace. Stewart Brown, the FBU Executive member who represented the TUC in the negotiations, will be speaking at our seminar.…

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Korea should honour its commitment to workers’ rights

29 Oct 2010, By

The TUC has joined an international campaign in defence of trade unions in South Korea. When Korea joined the OECD in 1996 it made a commitment to reform its labour laws and meet international standards on workers’ rights. Fourteen years later, Korean laws still do not comply with international standards on protecting workers’ rights and Korea…

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Beggars Belief!

29 Oct 2010, By

Just received this press release from Chesterfield and District Trades Union Council – an excellent idea I thought I would share with you. Could go nationwide? “BEGGING BANKERS ON STREETS OF CHESTERFIELD Begging Bankers will be out in force on Chesterfield Market Place this Saturday 30th October at 11.00am.  A group of campaigners from ‘Coalition…

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VIDEO: Ska against the cuts

26 Oct 2010, By

A lunchtime share for you. We’ve been humming along to this new tune from Captain Ska, a very catchy song in which the band let us know in no uncertain terms their views about the coalition government’s plan of public spending cuts.

Right wing MP resurrects attack on unions

23 Oct 2010, By

Hang ’em and flog ’em new MP Priti Patel has returned to her favourite theme of union-bashing in the Daily Telegraph today, attacking union representatives in the public sector for using facility time to oppose the cuts that would see their members’ jobs cut, wages frozen and pensions slashed (apparently that’s ‘political’ activity, as opposed to…

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Union Ideas Network – Revamped, Relaunched!

22 Oct 2010, By

  Now, more than ever, the trade union movement needs somewhere for a forensic examination of industrial relations and the role of trade unions in British society  generally, and around the world. Union Ideas Network is the forum which brings together leading academics in industrial relations, business and political and social sciences in to contact…

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“All Together” Trades Union Council Activity

22 Oct 2010, By

Lots of activity being organised by trades union councils around the country, co-ordinating with their Regional TUC campaigns. Thought I would bring to your attention the work of Chelmsford TUC in Essex who sent me this report today. “We held a good public meeting on 22 September after which we formed a Chelmsford Against the…

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