From the TUC

US tobacco workers’ union campaign moves forward

28 Apr 2011, By

The union campaign calling for better working and living conditions in the tobacco fields of North Carolina took a step forward on Thursday at the BAT annual general meeting after union protests in London and the USA led to BAT asking the TUC to organise a meeting for US unions to meet with the company…

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Unions use tobacco company AGM to organise global supply chain

28 Apr 2011, By

This week the TUC has been helping US farmworkers’ union FLOC to lobby a British-based multinational to ensure better conditions for tobacco workers in North Carolina. British American Tobacco (BAT) is headquartered in London and holds its corporate AGM today, Thursday. FLOC, AFL-CIO and IUF representatives will be at the AGM to protest about the conditions facing…

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Protest at trade union repression in Swaziland on Tuesday

21 Apr 2011, By

The trade union movement in Swaziland is struggling against repression from the last feudal monarchy in Africa, whose King lives in lavish splendour while his people live in poverty, with the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world. Earlier this month, protests in Swaziland for democracy were brutally crushed despite worldwide protests. One of the TUC’s partners in…

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A better, Scottish, way?

18 Apr 2011, By

This blog has long championed the belief that unions and collective bargaining are good for workers, good for companies, good for the economy, and, crucially, good for social justice and reducing income inequality. So it was heartening today to see Iain Gray, Labour’s leader in Scotland respond positively to a recent report by Unite which…

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Wear your support for US workers on your lapel

07 Apr 2011, By

The AFLCIO has produced a fund-raising badge to oppose attacks on working families and unions in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and other states, and we have a limited number for sale in the UK. For every badge purchased, $12.95 (£8.05) goes to workers and unions under attack. Starting in Wisconsin, but now in other states, Republican Governors are…

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TUC & NUS Roundtable on Interns

07 Apr 2011, By

The TUC and National Union of Students will be holding a round-table on Internships at the TUC, Congress House, London on April 20th.  They will be joined by a number of other organisations that are involved in campaigning for fairer access to internships and better employment rights for interns. The roundtable is being held to…

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