From the TUC

Egypt’s new labour movement comes of age

30 Jan 2012, By

On the desert-battered outskirts of Cairo, in a kitsch marble convention centre, the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU) has just announced to Egypt and the world that it has come of age. EFITU was born in the inspiration and chaos of Tahrir square, exactly 12 months to the day. Since then they have…

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Save our NHS rally: 7 March

30 Jan 2012, By

The House of Lords are to start discussing proposed changes to the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill on 8 February. The seriousness of this Bill cannot be understated. It threatens the very principles on which the National Health Service was founded by turning it into a business where our taxes will pay for private…

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US unions growing in private sector

27 Jan 2012, By

The latest figures from the USA show that trade union membership is up over the last year, despite the difficult economic conditions, continuing anti-union activism by the Republicans, and – and this is perhaps the most interesting element of the statistics – a decline in the number of trade union members in the public sector. As…

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David winning more often than we think

27 Jan 2012, By

I suppose it’s inevitable given the combination of a hostile government, flat-lining economy, rising unemployment and stagnating household incomes that some commentators are speculating on what all this means for the role and future of trade unions. Despite significant and ongoing job losses in the public sector, union action on pensions – coupled  with a…

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Are workers now free in Burma?

27 Jan 2012, By

Burma has seen many dramatic moves toward democracy and respect for human rights over the past six months. Most political prisoners have been released, Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy are about to contest by-elections, and there’s been some progress in ending the government’s bloody repression of ethnic groups. But has…

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Union reps: A better investment than a FTSE250 company

24 Jan 2012, By

Today, the TUC releases new research that shows the significant benefits that workplace union reps produce for employers and taxpayers.  The report also reveals serious inaccuracies in figures used by the so-called Taxpayers Alliance relating to the cost of paid time off. “Facility Time for union reps – separating fact from fiction” not only updates…

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Communications & Organising

19 Jan 2012, By Guest

I’ve been wanting to blog about the role that communications play in campaigns and organising for quite a while now so it was with great interest I read Mehdi Hasan’s article for the New Statesman where he explores the role of framing in politics. By and large, the most difficult thing in the campaigns I have been…

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