From the TUC

Olympics: Building a better world through sport – but without respect for workers’ rights

30 Mar 2012, By

The Olympic Movement says that is aims to “build a better world through sport” and the Olympic Charter states “Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on…respect for universal fundamental ethical principles”. For the Playfair 2012 campaign this should mean respecting people’s fundamental rights at work, including the right to join/form a trade…

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Wakefield takes me ‘back to the future’

29 Mar 2012, By

When the opportunity came for me to return to my home town of Wakefield I couldn’t resist. My colleagues in UCATT had raved about the work that Wakefield District Housing (WDH) had done to deliver low carbon housing developments, train their workforce and deliver for their communities in the process. ‘Seeing is believing’ as the…

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Change at the top of Australia’s unions

26 Mar 2012, By

Follow Brendan Barber, Paul Kenny and Owen Tudor on their delegation to Australia @TUCGlobal using #TUCdownunder The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the peak body and sister organisation of the TUC, is about to change its Secretary, with Dave Oliver taking over from Jeff Lawrence (former nurses’ union leader Ged Kearney stays as President.)…

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What can we do about Fiji?

24 Mar 2012, By

I’m taking the opportunity of the TUC delegation to Australia to discuss the next steps in the campaign for union rights in Fiji, meeting Minister for the Pacific Islands Richard Marles MP (a former Assistant Secretary at the ACTU) and Shannon O’Keeffe from the Asia-Pacific region of the International Transport Workers Federation, as well as…

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Cleaners and carers: difficult to organise. But not impossible

20 Mar 2012, By

Follow Brendan Barber, Paul Kenny and Owen Tudor in Australia by following @TUCGlobal #TUCdownunder On Monday afternoon, the TUC delegation to Australia visited the Sydney-based United Voice union to hear from National Secretary Louise Tarrant about their efforts to organise contract cleaners and childcare workers. In both cases, traditional bargaining with the employers is problematic,…

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Community unions: part of a successful union campaign recipe down under

20 Mar 2012, By

Follow Brendan Barber, Paul Kenny and Owen Tudor in Australia through #TUCdownunder @TUCGlobal The TUC delegation to Australia met on Monday with UnionsNSW Secretary Mark Lennon and Adam Kerslake who briefed us on the way unions Had changed over the last decade from traditional insider bargainers with the New South Wales government into community campaigners.…

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