From the TUC

Australian unions: the people who give a pluck!

29 May 2012, By

Ged Kearney, the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) was in town to talk about superannuation (Australian occupational pensions) last week, and the TUC got together with Unions21 to host a lively discussion (honestly, there was never a pause and we had to end before everyone who wanted to had asked their…

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Playfair 2012: Campaigning for a sweat-free Olympics

29 May 2012, By

Workers’ rights are human rights. The public face of the Olympics are the athletes and competitors, but without the workers who build the stadium, mine the metal for the medals, and make the equipment and sportswear – there wouldn’t be an Olympic Games. I believe that ensuring respect for the human rights of these workers…

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Attack on facility time is intended to have much wider consequences

29 May 2012, By

In his excellent book “Don’t Think of an Elephant”, US cognitive linguist George Lakoff describes the use by American conservatives of what he calls ‘strategic initiatives’. Lakoff defines a strategic initiative as a plan “in which a change in one carefully chosen issue area has automatic effects over many other issue areas”. Lakoff provides two…

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British trade unionist to lead ILO

28 May 2012, By

British trade unionist Guy Ryder was elected leader of the UN’s workplace standards body the International Labour Organisation (ILO) today after six rounds of exhaustive balloting, eventually beating French politician Gilles de Robien by 30-26 votes. Having started his career in the TUC International Department, Guy rose to be the last General Secretary of the…

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The Spirit Level: Using film for a fairer society

28 May 2012, By

Read The Spirit Level: why equality is better for everyone? Want to back the film? This is your chance. Support a documentary which will help to change the world.  We all know that it is social movements that change the world, but films can be a big help in getting politicians to pay attention and recruiting…

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Hidden struggles: Sicilian union heroes honoured at last

25 May 2012, By

Behind the firewall of the Financial Times website is a story that dominated page 7 of the print edition today, about a period of Italian trade union history probably not well known in the UK or elsewhere. You all know the stereotypes about the Sicilian mafia, and probably about mob involvement in the US trade…

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