From the TUC

Greek unions strike to save the country

25 Sep 2012, By

The Greek trade union confederations, GSEE and ADEDY, have called a general strike on Wednesday 26 September “to save the country, starting with its people.” They are urging the Greek government to change course and reject the dictates of the Troika: the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Among the…

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Unions call on Commonwealth to get tougher on human rights

25 Sep 2012, By

The Commonwealth’s Foreign Ministers are meeting this weekend in New York (no, the US hasn’t returned to the Empire, it’s common for Commonwealth meetings to happen in the margins of UN events!) A major piece of business will be approving the draft Charter of the Commonwealth, a summary of the values that bind the Commonwealth together.…

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Portugal’s unions stop wage cuts: big blow to austerity

23 Sep 2012, By

The Financial Times has reported (£) that Portugal’s Prime Minister will meet unions and business leaders today (Monday) to back down on plans to cut workers’ wages as part of the austerity measures demanded by the Troika (the EU, IMF and European Central Bank). BBC World carries a similar report, without mentioning unions. The FT reports that…

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More attacks on independent unions in Mexico

22 Sep 2012, By Guest

IndustriALL Global Union and the Tri-National Solidarity Alliance (TNSA) – which covers Canada, Mexico and the USA – are leading opposition to significant labour law reforms being fast-tracked through the Mexican parliament. The legislation would increase the serious obstacles already facing workers and democratic, independent trade unions in Mexico. IndustriALL have produced a model letter to send to Mexican…

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Congress 2012: Organising Young Workers

18 Sep 2012, By

It seems we are fighting on all fronts at the moment: defending jobs, terms and conditions, services; campaigning against cuts to services and benefits; struggling to win our fight for equality. There is no question that we are already stretched. So why is the TUC young members conference pushing now for a TUC-led campaign of…

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Tough climate for equality bargaining

18 Sep 2012, By

Austerity and the poor state of the economy have created a tough climate for union negotiators, according to the latest TUC Equality Audit. The Audit identifies instances where previously good policies and practices are being withdrawn in the face of cuts and a more hostile political climate. A number of unions said they had examples…

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Congress 2012: Organising Vulnerable Workers

18 Sep 2012, By

Free marketeers like to sing the praises of “risk taking entrepreneurs”. Willingness to take risks is held up as a virtue. But in reality the real risks in society are taken not by entrepreneurs but by workers, and not by choice but by necessity. BECTU’s motion on Vulnerable Workers at this year’s TUC was about…

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