From the TUC

E-ciggies have no place in the workplace.

25 Feb 2013, By

In the last week I have had two health and safety representatives ask me the same question. Are electronic cigarettes banned in the workplace? Part of the problem is that, because they are new, the health effects of e-cigarettes are pretty unknown. The manufacturers seem reluctant to fund proper independent research, although that does not…

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Austerity unites a week of strikes around Europe

21 Feb 2013, By

There are three major industrial disputes going on around Europe this week. Formally, there is nothing to connect the strikes: on wages in Belgium, job cuts in Spain and Government spending plans in Greece. But they’re all about austerity, and the fact that the strikes are spreading to northern countries not formally in crisis may…

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“Poor Mexico”: solidarity week

20 Feb 2013, By

I spoke at a public meeting on solidarity with Mexican workers and unions tonight as part of the global union week of action. The meeting was addressed in far more detail by Dr Francisco Dominguez and Prof Keith Ewing, and chaired by Diana Holland at Unite’s headquarters. Here is an edited version of what I…

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A tale of two scandals

20 Feb 2013, By

In 2010 evidence emerged that the News of the World had been systematically hacking into the phones of a number of celebrities. By early 2011 it became clear that over 400 people had been the victims of illegal phone-hacking. Most of these were “celebrities” of various kinds but the list included politicians, a couple of…

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