From the TUC

TUC Young Workers call for jobs, fair pay and a future that works

27 Mar 2013, By

Over 100 young trade unionists came together in London at the weekend for the annual TUC Young Members Conference. In a week in which it was announced that youth unemployment had increased and is again nearing 1 million, the conference was dominated by the impact of the government’s austerity polices on young people.  In addition to…

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UK bus drivers rally for respect: transatlantic solidarity

27 Mar 2013, By

UK trade unionists are showing practical solidarity with their colleagues in Canada and the USA. It’s another example of multinational double standards, and the trade union response. In the UK, National Express recognises Unite the Union and 94% of the workforce are covered by a collective bargaining agreement. But in the company’s North American subsidiaries,…

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Defend Iraq’s oil union leader

26 Mar 2013, By

Hassan Juma’a Awad is the leader of the workers’ union at the Southern Oil Company that produces most of Iraq’s oil. In February, oil workers struck and demonstrated over management failure to meet their demands, and over management corruption. Now Hassan faces jail because the Iraqi Government continues, ten years after the overthrow of Saddam…

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Lucy Meadows – a tragedy that must not happen again.

23 Mar 2013, By

This week a teacher apparently killed herself. Her name was Lucy Meadows and she had been the victim of a campaign of harassment and intimidation. However this was not by her employers, or by fellow workers, but by the media. While unions have a proud record of protecting members from harassment and bullying at work…

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The USA’s right to work … for less!

23 Mar 2013, By Guest

The news this week that union protestors in Lansing, Michigan, USA who were arrested in December last year at a mass protest against the decision of the state to become a ‘right to work state’ will not be prosecuted has generated further interest in the issue. In December 2012 Republicans in Michigan, the cradle of…

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Defend facility time with new resources from the TUC

20 Mar 2013, By

Union reps in the public sector will need no reminding from me of the blatant politically motivated attack on the ability of reps to represent members individually and collectively.  A direct link can be made between the attacks from shady right wing front groups such as the Tax Payers Alliance and the Trade Union Reform campaign and the…

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Guidance is not enough: Why the HSE Code of Practice matters

13 Mar 2013, By

It seems odd that my first blog since being appointed Assistant General Secretary of the TUC should be on a pretty obscure health and safety issues. Given all that is going on in the world with unemployment, cuts, pensions, attacks on Trade Union rights and the general fall in living standards for everyone who is…

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