From the TUC

Swings and Roundabouts: The latest news on union membership

31 May 2013, By

It wasn’t hard for once to find the good news in the annual Labour Force Survey of Trade Union Membership which was released by BIS on Wednesday. For the first time in over a decade union membership increased and given the political, economic and industrial environment in which unions are operating we should celebrate this…

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Union numbers hold up, thanks to women

30 May 2013, By

Trade union membership is growing during these tough times and it’s thanks to women. That’s the headline that leaps out at me from the latest government stats on trade union membership. Union membership has grown by 59,000 since 2011 to 6.455 million. Women make up 40,000 of that growth. This is part of a longer…

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Unions unite to call for US-EU trade deal to benefit workers

30 May 2013, By

This week trade union confederations in Europe (ETUC) and the USA (AFL-CIO) officially kicked off a joint campaign to press for workers’ rights and progressive economic policies to be a core part US-EU trade deal (or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to use its marvellously uncatchy official title). Now, just in case you don’t spend your…

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Beat this: Fiji TUC creates massive new political party

29 May 2013, By

In January, the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) decided that the only way to ensure the law of the land recognised workers’ rights to join a union of their choice, bargain collectively and as a last resort take strike action was to form their own political party and contest the elections Fiji’s military regime has promised…

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Israel’s ports haunted by Ronald Reagan’s ghost

23 May 2013, By

In the labour movement we’re often fond of our history.  We preserve certain traditions, we celebrate some holidays, we even have museums displaying our union banners and old pamphlets.  Our past inspires us. We don’t tend to think of union-busters sharing in some kind of nostalgia, but they do – and it sometimes shows up…

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Guatemala Week of Action

21 May 2013, By

Recent months have seen a flurry of agreements and undertakings being signed relating to Guatemala. Whilst the attention of trade unionists around the world has rightly been focused on Colombia due to the unbelievable level of violent attacks our colleagues there are subject to, as I have written before, the situation in Guatemala is also…

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Austerity in Greece strips workers of their rights

19 May 2013, By

Last week, Greek teachers found out that their services were essential. No news there, of course – as the old poster had it “if you can read this, thank a teacher!” But the language of austerity is becoming more like George Orwell’s “newspeak” by the day. The Greek authorities defined teaching as an “essential service”…

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