From the TUC

Apple’s labour pains won’t go away without unions

30 Jul 2013, By

Apple have been hit by more allegations of child labour in their supply chain this week. It isn’t the first time, and if they continue putting their reliance in voluntary auditing methods, it won’t be the last. China Labor Watch, a union-connected NGO that operates out of New York but has good roots in mainland China,…

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Fijian mill workers reject employer sweeteners

30 Jul 2013, By

Fiji’s main export is cane sugar. It is farmed and milled in the islands and then shipped around the world to the Silvertown refinery in East London. Under the military dictatorship that has run Fiji since 2006 the sugar industry has been starved of investment. Military discipline has replaced modern management techniques. The military-run Fiji Sugar Corporation…

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Tunisian unions condemn ‘terrorism, violence & murders’

26 Jul 2013, By

Showing yet again how important the trade union movement is to the development of democracy in Tunisia, the UGTT called a general strike today to protest at the murder of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi the day before. The avowedly political strike was announced “in defence of Tunisia and to protest at this new political assassination”…

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Iraqi unions come closer together for union rights

23 Jul 2013, By

The Iraqi trade union movement has suffered a series of splits since the invasion in 2003, some from circumstance such as the existence of a quasi-autonomous Kurdish region, some from tradition (professions like teaching and journalism have traditionally not been part of the predominantly blue collar trade union movement, as is the case in many…

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Anti-Tolpuddle spirit lives on in the Lobbying Bill

22 Jul 2013, By

After speaking at the annual Tolpuddle festival yesterday, I can confirm that the spirit of the Tolpuddle Martyrs is alive and well, 179 years on. But the publication of the government’s new Lobbying Bill proves that the spirit of Squire Frampton is doing pretty well too. Squire James Frampton was a landowner who feared that…

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Egypt: trade unionist becomes Minister of Labour

22 Jul 2013, By

The President of the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFITU), Kamal Abu Eita, has been appointed as Minister for Manpower and Immigration, and has resigned his position as union president. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has welcomed his appointment, along with that of another reformer, Ahmad El-Borei, as Minister of Solidarity and Social Protection…

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