From the TUC

TUC Congress speaker arrested in Colombia

28 Aug 2013, By

The arrest and detention on Sunday of Colombian trade unionist Huber Ballesteros shows how little has changed in that country. It is yet another move in the government’s attempt to disrupt and frustrate both industrial action and union engagement in the developing peace process. Huber was arrested at the headquarters of the CUT, the Colombian…

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Back to the future for US unions: “this is how we began”

23 Aug 2013, By

Tony Burke has already blogged here about how the AFLCIO Convention next month in Los Angeles (bit different from Bournemouth!) will see radical new proposals to expand union membership to cover social movements like the civil rights NAACP and the environmentalist Sierra Club. But the US trade union movement is also expanding among more old-fashioned forms of…

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Fiji’s sugar mills: army comes calling

22 Aug 2013, By

If you’d just taken a decision by secret ballot to strike over the fact that you hadn’t had a pay rise for seven years, how would you feel about the army coming round your workplace? Chances are that you’d think that was a bit over the top, and certainly pretty intimidating. Especially if you lived…

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Defend trade union rights at DCLG

22 Aug 2013, By

The TUC is urging all trade union members, activists and supporters to get behind a PCS campaign to defend union rights at the Department for Communities & Local Government. The campaign has been launched after the decision by Eric Pickles to end, without any consultation, the check-off system for collecting union subscriptions within the department.…

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Organising, communicating & the internet

21 Aug 2013, By Guest

In the position I’m in here at the TUC, I’m often asked what I am reading, what I would recommend to others hoping to steer successful campaigns. Over the last year, I have been increasingly drawn to the work of cognitive linguistics in the shape of George Lakoff (more on my take on communications can be found here)…

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Stop anti-unionists getting away with murder in the Philippines

12 Aug 2013, By

Last month we were lucky enough to be visited by Josua Mata, the leader of the Alliance of Progresive Labour in the Philippines . Josua was in London having taken part in the Global Labour University’s summer school at Northern College.  He was upbeat about the interesting exchanges he had with participants at the event but soon our conversation turned…

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Trumka plans to revive US unions

11 Aug 2013, By Guest

At the coming convention of the US trade union body, the AFL-CIO, (the US equivalent of the British TUC) to be held in Los Angeles (September 8-11) the charismatic Richard Trumka who is the President of the AFLCIO is aiming to push through significant changes to the organisation which he hopes will revive the fortunes…

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