From the TUC

Workplace injuries – up or down?

30 Oct 2013, By

The HSE have published their latest statistics today and they show just how hard it is to make comparisons now that the HSE has changed the way that injuries are reported. Over three day injuries have been replaced with over seven day injuries. The HSE is claiming that workplace major injuries hit an all time…

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When it comes to skills, Britain needs to do better.

28 Oct 2013, By

Our current laissez faire approach to skills – leaving employers to their own devices – simply isn’t fit for purpose. If this country is to thrive in tomorrow’s global economy and if we are to build a fairer and more equal society, then we have to change. Although there may be a few welcome signs…

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Six months on from Rana Plaza: pay up now!

27 Oct 2013, By

It was six months ago last Thursday that the Rana Plaza textile factory collapsed in Bangladesh. The worst factory disaster in modern history – over a thousand dead – has tugged the heartstrings of millions around the world, but a large number of employers seem untouched by the tragedy. Unions and campaigners have forced over a hundred…

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#BAD13: Commonwealth needs to get serious on human rights at work

16 Oct 2013, By

The Commonwealth’s ‘Committee of the Whole’ is meeting in London this week. That means the foreign ministers (or in some cases High Commissioners) of all Commonwealth countries. Today they’re meeting civil society representatives, including two excellent trade unionists from East Africa (Kkamati Mugalla from the East Africa Trade Union Council) and Tonga (Mele T’Amanaki –…

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#BAD13: Thailand’s harassment of a British migrant rights defender

16 Oct 2013, By

In February 2013, Natural Fruit Company Ltd. launched multiple criminal and civil cases against me for broadcasting false statements regarding a Finnwatch report on Thailand’s food production. My interviews with Myanmar workers as part of this report raised allegations against the company, with reportedly powerful political connections, of unlawful wages, confiscation of passports, child labour…

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