From the TUC

EUROPE GETS THE CAMERON DISEASE

29 Nov 2013, By

We have seen first-hand the damage that the Coalition Government’s deregulation programme has had on health and safety regulation and enforcement in the UK. There have been attacks on compensation, reporting requirements, protection for the self-employed and the ban on pro-active inspections in most sectors. Unfortunately they are now exporting their anti-worker position into Europe and it…

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Good news from Qatar, but much more to do

28 Nov 2013, By

This weekend, British trade unionists are taking part in an ITUC delegation to Qatar to investigate the plight of migrant construction workers building the venues for the 2022 World Cup in conditions of near slavery. Appropriately, given the World Cup theme, the delegation will also include two representatives of professional footballers’ unions – from Austria…

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Migrants, benefits & Europe: is Cameron playing Daily Mail bingo?

28 Nov 2013, By

Yesterday the Prime Minister unveiled a new initiative which addressed the three main demons of the right in one go, ostensibly cracking down on the benefit entitlement of migrants from Europe. As my colleague Richard Exell has rehearsed, the announcement – released without detail so it’s difficult to say anything too authoritative – makes little sense…

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Domestic Violence is a Union issue

25 Nov 2013, By

Today, is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (a bit of a mouthful – let’s just call it UNIDEVAW). It’s an important date in the calendar for campaigners for women’s rights and it’s been marked on 25th November since 1981. It was originally organised as commemoration of the assassination of…

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115th company signs Bangladesh safety accord

25 Nov 2013, By

Last Tuesday, Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) – which runs stores across Great Britain under its own name and as Peacocks – finally signed the union-sponsored Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord, becoming the 115th company to do so. It was a big win for months of campaigning by unions and NGOs, including another push planned for this…

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Victory on “Risk of Over-compliance”.

22 Nov 2013, By

Earlier this week the TUC complained about a press release issued by the HSE saying that the new  Approved Code of Practice on Workplace Health Safety and Welfare had been reviewed “to make it easier for employers, building owners, landlords and managing agents to understand and meet their legal obligations and so reduce the risks…

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Blacklisting Day of Action a success

20 Nov 2013, By

The TUC day of action against blacklisting was a fantastic success. Culminating in a rally in Parliament, the day saw action outside several construction sites in London, Glasgow,Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham and Wolverhampton. There were also events at the Welsh Senedd in Cardiff and the Scottish Parliament. At the Westminster rally TUC General…

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