From the TUC

Fast-food workers scent justice in fight with franchises

30 Dec 2014, By Guest

In a ruling that has given US unions a significant boost, the US National Labor Relations Board has ruled that McDonald’s (and other fast food outlets) are a “joint employer” of workers at its franchise restaurants. An investigation found that McDonald’s, through its franchise arrangements “engages in sufficient control over its franchisees operations, beyond protection…

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Spreading positive messages on migration on International Migrants Day

18 Dec 2014, By

Thursday 18 December is International Migrants Day, so it is appropriate that I inform you of the latest TUC project on migration. The TUC’s Migration Messaging Campaign began earlier this year to challenge the subject of scapegoating migrants for social and economic concerns in the media and toxic political rhetoric, by promoting progressive messages at…

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£6 an hour pay and no security – life in a zero-hours college

17 Dec 2014, By Guest

When people think about poverty pay and zero-hours contracts, universities and colleges aren’t usually the first workplaces that spring to mind. So it may come as a surprise to learn that 46% of universities and 60% of colleges use zero-hours contracts, while young workers starting a career in research face a lifetime of insecurity, with…

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Overseas aid bill clears Commons – now heads for Lords

14 Dec 2014, By

Michael Moore MP’s private members’ bill – aiming to bind future UK governments to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on official development assistance (overseas aid) cleared the Commons triumphantly on Friday 5 December, with 146 MPs from several different parties backing the bill and only 5 or 6 opposing. It will now be considered…

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Glencore: unions protest at mining multinational’s misdemeanours

10 Dec 2014, By Guest

This week Unite will be joined by representatives of the United Steelworkers from the USA who have been locked out by their company Sherwin Alumina, in Gregory, Texas. Their company is owned by global mining and commodities corporation Glencore. As part of Workers Uniting (the global union formed by Unite and the USW), we will…

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The world needs a pay rise: Oxfam recognises the union role

10 Dec 2014, By

Oxfam has today issued a guide for businesses on implementing living wages throughout their global supply chains, and it puts collective bargaining and trade unions centre stage. The paper is full of voluntary steps that businesses could take to ensure workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage, whether direct employees or not. And it…

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