From the TUC

Union reactions to Syriza’s victory

31 Jan 2015, By

Unions around the world have welcomed the election result in Greece last Sunday, because the victory of the anti-austerity Syriza party was a rejection of the policies that have dominated Europe since the financial crisis hit, and a rejection of the anti-democratic approach of the European elite. It also demonstrated that the Greek people were…

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Does Davos do any good?

25 Jan 2015, By

As the super-rich decant from Davos – some, seriously, by private jet – it’s time to reflect on another year of the elite World Economic Forum. Does it do any good? Davos is mostly a place for businessmen (there are annual concerns expressed about the gender balance of attendees) to do deals and cement networks:…

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Global pressure forces withdrawal of Thai prison labour plans

20 Jan 2015, By

Campaigning has paid off again. Last week I blogged about a campaign we’d joined to stop the Thai Government’s plans to force prisoners to work in the notorious Thai fishing industry. Together with the ILO, unions and human rights campaigners have forced a U-turn by the military leaders who now control Thailand’s government. The Ministry…

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Union-busting at the heart of this government?

16 Jan 2015, By

We’ve long been used to the hostility towards trade unions exhibited by some of the more excitable elements on the fringes of the Tory right. From Aiden Burley and the Trade Union Reform Campaign to Priti Patel and her friends in the Taxpayers Alliance, there has been a constant stream of inaccurate and misleading attacks…

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Unions join condemnations of Thai prison labour plans

15 Jan 2015, By

UPDATE 20/1/15: the campaign has been successful! See more details. The TUC has joined a coalition of 43 union and human rights organisations condemning the regime in Thailand for a planned pilot project recruiting prisoners to fill labour shortages in the country’s fishing industry (which supplies multinational food companies among others.)