From the TUC

US says trade trumps safety

31 Jul 2015, By

I have blogged here several times about the possible effects on health and safety of the proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). According to the European TUC the agreement could have “enormous implications” for workers regarding employment policy, social security, environmental…

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Global teacher unions oppose neo-liberal trade & investment agreements

25 Jul 2015, By Guest

At this week’s Education International (EI) World Congress in Canada, education unions around the globe voted to oppose the new wave of trade and investment agreements that are being negotiated – often in secret – by our governments. Representing nearly 32 million teachers and education workers, EI is the largest global union federation and therefore…

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What can we do about shift work?

23 Jul 2015, By

There has been a lot of research published in the past few years around the effect of shift work and our health since the World Health Organisation classified night shift work as a probable carcinogen back in 2007. In 2012 research for the HSE estimated that the additional breast cancer risk associated with night shift…

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Solving the IMF’s concerns about stronger unions

22 Jul 2015, By

I have blogged at Touchstone about this week’s bombshell news from the International Monetary Fund that declining unionisation leads to ballooning inequality (which the IMF accepts is damaging to economic growth) and rampaging top people’s pay. Readers of Stronger Unions might have assumed this finding would have led to the IMF proposing mass unionisation drives and the…

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Defending workers’ rights defenders: Andy Hall in Thailand

20 Jul 2015, By

I’ve blogged several times over the years about the harassment of British workers’ rights advocate Andy Hall, who faces a number of charges – some with terrifying jail terms or financial penalties if he’s found guilty – for exposing exploitation of Burmese migrants in the Thai fruit processing industry. The harassment, by a single fruit company whose owner…

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At the summit: fans keen to support FIFA reform

18 Jul 2015, By

The fans got stuck in to our panel at the football Supporters’ Summit today, where the Football Supporters’ Federation had invited the TUC’s Playfair Qatar to talk about FIFA reform and – of course – the Qatar World Cup. There was so much interest there wasn’t time to answer all the questions from the floor.…

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