From the TUC

Sir Lynton Crosby? Two countries, one strategy – weakening unions to make attacks on workers easier

31 Dec 2015, By

In the New Year’s Honours List, David Cameron’s Australian attack dog Lynton Crosby will receive a knighthood for his services to the Conservative Party. But his assistance has not been solely electoral. He has been a crucial transmission belt between the right-wing parties of both countries, and in both countries his strategy is being ruthlessly implemented. Weaken…

Read in full

Somalia’s unions will not be cowed by violence

30 Dec 2015, By

UPDATE (3 January): Omar has been in contact, thanking us for our solidarity, and updating us on investigations into the attack. Islamists extremists Al-Shabab have denied responsibility, making unions in Somalia conclude that it was a political move by elements within the government. Both the journalists’ union in Somalia and the International Federation of Journalists…

Read in full

Turkish unions protest for peace

28 Dec 2015, By

While many trade unionists in the west are relaxing due to the gains of trade unionism (like holidays), workers in other parts of the world are still struggling for what we consider essential. Like our Turkish trade union colleagues who will be striking on Tuesday for peace and against war. DISK and KESK, the left-wing private and…

Read in full

Unions pressing Cambodia for decent workers’ rights

17 Dec 2015, By

The TUC is joining Cambodian and global unions to press the Cambodian government to give workers the rights they are due under ILO conventions. And in particular, we want the Cambodian government to consult with national trade unions – as they clearly have with reactionary local employers. Cambodia is a major flashpoint for concerns about…

Read in full

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga choose a union

16 Dec 2015, By

The first workers at a foreign owned car assembly plant in the southern USA have won collective bargaining rights. It’s the latest stage in the attempt by the mighty UAW, in association with German manufacturing union IG Metall, to spread unionisation from the high density plants of continental Europe to the union-busting states of the…

Read in full

Responsibility Deal – Gone but not mourned

15 Dec 2015, By

The Government has now admitted that the “Responsibility Deal” which they set up in 2010 to deal with health issues is to be quietly left to disappear. In the words of the Government spin doctors, the deals have been “parked”. These deals, which covered public health priorities such as alcohol, food and exercise, were seen…

Read in full

Workplace safety enforcement in freefall

14 Dec 2015, By

I have just read a paper that was produced a couple of months ago on health and safety inspections conducted by Local Authorities. They inspect the majority of workplaces, including most offices, shops, warehouses, distribution centres, leisure centres, care homes etc. They are often considered to be “low risk” but the reality is very different.…

Read in full