From the TUC

10 workers’ rights #Brexit would risk

25 Feb 2016, By

The EU certainly isn’t perfect. But lurking within all the directives and regulations are a whole set of rights and protections for British workers. These rights came from the EU, and are guaranteed by the EU. If we vote to leave, they won’t be guaranteed any more, and government ministers can just pick and choose which rights we have.…

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Swaziland’s feudal dictatorship blocks public sector pay protests

22 Feb 2016, By

If you think the Tory attempts to prevent unions opposing cuts in the public sector through the Trade Union Bill are bad, spare a thought for the public sector unions in Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa’s last remaining feudal dictatorship. Our friends at Swazi Media Commentary report that two trade union activists were arrested and charged with…

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Iran: what does ending sanctions mean for workers?

22 Feb 2016, By

UPDATE – 23 February: Almost immediately this post went live, we heard the depressing news that teachers’ union leader Ismail Abdi (see earlier posts about his case and about Amnesty International designating him a ‘prisoner of conscience’) was sentenced on Monday to six years in prison by branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court. Meanwhile,…

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Victory for the Airbus 8: Striking is not a crime!

22 Feb 2016, By

Earlier this month, thousands of trade unionists marched in Madrid, Spain under the slogan “to strike is not a crime” to show solidarity with eight trade union activists on trial for organising a picket line outside an Airbus factory as part of a nationwide day of action in 2010 against government cuts. As ETUC confederal…

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Fighting for fair pay at Express Newspapers

12 Feb 2016, By Guest

On the face of it, a shop steward negotiating with Richard Desmond is about as superfluous a role as Donald Trump’s equality and diversity advisor. The media mogul, labelled Britain’s greediest billionaire by my colleagues in the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), has not given his workforce at the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star,…

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New Sentencing guidelines welcomed

10 Feb 2016, By

This month new guidelines on the sentencing of those who break health and safety laws come into effect. They represent a huge change in attitude to health and safety offences and have broadly been welcomed by the TUC who have argued that the current penalties for breaking the law do not act as any kind…

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