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Frances O'Grady's Articles

ICTU Congress

Common priorities for Europe in Britain & Ireland

09 Jul 2015, By

Yesterday I had the honour of addressing the Congress of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), and a large part of my speech focused on the challenges facing the European Union. Including, of course, the prospect of an EU referendum in Britain. Here’s some of what I said: Congress, we meet at a defining moment…

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Greece solidarity

Greece after the referendum

07 Jul 2015, By

I was pleased to be able to sponsor and speak at the Greece Solidarity Campaign/Jubilee Debt Campaign rally in solidarity with Greece at Congress House last night. Here’s what I said: Greece is the cradle of democracy. It is where a simple, yet profoundly powerful, idea took hold. That not kings, not bankers, not bureaucrats – but…

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TUC-DGB statement on PEGIDA-UK March this Saturday

26 Feb 2015, By

In the light of Saturday’s planned March in Newcastle-on-Tyne by the alleged British branch of the far right, anti-Islamic German organisation PEGIDA, I have agreed the following statement with my opposite number in Germany, Reiner Hoffman, President of the DGB. On behalf of working people and their communities in Britain and Germany, we believe that…

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Three challenges facing union learning

17 Jun 2014, By

The TUC’s work on learning is the trade union movement at its best – positive, progressive, and popular. Union learning is focused firmly on the future and on making our economy stronger and more productive, but for all the progress we have made we still have a mountain to climb. Amongst the many challenges facing…

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safety boots stepping on a nail

A massive step backwards for health and safety

31 Mar 2014, By

The government has chosen the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act to make one of the most dangerous changes since the legislation came into effect in 1974. It has decided that Britain’s 4.3 million self-employed people should no longer be subject to the provisions of the Act unless they also employ…

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