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Owen Tudor's Articles

Justin Trudeau meets David Cameron

Government pledges to reverse anti-union laws

31 Jan 2016, By

No, it’s not April Fool’s Day yet, nor a prediction for a future Britain. It’s the new Canadian Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau, and the new Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk. In a move welcomed by the Canadian TUC (the Canadian Labour Congress, or CLC), she has announced plans to repeal two…

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ship breaking

International agreements coming back into fashion?

25 Jan 2016, By

In the same week that the UK government ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol after pressure from the TUC and CBI, the Transport Minister has signalled that he will ratify the Hong Kong Convention on shipbreaking once certain legislative steps have been concluded. The Hong Kong Convention is an important instrument which would improve health…

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Andy Hall

Thai worker rights activist Andy Hall faces prosecution again

18 Jan 2016, By

Today, British-born workers’ and migrants’ rights activist Andy Hall is back in court facing further charges arising from his work for a Finnish NGO on the abuse of migrant workers in a Thai pineapple canning factory. The actions of the courts, the Thai Attorney-General and the abusive employer concerned clearly amount to judicial harassment, dragging the court…

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Je suis Charlie march

Solidarity on the 1st anniversary of Charlie Hebdo killings

07 Jan 2016, By

This afternoon, exactly a year after murderous gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to kill people doing their jobs, French trade unions have organised a solidarity action in Paris. Trade union leaders from Tunisia and Turkey will also be speaking at the event, drawing attention to the trade union movement’s…

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Nermin after the attack on her, together with her crashed car

Help make life better for women trade unionists in Libya

01 Jan 2016, By

Want to start the New Year with some global solidarity? Our friends at LabourStart are running an e-action with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) on behalf of Nermin Al-Sharif, leader of the Dockers and Seafarers Union of Libya, whose car crashed after it was followed by two other cars and shot at near Benghazi in November.…

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Lynton Crosby

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…

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Somalia on map

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…

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