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Owen Tudor's Articles

TUC joins May Day protests for jailed Iranian teachers

02 May 2016, By

The TUC has supported a letter this 1 May calling on the Iranian government to release two Iranian teacher union leaders and scores of other jailed trade unionists as part of a general call “to adopt a stance compatible with its international obligations in respect of trade unions and human rights.  Until this is the case, international…

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Is neo-liberal globalisation running out of road?

24 Apr 2016, By

I was inspired recently by an article in the Washington Post, which asked “what’s behind the revolt against global integration?” Partly because the policy prescriptions for getting globalisation back on a more acceptable track, and partly because its author was Larry Summers, adviser to Presidents Clinton & Obama, and one of the heroes of ‘third…

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TUC backs Brazilian unions: no to the coup!

15 Apr 2016, By

You may have seen some stories in the media about political developments in Brazil, where the forces who used to dominate the country while it was under military dictatorship and then in the years after democracy was restored are trying to force Workers’ Party President Dilma Rousseff from power. The TUC is backing our colleagues…

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Cambodian bosses & politicians hope to get away with new labour law

12 Apr 2016, By

After prolonged international pressure from both unions and multinational corporations, the Cambodian Parliament split on party lines to adopt a new labour law that falls far short of International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards. The governing party sided with local employers, presumably hoping that they have done enough to keep local unions pinned down and international…

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Remain campaigners need a more ‘inclusive’ message

31 Mar 2016, By

The House of Lords’ European Union Committee, chaired by Lord Boswell, issued a report yesterday arguing that the Government needed to “set out a positive, inclusive vision of the UK’s role in a reformed European Union ahead of the referendum on EU membership.” You can find the TUC’s evidence to their Lordships’ enquiry in the documents they…

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Photo credit: Loizeau, Grand Bazaar, Shiraz, Iran. (Flickr)

Iranian teacher unions – good & bad news

27 Mar 2016, By

Despite returning to the international community and the victory for moderates in the Parliamentary elections a month ago, life gets no better for trade unionists in Iran. As UK teacher unions hold their annual conferences this Easter weekend, spare a thought for their opposite numbers in the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association. No chance to boo…

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