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Owen Tudor's Articles

Unions face increasing harassment in Iran

19 Sep 2015, By

Despite the recent thaw in relations between the Iranian regime and western countries, the situation facing trade unionists in the country has worsened alarmingly this month. While we were in Brighton at our annual congress, one trade union leader died in jail in suspicious circumstances, another was arrested and two had existing jail terms extended.…

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Andy Hall

Thailand needs to stop the harassment of workers’ rights advocates

20 Aug 2015, By

The British-born worker and migrant rights defender Andy Hall is due back in court on Monday 24 August, facing criminal defamation charges for exposing the truth about exploitation of migrant Burmese workers in Thailand’s Natural Fruit pineapple factory. Forty-four international and national organisations have sent a further letter to the Prime Minister, demanding that the…

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TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady. Photo: Jess Hurd/

Taking the fight for workers’ European rights to top bosses

13 Aug 2015, By

Prime Minister David Cameron has revamped his Business Advisory Group, and their first task will be to advise him on his EU renegotiation strategy ahead of the referendum on Britain’s membership. Whilst it is bizarre that there are no representatives of working people on the Group (something most EU member states would consider anathema), TUC…

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International Monetary Fund

Solving the IMF’s concerns about stronger unions

22 Jul 2015, By

I have blogged at Touchstone about this week’s bombshell news from the International Monetary Fund that declining unionisation leads to ballooning inequality (which the IMF accepts is damaging to economic growth) and rampaging top people’s pay. Readers of Stronger Unions might have assumed this finding would have led to the IMF proposing mass unionisation drives and the…

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Andy Hall

Defending workers’ rights defenders: Andy Hall in Thailand

20 Jul 2015, By

I’ve blogged several times over the years about the harassment of British workers’ rights advocate Andy Hall, who faces a number of charges – some with terrifying jail terms or financial penalties if he’s found guilty – for exposing exploitation of Burmese migrants in the Thai fruit processing industry. The harassment, by a single fruit company whose owner…

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