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Owen Tudor's Articles

ILO gets tough with Fiji over workers’ rights while Commonwealth gives in

27 Mar 2014, By

The fortnight-long tripartite ILO Governing Body meeting in Geneva that ends tomorrow has got tough with Fiji over its abuse of workers’ rights, under pressure from global unions, supported by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. It’s good news that the ILO has insisted on its ‘direct contacts mission’ being re-admitted to Fiji in time to report…

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Swaziland: where union lawyers risk jail themselves

23 Mar 2014, By

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has joined worldwide protests by union leaders about the arrest and detention of the lawyer for our sister organisation in Swaziland, TUCOSWA.  Thulani Maseko was arrested on 17 March by armed police on the basis that he had written an article in the Nation Magazine (the editor, Bheki Makhubu, was also…

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Israeli Embassy website

The wages of diplomacy are not enough

20 Mar 2014, By

If you email staff at the Israeli Embassy in London at the moment, you’re likely to get a terse, four-word out-of-office reply saying simply ”we are on strike”. After seven months of mediation, diplomats and civil servants’ wages have fallen even further behind the cost of living. Diplomats’ patience has run out, so the unions representing the thousand or so employees of…

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Bangladesh garment factory

Union campaigns begin to make a difference in Bangladesh

18 Mar 2014, By

There’s a long way to go to improve working lives in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) industry, but progress is underway. With the publication of the first reports, the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord has begun to deliver on the promise of better factories, and at last there is a realistic prospect that the victims of…

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Clashes between police and protestors in Freedom Park, Phnom Penh, Jan 2014. Photo: Luc Forsyth

Cambodia: unions and companies demand justice

16 Mar 2014, By

Thirty-one multinational companies from Adidas to Walt Disney have joined with global unions in a letter to the Cambodian government, to express their concern over trade union law, minimum wages and 21 arrested trade unionists. The step comes a week after trade unionists were prevented from demonstrating in Phnom Penh’s ironically named Freedom Park. The Cambodian manufacturers’…

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Trade Union House in Kiev

A five-point union solidarity plan for Ukraine

12 Mar 2014, By

On Monday, trade unionists from across Europe, including the TUC, expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and especially the Ukrainian trade unions who reported on the situation they faced, at the Pan-European Regional Council of the ITUC in Brussels. Together, they issued a call for a peaceful, efficient and socially-acceptable way out the crisis in Ukraine, pointing…

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Bob Crow

Bob Crow: A life of commitment

11 Mar 2014, By

The TUC and the British working class has lost one of our outstanding leaders, Bob Crow, the General Secretary of rail and maritime union RMT, who died this morning. Bob was committed. Whether it was the internationalism he showed through the International Transport Workers’ Federation and his many links around the world with dockers, seafarers…

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