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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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Coca-Cola backs global union call for an independent review of FIFA

17 Jul 2015, By

The global trade union movement’s campaign for workers’ rights to be a key element of mega-sporting events is often obscured by the cesspit that is FIFA. Migrant construction workers preparing the infrastructure for the 2022 Qatar World Cup face squalid living conditions, slavery and even death. And yet the corruption and bribery that seems to characterise FIFA…

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Burma: unions, global brands & NGOs back minimum wage for all

16 Jul 2015, By

UPDATE (23 July): The Burmese Government has announced that the minimum wage is confirmed at 3,600 kyats, with universal coverage. Pressure from global brands has been described by unions in Burma as very influential in resisting domestic employer pressure to exempt the garment industry from the minimum wage. Things are changing in Burma, once a…

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Mswati III

Swaziland: is the pressure working?

14 Jul 2015, By

We’ve been pressing for a change of course in Swaziland for many years. It’s Africa’s last feudal dictatorship. It has the world’s highest rate of HIV-AIDS infection. And it’s one of the worst ten countries in the world to be a trade unionist, according to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). But are things changing?…

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Esmail Abdi

Take action on Iran’s crackdowns on teachers & journalists

08 Jul 2015, By

Perhaps upset that it somehow missed out on inclusion in the ITUC list of the ten worst countries to be a trade unionist last month, Iran has made a strong early bid to be included next year by sacking all the journalists who report officially on industrial disputes and arresting the leader of a teachers’ union en route to…

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CGIL Incontri

Tolpuddle in Tuscany: talking Brexit & Grexit

04 Jul 2015, By

Last night I was sat in a tent for a couple of hours on top of a hill in Tuscany, alongside the current and future Presidents of the European Trade Union Confederation (Ignacio Toxo from Spain’s CCOO and Rudy de Leeuw of the Belgian FGTB respectively) and the leader of Italy’s largest trade union movement the…

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