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Owen Tudor's Articles

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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Robin Hood Tax

Act now! Robin Hood Tax 11 to meet on the 11th

08 Mar 2014, By

On Tuesday 11 March, the finance ministers of the European Union meet in Brussels as ECOFIN. And the finance ministers of the 11 EU countries committed to introduce a financial transactions tax (FTT) will meet in the margins to take the next crucial steps towards implementation. The FTT represents a key opportunity to shift the…

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Cambodian garment workers

World is watching as women workers protest in Cambodia

07 Mar 2014, By

The predominantly female garment workers of Cambodia will be protesting in Freedom park, Phnom Penh on Saturday, International Women’s Day. Their main concern is low wages, but they are also protesting about the restrictions on freedom of association and assembly. Their rally is billed as a ‘Forum on Labour Rights’. Global unions are worried that…

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Rana Plaza victims deserve compensation

24 Feb 2014, By

For most of the ten months since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the TUC has been campaigning for companies sourcing goods from Bangladesh to sign up to the Accord for Fire and Building Safety, which next week begins its programme of factory inspections. There are still a few companies that haven’t signed up,…

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