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King Mswati of Swaziland

Swaziland’s feudal dictatorship blocks public sector pay protests

22 Feb 2016, By

If you think the Tory attempts to prevent unions opposing cuts in the public sector through the Trade Union Bill are bad, spare a thought for the public sector unions in Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa’s last remaining feudal dictatorship. Our friends at Swazi Media Commentary report that two trade union activists were arrested and charged with…

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Iran: what does ending sanctions mean for workers?

22 Feb 2016, By

UPDATE – 23 February: Almost immediately this post went live, we heard the depressing news that teachers’ union leader Ismail Abdi (see earlier posts about his case and about Amnesty International designating him a ‘prisoner of conscience’) was sentenced on Monday to six years in prison by branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court. Meanwhile,…

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Esther with members of the Airbus 8

Victory for the Airbus 8: Striking is not a crime!

22 Feb 2016, By

Earlier this month, thousands of trade unionists marched in Madrid, Spain under the slogan “to strike is not a crime” to show solidarity with eight trade union activists on trial for organising a picket line outside an Airbus factory as part of a nationwide day of action in 2010 against government cuts. As ETUC confederal…

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Justin Trudeau meets David Cameron

Government pledges to reverse anti-union laws

31 Jan 2016, By

No, it’s not April Fool’s Day yet, nor a prediction for a future Britain. It’s the new Canadian Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau, and the new Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk. In a move welcomed by the Canadian TUC (the Canadian Labour Congress, or CLC), she has announced plans to repeal two…

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ship breaking

International agreements coming back into fashion?

25 Jan 2016, By

In the same week that the UK government ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol after pressure from the TUC and CBI, the Transport Minister has signalled that he will ratify the Hong Kong Convention on shipbreaking once certain legislative steps have been concluded. The Hong Kong Convention is an important instrument which would improve health…

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Andy Hall

Thai worker rights activist Andy Hall faces prosecution again

18 Jan 2016, By

Today, British-born workers’ and migrants’ rights activist Andy Hall is back in court facing further charges arising from his work for a Finnish NGO on the abuse of migrant workers in a Thai pineapple canning factory. The actions of the courts, the Thai Attorney-General and the abusive employer concerned clearly amount to judicial harassment, dragging the court…

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Je suis Charlie march

Solidarity on the 1st anniversary of Charlie Hebdo killings

07 Jan 2016, By

This afternoon, exactly a year after murderous gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to kill people doing their jobs, French trade unions have organised a solidarity action in Paris. Trade union leaders from Tunisia and Turkey will also be speaking at the event, drawing attention to the trade union movement’s…

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