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Cambodian bosses & politicians hope to get away with new labour law

12 Apr 2016, By

After prolonged international pressure from both unions and multinational corporations, the Cambodian Parliament split on party lines to adopt a new labour law that falls far short of International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards. The governing party sided with local employers, presumably hoping that they have done enough to keep local unions pinned down and international…

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Remain campaigners need a more ‘inclusive’ message

31 Mar 2016, By

The House of Lords’ European Union Committee, chaired by Lord Boswell, issued a report yesterday arguing that the Government needed to “set out a positive, inclusive vision of the UK’s role in a reformed European Union ahead of the referendum on EU membership.” You can find the TUC’s evidence to their Lordships’ enquiry in the documents they…

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Iranian teacher unions – good & bad news

27 Mar 2016, By

Despite returning to the international community and the victory for moderates in the Parliamentary elections a month ago, life gets no better for trade unionists in Iran. As UK teacher unions hold their annual conferences this Easter weekend, spare a thought for their opposite numbers in the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association. No chance to boo…

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Unions & brands press Cambodia over union law

24 Mar 2016, By

A global union campaign to ensure fair labour laws in Cambodia has won the support of multinational brands and NGOs. IndustriALL and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) are supporting Cambodian unions who are seeking urgent changes to the labour law currently being finalised. And the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), which brings the global unions…

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Bernie Sanders at TPP rally

What’s changed about attitudes to free trade?

14 Mar 2016, By

I’ve already blogged once about the Wilton Park conference I attended recently on the subject of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) in terms of the impact of investor protection on democracy. But one of the hot topics at the conference was more about the impact of democracy on TTIP. The very next week…

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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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