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Owen Tudor's Articles

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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ACT NOW for the 15 Korean trade union leaders in jail or on bail

21 Feb 2014, By

Next Tuesday, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) has called a “People’s Strike” with a range of civil society organisations protesting at the increasing repression of popular opposition in South Korea. The date is the first anniversary of the inauguration of the government of President Park. But organising protests in Korea is becoming increasingly…

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Union flags at protest in Kiev earlier this week. Photo KVPU

Unions bear the brunt of violence in Ukraine

20 Feb 2014, By

You will have seen the terrible pictures coming out of Ukraine: violent repression of popular protesters in the capital Kiev, the savage clearing of public places, a burning capital. Yesterday, the headquarters of our sister organisation, the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), was torched, with 18 people reported to have been burnt to death. The…

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Bill Nighy

Just how important IS Bill Nighy to progressive taxation?

19 Feb 2014, By

Today, all eyes are on President Hollande of France and Chancellor Merkel of Germany, holding a summit on the European Union during which they will discuss the 11-country European Financial Transactions Tax (FTT). Yesterday, though, over 140,000 eyes were on the new Robin Hood Tax campaign video (less if some of you watched it while…

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Qatar migrant workers

What’s the secret to preventing more deaths in Qatar? Us.

17 Feb 2014, By

If the 2022 Qatar World Cup organisers thought they would escape scrutiny by publishing revised Workers’ Safety Standards last week (and misleadingly claiming ILO backing), they were wrong. The Observer reported on Sunday that 400 Nepalis had died in Qatar in the last year, and today Agence France Press reported that a freedom of information…

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