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World Cup strikers? Not just on the pitch…

08 Jun 2014, By

With just days to go before the Brazilian World Cup kicks off, metro workers in Sao Paolo, the beating heart of the Brazilian labour movement, have struck for higher pay with support from the CUT national union confederation. Increasingly aggressive police tactics have been condemned by the unions as tempers flare. The metro workers are…

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Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. Photo: World Economic Forum / swiss-image.ch / RÈmy Steinegger

Iran: May arrests show regime’s true colours

08 Jun 2014, By

Yesterday I wrote about the union-backed Amnesty International campaign to free Reza Shahabi, who has been in jail since 2010. But lest you think this repression of free trade unionism is a thing of the past in Iran under its new diplomat-friendly ‘moderate’ President Rouhani, arrests of trade unionists continue unabated. On 1 May, the…

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Reza Shahabi

Act now: write to demand Iranian trade unionist’s freedom

07 Jun 2014, By

The TUC is calling on trade unionists to join an Amnesty International urgent action to demand freedom – and urgent medical treatment – for Iranian bus workers’ union leader Reza Shahabi. He started a hunger strike on 1 June in protest at the latest twist in his four year-long imprisonment: the forcible transfer from Evin…

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Good news for UN staff: a global union victory

07 Jun 2014, By

Some good news this weekend: staff unions at the UN have won their campaign for recognition, and better terms than ever before for consultation and dispute resolution. And they couldn’t have done it without you. Last year, I wrote about the disgraceful decision of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to derecognise unions across many UN…

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Cambodia: trade unionists set free, brands back wage rises

01 Jun 2014, By

Despite being found guilty, 23 trade unionists in Cambodia arrested after textile workers demonstrated at the beginning of the year were finally set free by the courts on Friday after their sentences were suspended. Their release, tarnished only slightly by the guilty verdict, came less than a fortnight after the death of one of the protesters from the wounds…

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Join the human chain for the victims of Rana Plaza

24 Apr 2014, By

Today is the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed nearly 1200 people, injured many more and finally made the world sit up and take notice. Over the past year a lot has been done, and there is a lot more to do. But today, we’re calling on everyone to focus on…

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