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Mexican mineworkers’ leader to campaign on mine tragedy

24 Feb 2014, By Guest

The exiled President of the Mexican Mining and Metalworkers Union (Los Mineros) Napoleon Gomez has launched a campaign to bring to the attention of the public the tragic events that happened eight years ago at the Pasta de Conchos mine, taking the lives of 65 miners whose bodies remain unrecovered. Retold in his book Collapse…

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Sepp Blatter

#BAD13: Workers in Qatar need human rights on the ground and in the air

16 Oct 2013, By Guest

The ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) has stepped up its campaign to secure “immediate and binding guarantees” on labour rights from the authorities in Qatar who were controversially awarded the FIFA World Cup Finals in 2022. Without these, the ETUC says, using Qatar for the finals should be reconsidered. FIFA made some noises about the…

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European unions show support for Greek workers

02 Oct 2013, By Guest

At a conference convened on Monday and Tuesday of this week by the European wing of the global union federation IndustriALL, delegates from across Europe (including Unite, and manufacturing unions from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) gathered in Athens to learn about the attacks on trade unions, the dismantling of collective bargaining by the…

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New partnerships begin for AFL-CIO

30 Sep 2013, By Guest

The US trade union body the AFL-CIO (the US equivalent of the TUC) has reached its first partnership with a ‘non-union’ body as part of its efforts to re-brand and rejuvenate the US union movement. With union membership down to an all time low of 6.6% in the private sector in a strategy agreed at…

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Richard Trumka

Trumka plans to revive US unions

11 Aug 2013, By Guest

At the coming convention of the US trade union body, the AFL-CIO, (the US equivalent of the British TUC) to be held in Los Angeles (September 8-11) the charismatic Richard Trumka who is the President of the AFLCIO is aiming to push through significant changes to the organisation which he hopes will revive the fortunes…

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Finns behaving badly, down Mexico way

19 Jun 2013, By Guest

Unite Assistant General Secretary Tony Burke reports on further evidence that European companies behave badly when they’re operating outside the EU, especially in Mexico. The Finnish multi-national auto parts company PKC are the epitome of a company who can be rightly accused of bad corporate behaviour. As a Finnish company they have to behave properly…

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Los Mineros

Free Mexican unions fight back

06 Jun 2013, By Guest

Strikes by members of the Mexican metals and mining union Los Mineros brought three large silver, gold mines and copper mines owned by one of the world’s richest men, Carlos Slim, to a standstill this week. The mines recognise pro-company “yellow” unions rather than the independent Los Mineros union, led by Napoleon Gomez, currently living…

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