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G20 update: Round the world in 20 unions

17 Nov 2014, By

Frances O’Grady has just finished a three-day marathon set of meetings at the L20 and G20 in Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland. The G20 summit brings together the leaders of the world’s 20 most powerful economies, and the L20 has been created so that the trade union movements in those countries are able…

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Swaziland: union repression throws thousands out of work

09 Nov 2014, By

The continued repression of trade union rights in Swaziland is about to claim even more casualties in the form of unemployment in the textile industry. The low labour standards and poverty wages that have attracted Taiwanese companies to set up shop in Africa’s last surviving feudal dictatorship have led to the US government suspending the…

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Workers in Gaza need practical help

09 Nov 2014, By

The TUC is planning to visit Gaza at the end of the month, to look at what we can do to help the working people there. Of course, the major contribution we’ll be able to make is political – like the General Council statement adopted by Congress, or supporting the call to recognise a Palestinian…

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What is a living wage? Ask workers!

05 Nov 2014, By Guest

“Living wages” is the new buzz phrase. But the idea is an ancient one; that workers should be able to earn enough in a standard working week to support their families in dignity. Nowadays politicians, charities, campaigners and multi-stakeholder initiatives like the Ethical Trading Initiative are all debating how to achieve this golden standard of…

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Straight up attack on employment rights by right-wing Government in NZ

01 Nov 2014, By Guest

New Zealand’s right wing National Party led by John Key has pushed through changes to legislation which attack employee rights at work. Unions and Labour say that that are a “step backwards” and are “driven by ideology”. The new legislation – trivialised in some parts of the NZ media as ‘tea break’ or ‘smoking break’…

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Emir of Qatar should be in no doubt on workers’ rights

30 Oct 2014, By

This week the Emir of Qatar has been visiting London. When we got wind of the visit, which we knew would include a meeting with David Cameron in No 10, we wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to raise the issue of workers’ rights, and in particular those of the migrant construction workers dying…

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Thai trials that should never have happened

30 Oct 2014, By

Yesterday morning, I blogged about the fabulous news that the first case against Andy Hall had been thrown out in Thailand. That afternoon I collected Andy’s mum and dad, sister and two nieces from Kings Cross to go see the top diplomat at the Royal Thai Embassy in Kensington, where we met two great activists…

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