From the TUC

Global solidarity

Four years after Rana Plaza, union action prevents a repeat

14 Apr 2017, By

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed, killing over 1100 mostly women workers. Bangladeshi and global unions persuaded multinational enterprises to join the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord and commit to trade union rights, to prevent Rana Plaza ever happening again. Four years on, the case of the Ananta textile factory…

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Brazilian unions protest for Lula and for justice

06 Apr 2017, By

Last year’s legislative coup against the democratically-elected President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, was denounced by trade unionists in the country who predicted that the corrupt replacement regime of Michel Temer would launch an attack on the social justice reforms introduced by the Workers’ Party government of Presidents Lula and Dilma. Now the unions are taking their…

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Unions fighting for Trans equality

31 Mar 2017, By Guest

In recent years, even a casual observer may feel that transgender people are already very visible, and query the need for it to be marked by a day in the calendar.  Whilst campaigning groups have promoted the message that “Some People are Trans,” the press have published a seemingly endless stream of news reports and…

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Bangladesh breakthrough as global unions rally in defence of workers

27 Feb 2017, By

An international campaign to support Bangladesh’s trade unions in the face of a government crackdown has won key concessions. Global unions, backed by a strong stance from brands sourcing from Bangladesh, including several members of the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), secured the release of almost all the trade unionists arrested in the recent crisis…

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Solidarity with workers in Turkey

16 Feb 2017, By

Last night I spoke at a hastily-convened but well-attended meeting at the NUT in solidarity with public sector workers, teachers and journalists currently suffering a state purge in Turkey. The meeting was organised by Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT), and other speakers – from the NUT itself, PCS and RMT – demonstrated that…

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Workers’ rights in crisis in Bangladesh

16 Feb 2017, By

Nine trade union members of IndustriALL affiliate, the Bangladesh Independent Garment Workers Union Federation, were detained over the weekend of 11-12 February in Chittagong after police interrupted a training session in union offices. The new arrests, and, in particular, the targeting of national-level union leaders, represent an escalation of the government’s campaign of repression against…

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