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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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Act now! Demand Bangladesh release 11 textile union leaders

22 Jan 2017, By

Today we’re urging you to take online action calling on the government of Bangladesh to immediately and unconditionally release 11 textile trade union leaders detained in recent weeks. They were arrested after garment workers demanded an increase in wages in December. In addition, more than 1,600 workers have been fired and police have filed cases against…

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Act now to defend food worker unions in Egypt

19 Jan 2017, By

In Egypt, twenty-seven edible oils factory workers and leaders and members of their union face crippling fines and jail terms for the ‘crime’ of striking to defend their wages, with sentences due to be announced on 29 January. You can join a global union campaign run by the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) by sending a message…

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Colombian trade union leader free at last

16 Jan 2017, By

Three and a half years ago, Colombian agriculture union leader Huber Ballesteros was on his way to the British Embassy in Bogota to collect his visa to visit the UK to speak at the 2013 TUC Congress. He was arrested and detained under trumped-up charges of rebellion and financing terrorism, based on false testimony and…

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What has globalisation ever done for the workers?

15 Jan 2017, By Guest

Some workers laid off by Goodyear tyres in Wolverhampton recently compared their treatment to their sisters and brothers in Germany and France. They credited German workers for reaping the benefits of a resilient industrial strategy and strong social dialogue – especially in respect of ensuring workforce planning on apprenticeships and skills. And they tipped their hats…

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Kazakhstan unions need our support

30 Dec 2016, By

The TUC has joined a campaign launched by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to call on the government of Kazakhstan to respect the rights of workers in the country to form and join trade unions of their choice, in line with international law, following a series of government interventions to deregister the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions…

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