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TUC backs Nepalese Sherpas after Everest deaths

23 Apr 2014, By

Last night, Newsnight covered union militancy at the NUT conference in Brighton and at Everest base camp in the Himalayas. No surprises for guessing which received the more sympathetic hearing, although at least NUT representatives were allowed to speak for themselves. The Nepalese Sherpas are threatening strike action over the deaths of 16 workers at…

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Iran continues its violent repression of trade unions

20 Apr 2014, By

Most of the news stories you see about Iran will be about the regional politics, Islamic extremism, or repression of political protest. But what you will see far less of is the brutal repression of free trade unionism, which doesn’t fit into the prevailing narrative. The most recent example is the treatment of hunger striker…

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Egypt: Journalists’ trial resumes

10 Apr 2014, By

Attacks on any one who questions the actions of Egypt’s military backed government are unfortunately continuing. Notably the trial of the three Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Cairo in December 2013, resumes today. They are Peter Greste an Australian national, al-Jazeera’s Egyptian-Canadian Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy and a local Egyptian producer, Baher Mohamed. They…

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Fair pay letter from America #3: breaking through at local level

03 Apr 2014, By Guest

Thanks to the efforts of unions, living wages measures are now firmly on the legislative agenda in the USA. Barely a month goes by without more progress being made: laws are enacted or bills make progress towards becoming law; governors and mayors speak out in favour of higher minimum wages; and low paid workers continued…

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Fair pay letter from America #2: higher wages would boost the US economy

30 Mar 2014, By Guest

Union campaigns for higher minimum wages and living wages in the USA have stressed that the poverty wages paid by billionaire corporations force workers and their dependents to claim food stamps, at significant expense to American taxpayers. Retail and hospitality workers are often paid so little that they are forced to depend on public assistance.…

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ILO gets tough with Fiji over workers’ rights while Commonwealth gives in

27 Mar 2014, By

The fortnight-long tripartite ILO Governing Body meeting in Geneva that ends tomorrow has got tough with Fiji over its abuse of workers’ rights, under pressure from global unions, supported by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. It’s good news that the ILO has insisted on its ‘direct contacts mission’ being re-admitted to Fiji in time to report…

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