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TUC joins May Day protests for jailed Iranian teachers

02 May 2016, By

The TUC has supported a letter this 1 May calling on the Iranian government to release two Iranian teacher union leaders and scores of other jailed trade unionists as part of a general call “to adopt a stance compatible with its international obligations in respect of trade unions and human rights.  Until this is the case, international…

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Mahdi Free! Bahraini teachers’ union leader released

28 Apr 2016, By Guest

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the leader of the Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA) was freed on 5th April 2016 from a Bahraini jail after serving five years. He was jailed by a military court in 2011, accused of inciting social unrest, but his and the BTA’s real crime was that they campaigned for the rights of teachers…

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Is neo-liberal globalisation running out of road?

24 Apr 2016, By

I was inspired recently by an article in the Washington Post, which asked “what’s behind the revolt against global integration?” Partly because the policy prescriptions for getting globalisation back on a more acceptable track, and partly because its author was Larry Summers, adviser to Presidents Clinton & Obama, and one of the heroes of ‘third…

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Rana Plaza: three years on

22 Apr 2016, By

This weekend marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, which shocked the world and jolted consumers, unions, activists and – eventually – brands into action over conditions faced by those making clothes for the British market. 1,129 workers died in a factory they knew was unsafe. With the threadbare state of workers’ rights in…

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Turkish workers under further attacks

22 Apr 2016, By

Sadly and as I have repeatedly reported on in my blogs, Turkish workers, their unions and wider civil society are under constant attack from their ever autocratic government. The latest example of which is the Bill before the Turkish parliament on agency work. The Bill would give companies the right to use agency work in case…

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Colombia’s bloody peace process

22 Apr 2016, By

It is a bitter irony that given Colombia is engaged in a peace process the number of politically motivated killings has increased of late In the period 21 February 2016 to 18 March 2016 a total of 30 people were killed. Of these 30 ,14 were community and political activists. The other 16 assassinated in the context of…

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