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Migrant rights defender back in Thai court

22 May 2016, By

British-born migrant rights activist Andy Hall was back in Southern Bangkok Criminal Court this Thursday (18 May) for just 45 minutes as the most serious of his trials over the last three years began. Andy, who has so far been convicted of nothing, was in court to hear the start of a trial for criminal defamation and computer…

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Brazil teeters on the brink of counter-revolution

16 May 2016, By

Brazilian union leader Joao Felicio, now President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), is flying into London this week to stir up opposition to the counter-revolution underway in Brazil. The Parliamentary chaos that ushered in the suspension of democratically-elected President Dilma Rousseff is as nothing to the chaos that would greet her impeachment. Already,…

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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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