From the TUC

Global solidarity

Become a film mogul & let everyone know how bravery took on apartheid

25 Nov 2015, By

I’ve just left the launch of an exciting project to inform a new generation about a little-known element of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Grassroots film-makers Barefoot Rascals, with the support of veteran anti-apartheid campaigners Ronnie Kasrils and the newly ennobled Peter Hain, want to make a film about the young British activists…

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UK proposals for EU renegotiation: Joint DGB-TUC statement

19 Nov 2015, By

Reiner Hoffman, the President of the TUC’s German equivalent, the Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB), has signed the following statement with me. It sets out our response to the Prime Minister’s speech last week on his EU renegotiation strategy. Having regard to the UK Prime Minister’s letter to the Council President last week proposing reforms to the…

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Unions are looking up in the slave state of Qatar

16 Nov 2015, By Guest

GMB International Officer Bert Schouwenburg has just returned from a visit to Qatar with Building Workers International. This is what he found. I was last in Qatar with the ITUC nearly two years ago in December 2013 and in that time little would appear to have changed. There are more (empty) tower blocks, more roads…

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Solidarity with Greek unions on strike today

12 Nov 2015, By

The Greek trade union confederations, GSEE in the private sector and ADEDY in the public sector, have called a 24-hour General Strike today (12 November) against the latest round of austerity measures being imposed on the Greek people by the Troika – the European Central Bank, the IMF and the European Commission. TUC General Secretary…

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Slave-state Qatar faces ILO investigation

10 Nov 2015, By

Today, the UN’s workplace agency, the tripartite International Labour Organisation (ILO) voted to send a high level mission to Qatar to make an assessment of the real conditions faced by migrant workers: a major victory for the Playfair Qatar campaign. Commenting after the vote, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The ILO has blown the whistle…

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