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World Day for Decent Work: end corporate greed!

07 Oct 2015, By

For the eighth year running, today, 7 October has been designated World Day for Decent Work by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the global trade union confederation to which the TUC belongs. Our contribution was the TUC national demonstration in Manchester on Sunday, which saw over 60,000 people protest outside the Conservative Party Conference…

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European unions back TUC call on EU referendum

07 Oct 2015, By

Last week in Paris, the four-yearly Comgress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) adopted unanimously an emergency resolution from the TUC about the British government’s EU referendum renegotiation strategy. TUC delegation leader Steve Turner, who is the General Council’s spokesperson on Europe, spoke about how David Cameron’s reform agenda was a threat not only…

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SDGs – the new MDGs

25 Sep 2015, By

Today (25 September) world leaders from 193 countries will assemble at the United Nations annual General Assembly in New York to adopt 17 Global Goals to end extreme poverty and build a better world by 2030. The TUC and the wider international trade union movement, led by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), took part…

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Swaziland Ministers come to Brussels

24 Sep 2015, By

A ministerial delegation from Swaziland travelled to Brussels this week to respond to demands made by the European Parliament to improve the human and workers’ rights situation in the country. In May, I led the European Parliament’s work on a resolution which called for concrete actions by the Swazi government. We asked for the unconditional…

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Unions face increasing harassment in Iran

19 Sep 2015, By

Despite the recent thaw in relations between the Iranian regime and western countries, the situation facing trade unionists in the country has worsened alarmingly this month. While we were in Brighton at our annual congress, one trade union leader died in jail in suspicious circumstances, another was arrested and two had existing jail terms extended.…

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Guatemala: joker in the pack holds cards in election run-off

17 Sep 2015, By

Guatemala has dodged the bullet of a ‘gangster President’, but will those remaining in the contest be willing and able to heal a country tearing itself apart? Guatemala has been gripped by protests for months. Angry crowds, desperate for change, filled Guatemala City’s public spaces demanding the resignation of the outgoing President Otto Molina after…

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Say #refugeeswelcome – march on Saturday

11 Sep 2015, By

The vivid stories of human suffering that have dominated the media coverage of the refugee crisis have provoked reactions of shock and, importantly, solidarity by the public. As organisations founded on the principal of solidarity and respect, trade unions across Europe and internationally have come together to say refugees are welcome.