From the TUC

Global solidarity

Government pledges to reverse anti-union laws

31 Jan 2016, By

No, it’s not April Fool’s Day yet, nor a prediction for a future Britain. It’s the new Canadian Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau, and the new Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk. In a move welcomed by the Canadian TUC (the Canadian Labour Congress, or CLC), she has announced plans to repeal two…

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Qatar World Cup dream is a nightmare for workers

28 Jan 2016, By Guest

I had heard a lot about the exploitation of the migrant workers building Qatar’s World Cup dream. But nothing prepared me for the shock of seeing it first hand on a UNITE delegation last week organised by Building Workers’ International (BWI – the global construction unions’ federation.) Unions are banned in Qatar, but the BWI does…

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International agreements coming back into fashion?

25 Jan 2016, By

In the same week that the UK government ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol after pressure from the TUC and CBI, the Transport Minister has signalled that he will ratify the Hong Kong Convention on shipbreaking once certain legislative steps have been concluded. The Hong Kong Convention is an important instrument which would improve health…

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Franco’s ghost: trade union rights under attack

19 Jan 2016, By Guest

As Spanish trade unions protest against the use of a Franco-era law criminalising picketing, the UK House of Lords is debating picketing restrictions criticised by Conservative MP David Davis as like something out of Franco’s Spain. ETUC Confederal Secretary Esther Lynch makes the connection. It was extremely heartening to note the strenuous objections to the Trade Union Bill from many…

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Thai worker rights activist Andy Hall faces prosecution again

18 Jan 2016, By

Today, British-born workers’ and migrants’ rights activist Andy Hall is back in court facing further charges arising from his work for a Finnish NGO on the abuse of migrant workers in a Thai pineapple canning factory. The actions of the courts, the Thai Attorney-General and the abusive employer concerned clearly amount to judicial harassment, dragging the court…

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Solidarity on the 1st anniversary of Charlie Hebdo killings

07 Jan 2016, By

This afternoon, exactly a year after murderous gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to kill people doing their jobs, French trade unions have organised a solidarity action in Paris. Trade union leaders from Tunisia and Turkey will also be speaking at the event, drawing attention to the trade union movement’s…

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Help make life better for women trade unionists in Libya

01 Jan 2016, By

Want to start the New Year with some global solidarity? Our friends at LabourStart are running an e-action with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) on behalf of Nermin Al-Sharif, leader of the Dockers and Seafarers Union of Libya, whose car crashed after it was followed by two other cars and shot at near Benghazi in November.…

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