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Journalists condemn Egyptian sentences

24 Jun 2014, By Guest

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have strongly condemned the decision of an Egyptian court to impose prison sentences on Al Jazeera journalists. Nairobi-based Al Jazeera English reporter, Australian Peter Greste; Al Jazeera English Cairo bureau chief, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy; and Al Jazeera producer, Baher Mohamed, were sentenced to seven…

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Solidarity for Swazi sugar strikers

21 Jun 2014, By

UPDATE: You can now send a message of protest to the company through the IUF. In Africa’s last feudal dictatorship, Swaziland, three thousand members of the SAPAWU sugar workers’ union are on strike at the Ubombo Sugar Company in the north east of the country. Ubombo is ultimately owned by UK-based multinational Associated British Foods, although 40%…

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World Cup strikers? Not just on the pitch…

08 Jun 2014, By

With just days to go before the Brazilian World Cup kicks off, metro workers in Sao Paolo, the beating heart of the Brazilian labour movement, have struck for higher pay with support from the CUT national union confederation. Increasingly aggressive police tactics have been condemned by the unions as tempers flare. The metro workers are…

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Iran: May arrests show regime’s true colours

08 Jun 2014, By

Yesterday I wrote about the union-backed Amnesty International campaign to free Reza Shahabi, who has been in jail since 2010. But lest you think this repression of free trade unionism is a thing of the past in Iran under its new diplomat-friendly ‘moderate’ President Rouhani, arrests of trade unionists continue unabated. On 1 May, the…

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Act now: write to demand Iranian trade unionist’s freedom

07 Jun 2014, By

The TUC is calling on trade unionists to join an Amnesty International urgent action to demand freedom – and urgent medical treatment – for Iranian bus workers’ union leader Reza Shahabi. He started a hunger strike on 1 June in protest at the latest twist in his four year-long imprisonment: the forcible transfer from Evin…

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Good news for UN staff: a global union victory

07 Jun 2014, By

Some good news this weekend: staff unions at the UN have won their campaign for recognition, and better terms than ever before for consultation and dispute resolution. And they couldn’t have done it without you. Last year, I wrote about the disgraceful decision of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to derecognise unions across many UN…

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