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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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Teachers form new Arab trade union bloc

24 Oct 2015, By Guest

Seventeen education unions and associations representing sixteen Arab countries from the Middle East and North Africa met on 7-8 October in Beirut in Lebanon to establish a new Arab teachers’ trade union structure that is concerned with the promotion and advancing of quality education and professional status. It is also dedicated to an end to all forms of conflict and…

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European Parliament latest to slam Thailand for harassing Andy Hall

17 Oct 2015, By

UPDATE 19 Oct 2015: the indictment hearing was adjourned again today because papers had not been properly served, and the hearing has been rescheduled for 18 January. Assuming Andy’s persecutors don’t stuff up again! Andy Hall, the British-born, Thailand-based migrant and trade union rights advocate, is back in court on Monday, 19 October. The latest…

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Workers’ rights: no longer safe anywhere? #BAD2015

16 Oct 2015, By

I’ve just come back from the annual meeting of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) general council, held ahead of the CUT Brazilian trade union movement’s congress in Sao Paulo. As usual, we heard appalling tales about union repression and the persecution of workers from around the world. And we were buoyed up by the…

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The award of the Nobel Peace Prize shows the power of social dialogue

13 Oct 2015, By

In a very dangerous and uncertain world the awarding of the Nobel Peace prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue quartet underlines the power and resolve to settle differences by working together in a spirit of compromise and reconciliation. The UGTT, employers, human rights groups and lawyers have established a democratic process which safeguards the fundamental…

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Take action to free imprisoned garment union activists in Burma

09 Oct 2015, By

On 8 November Burma will hold crucial general elections, which makes this is an important time to hold the government to account for the increasing crack down on trade union rights and repression that many workers are facing in the country. In support of the Amnesty International Urgent Action, this week the TUC General Secretary has…

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