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Iraqi unions are still demanding better

05 Jan 2015, By Guest

Despite the impact of the ISIS insurgency, workers across Iraq staged several industrial actions from the end of October, through November and into the first part of December, and returned to the streets on 30 December. The GFITU and the national technical sector of the Iraqi teachers union held separate industrial action in Baghdad demanding…

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Fast-food workers scent justice in fight with franchises

30 Dec 2014, By Guest

In a ruling that has given US unions a significant boost, the US National Labor Relations Board has ruled that McDonald’s (and other fast food outlets) are a “joint employer” of workers at its franchise restaurants. An investigation found that McDonald’s, through its franchise arrangements “engages in sufficient control over its franchisees operations, beyond protection…

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Spreading positive messages on migration on International Migrants Day

18 Dec 2014, By

Thursday 18 December is International Migrants Day, so it is appropriate that I inform you of the latest TUC project on migration. The TUC’s Migration Messaging Campaign began earlier this year to challenge the subject of scapegoating migrants for social and economic concerns in the media and toxic political rhetoric, by promoting progressive messages at…

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Overseas aid bill clears Commons – now heads for Lords

14 Dec 2014, By

Michael Moore MP’s private members’ bill – aiming to bind future UK governments to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on official development assistance (overseas aid) cleared the Commons triumphantly on Friday 5 December, with 146 MPs from several different parties backing the bill and only 5 or 6 opposing. It will now be considered…

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Glencore: unions protest at mining multinational’s misdemeanours

10 Dec 2014, By Guest

This week Unite will be joined by representatives of the United Steelworkers from the USA who have been locked out by their company Sherwin Alumina, in Gregory, Texas. Their company is owned by global mining and commodities corporation Glencore. As part of Workers Uniting (the global union formed by Unite and the USW), we will…

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Modern Slavery Bill: take action on Monday

06 Dec 2014, By

The TUC is working with a range of corporate accountability and anti-slavery campaign groups and NGOs, including the Ethical Trading Initiative, to strengthen the Modern Slavery Bill, which is now before the House of Lords. Ahead of the Lords Committee stage on Wednesday, join us in a twitter storm for tougher measures. There are several changes…

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Catch-22, Cuban style

03 Dec 2014, By

Tonight (Wednesday 3 December), the traditional annual Vigil for the Cuban Five will take place outside the US Embassy in London. The gathering, now in its 8th year, calls on the US to honour calls for justice for the Five, all victims of the years old tension between the superpower and its island neighbour. This…

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