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Rana Plaza: three years on

22 Apr 2016, By

This weekend marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, which shocked the world and jolted consumers, unions, activists and – eventually – brands into action over conditions faced by those making clothes for the British market. 1,129 workers died in a factory they knew was unsafe. With the threadbare state of workers’ rights in…

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Turkish workers under further attacks

22 Apr 2016, By

Sadly and as I have repeatedly reported on in my blogs, Turkish workers, their unions and wider civil society are under constant attack from their ever autocratic government. The latest example of which is the Bill before the Turkish parliament on agency work. The Bill would give companies the right to use agency work in case…

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Colombia’s bloody peace process

22 Apr 2016, By

It is a bitter irony that given Colombia is engaged in a peace process the number of politically motivated killings has increased of late In the period 21 February 2016 to 18 March 2016 a total of 30 people were killed. Of these 30 ,14 were community and political activists. The other 16 assassinated in the context of…

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TUC backs Brazilian unions: no to the coup!

15 Apr 2016, By

You may have seen some stories in the media about political developments in Brazil, where the forces who used to dominate the country while it was under military dictatorship and then in the years after democracy was restored are trying to force Workers’ Party President Dilma Rousseff from power. The TUC is backing our colleagues…

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Cambodian bosses & politicians hope to get away with new labour law

12 Apr 2016, By

After prolonged international pressure from both unions and multinational corporations, the Cambodian Parliament split on party lines to adopt a new labour law that falls far short of International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards. The governing party sided with local employers, presumably hoping that they have done enough to keep local unions pinned down and international…

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