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Solidarity with Iraq’s trade unions

29 Jun 2014, By

The TUC sends a message of solidarity to the brave independent trade unionists of Iraq facing the new threat presented by ISIS, on top of decades of repression by both Saddam Hussein and his successors. As one of the few non-sectarian institutions in Iraq, the trade union movement has much to lose from an upsurge…

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Union busting in Mexico continues

28 Jun 2014, By Guest

Once again we have seen the ugly face of union busting and the imposition of a ‘yellow union’ on a Mexican workforce demanding change, better pay and recognition of their chosen union. CB&I Matamoros sacked 350 workers after they went on strike on 3 June demanding better working conditions and representation by the metals and…

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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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