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Gaza: ITUC day of action, 7 August 2014

07 Aug, By

To mark three weeks since the Israeli military incursion into Gaza began, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has declared today a day of action on Gaza. The TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, has written to the Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State for International Development, and you can support the ITUC campaign and TUC…

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First fast food union conference in USA supersizes

28 Jul, By Guest

The first ever convention of fast food strikers who have formed “alt.unions” in the USA took place this weekend in the Elmhurst suburb of Chicago, Illinois. The phenonomen of alt.unions – where groups of workers form their own unions in fast food restaurants and other low wage jobs and launch demonstrations and strike action –…

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Anti-union tobacco farmers pack a punch: hit back!

23 Jul, By

UPDATE: the employer rep reported below to have punched a union organiser on camera has resigned from his job at the employer association. The union says this is a welcome development, but doesn’t adequately address the culture of bullying and violence in the sector over many years. The campaign to unionise tobacco growers and get…

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McDonald’s accused of firing pro-union workers

22 Jul, By Guest

Once again the fast-food restaurant giant is under investigation by the USA’s National Labour Relations Board for allegedly firing workers for pro-union activity. Through a Freedom of Information Act, Bloomberg News secured documents which purport to show that McDonald’s fired nine New York area workers between November 2012 and April 2014 for joining unions and helping…

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Colombia: A storm before the calm?

17 Jul, By

Last week, a new trade agreement, or bilateral investment treaty (BIT), between the UK and Colombia came into force. Defending the BIT, the British Government, when pressed late last year on the human rights situation in Colombia, responded that “progress has been made” and that they would continue to push the Colombian government to eliminate…

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