From the TUC

Global solidarity

Tanzania & Uganda stand up against unfair EU-East Africa trade deal

29 Jul 2016, By

There was hopeful news for trade unions in East Africa last week as Tanzania and Uganda refused to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and East African Community countries  — Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda —partly due to concerns about the negative impact of the agreement on democracy and development. Unions across Africa have…

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Protecting health and safety post-Brexit

26 Jul 2016, By

Given the possibility that the UK may no longer be covered by EU regulations on health and safety in the near future, what protection will British workers have to a safe workplace? This is important question because we are likely to see Britain negotiate a huge range of new trade agreements across the globe in…

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Chinese sweatshops: they were the future, once

25 Jul 2016, By

Once it was David Cameron’s jibe at Tony Blair. Then he used it self-deprecatingly to bid farewell to the Commons after the referendum. But it reflects an iron law that what was once seen as the future soon becomes the past. And, Chinese trade unionists and labour rights activists have been telling UK trade unions…

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Turkish democracy’s nightmare

20 Jul 2016, By

The deficiencies in Turkey’s democracy cannot be remedied by armed force. The fact that the attempted coup by a section of Turkey’s armed forces failed is to be welcomed; what is not is the death of over 300 people in the conflict and the wounding of over 1,000. Turkey’s military must accept that they are…

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Europe’s trade unions come to London to show solidarity

11 Jul 2016, By

This morning, the leaders of Europe’s trade unions met in the TUC General Council chamber – people like ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) General Secretary Luca Visentini and German union leader Reiner Hoffman. They are here partly to show solidarity with British workers and stand shoulder to shoulder with our struggle to prevent workers being…

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South Korean assaults on trade unions continue

07 Jul 2016, By

Unfortunately South Korea’s appalling record on the rights of workers and trade unions is being added to. Han Sang-gyun, the President of Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment this week On 5 January, 2016, Han was indicted for charges related to the “obstruction of public duty”, “destruction of…

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