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Rights at work

Women in their 50s have been let down by work

27 Feb 2014, By

More women over the age of fifty are working than ever before but the generation of women who blazed a trail for women’s equality in the workplace are still struggling to get a fair deal. Low pay, discrimination, the pressures of juggling caring responsibilities and paid work, and difficulties accessing training opportunities are all among…

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Amazon need to make work pay before they expand further in UK

26 Feb 2014, By Guest

Amazon.co.uk’s refusal to pay its fair share of taxes or to treat its workers properly is giving it an unfair competitive advantage. The high tech way Amazon processes orders and tracks inventory disguises that it is also a traditional labour-intensive mail order retail business. They already operate huge warehouses in Croydon, Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel…

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Inequality and trade unions: lessons from the US

04 Jan 2014, By

US President Obama made a speech before Christmas in which he described tackling inequality as “the defining challenge of our time.” New York’s newly elected Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio (the first Democrat Mayor of the city for 20 years) said the same in his inaugural speech on New Year’s Day, describing the challenge as…

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ACT NOW! Tell Bangladesh to reform its labour laws

07 Jul 2013, By

The TUC is backing a global union campaign calling on the Bangladesh Government to improve its labour law, and we need your help. Sign up now and then encourage everyone you know who cares about the rights of the workers who make our clothes to do the same. Since the Rana Plaza factory disaster at the…

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Safety prosecutions in perspective.

30 Apr 2013, By

It is often said that the British care more about their dogs than their fellow humans and here are some statistics that seem to bear that out. The RSPCA have just published their prosecutions statistics. Last year they secured 4,168 convictions against 1,552 people, with a conviction rate of 98%. This is a great achievement…

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Lucy Meadows – a tragedy that must not happen again.

23 Mar 2013, By

This week a teacher apparently killed herself. Her name was Lucy Meadows and she had been the victim of a campaign of harassment and intimidation. However this was not by her employers, or by fellow workers, but by the media. While unions have a proud record of protecting members from harassment and bullying at work…

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