From the TUC

Rights at work

Equality at work: Fair play needs strong unions

06 Jun 2014, By

There have been a number of breakthroughs for equalities in the world of sport recently; we’ve seen the appointment of the first female football manager, Helena Costa, in France -a move Arsene Wenger has publicly backed. There was the coming out of the first openly gay NFL player, Michael Sam, who emotionally embraced his boyfriend…

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Two years jailed in Bahrain: Release Mahdi Abu Dheeb

07 May 2014, By

In 2011 the Bahrain Teachers’ Association’s (BTA) President, Mahdi Abu Dheeb, called on his teaching union to strike. The strike was in support of the large scale pro-democracy protests that had started in Bahrain in February of that year. He was charged with inciting hatred and attempting to bring down the regime. He has been…

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An unwelcome delivery for Amazon.co.uk

03 Mar 2014, By Guest

On Friday, Amazon.co.uk received an unwelcome delivery of a 56,000-strong petition calling on it to pay its workers living wages. I set up the petition after seeing media exposes of the appalling policies and practices in Amazon warehouses across the UK: I received such an overwhelming response that I’ve spent the past 2 months gathering…

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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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