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Paying staff fairly should be part of our national heritage

04 Apr 2014, By Guest

Rent, food and clothing are not priced according to the age of the customer so basic minimum salaries should not be allocated according to a person’s age. To have a pay system that discriminates against any section of society according to their age is unjust yet that’s what we have in the UK with different…

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TRASH DANCE: Choreographing the dignity of work

02 Apr 2014, By Guest

On April 3 1968, the night before he was assassinated, the great human rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. told 1300 striking Memphis Tennessee sanitation men: “You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor…. So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs,…

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#AskFrances – live twitter Q&A with young workers

26 Mar 2014, By

As part of the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight and Young Workers’ Month 2014, I did my first ever live Q&A on twitter, to take questions from young workers, using the #askfrances hashtag. Here’s a record of the event, many thanks to everyone who took the time to get involved with it.

Swaziland: where union lawyers risk jail themselves

23 Mar 2014, By

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has joined worldwide protests by union leaders about the arrest and detention of the lawyer for our sister organisation in Swaziland, TUCOSWA.  Thulani Maseko was arrested on 17 March by armed police on the basis that he had written an article in the Nation Magazine (the editor, Bheki Makhubu, was also…

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Union campaigns begin to make a difference in Bangladesh

18 Mar 2014, By

There’s a long way to go to improve working lives in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) industry, but progress is underway. With the publication of the first reports, the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord has begun to deliver on the promise of better factories, and at last there is a realistic prospect that the victims of…

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Tony Benn and the spirit of Tolpuddle

14 Mar 2014, By

Tony Benn said: “Nobody can extend their own life by more than a minute, on the other hand if you study history you extend your experience by thousands of years.” He was passionate about learning the lessons of history. No more so than the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. “Tolpuddle gives me the confidence to…

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A five-point union solidarity plan for Ukraine

12 Mar 2014, By

On Monday, trade unionists from across Europe, including the TUC, expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and especially the Ukrainian trade unions who reported on the situation they faced, at the Pan-European Regional Council of the ITUC in Brussels. Together, they issued a call for a peaceful, efficient and socially-acceptable way out the crisis in Ukraine, pointing…

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