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Free Mahdi Abu Dheeb

08 Oct 2015, By

In May last year I blogged about the disgraceful treatment of trade union activist, Mahdi  Abu Dheeb, by the Bahraini authorities. Sadly the only developments since then have been negative. Mahdi remains in a Bahraini jail but his health continues to deteriorate. Mahdi suffers from diabetes and hypertension, for which he needs regular medication. He also has…

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Iraq’s new labour law: positive but ‘clipped’

19 Aug 2015, By Guest

Iraq has finally issued a labour law that complies with ILO conventions, up to a point. It is a good day for global justice. The law provides legal protection for organised workers in the private and cooperative sector against unethical practices of local and foreign employers. It provides collective bargaining and it provides workers with…

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5 types of tosh people are talking about the #TubeStrike

05 Aug 2015, By

The #TubeStrike hashtag today isn’t one for the faint hearted. The Independent have thoughtfully compiled a tutorial for those who’d rather simply block it all out, but I’ve a kind of morbid fascination for it and where it comes from. I’ve identified five distinct types of tosh doing the rounds on the web, which I…

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Top tips for introducing night shifts

05 Aug 2015, By

Last week I wrote a blog about the health effects of working shifts, in particular nights. Well today the TUC has followed up on that with a report on night working and “work-life balance”. Given how much night working is increasing it is really important that people are protected and the effect on, not only…

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Common priorities for Europe in Britain & Ireland

09 Jul 2015, By

Yesterday I had the honour of addressing the Congress of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), and a large part of my speech focused on the challenges facing the European Union. Including, of course, the prospect of an EU referendum in Britain. Here’s some of what I said: Congress, we meet at a defining moment…

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