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trade union bill

Government takes a swipe at Safety Representatives

17 Jul 2015, By

The Trade Union Bill is a particular worrying Bill with implications for anyone at work. There have been lots of really good blogs on this site about it so I am not going to repeat these. I just want to point out what the Bill could do to undermine union health and safety representatives. There are two…

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Burma on map

Burma: unions, global brands & NGOs back minimum wage for all

16 Jul 2015, By

UPDATE (23 July): The Burmese Government has announced that the minimum wage is confirmed at 3,600 kyats, with universal coverage. Pressure from global brands has been described by unions in Burma as very influential in resisting domestic employer pressure to exempt the garment industry from the minimum wage. Things are changing in Burma, once a…

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Protecting apprentices in the workplace

16 Jul 2015, By

In January 2013, a 16 year old engineering apprentice, Cameron Minshull, tragically lost his life after becoming entangled in a lathe.  Prosecutors in Cameron’s case alleged that his employer used apprentices as “cheap labour”, had a history of failing to train them properly and had a “grossly unsafe” system of work.  Yesterday, the employer was…

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Mswati III

Swaziland: is the pressure working?

14 Jul 2015, By

We’ve been pressing for a change of course in Swaziland for many years. It’s Africa’s last feudal dictatorship. It has the world’s highest rate of HIV-AIDS infection. And it’s one of the worst ten countries in the world to be a trade unionist, according to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). But are things changing?…

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ICTU Congress

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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Esmail Abdi

Take action on Iran’s crackdowns on teachers & journalists

08 Jul 2015, By

Perhaps upset that it somehow missed out on inclusion in the ITUC list of the ten worst countries to be a trade unionist last month, Iran has made a strong early bid to be included next year by sacking all the journalists who report officially on industrial disputes and arresting the leader of a teachers’ union en route to…

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Greece solidarity

Greece after the referendum

07 Jul 2015, By

I was pleased to be able to sponsor and speak at the Greece Solidarity Campaign/Jubilee Debt Campaign rally in solidarity with Greece at Congress House last night. Here’s what I said: Greece is the cradle of democracy. It is where a simple, yet profoundly powerful, idea took hold. That not kings, not bankers, not bureaucrats – but…

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