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Guernsey fly the rainbow flag

Unions hail good news on marriage equality in the Channel Islands

04 Dec 2014, By

Last week, the chief minister in the island of Jersey reported that legislation for same sex marriage would be introduced shortly in the States of Jersey with a view to it being brought into effect in 2017. Senator Gorst’s announcement received substantial publicity in the island’s media. This achievement was a result of campaigning by…

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A man walks past a wall in Cuba decortaed with a star-shaped mural commemorating the members of the 'Cuban 5'

Catch-22, Cuban style

03 Dec 2014, By

Tonight (Wednesday 3 December), the traditional annual Vigil for the Cuban Five will take place outside the US Embassy in London. The gathering, now in its 8th year, calls on the US to honour calls for justice for the Five, all victims of the years old tension between the superpower and its island neighbour. This…

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HSE protest

Safety inspections are a requirement, not an option says ILO.

02 Dec 2014, By

The International Labour Organisation, which sets international regulations on a range of employment and health and safety issues has just considered a case that could have ramifications for the British Government’s inspection policies. Last month they issued a report on a complaint by Dutch trade unionists that the Dutch Government had failed to comply with…

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Child labourers

Child Slavery: Tell the UN to act

01 Dec 2014, By

Last week, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),the  Global March Against Child Labour along with International Trade Union Confederation, Education International, Anti-Slavery International, Kids Rights International and Thomson Reuters Foundation launched the first End Child Slavery Week – which will be an annual…

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The invisible role of trade unions in the fight against slavery

30 Nov 2014, By

On Saturday the Home Office released a new strategy for combating modern slavery or forced labour in Britain and abroad. We’re still digesting it, because, surprisingly, we weren’t consulted on it, and we aren’t mentioned in it. And this is not the only example of people trying to address forced labour without a key role for…

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Mswati III and Zuma

Swaziland’s Marikana in the making?

29 Nov 2014, By

Striking Swazi miners have retreated to a nearby hill in protest at the way they are being treated by their employer and the Swazi police, in a worrying echo of what happened ahead of the infamous Marikana massacre in South Africa a couple of years ago. And, ironically, their strike is against a mining company…

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