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1982 to 2014: Striking for fair pay in the NHS

13 Oct 2014, By Guest

Some things have changed since the last big national pay strike in the NHS 32 years ago. I was a size 10 back then, and had moved on from platforms and flares to the New Romantic style, while friends were sporting ra-ra skirts and legwarmers – and that was just the blokes! No mobile phones.…

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Many thousands of protesters cram into Beijing's streets beneath a modern skyline, lit yellow and orange by street lamps.

Demockracy in Hong Kong

30 Sep 2014, By

It’s been impossible to ignore the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong this week, though Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung “Cy” Chun-ying probably wishes he could.  An attempt by his riot police to intimidate the protesters with tear gas and violence has backfired, drawing Hong Kong’s trade unions into the student-led protest. The Hong Kong Confederation…

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What makes a ‘strategic campaign’ strategic?

24 Sep 2014, By

That’s a question I’m often asked, and with the introduction of Strategic Campaigns training as part of the new Organising Academy programme, I thought I’d take some time to answer that question in a video: If you’d like to know more, check out the new Strategic Campaigns course in the Organising Academy Training brochure (web)

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TUC launches ‘Playfair Qatar’ campaign as FIFA’s Zwanziger goes rogue

23 Sep 2014, By

“Qatar will not host World Cup!” screamed several headlines yesterday after FIFA executive member Theo Zwanziger decided to provide his own personal opinion on the controversy-loaded location for 2022’s tournament. “Qatar still official World Cup site despite off-beat comments”, would be an equally accurate title. Since Dr Zwanziger is expected to step down from FIFA next…

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New! Organising Academy Programme

23 Sep 2014, By

It’s been nearly five months in the making but I am pleased to say that we are able to release the TUC’s Organising Academy brochure for 2014-15!  Alongside our existing courses, union staff will also be able to access three new short courses.

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Safety cuts: Chipping away at tripartitism

22 Sep 2014, By

According to papers produced by the HSE, it is considering closing down a number of committees where it gets advice from a range of people including unions and employers. Two of these committees deal with toxic substances and have been instrumental in developing the HSE’s policy on a range of hazards, including asbestos. One committee,…

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Timber Land: Peru activists murdered in the Amazon

16 Sep 2014, By

When ordinary people stand up for their rights in many parts of Latin America, they do so in the knowledge that powerful and often violent forces are ranged against them. Earlier this month four campaigners for indigenous land rights in the Peruvian Amazon were murdered, almost certainly by the illegal loggers that have plagued the…

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