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UK government isolated at ILO on Trade Union Act

07 Jun 2016, By

Not a single government spoke up in the UK government’s defence when the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards considered whether the Trade Union Act was out of line with ILO core labour standards last night in Geneva. Although several employer representatives – including the CBI’s Chris Syder – continued with their inaccurate and deplorable…

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ILO

The sort of company the UK shouldn’t want to keep at the ILO

02 Jun 2016, By

The annual conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is taking place during the first half of June in Geneva, and the TUC’s delegate Stephen Russell has already blogged on the key issue of the conference – the rules governing global supply chains. But there is another, rather more domestic issue on the agenda: the…

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CWU at Pride

Young and LGBT – be out, be proud and be part of a trade union

02 Jun 2016, By

Coming up to Pride season, you’d be forgiven for thinking that being young and LGBT has never been more acceptable. Young LGBT role models in the media? Check. Music and fashion icons pushing the gender binary? Check? LGBT stories part of the media narrative? Check. See: Tom Daly, a young, charismatic Olympic swimmer coming out.…

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Brazil

Why the new Brazilian regime is illegitimate

29 May 2016, By

I’ve written before about how developments in Brazil are bad for working people, but the situation is getting worse, and with the Rio Olympics less than 10 weeks away, the world’s gaze may eventually turn to what is going on in one of the world’s leading emerging economies. The TUC has joined with trade unionists…

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EU referendum campaign: hearing from women at last

27 May 2016, By

Over the last week, a new group of voters has risen to some sort of prominence in the EU referendum campaign, despite previously being pretty much ignored in the coverage of the increasingly febrile debate. Nearly a century after we first got the vote in UK parliamentary elections, women started to be noticed in the…

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The time is now hourglass

#TheTimeIsNow – We need a European Robin Hood Tax

25 May 2016, By

Next month, on 17 June, European Finance Ministers will gather for a crunch meeting for the European financial transactions tax (the Robin Hood Tax, or FTT). Campaigners across Europe are urging the group of countries who are negotiating the tax to make the final decision needed to bring the tax into effect, under the banner #TheTimeIsNow. At European…

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Asbestos: Remove this killer dust

Asbestos: Time to get rid of it

23 May 2016, By

Asbestos is the biggest cause of workplace deaths. This year 5,000 people are likely to die prematurely as a result of asbestos exposure. This is around three times the number of road accident deaths. Most of those who die do so as a result of mesothelioma, a kind of cancer that can be caused by…

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Andy Hall

Migrant rights defender back in Thai court

22 May 2016, By

British-born migrant rights activist Andy Hall was back in Southern Bangkok Criminal Court this Thursday (18 May) for just 45 minutes as the most serious of his trials over the last three years began. Andy, who has so far been convicted of nothing, was in court to hear the start of a trial for criminal defamation and computer…

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