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US Unions campaign for fairer routes to recognition

10 Jul 2008, By

US unions think that their current system for obtaining union recognition is broken beyond repair.  The Employee Free Choice Act is critical legislation that would help protect the rights of America’s workers to organize and form unions. The law would give more workers a way to form unions and negotiate for better wages, health care…

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Boris advocates a Living Wage!!!

10 Jul 2008, By

Spotted this on the Guardian website today.  Apparently London Mayor Boris Johnson is not only set to decree that no one employed by the GLA receives less than the London Living wage of £7.40 per hour but is also set to open talks with hotels to try and make sure that they are doing the same…

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Activist Academy Pilots

07 Jul 2008, By

The TUC is pleased to announce the dates of the Activist Academy pilot programmes.  If you are a union workplace rep or activist and are interested in developing your skills in campaigning and recruiting new members and activist then the Activist Academy could help. Reps and activists attending the Activist Academy will in addition to…

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NUJ reaches recognition finishing Post

25 Jun 2008, By

After 5 long years the NUJ has finally secured recognition at the Racing Post. This case had become a bit of a cause celebre as the Racing Post had managed to stave off recognition thanks to their ‘sweetheart agreement with the British Association of Journalists, a “union” that had, at most, one member at the…

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The US and us

10 Jun 2008, By

For the last couple of days I have been in Washington DC for a round-table seminar hosted by the  NLC and the Shanker Institute, and meetings with the AFL-CIO. Earlier this year the TUC and the AFL-CIO signed a joint protocol setting out how we can work together to tackle union busters, and so today’s…

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A good day for vulnerable workers

20 May 2008, By

Just got back from a visit by Pat McFadden, Minister for Employment Relations, to the TUC’s vulnerable workers pilot project in east London. The project is supporting workers in the cleaning and building service sector in the City of London and Canary Wharf, and a key element of the visit was an opportunity for the…

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Going to an Organising Academy Development Centre?

19 May 2008, By

Are you going along to one of this year’s TUC Organising Academy Development Centres?   Are you wondering what exactly will happen during the Development Centre?  Do you have any questions that you’d welcome the opportunity to have answered before you arrive? If you’ve answered YES to any of the above then the TUC’s Organising…

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Unions and t’internet

15 May 2008, By

Good article here from the Guardian setting out how unions are using the web to support their broader organising and campaigning work. The article quotes John Wood, the TUC’s new media officer, who is doing a lot to help unions and the technically-challenged like me to try and work out how best we can use web 2.0 (I…

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