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Show Qatar that World Cup death & exploitation are unnecessary

01 Aug 2016, By

On 21 August, West Ham United will play their first Premiership home game at the former London 2012 Olympic Stadium – their new venue – against Bournemouth. We’ll be there with Playfair Qatar campaigners and Hammers fans to make a simple point. The stadium was originally built for the Olympics with no fatalities, and under an agreement between…

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Tanzania fish market. Credite: Haydé Adams FitzPatrick, Flikr

Tanzania & Uganda stand up against unfair EU-East Africa trade deal

29 Jul 2016, By

There was hopeful news for trade unions in East Africa last week as Tanzania and Uganda refused to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and East African Community countries  — Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda —partly due to concerns about the negative impact of the agreement on democracy and development. Unions across Africa have…

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Protecting health and safety post-Brexit

26 Jul 2016, By

Given the possibility that the UK may no longer be covered by EU regulations on health and safety in the near future, what protection will British workers have to a safe workplace? This is important question because we are likely to see Britain negotiate a huge range of new trade agreements across the globe in…

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Chinese sweatshops: they were the future, once

25 Jul 2016, By

Once it was David Cameron’s jibe at Tony Blair. Then he used it self-deprecatingly to bid farewell to the Commons after the referendum. But it reflects an iron law that what was once seen as the future soon becomes the past. And, Chinese trade unionists and labour rights activists have been telling UK trade unions…

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Turkish democracy’s nightmare

20 Jul 2016, By

The deficiencies in Turkey’s democracy cannot be remedied by armed force. The fact that the attempted coup by a section of Turkey’s armed forces failed is to be welcomed; what is not is the death of over 300 people in the conflict and the wounding of over 1,000. Turkey’s military must accept that they are…

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EHRC guidance

Standing together against this rise in prejudice

13 Jul 2016, By

Over 3,000 people reported hate crimes to the police in the weeks around the EU referendum. That’s an increase of nearly 60%. We can only assume that many more crimes went unreported. Racism in Britain had never gone away, but some seem to have decided to take the Leave vote as a validation of their…

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Mesothelioma statistics show need for action

11 Jul 2016, By

The HSE have published their fatalities statistics. Provisional figures indicate that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/2015. This is the second year running that the numbers have increased and is a worrying trend given the decline in inspection activity by the HSE and local authorities. Unfortunately…

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Europe’s trade unions come to London to show solidarity

11 Jul 2016, By

This morning, the leaders of Europe’s trade unions met in the TUC General Council chamber – people like ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) General Secretary Luca Visentini and German union leader Reiner Hoffman. They are here partly to show solidarity with British workers and stand shoulder to shoulder with our struggle to prevent workers being…

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