From the TUC
Cambodian garment workers

Unions pressing Cambodia for decent workers’ rights

17 Dec 2015, By

The TUC is joining Cambodian and global unions to press the Cambodian government to give workers the rights they are due under ILO conventions. And in particular, we want the Cambodian government to consult with national trade unions – as they clearly have with reactionary local employers. Cambodia is a major flashpoint for concerns about…

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Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga choose a union

16 Dec 2015, By

The first workers at a foreign owned car assembly plant in the southern USA have won collective bargaining rights. It’s the latest stage in the attempt by the mighty UAW, in association with German manufacturing union IG Metall, to spread unionisation from the high density plants of continental Europe to the union-busting states of the…

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responsibility deal

Responsibility Deal – Gone but not mourned

15 Dec 2015, By

The Government has now admitted that the “Responsibility Deal” which they set up in 2010 to deal with health issues is to be quietly left to disappear. In the words of the Government spin doctors, the deals have been “parked”. These deals, which covered public health priorities such as alcohol, food and exercise, were seen…

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safety sign

Workplace safety enforcement in freefall

14 Dec 2015, By

I have just read a paper that was produced a couple of months ago on health and safety inspections conducted by Local Authorities. They inspect the majority of workplaces, including most offices, shops, warehouses, distribution centres, leisure centres, care homes etc. They are often considered to be “low risk” but the reality is very different.…

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Work and Well-being – How to get involved

11 Dec 2015, By

In the past year or so far more employers in the UK have been introducing “well-being” schemes in the workplace. This follows a trend that we have seen in the USA where 70% of Fortune 200 companies and half of companies with over 50 staff have such programmes and over $6 billion is spent on…

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World Human Rights Day

Speaking up for trade union rights on Human Rights Day

10 Dec 2015, By

Thousands of trade unionists around the world have lost their lives standing up for workers’ rights and social justice. Countless others have suffered, and continue to suffer persecution and denial of their fundamental rights to freedom of association and assembly. Every 10 December many of us around the world observe the United Nations Human Rights…

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