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Billy Bragg

8 honest challenges for trade unions

04 Jun 2015, By

Yesterday I put together 8 surprising facts about trade union membership. It’s been a really popular post, and it was based on the latest Office of National Statistics trade union report. I thought it would be good to look at some of the challenges for trade unions the ONS report raises too. So here we…

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Union Yes!

8 surprising facts about trade union membership

03 Jun 2015, By

The Office of National Statistics collects data on trade union membership every year and they’ve just released their report. You can read it yourself here, but for those who don’t have time to read a 55 page report, here are eight of the headline figures. I’ll have a more detailed blog on this later, and I’ve…

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Tartan Army calls on Qatar to Play Fair this Friday

01 Jun 2015, By

Are you going to be in Edinburgh on Friday evening? Know anyone who will be? We need people who care about the exploitation being suffered by migrant workers in Qatar to help us protest at the inaugural ‘Qatar Airways Cup’ taking place at Easter Road. Enjoy the game, but make your voice heard! The Scottish Football…

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TTIP – European Parliament fight moves on

29 May 2015, By

The international trade committee of the European Parliament (known as INTA) adopted a report yesterday on the controversial EU-US trade deal known as TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership). That report will now be presented to the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg the week after next, with votes likely on Wednesday 10 June. Former…

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Syriza’s struggle is our struggle

28 May 2015, By

The Greek Syriza government is still locked in crisis negotiations with ‘the group formerly known as the Troika’ (the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission) over releasing the money the Greek state needs to meet its obligations to creditors and also to its people. But it isn’t only about debt: Syriza is demanding the…

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The trade agreement that threatens our safety.

27 May 2015, By

Last year I wrote about the dangers to health and safety from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) where the European Commission and US Government want to reduce “barriers” to trade – also known as our rights to safe and decent work. According to the European TUC the agreement could have “enormous implications” for…

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ACT NOW! The next few days are vital for EU-US trade deal

26 May 2015, By

On Thursday, the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (known as INTA) will vote on a series of amendments to a draft report on the EU-US trade deal TTIP (the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The report which INTA produces will then go to the plenary session of the European Parliament starting on 8 June, just…

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