From the TUC
Trade Union Bill not fit for purpose

What an expert government body says about the Trade Union Bill

28 Aug 2015, By

The government’s Trade Union Bill has taken a bit of a pounding lately. First there were the trade unions themselves, who are uniformly opposed to the bill. Then there was a joint letter from industrial relations academics, who said “the rationale for the bill is perverse.” Last week, we heard that the Regulatory Policy Committee…

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Andy Hall

Thailand needs to stop the harassment of workers’ rights advocates

20 Aug 2015, By

The British-born worker and migrant rights defender Andy Hall is due back in court on Monday 24 August, facing criminal defamation charges for exposing the truth about exploitation of migrant Burmese workers in Thailand’s Natural Fruit pineapple factory. Forty-four international and national organisations have sent a further letter to the Prime Minister, demanding that the…

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Iraqi Workers Need Good Laws Now

Iraq’s new labour law: positive but ‘clipped’

19 Aug 2015, By Guest

Iraq has finally issued a labour law that complies with ILO conventions, up to a point. It is a good day for global justice. The law provides legal protection for organised workers in the private and cooperative sector against unethical practices of local and foreign employers. It provides collective bargaining and it provides workers with…

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TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady. Photo: Jess Hurd/

Taking the fight for workers’ European rights to top bosses

13 Aug 2015, By

Prime Minister David Cameron has revamped his Business Advisory Group, and their first task will be to advise him on his EU renegotiation strategy ahead of the referendum on Britain’s membership. Whilst it is bizarre that there are no representatives of working people on the Group (something most EU member states would consider anathema), TUC…

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5 types of tosh people are talking about the #TubeStrike

05 Aug 2015, By

The #TubeStrike hashtag today isn’t one for the faint hearted. The Independent have thoughtfully compiled a tutorial for those who’d rather simply block it all out, but I’ve a kind of morbid fascination for it and where it comes from. I’ve identified five distinct types of tosh doing the rounds on the web, which I…

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Top tips for introducing night shifts

05 Aug 2015, By

Last week I wrote a blog about the health effects of working shifts, in particular nights. Well today the TUC has followed up on that with a report on night working and “work-life balance”. Given how much night working is increasing it is really important that people are protected and the effect on, not only…

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