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Stop the death threats to Colombian trade unionists now!

12 Aug 2016, By

I wrote with some optimism a few days ago about Colombia’s impending peace deal that would seek ratification in a referendum in September. This historic cease-fire agreement was signed on 23 June by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) guerrillas after years of negotiations. It should bring an end to…

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Sexual harassment is no laughing matter

10 Aug 2016, By

For anyone who thinks that sexual harassment has been consigned to the past – a relic of the days of Benny Hill and Carry On films – new research from the TUC on sexual harassment in the workplace will come as a nasty surprise. TUC polling carried out earlier this year found that over half…

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Peace deal brings hope to trade unionists in Colombia

09 Aug 2016, By

Colombia is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a trade unionist. It has become a murder capital for trade union activists and continues to feature prominently on the International Trade Union Confederation’s annual Global Rights Index, which names the world’s top ten worst countries for workers’ rights. Last year 22…

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Southern Rail, ScotRail and red herrings

08 Aug 2016, By

It’s often said that it takes two sides to make a dispute; it certainly takes two sides to end one. Last week during talks at ACAS, the RMT offered to suspend strike action at Southern Rail if the company matched an offer on guards and safety that’s being made in a separate dispute by ScotRail. The…

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The Today Programme’s dodgy #SouthernStrike maths

08 Aug 2016, By

This morning’s Today Programme on Radio 4 covered the industrial dispute at Southern Rail. Justin Webb talked live to his correspondent Ben Thompson at Victoria station (Listen at 47:38), who expressed concern that the 5 day strike over guards’ safety concerns would not be legal under planned new government restrictions: “Earlier in the year there were new rules brought…

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Changes to company records would be bad for workers

08 Aug 2016, By

Companies House is proposing a significant change to how long information on companies is kept that could have a major impact on the ability of workers to get compensation for diseases that appear many years after exposure. At present, if a company is dissolved, the information is stored by Companies House for 20 years. The…

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5 ways to combat racism in the workplace

08 Aug 2016, By

Due to the rise of racism since the EU referendum, the TUC is calling on the government to take real and immediate action to make our communities safer and more respectful for everyone. We’ve published an action plan with the practical steps we need to challenge racism and released guidance for union reps and activists to tackle racism…

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