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VIDEO: Professional Development for union officers

20 Aug, By

Professional development.  Often overlooked due to casework deadlines, campaign actions and the general day to day work of being a union officer. But it is important for union officers to continue professional development as part of building union capacity.

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Pride: a must-see film… Get free tickets here

15 Aug, By

Hilarious, tear-jerking, magnificent: all this, and a hymn to solidarity too. “Pride” is unique. Go see it, and remind yourself of why you are a trade unionist and why you believe in equality for all. You might also enjoy the sounds of the 80s (well, Bronski Beat anyway, in my case)! To be a miner…

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Amnesty supporters and trade unionists protest at Fiji High Commission in 2011.

Amnesty International calls on Fiji to respect workers’ rights

10 Aug, By

One of the reasons the TUC works so closely with Amnesty International UK – we’re hoping to renew our memorandum of understanding at Congress next month – is because we have a reciprocal interest in each other’s work. Amnesty understands that workers’ rights are human rights, and we understand that if workers’ rights are being abused…

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Vincent Ncongonwe and Sipho Gumedze

ACT NOW! Swazi PM’s astonishing threat against union leader

08 Aug, By

UPDATE: the pressure on Swazi PM Barnabas Dlamini has forced him to withdraw his threat to throttle union leaders returning from Washington DC “unconditionally”. This comes after several days of pressure, including a call from the Speaker of the Parliament which Dlamini initially rejected. But there’s no reason to let up on the pressure: trade…

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Gaza: ITUC day of action, 7 August 2014

07 Aug, By

To mark three weeks since the Israeli military incursion into Gaza began, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has declared today a day of action on Gaza. The TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, has written to the Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State for International Development, and you can support the ITUC campaign and TUC…

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Meeting Huber Ballesteros in La Picota. Photo by Seamus Milne

Defiance, hope & solidarity in Colombia

04 Aug, By

La Pictoa prison, south of Bogota is a foreboding place. The sheer scale of the facility, the lines of relatives and lawyers waiting to visit those inside, the ubiquitous presence of armed guards – all make for a pretty overwhelming experience. Over 8,000 prisoners are crammed into a space designed for less than 5,000 –…

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