From the TUC

Rob learns as he represents NHS workers – #heartunions

08 Feb 2017, By

8th – 14th February 2017 is #heartunions week, celebrating the great work unions do, and paying tribute to the reps who are an important part of that. The Unsung Heroes series is running all week, sharing stories from reps and members about how being part of their union has impacted their lives. Rob left school with…

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Health and Safety Executive

HSE hits the right note

06 Feb 2017, By

For many years the TUC has been arguing that successive governments have abandoned the health aspect of health and safety. Over 70% of work-related absence is a result of stress or musculoskeletal disorders such as back pain, while, even by the HSE’s own statistics, there are 12,000 deaths every year as a result of occupational…

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Pregnant womens’ safety – Government gets it half right

26 Jan 2017, By

Yesterday the Government published their response to a report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee into pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Quite a bit of that original report was about health and safety and, amongst other things, the Committee had said that employers should be required to undertake an individual risk assessment when…

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Bangladesh trade union members protest after the death of 112 colleagues in 2012

Act now! Demand Bangladesh release 11 textile union leaders

22 Jan 2017, By

Today we’re urging you to take online action calling on the government of Bangladesh to immediately and unconditionally release 11 textile trade union leaders detained in recent weeks. They were arrested after garment workers demanded an increase in wages in December. In addition, more than 1,600 workers have been fired and police have filed cases against…

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IFFCO strikers in Egypt

Act now to defend food worker unions in Egypt

19 Jan 2017, By

In Egypt, twenty-seven edible oils factory workers and leaders and members of their union face crippling fines and jail terms for the ‘crime’ of striking to defend their wages, with sentences due to be announced on 29 January. You can join a global union campaign run by the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) by sending a message…

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Organising using health and safety just got easier

17 Jan 2017, By

There is a brand new resource available from today for anyone who wants to consider how to make their workplace safer through building a strong union. Last year the TUC published a guide to organising and health and safety. It gave simple, straightforward advice to help you use health and safety arguments to achieve an…

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Colombian trade union leader free at last

16 Jan 2017, By

Three and a half years ago, Colombian agriculture union leader Huber Ballesteros was on his way to the British Embassy in Bogota to collect his visa to visit the UK to speak at the 2013 TUC Congress. He was arrested and detained under trumped-up charges of rebellion and financing terrorism, based on false testimony and…

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What has globalisation ever done for the workers?

15 Jan 2017, By Guest

Some workers laid off by Goodyear tyres in Wolverhampton recently compared their treatment to their sisters and brothers in Germany and France. They credited German workers for reaping the benefits of a resilient industrial strategy and strong social dialogue – especially in respect of ensuring workforce planning on apprenticeships and skills. And they tipped their hats…

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