From the TUC

First fast food union conference in USA supersizes

28 Jul 2014, By Guest

The first ever convention of fast food strikers who have formed “alt.unions” in the USA took place this weekend in the Elmhurst suburb of Chicago, Illinois. The phenonomen of alt.unions – where groups of workers form their own unions in fast food restaurants and other low wage jobs and launch demonstrations and strike action –…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT

28 Jul 2014, By

31st July is the 40th anniversary of one of the most important and successful pieces of workplace legislation. On that day in 1974, the Health and Safety at Work Act received royal assent. Since then the number of fatalities in the workplace has fallen by 85% while the number of injuries at work has fallen…

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North Carolina Growers Association hits FLOC organiser

Anti-union tobacco farmers pack a punch: hit back!

23 Jul 2014, By

UPDATE: the employer rep reported below to have punched a union organiser on camera has resigned from his job at the employer association. The union says this is a welcome development, but doesn’t adequately address the culture of bullying and violence in the sector over many years. The campaign to unionise tobacco growers and get…

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McDonalds Oakland protest

McDonald’s accused of firing pro-union workers

22 Jul 2014, By Guest

Once again the fast-food restaurant giant is under investigation by the USA’s National Labour Relations Board for allegedly firing workers for pro-union activity. Through a Freedom of Information Act, Bloomberg News secured documents which purport to show that McDonald’s fired nine New York area workers between November 2012 and April 2014 for joining unions and helping…

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Don Quixote and Sancho Panza road traffic sign

Heroism Bill: Grayling tilts at windmills

21 Jul 2014, By

The Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, has claimed that he is going to “Slay the health and safety culture”. Like Don Quixote, he’s bravely riding into battle with an opponent that isn’t actually there. In an interview to the Daily Telegraph he claimed that a Bill going before the House of Commons today will mean: “employees…

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