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Timber Land: Peru activists murdered in the Amazon

16 Sep 2014, By

When ordinary people stand up for their rights in many parts of Latin America, they do so in the knowledge that powerful and often violent forces are ranged against them. Earlier this month four campaigners for indigenous land rights in the Peruvian Amazon were murdered, almost certainly by the illegal loggers that have plagued the…

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Have your say on EU water quality

14 Sep 2014, By

Following up the phenomenally successful Right2Water petition organised by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), the Right2Water campaign is now encouraging trade unionists to submit views to the European Commission on water quality. Nearly 2 million people across Europe signed the Right2Water European Citizens’ Initiative last year, putting public provision of water and…

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iPhone chip supplier busting unions in Philippines

12 Sep 2014, By Guest

With all the hoopla surrounding Apple’s launch of the new iPhone 6 this week, one story I doubt you’ll read about in the media is that one of Apple’s suppliers is involved in a major union busting campaign in the Philippines. Apple supplier NXP, based in a special economic zone at Cabuyao near Manila, on 5th…

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Be proud to be union: Proclaim the union advantage

05 Sep 2014, By

As the trade union movement prepares to gather in Liverpool this weekend for the 146th Annual Trades Union Congress, the TUC is launching a new publication that demonstrates the positive impact of trade unions in workplaces and on society in general.

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Burston Strike School centenary: The sickle stays sharp

03 Sep 2014, By

The Burston School Strike was the longest strike in British history, running from 1914 to 1939. The children of the school in the Norfolk village of Burston went on strike after their teachers, Annie and Tom Higdon, were dismissed by the school’s management committee. Annie Higdon was headmistress and a progressive educator. She objected to…

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Swaziland: where praying is dangerous

30 Aug 2014, By

I’ve commented so often on what’s wrong with the last feudal dictatorship in Africa – the kingdom of Swaziland – that I often think nothing more can shock me. Whether it’s jailing a newspaper editor and a union lawyer for questioning the decisions of the courts, or the Prime Minister threatening to throttle the leader…

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