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Remain campaigners need a more ‘inclusive’ message

31 Mar 2016, By

The House of Lords’ European Union Committee, chaired by Lord Boswell, issued a report yesterday arguing that the Government needed to “set out a positive, inclusive vision of the UK’s role in a reformed European Union ahead of the referendum on EU membership.” You can find the TUC’s evidence to their Lordships’ enquiry in the documents they…

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Iraq trade unions back the ‘white shirts revolution’

29 Mar 2016, By Guest

Last Friday, the Iraqi Teachers Union (ITU) openly endorsed the actions of students and teachers across Iraq (known as the ‘White Shirts Revolution’) who are standing up for justice, fair pay and the provision of basic services; against ISIS terrorism and institutionalised political and financial corruption. They are also calling for the improvement of education from primary, secondary…

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Solidarity with Turkish teacher unions

28 Mar 2016, By Guest

This Easter, the NASUWT 2016 International Solidarity Award went to the Turkish teachers’ trade union Egitim Sen, for its bravery in standing up for justice, democracy, labour and trade union rights and for the right to quality public education despite Turkish government attempts to crush the union. Egitim Sen has shown courage and resolve, and has…

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Iranian teacher unions – good & bad news

27 Mar 2016, By

Despite returning to the international community and the victory for moderates in the Parliamentary elections a month ago, life gets no better for trade unionists in Iran. As UK teacher unions hold their annual conferences this Easter weekend, spare a thought for their opposite numbers in the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association. No chance to boo…

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Unions & brands press Cambodia over union law

24 Mar 2016, By

A global union campaign to ensure fair labour laws in Cambodia has won the support of multinational brands and NGOs. IndustriALL and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) are supporting Cambodian unions who are seeking urgent changes to the labour law currently being finalised. And the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), which brings the global unions…

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Wanted: Mike Ashley – Is this high noon for Sports Direct?

22 Mar 2016, By Guest

A showdown is brewing between billionaire Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley, and MPs investigating mistreatment of workers in his sportswear empire. The BIS Select Committee have been trying to arrange a date for him to give evidence to them over allegations of widespread abuses at the firm. Ashley hasn’t been co-operative, so they’ve taken the…

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Stand up to Racism demo: refugees welcome

18 Mar 2016, By

On Saturday 19 March thousands of people will join the Stand up to Racism demonstration and rally in Central London to voice their opposition to inhumane way that the government has dealt with the refugee crisis and show their support for refugees fleeing war and conflict in the Middle East, Africa and other parts of…

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#TUbill threat to union safety reps is still there

15 Mar 2016, By

Amongst its many highly controversial measures, the Trade Union Bill includes a provision to allow the Government to restrict access to facility time for trade union safety representatives in the public sector. Here is a quick reminder of why it is wrong, potentially unlawful and dangerous. Health and safety representatives’ time is not facility time…

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