From the TUC

SA unions shocked by murder charges against striking miners

30 Aug 2012, By

The decision by South African police to charge striking miners for responsibility for the deaths of 34 of their fellow strikers last week has shocked South African unions. COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said tonight: “Charging mine workers for the killing of their own colleagues by the police goes beyond what words can describe. We demand…

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Sportswear brands commit to decent work in the Philippines

23 Aug 2012, By

On 17 August 2012, major sportswear brands sourcing from the Philippines signed a ground-breaking agreement to cooperate on promoting the right to freedom of association, and implementation of national labour laws and international labour standards in their supply chains.

Supporting union executives: Lay Leadership Programme

23 Aug 2012, By Guest

The Guardian recently put up an article profiling a group of upcoming Conservative MPs who are spearheading a range of proposals which are designed to ‘unchain Britain’.  These ideas include a raft of changes to employment legislation which would make it easier to sack  workers.

Welcome to the London Labour Film Festival!

21 Aug 2012, By

A celebration of social commitment through cinema, the first ever London Labour Film Festival this September will bring eighteen phenomenal films touching on the issues of labour to the heart of London. Across three days, we’ll be presenting a fascinating and varied take on issues of work, labour struggle and the emotional and societal importance…

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The Sun in ‘nonsense’ shocker!

20 Aug 2012, By

Just as cuckoos herald the coming of spring, so the ‘silly season’ marks that point in the year when tabloid editors reach for the stories and campaigns marked ‘not to be opened unless truly desperate’. How else to explain the Sun’s new (oxymoronic?) campaign to “Stop the nonsense!”. * Claiming that public bodies have suffered a “collective loss of…

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Pressure grows for democracy in Swaziland

20 Aug 2012, By

The TUC has been working in solidarity with our colleagues in Swaziland for some time, and we are playing our part – with organisations like Action for Southern Africa – in planning events in London as part of the Global Week of Action on Swaziland at the beginning of September. But one key issue that…

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TUC sends solidarity to COSATU over mine strike deaths

20 Aug 2012, By

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber sent the following message to COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Saturday morning about the deaths at the Lonmin mine in Marikana. “I extend to you, to COSATU and the NUM, and to the families of the dead and injured at the Lonmin mine our utmost solidarity and most profound…

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