From the TUC

What can we do about the deaths in Dhaka?

30 Apr 2013, By

Rosa blogged last week about how the Dhaka textile factory collapse demonstrated the need for strong, independent unions in Bangladesh. Since then, there have been thousands of words printed and broadcast about the disaster and what caused it. A lot of the comments have been more or less anguished concerns that there is nothing we can…

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Safety prosecutions in perspective.

30 Apr 2013, By

It is often said that the British care more about their dogs than their fellow humans and here are some statistics that seem to bear that out. The RSPCA have just published their prosecutions statistics. Last year they secured 4,168 convictions against 1,552 people, with a conviction rate of 98%. This is a great achievement…

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BURN: A warning from Detroit

30 Apr 2013, By

The European premiere of a new film about Detroit firefighters is being sponsored by the UK Fire Brigades Union. BURN captures a year in the lives of Detroit firefighters who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. Since 1950’s a vanishing industry has cut Detroit’s…

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A New Forum for Young Workers

30 Apr 2013, By

It’s an exciting time for the Young Workers Forum. The Forum met last week, for the first time under its new name, and chose the issues that it will address in its three priority campaigns for 2013/14: pay and employment, housing and promoting unions. Our campaign focus on Pay and Employment will see the Young…

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Workers Memorial Day – a day for reflection and anger

26 Apr 2013, By

Sunday is International Workers Memorial Day and people will be commemorating the dead in well over 100 events which are taking place up and down the country. In addition there will a minutes silence in many of the workplaces that are operating that day. Events such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in…

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Injury compensation: A triumph of ideology over justice

26 Apr 2013, By

Yesterday the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent. This bill (now an Act) contains a number of off-the-wall proposals but one of the worst is the change to the ability of workers to claim compensation if they are injured. At the moment you can claim compensation if you are injured because the employer…

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