From the TUC

SDGs – the new MDGs

25 Sep 2015, By

Today (25 September) world leaders from 193 countries will assemble at the United Nations annual General Assembly in New York to adopt 17 Global Goals to end extreme poverty and build a better world by 2030. The TUC and the wider international trade union movement, led by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), took part…

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Swaziland Ministers come to Brussels

24 Sep 2015, By

A ministerial delegation from Swaziland travelled to Brussels this week to respond to demands made by the European Parliament to improve the human and workers’ rights situation in the country. In May, I led the European Parliament’s work on a resolution which called for concrete actions by the Swazi government. We asked for the unconditional…

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Why we need the right to strike

22 Sep 2015, By Guest

The government’s Trade Union Bill looks set to undermine the right to strike, and attacks the role trade unions play in day-to-day life. These reforms are spiteful and unnecessary.They are deliberately intended to make it impossible for trade unions to undertake legal strike action, and to transfer yet more power to employers. For me, being…

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Unions face increasing harassment in Iran

19 Sep 2015, By

UPDATE: see below for news on Ali Nejati. Despite the recent thaw in relations between the Iranian regime and western countries, the situation facing trade unionists in the country has worsened alarmingly this month. While we were in Brighton at our annual congress, one trade union leader died in jail in suspicious circumstances, another was…

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Guatemala: joker in the pack holds cards in election run-off

17 Sep 2015, By

Guatemala has dodged the bullet of a ‘gangster President’, but will those remaining in the contest be willing and able to heal a country tearing itself apart? Guatemala has been gripped by protests for months. Angry crowds, desperate for change, filled Guatemala City’s public spaces demanding the resignation of the outgoing President Otto Molina after…

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