From the TUC

Government pledges to reverse anti-union laws

31 Jan 2016, By

No, it’s not April Fool’s Day yet, nor a prediction for a future Britain. It’s the new Canadian Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau, and the new Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk. In a move welcomed by the Canadian TUC (the Canadian Labour Congress, or CLC), she has announced plans to repeal two…

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Qatar World Cup dream is a nightmare for workers

28 Jan 2016, By Guest

I had heard a lot about the exploitation of the migrant workers building Qatar’s World Cup dream. But nothing prepared me for the shock of seeing it first hand on a UNITE delegation last week organised by Building Workers’ International (BWI – the global construction unions’ federation.) Unions are banned in Qatar, but the BWI does…

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International agreements coming back into fashion?

25 Jan 2016, By

In the same week that the UK government ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol after pressure from the TUC and CBI, the Transport Minister has signalled that he will ratify the Hong Kong Convention on shipbreaking once certain legislative steps have been concluded. The Hong Kong Convention is an important instrument which would improve health…

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Franco’s ghost: trade union rights under attack

19 Jan 2016, By Guest

As Spanish trade unions protest against the use of a Franco-era law criminalising picketing, the UK House of Lords is debating picketing restrictions criticised by Conservative MP David Davis as like something out of Franco’s Spain. ETUC Confederal Secretary Esther Lynch makes the connection. It was extremely heartening to note the strenuous objections to the Trade Union Bill from many…

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Thai worker rights activist Andy Hall faces prosecution again

18 Jan 2016, By

Today, British-born workers’ and migrants’ rights activist Andy Hall is back in court facing further charges arising from his work for a Finnish NGO on the abuse of migrant workers in a Thai pineapple canning factory. The actions of the courts, the Thai Attorney-General and the abusive employer concerned clearly amount to judicial harassment, dragging the court…

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Time to care: Homecare workers speak out

14 Jan 2016, By Guest

Can you imagine having to have someone else help you brush your teeth? How about to get you out of bed, or even to wash you? What if it was a stranger each time? Over half a million adults in the UK rely on homecare workers to help them with these kinds of activities, as well…

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