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Sam Gurney's Articles


Slave-state Qatar faces ILO investigation

10 Nov 2015, By

Today, the UN’s workplace agency, the tripartite International Labour Organisation (ILO) voted to send a high level mission to Qatar to make an assessment of the real conditions faced by migrant workers: a major victory for the Playfair Qatar campaign. Commenting after the vote, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The ILO has blown the whistle…

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huber ballesteros

TUC Congress speaker arrested in Colombia

28 Aug 2013, By

The arrest and detention on Sunday of Colombian trade unionist Huber Ballesteros shows how little has changed in that country. It is yet another move in the government’s attempt to disrupt and frustrate both industrial action and union engagement in the developing peace process. Huber was arrested at the headquarters of the CUT, the Colombian…

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Guatemala Week of Action

21 May 2013, By

Recent months have seen a flurry of agreements and undertakings being signed relating to Guatemala. Whilst the attention of trade unionists around the world has rightly been focused on Colombia due to the unbelievable level of violent attacks our colleagues there are subject to, as I have written before, the situation in Guatemala is also…

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Strikers' camp at Hong Kong docks

Community and solidarity underpin Hong Kong dockers’ strike

19 Apr 2013, By

In recent years there has justly been much attention on workers taking action to defend their rights in mainland China. We’ve seen major incidents in car and textile factories, and more recently the electronics sector, including Apple supplier Foxconn. There have been developments in both the legal framework and in workers’ willingness to protest, that…

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International labour standards: creating space to organise?

16 Sep 2011, By

Last week, I had to give a presentation to the Solicitors International Human Rights Group (SIHRG), on the topic ‘International Labour Standards: How effective is the current system?’ The main temptation was to simply say ‘not very’ and leave it at that, but the calibre of the audience demanded a rather more structured response. When…

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