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Solidarity with Greece

26 Feb 2015, by in International

The TUC General Council yesterday agreed a statement of solidarity with the Greek people and their unions in supporting the actions of the Syriza-led government elected last month. Our support for its programme and attempt to escape austerity adds to the chorus of support from trade unionists around the world, recently reinforced by the International…

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Fantastic win for overseas domestic workers

25 Feb 2015, by in International

As the coalition government staggers towards its last days, the House of Lords has inflicted one last defeat – by just seven votes, 183-176 – over the rights of overseas domestic workers. The TUC welcomes that move (we called for it this morning) because it restores freedom from slavery for some of the most vulnerable…

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#TTIP: Battle hots up over NHS and workers’ rights

17 Feb 2015, by in International

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström was in London yesterday, and there was a lot of talk about the EU-US trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In particular, as has been the case for months, the hot topic was whether TTIP would endanger the NHS, and while the Government and the…

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Germans showing solidarity with Greeks

15 Feb 2015, by in International

If you get your news from the papers or broadcasters, you’d think that the dispute over Greek austerity and debt is a national struggle between (primarily) Greece and Germany. In reality, of course, this is simplistic and wrong. The German government – and in particular the CDU members like Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister…

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Why is BusinessEurope doing the banks’ dirty work?

29 Jan 2015, by in International

BusinessEurope, the body which represents employers’ organisations around Europe (the CBI is its UK member) wrote last week to European Union finance ministers in a last ditch attempt to derail the European financial transactions tax (FTT, aka the Robin Hood Tax) that a group of Eurozone countries representing 70% of EU GDP are committed to…

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What more will it take to get corporate courts out of the EU-US trade deal?

18 Jan 2015, by in International

This week, the European Commission finally released the results of the consultation forced on it nearly a year ago about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the EU-US trade deal. While not dismissing the popular opposition to ISDS, as some said she would, nor did Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom…

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IMF: looking on the bright side, or the ‘right side’?

18 Jan 2015, by in International

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) doesn’t have a fantastic reputation around the world for the damage it did to developing and Asian economies during the years of the neoliberal ‘Washington consensus’. Confessing to getting its analysis of the Greek economy catastrophically wrong and underestimating the multiplier effect of government spending during the global financial crisis (which…

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