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CBI on TTIP: a policy based on faith and avoiding their critics

18 Dec 2014, by in International

The CBI’s top leaders were in Brussels today along with the Prime Minister to help him put ‘rocket boosters’ under the increasingly unpopular Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA. They gathered a range of business organisations across Europe, and several other leaders, to emphasise the positive and, largely, pretend…

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International Migrants Day: overstaying and exploitation

18 Dec 2014, by in Labour market

It’s ironic that the Daily Mirror should run a story on International Migrants Day about the discovery that there are nearly twice as many people who have overstayed their visas in the country than expected – over a third of a million. Trade unionists will be concerned that those 350,000 overstayers are vulnerable to exploitation,…

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Migration: putting tackling exploitation first

15 Dec 2014, by in Labour market

Labour leader Ed Miliband announced today that he wants to address a concern that unions have been raising about migration: its use by unscrupulous employers (and, indeed, any employer who thinks they can get away with it) to cut their labour costs by undermining previous terms and conditions. The TUC has been calling for migrants to be…

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Italian unions strike: #stopjobsact

14 Dec 2014, by in International

Italian unions, led by the TUC’s sister organisation the CGIL, have been taking to the streets – including a general strike on Friday – to oppose reforms of the labour market being proposed by the centre-left government of Matteo Renzi. They say they are defending workers’ rights – in particular against unfair dismissal, while the…

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EU investment plan – long on hope, short on money?

30 Nov 2014, by in International

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week unveiled a new Investment Plan designed to kick-start growth in the sluggish European economy, using €21bn of public money drawn from the Commission budget and the European Investment Bank (EIB) as guarantees designed to attract €315bn in private investment. The money would be put into sustainable investment like green…

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TTIP debates get a bit fractious

29 Nov 2014, by in International

Although there is a long way to go – trade negotiations can last years – tempers are beginning to fray over the EU-USA Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). I’ve already blogged about David Cameron’s insistence that he would ‘take the fight to the unions’ over TTIP, and now the Italian government have expressed the…

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Shining a dim light on trade negotiations

26 Nov 2014, by in International

Today, the European Commission went some way towards meeting the criticisms of many – including the trade union movement – over the secret nature of the TTIP trade negotiations between the EU and the USA. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and Chair of the European Parliament trade committee Berndt Lange launched a ‘fresh start’ in the…

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IoD members lukewarm on ISDS as Cameron gets desperate on TTIP

19 Nov 2014, by in International

According to the Guardian, David Cameron is going to ‘take the fight to unions’ on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP), dismissing our concerns about undermining rights at work, consumer protection and environmental safeguards; giving overseas investors precedence over what elected governments do (investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS) and entrenching the privatisation of the…

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G20 update: What test do world leaders need to meet?

15 Nov 2014, by in International

As mentioned before, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and I are in Brisbane for the G20 leaders’ summit. There’s a common consensus – including among several governments here – that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stuffed up the event (see below), but one of the taxi drivers we met asked the key question: what…

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