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International (page 99)

Zimbabwe’s economy: dollarising or dolorising?

29 Nov 2008, by in International

A recently received mis-typed email revealed a wider truth. On Wednesday 3 December, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has called a day of action to draw attention to the continuing downward spiral of the economy of Zimbabwe – join their protest here. The latest phase is characterised by the flight of big business and…




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Addressing the ‘white working class’ – sense beginning to break out?

31 Oct 2008, by in Equality, International

David Lammy MP has said something sensible about the ‘white working class’ issue that’s been rearing its ugly head again recently. Trade unionists are rightly worried about suggesting it’s sensible to segment the working class by race (interesting note – apparently it’s ok to talk about the working class – normally discouraged by politicians as…




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Bush: trade sanctions on Bolivia for NOT restricting trade

20 Oct 2008, by in Economics, International

OK, to be honest, Bush’s sanctions on Bolivia are about Bolivia’s alleged failure to control drug trafficking, rather than trade generally. But I’m at a Wilton Park conference on labour/environmental standards in trade agreements, and the irony struck me. At our conference, trade unionists, employers and trade negotiators are disagreeing about whether the World Trade…




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A ‘modest proposal’ on immigration?

19 Oct 2008, by in International

New immigration Minister Phil Woolas has spoken out on immigration, and, true to form, has revealed that the brief he’s been given is, as always, to sound tougher than the last guy! He has told the Times that he wants to make it harder to enter the UK, and indeed that the Government doesn’t want…




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Is your company refusing to allow a union in China?

09 Oct 2008, by in International

LabourStart, the website “where trade unionists start their day” took me to China Daily today, and a report on efforts by the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) to unionise foreign-based multinational companies. It reported that the following companies were proving very resistant: Wyeth, Microsoft, 3M, AstraZeneca and PwC. Maybe you work in one of their…




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Tackling poverty through decent work

07 Oct 2008, by in International

There’s an old saying about what makes charity aimed at developing countries effective. ‘Give a man a fish and you keep him alive for a day. Teach him how to fish and you keep him alive for years to come.’ But isn’t this a pretty poor ambition? Fishing is a hard, often dangerous job. In…




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