From the TUC

International (page 99)

Who are the REAL protectionists?

10 Feb 2009, by in International, Working Life

Trade unions are under persistent attacks for ‘protectionism’ at the moment, and as we begin a recession that will be made deeper and longer if protectionism flourishes, that’s a pretty serious charge. It’s also false. Unions are indeed in favour of protecting workers. But that’s not the same as protectionism. And very often it’s the people…




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Lindsey is about the future of globalisation

04 Feb 2009, by in International

Exactly what has happened over the Lindsey refinery construction contracts is still far from clear. Undoubtedly too, the motives of the protesters and strikers are not all the same. Unions see the action as a defence of negotiated standards and a call for UK-based workers to have a fair chance of applying for jobs. Some…




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Don’t blame the workers at Lindsey oil refinery

04 Feb 2009, by in International

There has been a lot of coverage for the dispute at Lindsey Oil Refinery in Lincolnshire, and the websites of the relevant unions (GMB and Unite) have covered their positions – our comment is here. Much of the media coverage has reported wildly different ‘facts’ about the numbers of workers involved, terms and conditions, contract…




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Getting it wrong over Gaza

27 Jan 2009, by in International

The TUC shares the widely held view that the BBC and Sky have taken the wrong decision in refusing to screen the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for humanitarian aid for Gaza, although it’s clearly right that, as Andy Burnham says, it’s a decision that broadcasters should take, not government. But that shouldn’t stop people disagreeing…




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Is there a secret union plot to end world trade? No.

09 Jan 2009, by in International

Jagdish Bhagwati, university professor, economics and law, at Columbia University in the USA, has started to froth at the mouth (in the Financial Times) about a secret plot he’s discovered by trade unions to end world trade as we know it. Apparently many of President Elect Obama’s people are in on it. And for all I…




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