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Unions on the march across Europe, USA and Canada to say no to Market Economy Status for China

25 May 2016, by in International

Today Unite, GMB and Community held a March of Steelmakers in London which brought steel workers from across the country to Westminster to demand the government ensure the responsible sale of Tata Steel’s UK assets and deliver a sustainable industrial strategy. A key cause of the crisis currently facing the steel industry is the UK government’s…

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EU launches consultation on social impact of TTIP

20 May 2016, by in International

Last week, the European Commission launched a consultation on its latest ‘Sustainability Impact Assessment’ report of the EU-US trade deal known as TTIP. Beneath this rather technical title lies an important opportunity for campaigners to call for TTIP negotiations to dramatically change direction to respect workers’ rights and public services. It seems the growing coalition…

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NIESR report shows need to end race to the bottom on jobs

28 Apr 2016, by in International

A report released this week by NIESR identifies low pay and precarious contracts as key reasons more local workers do not take up jobs in the hospitality, food processing and construction sectors. This has led employers in these sectors to draw on migrant workers from other EU countries, who face even more precarious conditions at home, to fill vacancies.…

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UK must stop blocking EU from taking action against China steel dumping

25 Apr 2016, by in International

The fallacy of Brexit campaigners claim that the EU is preventing the UK from taking action against China dumping cheap steel has been exposed with the government’s announcement today that its plans to part-nationalise the steel industry would be compatible with EU state aid rules. As the TUC makes clear in our briefing, the UK government can and should use…

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UNCTAD calls for investment agreements to uphold labour rights and democracy

17 Mar 2016, by in International

Yesterday I spoke at the United Nations Conference on Development (UNCTAD) meeting ‘Taking stock of international investment agreement reform’  which looked at the options for reform to investment protections such as ISDS that are currently used in international investment agreements (which include TTIP and the EU-Canada agreement known as CETA). To coincide with this meeting, UNCTAD…

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