From the TUC

Sam Gurney's Articles

Getting it in proportion? Unions and electoral reform

20 Jul 2016, by in Politics

At the last TUC Congress a motion on electoral reform was passed. It began by noting that the Conservative ‘majority’ government elected in 2015 in fact secured the support of just 24% of the British electorate. Since that election, we have had to campaign hard in defence of jobs, services, and even our fundamental democratic right…

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Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the ILO

15 Jun 2012, by in International

The atmosphere in the main hall at the UN Palais in Geneva yesterday morning was electric, and speaking from experience, on the last day of the annual three week International Labour Conference that’s not something you can usually say. The reason for the buzz was the appearance of Aung San Suu Kyi to address the…

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Chilean Winter: not so different from us

27 Aug 2011, by in International

The seasonal naming of protests around the world has gained a new addition with the beginning of the ‘Chilean Winter.’ The increasingly annoying journalistic short hand however doesn’t disguise the spreading wave of resistance to austerity measures round the world.  In Chile the protests initiated by students against cuts to education funding and the massively…

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ILO increases the pressure for a worldwide ban on asbestos

15 Jun 2011, by in Working Life

Countries which have adopted the ILO Convention on Asbestos (Convention 162) are under increased pressure to ban it after the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards issued a landmark ruling on a case brought by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). This includes Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Russia, Serbia, Macedonia,…

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Iraqi Government risks clash at ILO next month

11 May 2011, by in International

Despite the tide of change sweeping across the Arab world, the Iraqi government seems intent on undermining its trade union movement. The TUC will seek to block the Iraqi delegation at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in a few weeks if it doesn’t stop its attacks on Iraqi unions. The developing situation in the Middle…

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Government argues for cuts to ILO budget

18 Mar 2011, by in International

Despite protesting its continued commitment to the principles of Decent Work, and the central importance of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as the UN body charged with promoting job-rich growth globally, the British Government has this week continued its sustained assault on the resources that enable the ILO to do its job.

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