2012 (18)
Oct 25 2012 1:14PM
Somali journalists campaign for freedom
Somali journalists are calling on the UN to restore workers' rights at the UN-funded Radio Bar Kulan (RBK) which broadcasts from Kenya into its troubled and dangerous neighbour. Journalists' unions from 25 African countries and beyond...
Oct 20 2012 11:03PM
Fiji: police intervene in collective bargaining
A month ago, the Fijian military dictatorship expelled a mission from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which included a member of the International Court of Justice because the regime rejected the mission's terms of referenc...
Sep 25 2012 1:24AM
Commonwealth needs to get tougher on human rights
Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meet this weekend in New York to approve the draft Charter of the Commonwealth which sets out the values that member states are due to uphold, and Commonwealth trade unionists are demanding that they get...
Aug 14 2012 5:03PM
Still in jail a year later: Cote d'Ivoire
The TUC has joined trade unionists globally in protesting to the Government of Cote d'Ivoire about the continued imprisonment of Basile Mahan Gahé, General Secretary of the Ivorian trade union confederation (DIGNITY), which like the TU...
Jun 7 2012 9:33PM
Human rights at work: annual report shows we really must do better
A new report out this week records a year's worth of violations of fundamental human rights for working people. Breaches of the ILO's eight core conventions (banning forced and child labour as well as discrimination at work, and provid...
Jun 6 2012 6:47PM
Employers attack workers' rights at ILO
Trade unions expressed outrage at the actions of the employers’ group at the International Labour Organisation Conference for blocking any debate and discussion on some of the worst cases of worker rights violations at the meeting in G...
May 12 2012 12:44PM
Arrested for sporting a union logo: Swaziland
A schoolteacher in Swaziland waiting for a bus was arrested last week just for carrying a bag with the logo of the newly united union confederation TUCOSWA, the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland. Wandile Ndlela was approached by unifo...
Apr 17 2012 9:39AM
Iran: workers' voices will not be silenced
The Iranian regime has jailed another trade unionist in its continuing, and unsuccessful, attempt to get workers to shut up about the repression and exploitation they suffer. Reza Shahabi, Treasurer of the bus workers' union in Tehran,...
Mar 12 2012 12:16AM
Iranian teacher trade unionist faces death penalty - protest now!
Iranian academic and teacher trade unionist Prof Abdolreza Ghanbari is facing the death penalty in Iran. Like many, his crime if "enmity towards God", a catch-all offence used primarily to trigger reference to revolutionary courts not...
Mar 7 2012 9:13AM
Fiji: action by four governments requested by unions
The TUC has joined with sister organisations in Australia, New Zealand and the USA to press our respective governments to take action over restrictions on union rights imposed by the military dictatorship that runs Fiji. These include...
Mar 3 2012 5:20PM
Defend Egyptian trade unionist Kamal Abbas: protect the Arab Spring
Kamal Abbas, the General Coordinator of the Egyptian Center for Trade Union and Worker Services (CTUWS) has just been sentenced to six months imprisonment for comments he made at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) last year. T...
Mar 3 2012 5:09PM
Good news: Liliany Obando released in Colombia
Colombian trade unionist, human rights defender and academic Liliany Obando was released from the Buen Pastor women's prison at 8:30pm on Thursday night, and was greeted by a delegation from the UK trade union solidarity organisation J...
Feb 26 2012 9:03PM
Human Rights and the Olympics
Should we be keeping human rights out of sports? No, of course not. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic charter proclaims the values of fairness in sport and that should apply to the working conditions of people who make...
Feb 23 2012 1:18AM
Workers' rights still under pressure in Turkey
The TUC continues to be deeply concerned about the attacks on workers' rights in Turkey. Free trade unions are being subject to a continuing campaign of intimidation and repression spearheaded by both private sector employers and the T...
Feb 5 2012 8:34PM
Iran clamps down on trade unions - again!
Our friends at Human Rights Watch have condemned a new wave of arrests of independent trade unionists in Iran - earlier attacks on free trade unionism have been catalogued on this blog and at Justice for Iranian Workers . They report t...
Feb 5 2012 8:25PM
London Olympics: what Dow case says about an ethical Olympics
I've posted on the TUC Touchstone blog about what the Dow Chemicals sponsorship case tells us about ethics and the Olympics. The TUC has registered our opposition to the sponsorship deal with the London Organisating Committee for the O...
Jan 29 2012 12:00AM
Help spring Bahraini teacher from jail
Please help a global trade union campaign to get Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the President of the Bahraini Teachers Association (BTA), released from jail. Mahdi's health is rapidly deteriorating and the authorities have refused him ac...
Jan 8 2012 12:43PM
Greek trade unionists face jail for opposing austerity
Over a dozen Greek trade unionists from the energy union GENOP, including union President Nikos Photopoulos, will be in court on Tuesday (10 January) facing charges that could see them jailed for up to 5 years – and all for opposing on...