Posts in the "Right To Strike" category

RESURRECTING FRANCO

Posted on January 22, 2016

Esther Lynch:   - ETUC Confederal Secretary
Esther Lynch:
ETUC Confederal Secretary

ETUC Confederal Secretary Esther Lynch on the strange case of the Spanish workers known as the ‘Airbus 8’, who face trial next month on charges brought under a Franco era statute

Even now, four decades after his death, the ghost of Franco still haunts Spanish public and political life.

In 2011, a map revealing the existence of more than 2000 mass graves containing over 120,000 victims of Franco’s ‘White Terror’ was published by the Spanish government. 

To date, only a small minority of those graves have been excavated. 

In addition, it is estimated that a further 20,000 died in the purges and revenge killings that began with the triumph of Franco’s Falangist forces, in 1939.

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NEW YEAR, SAME OLD TORIES

Posted on January 07, 2016

Owen Tudor - Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department
Owen Tudor
Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department

The TUC's Owen Tudor reports on the UK government's ongoing assault on union rights and why Valentine's Day may be a little different this year

On Monday (11 January), the UK’s House of Lords began detailed consideration of the government’s Trade Union Bill, the latest attempt to relive the Thatcherite dream of 'taking on' the trade unions and restricting our ability to defend workers’ rights and public services.

The Bill emerged largely unscathed from the House of Commons before Christmas, although the government was forced to concede some ground on the more alarming attacks on the right to strike – such as the Orwellian requirement that unions should advise the police and employers of union social media strategies (but not vice versa.)

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Defending the Right to Strike

Posted on February 11, 2015

Sharan Burrow, ITUC. Pic - Horst Wagner (ITUC)
Sharan Burrow, ITUC. Pic - Horst Wagner (ITUC)

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

In towns and cities, court rooms and corridors, workplaces and street corners the battle lines have been drawn for workers to hold on to their right to strike.

On February 18, a global day of action in support of the right to strike will demonstrate the will of working people to keep the right to withdraw their labour.

The day of action is in response to an audacious move by employer groups at the International Labour Organisation to end the international legal basis for the right to strike.  It is shaping up as a major test of the power of employers and big business to dictate wages and working conditions to employees. 

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My new life as a young Syrian refugee in Ireland

Posted on May 08, 2019

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syria

My name is Taqwa Alhariry.  I am a 27-year-old student, who escaped the savage war in Syria to live in Ireland with my mother and sisters.

I came here with my two sisters, Sarra (19), Maisa (22) and my mother Fatima. We were later joined by my third sister Amira (17), who came from Turkey, and we now live together in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. A fourth sister, Shaima is living in Belgium.  We are originally from Daraa city in Syria and I am currently studying Cambridge English in Dublin so as I can enter a university in Ireland.

I originally came from Syria and used to live with my family in Daraa city. 

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The Business of Human Rights

Posted on December 19, 2017

Qatar and human rights - Protest at Qatar's failure to uphold workers rights
Qatar and human rights
Protest at Qatar's failure to uphold workers rights

David Joyce looks a closer look at Ireland's first National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

The first National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights finally saw the light of day, in late 2017. The Human Rights Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs is to be commended for its work in developing the plan and getting Government approval.  You can view a range of civil society responses to the plan here but for a trade union perspective on it read on…

The National Plan’s stated aim is:

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European Pillar of Social Rights Offers New Hope for Social Europe

Posted on December 16, 2016

Esther Lynch:   - ETUC Confederal Secretary
Esther Lynch:
ETUC Confederal Secretary

The EU is slowly emerging from the worst economic crisis in its history.

One of major casualties of that crisis was the European Social Model, undermined and weakened by the official response to a meltdown in the financial system.

Fundamental social rights and public services have been sacrificed. But an EU focused only in the market will not maintain the support and trust of workers and citizens.

With a third of workers across the EU struggling to make ends meet, Europe urgently needs a new social pact.

We need more Social Europe.

We need a vision that is bold enough to redress the glaring imbalance in the current model, that restores the primacy of livelihoods and living standards in EU policy.

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FIFA'S SQUALID SECRET

Posted on April 18, 2016

Sharan Burrow, ITUC. Pic Horst Wagner (ITUC)
Sharan Burrow, ITUC. Pic Horst Wagner (ITUC)

Sharan Burrow - General Secretary of the ITUC - says a new report on human rights could finally force FIFA to do the right thing for workers in Qatar

Thousands of workers building the 2022 FIFA World Cup facilities and infrastructure in Qatar are forced to live as modern day slaves. They are housed in squalid conditions and survive on poor quality food and insufficient water.

Temperatures in the slave state of Qatar can sometimes reach 122° Fahrenheit.

These bonded workers are paid badly and often receive no money for months on end. No worker can leave an unsafe or abusive work environment or even exit the country without the employer’s permission.

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STARTING OVER?

Posted on November 26, 2015

Peter Bunting - Peter Bunting addresses the 2015 ETUC Conference on situation in Northern Ireland
Peter Bunting
Peter Bunting addresses the 2015 ETUC Conference on situation in Northern Ireland

Assistant General Secretary Peter Bunting outlines initial reactions to the Fresh Start Agreement in Northern Ireland

On  November 17, the Fresh Start agreement was signed off by the UK and Irish governments and the two largest parties on the Northern Ireland Executive.

At the time of writing, the trade union movement in Northern Ireland is consulting with political parties, other civil society organisations and our affiliates.

The agreement has the support of the US Administration and every business group has welcomed it, especially as it includes a pledge to cut Corporation Tax to the same level as that which obtains in the Irish Republic by 2018 (although, as is well known, the effective CT rate paid by several multinationals is considerably less than the 12.5% headline rate.  

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Ulster Unions Say No!

Posted on February 06, 2015

Peter Bunting, Assistant General Secretary, ICTU
Peter Bunting, Assistant General Secretary, ICTU

Peter Bunting, Congress Assistant General Secretary

On a cold Monday in January, the Belfast Telegraph reported that a ‘straw poll’ of local employers agreed that a big cut in Corporation Tax in NI would be good for them. Hold the front page.

The unscientific poll was concocted at a seminar organised by ‘tax experts EY’ (the trendy rebrand for Ernst & Young). Most present agreed with each other that “any cut to NI’s block grant should come out of a reduction in public spending.”

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