Author Archives: Tony Burke

UAW Wins Just Transition at General Motors

UAW President Shawn Fain has announced that General Motors will include electric vehicle battery production work in the UAW’s national master agreement with the company. GM’s commitment is a historic step forward, guaranteeing that the transition to electric vehicles at … Continue reading

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Jose Netto – A pioneer for workers’ rights and trade unionism in Gibraltar

Unite, the union for workers in Gibraltar, has reacted with sadness at news of Jose Netto’s passing on September 25th aged 92. Jose was a  pioneer for workers’ rights and trade unionism in Gibraltar. He worked as an apprentice mechanical … Continue reading

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UAW Dispute With US Automakers: Biden & Trump Try To Woo Union Members

Biden tells Auto strikers ‘Stick with it’, while Trump says the strikes are ‘ridiculous’ For the first time in modern history a sitting US president joined and spoke at at union picket line this week.  Joe Biden was accompanied by … Continue reading

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Tom Conway: International President of the United Steelworkers USA & Canada

The news of Tom Conway’s death came through on September 25th and was a great shock. Although Tom had been unwell for sometime, we had kept in touch. Tom was a senior official of the USW (International Vice President) leading … Continue reading

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Speech To VSC AGM 2023

Tony Burke, Chair VSC, Opening Speech Venezuela Solidarity Campaign AGM 2023 Welcome all to this 2023 Annual General Meeting and its pleasure to be the opening speaker for the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign at this event today. We are holding this … Continue reading

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Sarah Woolley: “Trade Union Movement Should Back Organise Now”

Sarah Woolley, General Secretary of Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) is calling on the whole labour movement to back Organise Now, as it celebrates its first anniversary.  As figures show that 200,000 workers (mainly women) left the trade … Continue reading

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UAW Dispute With The Big 3 – Downtown Detroit Rally Sept. 15th

UAW President Shawn Fein speech, September 15th to UAW members in Downtown Detroit Rally Good afternoon UAW family – and hello again to the Big Three. It is my absolute honour to stand here today.  Looking out on this sea … Continue reading

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TUCG: What Would Workers Rights Look Like Under A Future Labour Government TUC Fringe Meeting

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Updated: Where To Now For The BRICS Nations

Economist Jim O’Neill (now Lord O’Neill) originally coined the phrase ‘BRICs’ in a 2001 Goldman Sach’s economic paper with the title ‘The World Needs Better Economic BRICs’ – which discussed the prospects for four emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, … Continue reading

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International Action Needed For Imprisoned Kurdish Leader Abdulla Ocalan

The UK based Trade Union Campaign for Abdullah Ocalan was joined by members of the Kurdish community and over 40 trade unions, local governments, NGOs and others for a press conference in front of the European Parliament demanding international action … Continue reading

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