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Why The EU Must Not Grant China Market Economy Status

The decision by the European Parliament recently to oppose granting Market Economic Status (MES) to China is very welome. It follows extensive lobbying by Unite and our global union with the US Steelworkers, Workers Uning (read statement) along with the … Continue reading

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Uber Recognises New York Drivers – But Not Full Unionisation.

Uber the platform based ride hailing – taxi company announced an agreement with International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to create an association for drivers in New York that would establish a forum for regular dialogue and afford them … Continue reading

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USA: Uber Settlement Designates Drivers As Contractors

First the good news: Uber the ‘ride sharing’ company has announced this week it had settled two class action lawsuits iand agreed to pay up to $100 million to workers in California and Massachusetts. The bad news: Uber gets to … Continue reading

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No To Coup In Brazil

Letter in The Guardian We are extremely concerned about the sustained efforts by sections of Brazil’s right wing opposition in Brazil to destabilise – and ultimately overthrow – its constitutional and elected government, including through attempting to impeach President Dilma … Continue reading

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Labour Needs To Get To Grips With The Digital Economy

As the digital revolution gathers at a rapidly increasing pace so is the growth of new forms of employment. One of these is ‘gig workers’ – for ‘one size fits all’ buzzword for anything from service workers to technology professionals – … Continue reading

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Say No To The Trade Union Bill – Produced by Unite Scotland

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Frances O’Grady: EU: A ‘leave’ vote risks manufacturing jobs.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) spoke this week at Hertford College, Oxford, about the risk of Britain leaving the EU. Here are the edited highlights.  “We’re not hearing from workers in the Brexit debate – … Continue reading

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Unite To Campaign To Remain In EU

Unite has announced that it will campaign for the country to remain a member of the European Union. The union’s 63-strong executive council, consisting of lay representatives drawn from workplaces across the UK, agreed that while the EU needs urgent … Continue reading

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Smurfit Kappa Accused Of Union Busting In Poland

The giant multinational packaging corporation Smurfit Kappa is being accused of ‘blatant union busting’ by the global union confederation Union Network International (to which Unite in the UK and Ireland is affiliated) who are calling on its 20 million membership … Continue reading

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Spain: Support the Airbus 8

Eight trade unionists who work for aerospace company Airbus are facing jail sentences in Spain for standing up for the right to strike and picket. They were in the UK this week explaining their case and the Spanish ‘Gagging Laws’ … Continue reading

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