Category Archives: European Trade Unions

Brexit is not the answer to the new generation of free trade agreements

By Adrian Weir The cat is out of the bag – the publication last week of the LSE report on the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions within the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) commissioned by the Government has … Continue reading

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Manufacturing is essential to the UK’s economy — and it depends on EU membership

The Brexiters’ alternative is a zero-hours, low-skill, low-paid economy Economics professor Patrick Minford, who supports the Brexit campaign, said recently that ‘if we left the EU, it seems that we would mostly eliminate manufacturing.’ Minford – who was a major … 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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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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“Tories have been prevented from hitting British workers’ rights”

Alan Johnson MP, Chair of Labour In For Britain, commenting on the publication of Donald Tusk’s letter outlining a draft plan for the UK’s membership of the EU, said:  “Britain’s membership of the EU is much bigger than any changes … Continue reading

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Trade Unions And The Coming Digital Revolution

Phrases such as ‘Industry 4.0’, ‘Big Data’ and ‘The Internet Of Things’ are now common currency as the predictions of a new digital world and a new world of work. The coming digital revolution is a hot topic with employers, … Continue reading

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EEF Manufacturing Survey – Another ‘Wake-Up’ Call For Government Says Unite

Today’s (Monday 11th January) annual survey by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF is yet another a wake-up call for the government said Britain’s largest union, Unite as it warned manufacturers against breaking up skilled workforces and trying to impose lower pay … Continue reading

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Greece: #ThisIsACoup – Watch the documentary here.

Director Theopi Skarlatos and producer Paul Mason present #ThisIsACoup, a four-part documentary series telling the story of how the European Union destroyed the first radical left government in modern history. #ThisIsACoup – Episode One: “Angela, Suck Our Balls” With the … Continue reading

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