Category Archives: European Trade Unions

Trade union members should vote to stay in the EU

Letter in The Guardian June 6th As general secretaries who represent a large part of Britain’s trade union movement, we are writing to make our position clear and urge our collective membership, which reaches over 6 million people, to vote … Continue reading

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ETUC General Secretary Says Scots Should Vote Remain

Luca Visentini General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation writes in the Scottish Daily Record, May 29th The people of Scotland are no strangers to momentous decisions and on June 23rd they will be asked to make another. As … Continue reading

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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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Len McCluskey On Why Unite Supports EU Remain

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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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