Category Archives: International Trade Unions

TUC and DGB: Workplace democracy is essential to decent work – the 13th British-German Trade Union Forum

A meeting of British – German Trade Union Forum took place in London on the 8th and 9th of December. It was the 13th time that this forum, jointly organised by the TUC and the DGB as well as the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and the … Continue reading

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USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

Anyone who follows this blogsite will know of the situation with Napoleaon Gomez of Los Mineros union in Mexico. Napoleon has been living in exile in Canada, in the safe keeping of the United Steelworkers after being hounded out of … Continue reading

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US Employers Say Plan To Speed Up Union Elections “Devastating”

In the USA the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) the body that governs ballots on union recognition (ballots) is set to put in place plans to speed up  union elections. The plan is being hailed as a victory for trade unions … Continue reading

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Workers At US VW Plant Say Yes To UAW Representation

Its not quite there yet – but the decision by workers at Volkswagen’s car production plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee has opened the door for unionisation of other auto plants in the southern right to work states of the USA. Workers in … Continue reading

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Glencore: Sherwin Alumina Lockout

On October 11th, Sherwin Alumina locked out 450 hard-working United Steelworkers Local 235A members at their plant in Gregory, Texas. The lockout came after 235A members overwhelmingly rejected the company’s demands for major cuts in pension and health care benefits for … Continue reading

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Fighting The New Generation Of Trade Deals

Published in December issue of Labour Briefing Unions in the UK and the EU have been campaigning against TTIP, the free trade deal between the EU and the USA (and the deal with Canada known as CETA) since significant details … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Korean union member sacked for fast food activism

Gahyun Lee was dismissed from her job at a McDonald’s outlet in Yeokgok, Gyeonggi Province on September 15th following her visit to Los Angeles earlier that month to support the national action by US fast food workers.  Management had previously … Continue reading

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Aussie Packaging Company Folds Under Pressure

Aussie Packaging printer Colorpak have backed down in the face of a determined industrial campaign and agreed to a peace deal with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union who were aided by comrades from the company’s New Zealand operations.  Anxious management compromised … Continue reading

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UAW and VW One Step Closer To Recognition

After several years of campaigning to organise the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on 12th November Volkswagen announced a new policy which includes that with more than 45 percent support, a union can meet once every two weeks with VW … Continue reading

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Canadian Telecoms Union To Merge With Steelworkers

Members of the Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) in Canada have voted 73.7% in favour of joining the United Steelworkers (USW). The TWU represents 12,000 members across Canada who work for telecommunications companies including TELUS and Shaw Communications, as well as … Continue reading

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