Category Archives: International Employment Rights

China is repurposing TPP to build an even bigger and more secretive trade deal

By Tony Burke The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was dubbed ‘the biggest trade deal you have never heard of’ because it was being negotiated behind closed doors with little public information available. Covering twelve ‘Pacific Rim’ countries, trade unions in the … Continue reading

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JEFTA – The Trade Deal You May Not Have Not Heard Of

By Tony Burke With Donald Trump sinking the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (TPP) and with the EU – US Trade Deal (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) seemingly on ice – and the Brexit bound UK government talking trade … Continue reading

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Speech By Sally McManus General Secretary Of The ACTU On Employment Rights

Sent in by Barry Camfield Good afternoon, it’s a pleasure to be with you today. I want to pay my respects to the Ngunnawal people and their elders past and present. I would also like to acknowledge the members of … Continue reading

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Another Corporate Atttack Is Looming

By Adrian Weir After US President Donald Trump killed off the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and put the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on hold, can the coalition standing against the corporate power grab stand easy? Beyond Trump’s trade representative … Continue reading

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TUC Response To EU Proposals For Multilateral Investment Court

The TUC has responded to the European Commission’s consultation on proposals for a multilateral court for investment agreements.  The TUC submission states that this proposal should be rejected due to the fact it would undermine domestic legal systems and pose significant … Continue reading

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New Aussie Union Leader Takes Stand Against Anti-union Laws

by Barry Camfield in Australia Sally McManus has recently been elected Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the first woman to hold the post. In her message to Australian workers she argued: “
 the need to take on … Continue reading

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UN Rights Expert: “Fundamental Right To Strike Must Be Preserved”

GENEVA (9th March 2017) – Further to the Human Rights Council side event on freedoms of association and of peaceful assembly in the workplace which took place on Monday 6th March, and on the occasion of a key meeting of … Continue reading

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Bangladeshi Garment Workers Released

Valter Sanches, General Secretary of IndustriALL the global trade union for manufacturing and energy workers has announced that 35 Bangladeshi unionists and garment workers arrested in December last year have all been released. This follows an international campaign led by … Continue reading

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Trump To Visit Boeing S.C. Plant After Anti Union Vote

Following on from the good news of the withdrawal of his nomination for US Labor Secretary by Andrew Pudzer, US unions suffered a setback when workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plants voted against recognition of the International Association of Machinists … Continue reading

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Anti Union Pudzer Withdraws From Nomination For USLabour Secretary

By Tony Burke : Chair, Campaign For Trade Union Freedom Many trade unionists in the USA have a ‘spring in their step’ today (Wednesday 16th February) after learning that Donald Trump’s nominee for US Labour Secretary Andrew Pudzer withdrew his … Continue reading

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