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The TUC has written to the Peruvian government after four Ashánika Indigenous leaders from the Peruvian Amazon were killed by suspected illegal loggers. It is likely that the attack was in retaliation to the leaders’ activism against illegal logging on their ancestral lands. Their families and fellow community members are...
12 September 2014
The TUC has written to the Ambassador of Qatar over the urgent case of two missing reseacrhers who were in Qatar to meet with migrant workers and investigate conditions. Updated to include Amnesty UK Action.
04 September 2014
The TUC has written to the Paraguayan Ambassador to protest and urge action to protect trade unionists. This follows the assault by police of education union General Secretary Silvio Piris, who was shot seventeen times with plastic bullets, including three times in the chest, and was hospitalised alongside several of...
03 September 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Thai Pineapple Industry Association urging it to persuade its President and CEO of the Natural Fruit Company to drop criminal libel charges against British human rights defender Andy Hall, whose Finnwatch report in 2012 reported serious worker exploitation of Burmese migrants...
25 August 2014
The TUC has written to the Ecuadorian ambassador to the UK to protest over the arrest and imprisonment of Dr Carlos Figueroa. Dr Figeroa, General Secretary of the Ecuadorian Medical Federation, was arrested in July despite a suspension of a conviction for libelling the President of Ecuador requested by the...
19 August 2014
In an astonishing outburst, the Prime Minister of Swaziland, Africa's last feudal dictatorship, has threatened the General Secretary of Swaziland's trade union movement, Vincent Ncongonwe, currently attending a civil society meeting in Washington DC, with strangulation, in retaliation for the trade union movement's support for the decision of the US...
08 August 2014
Take action today as part of the ITUC day of action on Gaza. Here's what the TUC has been doing today, and what you can do to add your voice.
07 August 2014
The TUC General Secretary has written to Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary, calling for pressure to be applied on the government of Bangladesh to address problems in the labour law as part of its commitment under the 'Sustainability Compact' signed with the EU last year. Trade union repression and violation of...
21 July 2014
The TUC is urging trade unionists to join an Amnesty International urgent action demanding freedom for jailed Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi, who started a hunger strike on 1 June. TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Iranian Ambassador in Paris (the nearest Embassy to the UK) demanding...
07 June 2014
The TUC submitted amendments to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) world congress in Berlin in May 2014, calling for ITUC affiliates around the world to take action to defend their LGBTI members. Here is the speech that TUC delegate and General Council spokesperson on Europe, Billy Hayes, made to...
04 June 2014

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