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TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has joined trade union leaders from around the world in condemning the arrest in Swaziland of trade union lawyer Thulani Maseko. In her letter to the Swaziland High Commissioner in London, O’Grady argues that the detention of Maseko by armed police officers on 17 March...
23 March 2014
The General Secretary has written to the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo, condemning the arrest of Mr Victor Umba Ilunga, President of the national union delegation and demanding his unconditional release.
12 March 2014
The TUC has written to the Home Secretary and the Foreign Secretary to urge that René González, the first member of the "Miami Five" to be released from prison, be allowed into the UK to attend a conference examining the legality of his conviction, after he was denied entry on...
10 March 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written urgently to the Prime Minister of Cambodia urging him to ensure that a peaceful protest planned for Phnom Penh tomorrow (Saturday) is allowed to proceed, allowing Cambodia's textile trade unionists - mostly women - to express their concerns about wage levels on International...
07 March 2014
Ahead of the "People's Strike" called for Tuesday by our sister organisation KCTU in South Korea, the TUC General Secretary has written to the Korean Ambassador to London posing five key questions about his government's failure to respect workers' rights and the fundamental core conventions of the ILO. She specifically...
23 February 2014
The TUC's General Secretary Frances O'Grady has protested to the Cambodian Ambassador in London as part of a global union day of action, demanding the release of 23 jailed textile workers who are in court tomorrow, and respect for the principles of freedom of association, assembly and collective bargaining.
10 February 2014
The TUC General Secretary has written to the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to immediately release all the union members arrested under unproven connections to illegal organisations, to lift all bans on meetings and demonstrations and also calls Turkey to abide by its European and international obligations to secure...
17 January 2014
To coincide with the publication of "The Global Development Crisis" by Ben Selwyn of Sussex University, in which he makes the case for 'labour-centred development', the TUC is sponsoring a debate on the evening of Thursday 23 January 2014.
15 January 2014
The TUC has protested to the Cambodian Ambassador about the violent repression of garment worker strikes for a living wage in Cambodia.
11 January 2014
TUC Aid, in partnership with BananaLink, is helping unions in banana plantations in Guatemala to build capacity to defend workers’ rights.
17 December 2013