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This week (21 July) sees the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington DC, and the TUC is taking part in the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) delegation. Bandula Kothalawala, TUC delegate, reports on the opening trade union forum.
The TUC reports from the XIX International AIDS Conference held in Washington DC on the passionate and well-argued case of representatives from sex workers for the recognition of their employment and human rights in a lively session. Read more here
The ITUC delegation (including TUC delegate Bandula Kothalawala) to the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC took time off to join a march organised by Robin Hood Tax campaigners in the US.
The TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written to the Paraguayan ambassador to protest against the legislative coup that has removed President Fernando Lugo from office.
The TUC General Secretary has written to President Molina in protest at the latest wave of violence against trade unionists and indigenous peoples leaders in Guatemala. Between 4-11 July three people were murdered and several more suffered serious injuries.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has sent the following message of solidarity and support for the Spanish trade union movement against the austerity policies of the Spanish Government.
Once again the trade union movement is outraged at attacks on Turkish trade unionists by the Turkish state. On the 25 June raids took place in some 20 Turkish towns and 71 trade unionists dragged off. For further details read the TUC's letter of protest.
Thugs from the Sadrist movement in Iraq stormed the offices of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers in Baghdad last week, assaulting union members and damaging property.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber wrote to the Iraqi Charges D'Affaires Dr Muhieddin Hussein Abdullah protesting against this latest attack on trade unions.
View the gallery of pictures taken at Tolpuddle as festival goers made a stand with the Playfair 2012 giant torch calling on the Olympic Movement to Light the flame for workers' rights, while others took to our Olympic podium - highlighting who the winners and losers are in the Olympic Games.
The ITUC has joined with its affiliated organisations in Peru in denouncing the brutal police repression that claimed the lives of five demonstrators affiliated to the Regional Front of Cajamarca and the CUT Peru during a peaceful protest on 3 and 4 July.
The ITUC has joined with its Honduran affiliates, the CUTH, CTH and CGT, in firmly condemning the union-crushing tactics being deployed by CEMCOL, which distributes heavy equipment produced by the Caterpillar brand in Honduras.
The 300,000 domestic workers in the Dominican Republic are set to gain coverage under labour laws following an announcement by Labour Minister Francisco Domínguez Brito at a meeting organised in Santo Domingo by the ITUC and its three affiliates CASC, CNUS and CNTD.
The ITUC strongly condemned the way the Swaziland police handled the peaceful demonstrations organized by the National Public Service and Allied Workers' Union (NAPSAWU), the Swaziland Transport and Allied Workers' Union (STAWU) and the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) on 11 July.
The ITUC has released a report prepared for the World Trade Organisation's trade policy review of Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau and Togo that finds that the absence of respect for the rule of law has a serious impact on respect for all core labour rights.
Egypt's President Morsi has intervened to settle strikes across the textile sector and at the giant Cleopatra Ceramics in Ain Sokhna, where striking workers agreed to mediation to get unpaid wages from the Mubarak-era factory owner.
The ITUC has released a report prepared for the World Trade Organisation's trade policy review of Singapore that finds certain restrictions on the right to organise and a migration system that makes foreign workers vulnerable to abuses by employers.
Decent work and jobs creation were among issues discussed at the UN Development Cooperation Forum held in July at the UN headquarters in New York.
In a move that was as much political as it was necessary, the BRICS nations called upon the IMF (International Monetary Fund) to pass quota reforms agreed upon in 2010 to increase representation and voting shares for emerging economies, particularly BRICS. Read the full story here
As European elections show the public increasingly rejecting austerity, critics call on the IMF to focus on the flaws of the eurozone rather than austerity in country programmes.
In Turkey, 35 union members were sacked by their employer for joining a trade union. The new global union federation IndustriALL is appealing for thousands of messages to be sent in protest.
To learn more, and to send off your message, please click here.
In Peru, one leader has lost his job because he dared to speak the truth about conditions in his agricultural export company in a television interview. Peru's largest national trade union centre, the CGTP, has asked LabourStart to run an international online protest campaign.
To learn more and to send off your message, please click here.
Italy is failing to protect the migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, many of whom are fleeing conflict and persecution. Call on the Italian authorities to safeguard human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers fleeing Libya.
Listen to the RadioLabour interview with: Anna McMullen Campaigns Coordinator, Labour Behind the Label about the Fair Play report on Olympic workers in developing countries.
What happened in between the original Earth Summit in 1992 and Rio+20 in 2012 - 20 years later?
Watch the ITUC interview with Nalu Faria, Coordinator SOF - Sempreviva Organização Feminista, Brasil here
Watch the interviews of Daniel Owusu Boatey Trade Union Congress Ghana (TUC Ghana) on HIV/AIDS and Yahya Msangi - Regional Coordinator, International Trade Union Confederation Africa (ITUC Africa) on HIV/AIDS who took part at the II Trade Union Assembly on Labour and the Environment from 11 to 13 June, a few days ahead of Rio+20, on discussions on HIV/AIDS.
Listen to the Workers' World Productions (based in Cape Town) report on the effects of China's 90 billion dollar investment in the African continent. Tension is rising because of cheap Chinese goods pricing out goods made by African workers. As well as the managers of Chinese companies in Africa having no experience with real labour unions so tend to be viciously anti-union.
Adidas are refusing to take the exploitation of thousands of workers seriously. Now is the time to step up the pressure while Adidas are in the Olympic spotlight and demand that Adidas takes action. To get Adidas to take this seriously, we need you to join a day of action outside Adidas stores on Saturday 4 August.
The University of Campinas invite trade unionists and to apply for the Global Labour University master programmes on 'Labour and Globalisation' in Brazil.
The programme is part of a global research and study network that debates and develops labour responses to the social, economic and environmental crisis of the global economy. Click here for further information concerning the programme, application requirements and scholarships.
There are a number of websites with useful information for trade unionists, policy makers and campaigners. Details here: Useful websites
Newsletter (1,500 words) issued 1 Aug 2012
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