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Jeremy Hunt to impose contract on junior doctors

Doctors’ union threatens to ‘consider all options’ in continuing fight after health secretary says it rejected his final offer<p>Ministers have decided to impose a new contract on NHS junior doctors after the British Medical Association rejected a “best and final” offer to settle the bitter dispute, …

Physiology

Women: the future of the trade union movement?

There are more women in work than ever before, and more women in unions. A new generation of women activists is changing the labour movement.<p>February …

Former COSATU leader launches rival union federation in South Africa

Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, centre, joins a Numsa protest in Durban in 2014. Reuters/Rogan WardSouth Africa’s powerful labour …

South Africa

Why are Egypt's independent trade unions on trial?

A Giza court commenced a case against Egypt’s independent trade unions on Sunday, filed by the state-controlled Egyptian Trade Union Federation …

Unions

Government blamed for junior doctors' strike in thumping new poll hours before mass walkout

Two-thirds of the public are behind junior doctors' pay fight tomorrow as they stage their second historic strike.<p>A new poll shows people back medics …

Trade union researcher murdered in Egypt

People searching for Giulio Regeni posted this image onlineGulio Regeni was an Italian citizen and Cambridge PhD student, researching independent …

Unions

Thousands of academics demand inquiry into Cairo death of Giulio Regeni

More than 4,600 sign letter protesting against death of Cambridge PhD student and demanding investigation into forced disappearance in Egypt<p>More than 4,600 academics from across the globe have signed an open letter protesting against the death of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge PhD student from Italy …

Human Rights

15,000 protest against TPPA in New Zealand

Joining the march was IndustriALL Global Union’s New Zealand affiliate, FIRST Union, which has been at the forefront of a six-year campaign to stop …

World Economy

There is a global, coordinated attack on workers’ rights. We need a global response

The world economy has been in the doldrums since the financial crash of 2008. Employers are coordinating attacks on unions around the world in an …

Technological change provides fresh challenges for unions

Technology has always dramatically disrupted the world of work and social relations. We are going through a major phase of technological development …

Back to a Cold War Future?

As COSATU flirts with the Communist World Federation of Trade Unions, there are fears that sectarian tensions might split the fragile labour movement.<p>…

National strikes shut down docks as work tensions flare

Patrick Stevedores' four port terminals handle almost 45 per cent of all container cargo in Australia.<p>"If this industrial action continues, it is …

Chamber of Commerce

Bosses’ right to snoop on staff emails is an invasion of privacy and ignores the way we work

A recent legal judgement ignores the way we work today, and benefits bosses who squeeze productivity out of more of our leisure time.<p>January 15, 2016 …

Jennings: the digital revolution requires a just transition

UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings has called for a “just transition” in response to the digital revolution and encouraged trade unions to engage, …

Labor Economics

As Attacks on Unions Continue, Bringing Back the Strike May Be Our Only Hope

On December 14, Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey announced the results of the union’s strike authorization vote. For the second …

Fight for $15

‘Monumental' decision makes way for organising in the ‘gig economy'

Following a groundbreaking decision last month, drivers working for Uber, Lyft and other ‘ride-hailing' apps in the US city of Seattle now have the …

Gig Economy

I've had bruising encounters with trade unionists, but condemn efforts to silence them

For all my frustrations as former head of the civil service, I fear that the trade union bill shows a worryingly authoritarian streak in this government<p>On Monday the trade union bill will have its second reading in the House of Lords. As someone who was on the receiving end of some tough and …

United Kingdom

Rotterdam dockers strike – a test case for Europe?

Hundreds of dockworkers who blocked and paralysed part of Rotterdam's container port for 24 hours last week could soon strike again unless an …

Europe

Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France

It is the eve of the second round of regional elections. The next day will see the Front National of Marine Le Pen garner a million votes in the …

Unions

Feel the Bern: major union CWA endorses Sanders

Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) participate in a demonstration outside Verizon’s offices in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph …

Middle-class

The Bangladesh Accord – a model to secure workers rights in global supply chains?

Frauke Banse argues that although the Bangladesh Accord is an important international agreement, the fact that it is necessary reflects the weakness …

Trade Unions and Climate Change: A Conversation with Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn

A day at 'the gulag': what it's like to work at Sports Direct's warehouse

Guardian undercover reporters explore retailer’s working practices – from losing wages for being a minute late to body searches and constant fear of being sacked<p>It may be 5.30am and pitch-black on the outskirts of Shirebrook, Derbyshire - but the roads are busy. A stream of cars, typically packed …

Swimming Pools

Glasgow campaigners target G1 Grinch

Campaigners inside the Corinthian. Photo by Jennifer McCarey.On Saturday evening, Christmas diners at Glasgow’s lavish Corinthian bar, restaurant and …

Flash Mob

Russian and Turkish unions call for workers’ solidarity against war

Russian union members demonstrateIn the wake of the shooting down of a Russian jet by Turkey, allegedly over Turkish airspace, tensions between the …

Russia

Rise of the Machines: Robots and the New World of Work

In 1913 a man named Ford rigged up the first automotive assembly line so he could mass produce his innovative Model T car. A little over a century later, another man named Ford is warning of how automation could lead to an unemployment crisis the likes of which the world has never seen.<p>The irony …

The Maquiladora Workers of Juárez Find Their Voice

<i>Ciudad Juárez—</i>After more than a decade of silence, maquiladora workers in Ciudad Juárez have found their voice. The city, just across the Rio Grande …