During a pandemic, democracy at work is even more important than ever

““I don’t mind working, but I do mind dying.” This slogan comes from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, whose members protested, among other things, against the dangers of working on …

Auditing firms shouldn’t provide cover for the inaction of global brands on low wages

“The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the brute commercial power brands and retailers wield over garment and textile factories. It has been a harsh reminder that brands and retailers hold significant influence when …

Special report: Just transition – PUTTING PLANET, PEOPLE AND JOBS FIRST

Unions are at the forefront of the challenges the world is facing today. Income and wealth inequality are at historic levels, driving people to despair, anger and protest. Too many …

Decent work: the key to the trade unions response to the pandemic in the Americas

“At the start of the pandemic in the region, the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) issued a position paper and a set of guidelines that emerged from dozens of meetings …

Despite landmark legal protections, women continue to face gender-based violence in pandemic-era Tunisia

“In Tunisia, during the two and a half months of lockdown introduced on 21 March to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the ‘1899 Green Line’ managed by the Ministry …

Why it’s time to blow the whistle on Amazon

“Amazon, as the oversimplified origin story of the Seattle-based tech juggernaut goes, was founded by Jeff Bezos in his rental home garage in 1994. Today it is one of the …

Trade unions and civil society are pushing for ambitious climate action in Scotland

“As Glasgow prepares to host COP26, the UN climate summit in November 2021, Scotland will take centre stage in the global power struggle surrounding if and how the world takes …

The ongoing struggle to protect Guinea’s domestic workers

“On reaching the home where she was hired as a domestic worker, on 30 May 2020, in the Sangoya district in the upper suburbs of the Guinean capital, Conakry, 20-year-old …

Once working people mobilise, as they have done in Belarus, change is inevitable

“Workers in Belarus are demanding democracy. If President Aleksandr Lukashenko, often (rather optimistically) referred to by the media as ‘Europe’s last dictator’, ever had the real support of the people …

Informal work during the pandemic: when essential activities are the most precarious

“According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), two billion people – more than 61 per cent of the world’s employed population – work in the informal economy. Though their work, …

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