USi China Exclusive: Wu Guijun: my new labour centre

This week, USi talked to Wu Guijun, a former worker who was criminally detained for over a year before trial due to his leading role in a furniture factory in Shenzhen. He was then acquitted and released, and set up his own labour organisation to support labour activism. He shared with USi his view on the current labour movement in China, his new centre’s upcoming projects, and his observation on the official trade union.Read more…

Who does this country work for?

Nothing was more indicative of the Tories’ base of support than a letter published in the Telegraph yesterday, signed by 103 big business leaders, calling on the public to vote Conservative in May.   Among the letter’s signatories were Bob Dudley, the American boss of BP, Tidjane Thiam, the chief executive of Prudential who received […]

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Supporting our reps

Pictured are some Unite Community members today (April 2) supporting Unite Smurfit Kappa members on their picket line.     David Condliffe, Unite Community Co-ordinator for the East Midlands, said he was proud Community could be there in solidarity for our industrial members. “Community members from Leicester and Derby were supporting Smurfit Kappa comrades today. […]

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Workplace justice access hope

Unite has warmly welcomed an election pledge from Labour to scrap controversial employment tribunal fees brought in by the Tory-led government almost two years ago.   The upfront fees – which have been heavily criticised by some bosses as well as trade unions – are believed to have denied millions their rightful access to justice. […]

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Attack on rural communities

Rural communities across Northern Ireland are under grave risk to their safety after Unite has discovered plans to severely cut road maintenance services.   Unite representatives were informed that Transport NI management have proposed reducing the inspection of rural roads for potholes from three times a year to only once a year. Management has also […]

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Could you live on a zero-hours contract?

Labour announced yesterday (April 1) that it would clamp down on exploitative zero-hours contracts, by guaranteeing people who work regular hours the right to a regular contract.   The video below features the decisive moment in last week’s ‘Battle for Number 10’ programme, in which presenter Jeremy Paxman presses David Cameron to answer a very […]

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