November 2011

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Trade unions in the democratic process

Yesterday, I was invited to speak on a panel in Gottingen, Germany – a conference organized by the trade union movement’s foundation, the Boeckler Stiftung, on the subject of ‘trade unions in the democratic process’,…





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Not your typical trade union conference

This article was published on the Progress website, here. A year ago, probably the only genuinely independent trade unions in the Arab world were the ones created in the wake of the invasion of Iraq….



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From social networks to social revolution

In mid-November trade unionists from more than 30 countries will be gathering in Istanbul for the second annual Global Solidarity Conference organised by LabourStart. The theme of this year’s conference is “From social networks to…


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LabourStart conference in Istanbul

For decades, the Arab world knew nothing of independent trade unions. The unions that did exist were state-controlled, reflecting the ideologies (in particular, Arab nationalism) of the ruling parties. Eight years ago, the first of…