International Campaigns & Issues: 2012

Equal Times: new platform for news, opinion, investigative reports and activism

Media Release - September 18, 2012

Equal Times is a new ITUC-supported internet platform for news, opinion, investigative reports and activism.

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International treaty on domestic workers’ rights to come into force next year

Media Release - September 6, 2012

A United Nations treaty which provides a set of international standards to improve the lives of millions of domestic workers worldwide has now been ratified by a second Member State, the Philippines.

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Burmese Union Leader Maung Maung returning from Exile

Media Release - August 30, 2012

The ITUC has welcomed the imminent return to Burma of the leader of the country’s trade union movement, Maung Maung, following a decision by the government to remove some 2,000 people from a black-list of over 6,000 banned from entering the country.

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Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights

Media Release - June 26, 2012

This year’s survey examines 143 countries. 2011 was a difficult and often dangerous year for workers throughout world, with those who dared stand up for their trade union rights facing dismissal, arrest, imprisonment and even death.

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ITUC outraged at Employers attack on ILO system

Media Release - June 4, 2012

The employers’ group today blocked discussion of some of the worst cases of worker rights violations at the annual ILO conference in Geneva.

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Abuses still exist in Olympic supply chains

Media Release - May 9, 2012

Workers making Olympic sportswear for London 2012 for top brands and high street names including Adidas and Next are being paid poverty wages, forced to work excessive overtime and threatened with instant dismissal.

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New report: Child labour in Papua New Guinea

Media Release - April 20, 2012

Papua New Guinea (PNG) ratified the ILO’s Minimum Age Convention and the Worst forms of Child Labour Convention in 2000. PNG legislation covers the minimum age and prohibits hazardous work.

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The ACTU Network

Australian Unions

Whether you want to join a union, take action in campaigns, or make the most of the benefits of being a union member, Australian Unions is the place to go for information and resources.
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Mind Your Head

We’re taking action to protect workplace mental health.
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Your rights at work for students and for people entering the workforce for the first time.
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Information and resources for health and safety representatives and workers about how to speak up at work for health and safety.
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Union Aid Abroad

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is the overseas aid and development agency of the ACTU. Our work aims to build self-reliance through support to educational and training projects for workers and their organisations in the developing world.
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ACTU National Union Directory

Find who you are looking for from the who’s who of the union movement.
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Australian Council of Trade Unions

Representing Australian workers and their families.