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Relentless attacks on workers' rights continue

The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has condemned the continuing and increasing number of attacks on trade unionists and on workers’ rights across the globe at TUC Congress in Manchester.

The Union has highlighted recent research by the ITUC which found systematic violations of international recognised collective labour rights by governments and employers in countries around the world.

The NASUWT has called on the UK Government to ratify and implement all conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which enshrines rights around issues including pay, freedom of association, collective bargaining and workplace discrimination and to use its influence to press for these rights to be upheld abroad.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“The right to be treated fairly at work and to be able to join a trade union and collectively organise should be a basic human right for every worker.

“The increasing attacks on labour rights both at home and abroad are scandalous and unacceptable.

“Workers and trade unionists routinely are arrested beaten and even murdered, simply for standing up for their rights.

“The UK Government needs to demonstrate its support for workers’ rights by implementing the conventions of the ILO and also use its diplomatic pressure and influence to press foreign partners to do likewise.”

Speaking on the motion Patrick Roach, NASUWT Deputy General Secretary, said:

“At home and abroad we need the TUC, together with the ILO and international partners to continue to show the courage, determination and leadership needed to defend workers’ rights at home and abroad, challenge those governments guilty of the most serious violations of workers’ rights and expose our own Government’s hypocrisy and the empty rhetoric behind its promise of a country that works for everyone.”

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