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The global supply chains of 50 companies employ only 6% of people in a direct employment relationship, yet rely on a hidden workforce of 94% according to new research from the International Trade Union Confederation. Click here to read this on the ITUC website "Just 50 companies including Samsung, McDonalds…
This year, International Human Rights Day falls in a time of serious threats to social cohesion, environmental sustainability and democracy. Only weeks after a series of dreadful acts of terrorism, and while the UN Conference on Climate is ongoing, PSI reaffirms its commitment to the defence of human rights, core…
Various organisations are reporting live from COP21 in Paris which comes to a conclusion this Friday. There are also a couple of live actions we are promoting: a social media storm tomorrow against fracking and an ongoing Twitter campaign using #JustTransition to show negotiators that we are watching and concerned…
Public Services International joins the call made by the United Nations to break the corruption chain. Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. Click here to read this on the PSI website…
As nations negotiate an international accord at the Paris UN Climate Summit (aka COP21) against global warming, their trade negotiators were simultaneously meeting in Geneva to secretly forge a new free trade agreement that could expand the use of fossil fuels and cause further climate change. Click here to read…
Governments at the Paris climate summit are putting the future of climate action at risk by removing a commitment to human rights and "Just Transition" to a low carbon future from the mandate for action in the Summit's conclusions. ASU supporters with Twitter acounts are asked to lobby the Australian…
Business groups and civil society representing more than half a million people and a thousand businesses have backed the international trade union call for dialogue between workers, business, governments that will ensure a just transition to a zero carbon future. Click here to read this on the ITUC website The…
Australian Unions are deeply concerned with aspects of the recently signed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement (yet to be passed by Parliament), with an analysis of the text showing that Australia has negotiated the worst deal on safeguards for local jobs out of any of the 12 countries that are…
G20 leaders at the Antalya Summit have acknowledged that reducing inequality, creating jobs and ensuring inclusion are essential to generate a stable economy. The summit took place in the shadow of terrorism, the flight of refugees from fear and the threat of further economic crisis. Click here to read this…
The ASU stands in solidarity with victims of terror attacks around the world. The events in Paris a few days ago have highlighted the barbarity of such attacks and their unconscionable impact on innocent people going about their daily lives. As part of a movement based on collective action, we…