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GlobalisationThe rapid and huge increase in the amount of economic activity taking place across national boundaries has had an enormous impact on the lives of workers and their communities everywhere.The current form of globalisation, with the international rules and policies that underpin it, has brought poverty and hardship to millions of workers, particularly those in developing and transition countries.They have seen an erosion of their working conditions, wages and job security in a time of unprecedented wealth and technological capability.

There is no doubt that globalisation creates problems for workers. These problems do not respond to purely national solutions and an international response is therefore needed from the trade union movement in order to safeguard workers' and other social rights.

The most recent documents available on this subject are:

TUC's International Conference insists that 'trade unionism remains the hope of the world'
At SERTUC's ‘International Conference' on Saturday, (14 June), trade unionists from London, the South East, the East of England and beyond will meet with trade unionists and international speakers from across the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing working people and their families in the world today. The conference, to be held at Congress House, in central London, will start at 10am and is free to attend. Key note speakers include: Ana Lucia Pinzon, General Secretary, Colombian Public Sector Workers Union Frances O'Grady, Deputy General Secretary, TUC Nestor Lopez, Venezuelan Embassy John Monks, General Secretary, ETUC Fabio Ghelfi, CGIL Charles Abani, Oxfam Glyn Ford MEP Richard Howitt MEP and Victoria Britten, journalist and former associate editor of the Guardian
9 June 2008

Caught in the globalised maelstrom: The CWU's sister union in the Philippines
Amid a food crisis, poverty and an anti-union climate, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) is helping its sister union to turn things around in the Philippines, writes James McGowan.
30 April 2008

GS speech to Foreign Policy Centre Seminar - Labour Standards and Emerging Economies
A speech given by TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber, at a seminar organised by the Foreign Policy Centre on the theme of labour standards, corporate social responsibility and emerging economies. The speech highlighted the central importance of trade union organisation at a grassroots level in ensuring that labour standards are adhered to and workers received decent terms and conditions.
21 April 2008

International Women's Day Evening Reception, Solidarity Messages
The TUC's International Women's Day Evening Reception held on 10th March 2008, was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and consider the challenges they face by women in a globalised world. Hosted by Frances O'Grady, the Deputy General Secretary of the TUC, with Barbara Follett MP speaking, and contributions from sister unions and organisations such as Self Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) and the Zimbabwe Central Trade Union (ZCTU) highlighted the problems of recognition for trade unions and the fight for dignity by their members. Trade unions from around the world sent messages of solidarity, a selection of which are here.
28 March 2008

Two systems, one challenge
The report of the TUC 2007 delegation to China.
PDF version available for download
16 February 2008

Protest e-mail to South Korean Government
Three leaders of a migrant workers trade union in the Republic of Korea were arrested and deported earlier this month for their work in organising migrant workers. The TUC General Secretary has contacted the Korean prime minsiter to raise TUC concerns
21 December 2007

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