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May 1st is every day: SOLIDAR supporting independent trade unions in Egypt
In Egypt, after the independent trade unions were prevented from holding their May 1st conference in the Press Syndicate, as planned, the conference took place at the Center for Trade Union and Worker Services. 300 workers representing unions and various trade sectors from all of Egypt’s governorates requested the government to cancel all legal restraints on the rights of workers to form their independent unions and the issuance of a union law according to article 76 of the Egyptian constitution and international labor agreements (ILO C98 and C87).
Another May Day amidst Freedom of Association violations: the case of labour activists in China
Last week, on the occasion of the International Workers Day, the Hong Kong Confederations of Trade Unions (HKCTU) launched a Global Action Week under the slogan “Say NO to Labour Suppression” to demand the immediate release of three labour activists detained since December 2015.
Renzi’s Migration Compact: not exactly the change of course we expected
With Italy once again becoming the main migratory route after the closure of the Balkan route, the Italian government has tried to take the lead of the EU migration strategy by proposing a ‘Migration Compact’ non-paper. The document, presented last month by Italian PM Matteo Renzi to European foreign and defense ministers, suggests an EU strategy based on enhanced cooperation with third countries of origin and transit. Following the logic of the proposal, the cooperation would be aimed at externalizing the management of migration flows to third countries, on the model of the EU-Turkey agreement which is presented in the non-paper as a positive example to be replicate for future arrangements.
#TTIPLeaks: the end of TTIP?
Over the last two years SOLIDAR has been closely following the TTIP negotiations. We have voiced our concerns especially on the issue of public procurement and the agreement’s possible impact on social and public services in the EU.
The EU negotiation team has been trying to reassure civil society and the broader public that our European standards are safe and under no circumstances will have a trade agreement a negative impact on our European social welfare systems.