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Prentis sends solidarity to Polish protests

General secretary Dave Prentis wrote to Polish union federation OPZZ today to offer UNISON's solidarity as Polish workers start a week of protests to defend union rights. See here for more

Colombian Political Prisoner Addresses TUC Conference from Prison

The Colombian trade union leader Huber Ballesteros was arrested by Colombian police days before he was due to address the 2013 TUC conference in Bournemouth.

Justice for Colombia managed to obtain a video message from Huber smuggled out from inside the prison and played to the TUC congress. See here for story and video

War on Want reports - Mango, Benetton fail to join compensation talks

Fashion chains Mango and Benetton today face heavy criticism for shunning discussions on compensation for Bangladeshi victims of the Rana Plaza disaster, despite both retailers admitting to have recent orders or production in factories located in the building. See here for more

'Get angry and fight, fight like hell'

"Only one thing can stop any of this in its tracks: if you get angry and fight, fight like hell."

That was the stirring message from Jane Carter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees when she shared the US union's experience of privatisation with UNISON local government delegates in Liverpool. More here

A Concert for Kirsty MacColl

An album of Kirsty MacColl songs launched in support of the Music Fund for
Cuba is now available to buy from the CSC shop. The CD, ‘A Concert For Kirsty MacColl’, was recorded live at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 12 October 2010, the date which would have marked her
51st birthday.

Buy the album from the CSC shop today and even more of the profits will go to Cuba: See here for more