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ITUC says workers' rights are crumbling under mounting attacks from employers

A WORLD union body said today that workers rights are crumbling under mounting attacks from employers.

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Global Rights Index for 2024 identifies continuing growing attacks on trade unionists and unions  as well attacks on democratic values.

It says the 10 worst countries for trades unions are Bangladesh, Belarus, (with 42 union officials still in jail), Ecuador, Egypt, Eswatini, Guatemala, Myanmar, the Philippines, Tunisia and Turkey.

Twenty-two trade unionists were killed in Bangladesh, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea.

Only Romania and Brazil improved their ratings. The worst region in the world for trade unions is the Middle East and North Africa.

ITUC general secretary Luc Triangle said: “The general picture shows a relentless attack on civil liberties, workers’ rights and the interests of working people.  

“In Europe  attacks on trade unions are accelerating. The right to strike and collective bargaining are under attack with an example being the dispute in Sweden between unions and Tesla.”

Mr Triangle said: “The index tells the story of courageous workers and trade unionists who face grave dangers to improve the lives of their colleagues, defend democratic rights and oppose the rise of the right wing.”

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