One year on companies must compensate victims of Rana Plaza factory collapse

Rana Plaza factory collapse which saw the deaths of 1,618 people

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the horrific Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Last week, as Paul Murphy MEP hosted a meeting with a representative of the UNI global union in the European Parliament. The representative had just returned from a visit to Bangladesh and spoke about the impact of the factory collapse where 1,138 people died.  the major multinational corporations ...

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Binding and stringent climate targets needed for EU and Ireland

Nearly 30% of those emissions were belched out by the top 20 companies

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a damning indictment of the inaction and lip service paid by governments across the globe to what is now an impending environmental and humanitarian disaster. Over the last twenty years numerous reports have pointed towards the utter destruction which has been outlined in this report, but there has been ...

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Big Gas companies: never let a crisis go to waste

Fracking is hugely unpopular due to its harm to the environment

In the context of the escalating political standoff over Ukraine between the US and the EU on the one side and Russia on the other side, big business and conservative politicians seem to remember Winston Churchill´s saying “never let a good crisis go to waste”. As part of the debate on escalating sanctions against Russia and possible Russian retaliation as ...

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Neither Brussels nor Moscow: Working people need own political voice

Russia, EU and oligarchs wrestle for control over Ukraine. Working people need an independent voice

Today the European Council will discuss the situation in Ukraine with self-proclaimed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and on Friday will sign the political provisions of the Association Agreement. With 22 in favour, 2 against and 1 abstention, today the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade has voted to approve temporary autonomous trade preferences between the EU and Ukraine. The EU ...

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End all mass surveillance programmes and suspend the EU-US FTA talks

This week the Parliament will debate and vote on a report entitled ‘US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies and various Member States and impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights’. Edward Snowden has sent a written reply to questions asked by MEPs. For security reasons, Edward Snowden had not been able to engage in an interactive hearing with Members of the ...

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EU & Russia – Hands off Ukraine!

Today it was confirmed that Julia Tymoshenko, together with Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Vitali Klitschko, will attend the European People’s Party congress in Dublin this Thursday. While people are rightly horrified at the sight of Russian troops in Ukraine, they should not close their eyes to the reactionary forces being promoted by the European political establishment. Tymoshenko’s supporters, together with Yatsenyuk ...

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Minister Bruton misleading people on EU US Free Trade Agreement (TTIP)

On 16 February, the Financial Times published a joint letter by a number of European Trade Ministers, including Richard Bruton, which declares that this potential agreement ‘will strengthen our competitiveness, create jobs and spur growth.’ Here, they simply repeat the spin of the European Commission that a free trade agreement between the EU and the US would bring jobs and ...

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