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Examples of regulations impacting union rights

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Bangladesh Govt. agrees labour reforms with ILO after factory collapse leaving hundreds dead - will include right to collective bargaining
Arun Devath & Pratish Narayanan, Bloomberg, 5May 2013

Anti-union discrimination: government advised to amend legislation [Poland]
Sławomir Paruch & Roch Pałubicki, of Soltysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak 27 Jun 2012

Oman Govt. pledges to ratify ILO Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
Gulf News, 12 Jun 2012

Morocco Govt. plans to introduce law to regulate strikes – says aim is to avoid “paralysis” caused by strikes
Souhail Karam, Reuters, 18 Apr 2012

Burma: New law giving workers right to form unions & stage strikes comes into effect
Associated Press, 10 Mar 2012

USA: Indiana becomes 23rd state to pass "right-to-work" law preventing unions from charging all workers for negotiating employer contracts
Economist, 4 Feb 2012

US Govt. labour agency adopts rule that would streamline unionisation - US Chamber of Commerce sues to block it
Matthew Huisman, Blog of Legal Times (USA), 21 Dec 2011

Cambodia: Govt. agrees to remove anti-union aspects of new legislation
David Boyle, Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia), 18 Nov 2011  

Govt. proposed changes to employment law in Malaysia is a "union busting" exercise, say civil society groups
Teoh El Sen, Free Malaysia Today, 28 Oct 2011
   Govt. agrees that amendments will apply only to plantation and agricultural sectors in response to

   Sundaily (Malaysia), 6 Mar 2012

Amnesty Intl. calls on the Fiji Govt. to repeal decree that virtually outlaws trade union activities
Amnesty Intl., 16 Sep 2011
   New decree bans Fiji workers’ basic rights to collective bargaining and representation
   Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), 7 Nov 2011
   Fiji Govt. claims measures will ensure the development, viability & sustainability of important   

   Tamara McLean, APP, 9 Aug 2011

USA: Reversal of federal rule that made it difficult for airline & railway workers to organise unions
Houston Chronicle (USA), 9 Feb 2011

Iraq imposes 'Saddam style' ban on oil union
Heather Stewart, Observer (UK), 5 Aug 2007

USA: Employee Free Choice Act would make it easier to form trade unions, says Carol Pier of Human Rights Watch
Carol Pier, Senior labour rights and trade researcher, Human Rights Watch, Wall Street Journal, 26 Jun 2007

Australia: New laws will lead to unprecedented exploitation of workers
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 27 May 2005
    Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Joe Hockey accuses unions of generating
    unfounded fear of “work choices” legislation

     APP, 14 Mar 2007

Trade unions welcome commitment from World Bank that its private sector lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, will include respect for fundamental labour rights as conditions of loans
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 23 Sep 2003

Export processing zones are guilty of anti-unionism, says Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions
Intl. Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 1 Dec 1998


Australia: Nuevas leyes originarán una explotación de los trabajadores sin precedents
Confederación Internacional de Organizaciones Sindicales Libres (CIOSL), 27 mayo 2005

Los Sindicatos celebran un importante avance sobre derechos sindicales en el Banco Mundial
Confederación Internacional de Organizaciones Sindicales Libres (CIOSL), 23 septiembre 2003


Australie: Les nouvelles lois engendreront une exploitation sans précédent des travailleurs
Confédération internationale des syndicats libres (CISL), 27 mai 2005

Satisfaction des syndicats face à la percée des droits des travailleurs à la Banque mondiale
Confédération internationale des syndicats libres (CISL), 23 septembre 2003

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Author: Associated Press

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Another one takes the plunge: Indiana becomes the 23rd “right-to-work” state [USA]

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NLRB Adopts Rule Speeding Union Elections; Chamber Files Suit in Response [USA]

Author: Matthew Huisman, Blog of Legal Times [USA]

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18 November 2011

‘Huge changes’ made to new draft union law [Cambodia]

Author: David Boyle, Phnom Penh Post [Cambodia]

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New decree bans Fiji workers’ basic rights to collective bargaining and representation

Author: Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

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