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Part of our courses looks at international trade unions links and what we can do in Britain to assist workers. You will find some of the websites used here on the previous page.

May Day 2002 (copyright: 1996-2002 Chris Croome)

Jeremy Corbyn MP at May Day 2002 (copyright: 1996-2002 Chris Croome)

Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary elect at May Day 2002 (copyright: 1996-2002 Chris Croome)

Yes, even trade unionists get hot! (copyright: 1996-2002 Chris Croome)

At the sharp end - Workers organised by the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia protest against factory conditions. A growing number of garment factories owned by companies based in more industrialised countries in the region employ thousands in and around Phnom Penh. They are mostly young women from the countryside. They are overworked, underpaid and physically abused in violation of the labour law, which was passed at the insistence of importers such as the US. (Photo: David van der Veen)

Bank Workers in Trinidad and Tobago march on Labour Day 2000

Thousands took to the streets in Indonesia demanding better working conditions (copyright: BBC)

May Day rallies have taken place in many other countries, including India and Bangladesh (copyright: BBC)

Riot squads defend Malaysia's Petronas Towers, as plantation workers marched for better pay (copyright: BBC)

3 July 2002: The importance of international trade union solidarity was once again underlined with the news that following a sustained Global Unions campaign, two South Korean trade unionists were granted early release from prison.

No, it's not John Wayne! (He was on the other side). It's May Day 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) march in protest against job losses as part of a one day national strike, May 10. As much as half South Africa's workforce, alarmed at plunging post-apartheid employment levels, joined a 24-hour nationwide strike.

The Fine Lank Company in Sri Lanka dismissed union activists and union members and refused to recognize the existence of the union. The company frequently initiated confrontation with workers in order to hinder the union. About 250 women workers organised a picket each morning.

UNISON members in Manchester in 2002 fighting for a decent wage. There is overwhelming public support for the strikes this summer by council workers, according to three separate opinion polls. A Sky News poll revealed 76% of people nationally supported the strikes while a regional poll for the BBC in Leicestershire showed a massive 90% of people backed the action. And a recent Guardian/ICM telephone poll quizzed people on industrial action by council, rail and tube workers. 59% of voters, including 61% of Labour supporters, believe the strikes and those scheduled are justified, with opposition from only 29% of voters.

Five protesters were badly injured as Moscow riot police truncheons lashed out. Twenty five people were arrested. The demonstrators were protesting at the recent labour laws that severely restrict workers' rights, the racist passport laws in use in Moscow, the restrictions on freedom of travel imposed by the Shengen visa laws, and against the wars in Chechnya and elsewhere.

Many local trade union branches are very concerned about international politics and its effect on people from other countries. Here's three pictures from the recent Stop the War demonstration in London which drew around 400,000 people

The massive crowd in Whitehall. Trade Unionists woried about ordinary people being killed

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