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2011 all issues

[cover image]December 2011
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Mass dismissal - The tactic of dismissing workers en masse and reengaging them on worse terms is gaining ground; Bad news at the BBC - The BBC workforce faces huge job losses and significant changes to terms and conditions; Falling standards - Christmas is on the horizon but there will be little cheer for the many whose living standards have plummeted; Books for Christmas - The staff at the Bookmarks socialist bookshop suggest books you may like to give as festive gifts[More ...]

[cover image]November 2011
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Public sector under attack - Beyond the pensions issue, public sector workers are facing unprecedented attacks on their pay and conditions; Free trade exploitation - A trade agreement could allow transnationals to undermine workers' pay in the UK; Safety watchdog slashed - Swingeing cuts to the HSE health and safety watchdog seem set to weaken health and safety enforcement; Nuclear energy - Events at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have reopened the debate about the UK's nuclear industry[More ...]

[cover image]October 2011
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Europe and the crisis - European governments are increasingly using the crisis as an excuse to make major changes to workers' rights; Harsher strike laws? - Coalition voices and others have raised the prospect of even more draconian strike laws for the UK; Labour policy review - Labour's policy review is an attempt to get back in touch with the voters - and unions are having their say; Facing up to Facebook - Unions have not been in the vanguard of social media use, but is that now beginning to change?[More ...]

[cover image]September 2011
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Fight for quality journalism - General secretary of the NUJ journalists' union Michelle Stanistreet draws the battle lines in the wake of media exposés of Murdoch's empire; Unemployment on the up - Coalition government hopes of private sector jobs growth cutting unemployment are fading as joblessness rises; Far-right marginalised - Changes to union rulebooks to exclude the far-right and its sympathisers are revealed in the 2011 TUC Equality Audit; Community engagement - There has been a shift in unions' approach to building local alliances[More ...]

[cover image]August 2011
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Who cares? - The financial dealings underpinning Southern Cross highlight the precarious state of care for the elderly; Union recruitment - Unions remain hopeful about increasing membership despite difficult times; Off the rails? - The McNulty report on the state of Britain's railways recommends more rail privatisation; Cuts and disabled people - Unions and disability groups say spending cuts will force disabled people to become more dependent on the state[More ...]

[cover image]July 2011
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Equality under threat? - Unions are alarmed at plans for drastic cuts to Britain's equality watchdog; Striking out for pensions - The coalition will face more industrial action over public sector pensions unless it negotiates an acceptable deal; Work Programme - Will the new welfare-to-work scheme actually help those in most need to find and remain in work?; Sure Start - The early years pre-school service established under Labour is under threat from coalition cuts[More ...]

[cover image]June 2011
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Youth clubbed - The youth service as we know it seems set to disappear thanks to swingeing coalition cuts; Welfare reform - The government's proposed welfare changes have been criticised as a "cut dressed up as a reform"; All over the shop? - The high street has been going through hard times. So what now are the prospects for the UK's retail sector?; Training under threat - Cuts to further education budgets mean the low paid and benefit claimants will have fewer opportunities[More ...]

[cover image]May 2011
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A new voting system? - The 5 May referendum on the voting system sees unions taking a variety of positions on the issue; Top pay in academies - An LRD survey points to the widening pay gap between senior staff in academies and other teachers; Euro unions and the cuts - Amid ongoing austerity across the Eurozone, the new leadership of the European TUC has its work cut out; Mental health strategy - NHS cuts seem likely to confound bold-sounding government plans for a new strategy on mental health[More ...]

[cover image]April 2011
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Cuts and BME communities - Black workers and their communities are likely to take a heavy hit under the government's cuts regime; Equal under the law? - TUC race policy officer Wilf Sullivan questions how far legal strategies can help unions achieve race equality; NHS reform - There is huge concern that the proposed reforms to the health service will cause the NHS "irreversible damage"; The new asbestos? - A big question mark hangs over the health and safety of workers in industries using nanotechnologies [More ...]

[cover image]March 2011
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Women in top roles - Women's progress in making it to top positions in society remains slow and patchy; Marching for our rights - This month's TUC demonstration is only one in a long line of large union organised protests; Dismissal law - Government plans to reform unfair dismissal law would see many groups of workers losing out; Gender and health - Occupational health and safety needs to take more account of the needs of women workers[More ...]

[cover image]February 2011
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Localism Bill - The Localism Bill forms a key plank of the prime minister's "Big Society". But what will it mean in practice? Free schools - Unions say the government's free schools policy is a recipe for educational segregation and division Cuts take centre stage - Savage cuts to the arts are likely to lead to their audiences becoming a becoming a privileged few Green reps - Environmental reps are increasingly making headway with greening the workplace[More ...]

[cover image]January 2011
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The year ahead - Huge job losses and deep cuts to public services will dominate the union agenda over the next 12 months Union officials and disputes - A new survey examines the approaches used by union offi cials in handling and resolving disputes Europe's workers clobbered - Across Europe workers are having savage pay cuts and worse employment conditions imposed on them Eco-friendly government? - The government said that it would be "the greenest ever". So what is its record to date on environmental issues?[More ...]