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2013 all issues

[cover image]December 2013
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Performance management - Bullying performance management practices are increasingly leading to workers being “managed out” of their jobs; The rise of zero hours - There has been a steep rise in the use of zero hours contracts. How are unions responding? What’s going on with pay? - Does talk of economic growth mean that the squeeze on pay is coming to an end? Christmas books – The staff at the Bookmarks socialist bookshop suggest books you may like to give as Christmas gifts[More ...]

[cover image]November 2013
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Anti-blacklisting gains - The fight is far from over, but considerable inroads have been made against the blacklisters; Workers struggle with debt - Workers are finding it harder and harder to stay afloat financially. How are unions responding? New pensions consensus? - Not everything has gone unions’ way on pensions, but a new and workable consensus may now be emerging; Europe: health and safety - Is Europe still the driving force on workplace health and safety it once was?[More ...]

[cover image]October 2013
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Universal discredit? - Amid a welter of criticism, the new Universal Credit benefit is rolled out from this month; Ordinary people - There are too few 'ordinary people' in politics, and unions and the Labour Party say they want this to change; Sending fracking packing - The government has given the green light for fracking, to the unease of unions and local communities; Youth unemployment - There's talk of economic recovery, but young people certainly don't appear to be reaping any benefits [More ...]

[cover image]September 2013
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Union membership - The coalition’s austerity programme has impacted on membership in unions with a public-sector presence. But it isn’t all doom and gloom; Employees get on board - Board-level representation for workers is back on the UK agenda, but 13 out of 28 EU states already have it; Labour movement online - The top websites and blogs where union members can link up for union news and online campaigns; Health and safety of young - The Con-Dem government is cutting health and safety regulation at school and work[More ...]

[cover image]August 2013
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Waging war on low wages - Alongside the statutory minimum wage, new measures are needed to boost low pay, says the TUC; Union education - Despite a difficult political climate, education programmes run by the TUC and unions are bearing up; Mind the gap - Progress on closing the UK’s gender pay gap now appears to be in serious danger of grinding to a halt; Garment industry - Following the horrific building collapse in Dhaka in April, global unions have spearheaded a safety Accord[More ...]

[cover image]July 2013
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Shoring up offshore safety - Despite improvements in offshore safety since the Piper Alpha disaster, unions still have many concerns; TUC Campaign Plan - The fight against cuts is at the heart of the TUC’s recently-launched Campaign Plan; Striking out for unions - This month sees the 125th anniversary of the famous strike of the Bryant and May matchwomen; Workers Beer Company - The summer festival circuit is once again making its mark - and so is the Workers Beer Company[More ...]

[cover image]June 2013
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Corporate killing - Is the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act holding employers to account over safety crimes?; Progression pay threatened - The government wants to further tighten the screw on public sector workers by reining in service-related pay; Unions in Europe - Across Europe, trade union strength is being eroded as governments restrict their ability to bargain effectively[More ...]

[cover image]May 2013
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Disability supported? - Improvements to a disability employment support scheme won't help counter the cuts faced by disabled workers; Trades councils - Trades councils' renewal continues, boosted by the need to campaign against austerity; Statutory recognition - The statutory recognition procedure has brought unions both challenges and opportunities; TUC Aid - The TUC's international development aid charity doesn't merely offer charity, but solidarity[More ...]

[cover image]April 2013
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BME youth - Do today's BME youth have better labour market prospects than previous generations? Migration and wages - Don Flynn asks whether immigration makes things better or worse for "native" wage earners; Still part of the union - Despite challenges, union organisation and representation appears to be holding up; NHS reforms - The government's Health and Social Care Act became law last year, but the battle for the NHS is still on[More ...]

[cover image]March 2013
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Community unionism - The Unite union's "community membership" scheme brings together working and non-working people; Women in leadership - The recent spotlight on female executives doesn't address the inequality women face lower down the ranks; Equality duty - How have union officials and reps made use of the duty on public sector bodies to prevent discrimination?; Retail woes - Retail sector changes are having an impact on union organising[More ...]

[cover image]February 2013
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Share and share alike? - Shared services and elaborate commissioning schemes mean the shape of local government is changing; Unions' legal services - Every year, unions win millions of pounds in compensation for members who have been unfairly treated at work; Apps for unions - Unions and the TUC are now developing their own apps for use on smartphones and tablets; Renewable energy - Energy reform is needed in the UK. Is the coalition government delivering?[More ...]

[cover image]January 2013
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The year ahead - Unions will face ongoing pressure in 2013 thanks to continued austerity and government attacks; Further education cuts - In common with other public service sectors, further education is struggling in the face of cuts; New TUC head - New TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady tells Labour Research of her priorities; SOS for 999 services - Frontline jobs are disappearing from the emergency services, despite government pledges to the contrary[More ...]