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[cover image]October 2018
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What do unions say about a vote on the Brexit deal? - The People's Vote campaign is calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal. So where do UK trade unions stand on this issue?; Unions and equality measures - What do TUC equality audits reveal about unions’ attempts at ensuring the proper representation of women and minorities in their structures?; Evaluating the Working Time Regulations - Twenty years after the Working Time Regulations were introduced, Labour Research assesses the legislation[More ...]

[cover image]September 2018
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Unions: how to build the movement of tomorrow - Community organising is just one way in which unions are facing up to the challenges of organising the workers of today and tomorrow; Unions take message to school assemblies - A worker in a union is likely to earn more on average than a non-union member. Unions are telling pupils about the positive aspects of trade unionism; Social care crisis - Pensioners are being hit by the crisis in social care. Labour Research examines how unions are campaigning for change.[More ...]

[cover image]August 2018
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Crisis plagues the prison estate - Unions say that budget cuts and privatisation are significant factors behind the continuing crisis in Britain’s prisons; Thirty years of the Education Reform Act - Since the Education Reform Act was passed 30 years ago, the education system has undergone a variety of profound changes; Nightmare costs of holiday childcare - The high costs of holiday childcare mean many parents will struggle to ensure their children have a safe and happy summer holiday[More ...]

[cover image]July 2018
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Automation and health and safety - The impact of automation in the workplace is not just about its affect on numbers of jobs, but what it means for workers’ health and safety; Putting the brakes on industrial action? - The numbers of workers involved in strikes is now the lowest on record. What impact have balloting rules had on this?; Struggling to find an affordable home - The housing crisis remains high on the agenda of many trade unions, whose members are being priced out of a decent place to live[More ...]

[cover image]June 2018
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Grenfell: unions remain part of the fight for justice - Union support continues to be part of the ongoing fight for justice for Grenfell victims and survivors; TUC celebrates its 150th anniversary - The TUC is 150 years old this month. We look back through the archives to see how Labour Research has reported on the annual TUC Congress over the years; Open University under threat - Plans for major budget cuts, redundancies and restructuring have led to a staff revolt at the Open University[More ...]

[cover image]May 2018
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Reversing the privatisation agenda - unions have extended a warm welcome to the Labour’s Party’s plans to return some privatised services to the public sector; Workers pushed into unsustainable debt - millions of working people, whose pay packets don’t stretch from one pay day to the next, are living with severe debt; Advancing the case for ethical procurement - Conditions for workers in global supply chains can be improved through the implementation of ethical procurement in this country[More ...]

[cover image]April 2018
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Unions respond to rising Islamophobia - unions are working with anti-racist and community organisations to campaign against Islamophobia and other forms of racism; The pros and cons of a universal basic income - there has been growing interest in the idea of a universal basic income, though it is far from supported by everyone; Data protection law: what does it mean for unions? - tough new data protection legislation will be in force from next month. Labour Research examines the impact on trade unions[More ...]

[cover image]March 2018
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Women's union profile - in this special women’s issue, Labour Research carries out its’ biennial investigation into how well represented women are in our unions; Women and health and safety at work - what impact have unions had on women’s health and safety in the workplace since the introduction of legal rights for safety reps?; Apprenticeship levy needs a rethink - nearly a year after the government's apprenticeship levy was introduced, the scheme has come in for heavy criticism[More ...]

[cover image]February 2018
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Environmental trade unionism - despite the pressures of austerity and cuts, unions continue to maintain a focus on environmental protection and green issues; Fighting bogus self-employment - A series of high-profile legal cases has seen UK unions defending the rights of members who work in the gig economy; Unions warn of Trade Bill threat - Critics of the government’s Trade Bill say the Bill could threaten jobs, workers’ rights and environmental and consumer standards[More ...]

[cover image]January 2018
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Insecure work and health and safety - there is mounting evidence that the growth of the gig economy and other forms of insecure work is bad for health and safety; The year ahead for workers and their unions - the year 2018 will, among other things, see unions continuing to fight groundbreaking legal cases around employment status; Democracy and the EU withdrawal Bill - unions are among those who have been warning that the government's EU withdrawal Bill represents a potential threat to democracy[More ...]