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[cover image]November 2019
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Bus privatisation – a vehicle for disaster. Despite being a popular form of transport, bus services continue to be eroded, with serious repercussions for local communities; All work and no pay: the rise of unpaid labour - Many employers are still getting away with paying less than the National Minimum Wage or even paying nothing at all; UK’s long-hours culture puts workers at risk UK workers have some of the longest working hours in Europe, placing them at risk of exhaustion, stress and mental ill health[More ...]

[cover image]October 2019
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Labour Party election candidates and the unions - With an election likely, candidates have been chosen for Labour’s top target seats. What sorts of links do they have with the unions? Labour’s plans for energy democracy - Labour has pledged to take key utilities, including energy, back into public ownership, though there are differing opinions on strategy; ILO celebrates 100th anniversary - The International Labour Organization has been celebrating its centenary this year.Labour Research looks at its aims and achievements[More ...]

[cover image]September 2019
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Are union branches in good health? - A new survey by Labour Research examines the wellbeing of the trade union movement at the level of the union branch; Defence industry and diversification - As the global arms trade prepares for its biennial exhibition this month, Labour Research looks at the debate on defence diversification; GFTU marks 120 years of support for the movement - The General Federation of Trade Unions continues to make a significant contribution to union life 120 years after its founding[More ...]

[cover image]August 2019
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Demise of the high street retailers? - Empty shops have become a regular sight on the UK’s high streets. How are retail unions responding to the sector’s ongoing crisis?; Care workers and sleep-in shift payments - How should care workers be paid for overnight shifts? The Supreme Court is set to make a once-and-for-all decision on the issue; Managing the ageing workforce - The numbers of older workers are steadily rising. But are UK employers and government suitably prepared for this?[More ...]

[cover image]July 2019
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Making common cause with environmental campaigns - Joint campaigning and dialogue with green groups around climate change has become more important than ever for today’s trade unions; Doing violence to youth culture? - Trade unionists have expressed anger over police and mainstream media claims that drill music contributes to youth violence; More children in working families live in poverty - The impact of government policy on children is ensuring that child poverty in households with working adults is hitting record levels[More ...]

[cover image]June 2019
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Emergency services: in need of rescue? - Years of austerity cuts, with staff subjected to a “more for less” culture, have taken their toll on Britain’s emergency services; Asbestos remains a deadly problem - Asbestos is not just a problem of the past. It continues to pose risks to todays workers, students and members of the public; Adapting to the home working trend - Remote working has many advantages for both employers and employees, yet it’s still the case that too few employers consider it.[More ...]

[cover image]May 2019
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Bolsonaro presidency raises fears for Brazil - Unions and civil society groups have voiced their deep concern over the new and openly far right president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro; Probation service suffers privatisation consequences - The government’s reforms of the probation service have come in for scathing criticism from many quarters, including unions; Unions launch disability initiative - Unions believe that reasonable adjustment "disability passports" could make a real difference to disabled workers[More ...]

[cover image]April 2019
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Union support for Windrush generation victims - The Windrush scandal continues to unfold as unions and the TUC demand measures to end the ongoing "hostile environment"; The challenges of academisation - As teaching unions gear up for their annual conferences this month, Labour Research asks how they have fared in the face of increasing academisation; Tories wield axe over youth services - Youth services are being decimated with serious implications for young people and youth service staff
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[cover image]March 2019
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What implications does Brexit have for the NHS? - Although the NHS staffing crisis pre-dates Brexit, Labour Research finds that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU certainly won’t help matters; Universal Credit makes millions worse off - It’s six years since Universal Credit was introduced. And the government’s welfare reform scheme continues to be mired in controversy; Women's exposure to cancer at work - When it comes to occupational cancers, there remains a distinct lack of focus on how these impact on women workers[More ...]

[cover image]February 2019
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Tackling the scourge of modern slavery - Unions are essential to anti-slavery initiatives and have a crucial role to play in highlighting modern slavery; Building a climate for climate change jobs - How can unions promote a transition to green and sustainable production, including in sectors dependant on carbon-intensive industries?; How to report the ethnicity pay gap? - Ethnic pay gap reporting is on the cards. UK unions have expressed a range of views as to how such reporting could be achieved[More ...]

[cover image]January 2019
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Unions set young people in their sights - Unions recognise that they must do more to recruit, organise and support young people. Will 2019 be the year they make progress? The year ahead for workers and their unions - Like 2018, this year will continue to be overshadowed by Brexit. Nevertheless, other issues are likely to impact on unions; Juggling work and caring for family members - Although there is a legal entitlement to request flexible working, many workers still struggle to balance work with family care[More ...]