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2012 all issues

[cover image]December 2012
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All work and no pay - Unpaid work is on the rise in a variety of forms - from the government's Work Programme to an increase in unpaid internships; The big squeeze - Families are now under enormous pressure thanks to the coalition's relentless austerity drive; The branch meeting - Is the branch meeting holding up in the era of Facebook and video conferencing? Christmas books - The staff at the Bookmarks socialist bookshop suggest books you may like to give as Christmas gifts[More ...]

[cover image]November 2012
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The union branch - What affects the health of your union branch? A new Labour Research survey reveals all; Scotland's referendum - The referendum on Scottish independence offers opportunities for political transformation say unions; Housing crisis - The housing crisis is getting worse with even fewer affordable homes now available; Unions in the USA - Union-bashing has taken its toll on US unions, although one recent strike provides some grounds for optimism [More ...]

[cover image]October 2012
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BME representation - A new Labour Research survey asks what unions are doing to improve black and minority ethnic participation; A voice at Westminster - Trade union parliamentary groups see unions and politicians combining to raise union concerns; Union-party links - There is a diversity of relationships and links between unions and political parties across Europe; Free schools - The government's free schools programme is proving to be a drain on education resources [More ...]

[cover image]September 2012
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Bargaining for equality - It has been a difficult few years as unions try to keep the pressure on employers over equality at work; Pay the premium - The gap between the wages of union and non-members - the union premium - is back to the level of five years ago; No to privatisation agenda - Unions say David Cameron's Big Society will see public services opened up to a market free-for-all; European attacks on unions - Centre-right governments across Europe have been using austerity as an excuse to weaken union power [More ...]

[cover image]August 2012
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Public sector and local pay - The government insists that public sector pay must become more “market facing”; Greater role for mediation? - How do unions view the government's drive for a greater role for workplace mediation?; Think tanks - Who are the think tanks currently attempting to influence coalition government policy?; Greening the workplace - Green reps are making an impact, TUC research conducted by the Labour Research Department shows[More ...]

[cover image]July 2012
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Facility time - In many other European countries facility time arrangements are more generous than in the UK; Europe's far right - The severe economic crisis is providing a fertile breeding ground for far right groups across Europe; 1912-2012 - We mark the Labour Research Department's 100th birthday this month with a look at trade unionism since 1912; Developing lay leaders - How can senior lay reps confront the challenges they face? A new TUC training course aims to help them[More ...]

[cover image]June 2012
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Employment protection - The Con-Dem coalition continues to hack away at workers' employment protection rights; Retired members' sections - Retirement is not a barrier to continued trade union activism, thanks to unions' retired members' sections; Regulator under attack - Rogue employers could operate with impunity if the Gangmasters Licensing Authority has its role reduced; Unions in Colombia - Colombia continues to earn the reputation of being the world's most dangerous place to be a trade unionist;[More ...]

[cover image]May 2012
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Coalition two years on - The Con-Dem coalition has overseen two years of draconian cuts and attacks on public services; Bonus pay, little reward - Bonus pay means eye-watering sums for top bosses but pressure and stress for ordinary finance workers; Governments wield hatchet - Across the Eurozone governments continue to hack away at workers' pay and conditions; Living Wage campaigns - Despite economic gloom the campaign for a Living Wage is having some notable successes[More ...]

[cover image]April 2012
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Tribunal charges - TUC race policy officer Wilf Sullivan looks at how the introduction of tribunal fees will impact on black workers; Housing Benefit cuts - The government's cap on Housing Benefit will lead to hardship and disruption for many low-income families; Unions and youth - What are unions doing to recruit, organise and support the young workers who will be their future lifeblood?; Far right - The far right may have suffered considerable setbacks, but unions cannot afford to be complacent[More ...]

[cover image]March 2012
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Women in unions - More women are now occupying leadership positions in the the country’s largest unions; Benefit reforms and women - Critics say the coalition's plans for the new Universal Credit benefit will undermine women's financial security; Blacklisting - Campaigners maintain that blacklisting continues despite legislation designed to control it; Curbing executive excess - The government's proposals for reining in executive pay have not impressed trade unions[More ...]

[cover image]February 2012
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Striking gains for unions - Unions tell Labour Research they have recorded an upsurge in recruitment, thanks to the November 2011 pensions strike; Vulnerable workers - The Union Modernisation Fund has helped support union efforts to organise vulnerable workers; Public sector insecurity - Across the globe unions report a worsening of terms and conditions in the public services; Widening gap - What can be done to close the ever-widening gap between rich and poor?[More ...]

[cover image]January 2012
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The year ahead - The ongoing crisis in the UK and across Europe continues to set the agenda for workers and their unions; Is it all academic? - The Tory-led coalition government seems intent on turning more state schools into academies; Employment rights - "Partnership" is well and truly dead and a massive attack on employment rights is now getting under way; The future for Remploy - The jobs and futures of workers at the Remploy factories employing disabled people are at stake[More ...]