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2014 all issues

[cover image]December 2014
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Executive pay - It’s continuing austerity for many working people, but boom time for executive pay Who cares? - Care workers are among the lowest paid of workers. Labour Research looks into their circumstances Bhopal 30 years on - Thirty years on from the world’s worst industrial disaster at Bhopal in India, victims and their families still cry out for justice Books for Christmas - The Bookmarks socialist bookshop suggests books you may like to give at Christmas[More ...]

[cover image]November 2014
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Wanted: a living wage - As millions struggle to exist on poverty wages, the need for a decent living wage grows stronger; Work Programme - Some are doing well out of the government’s Work Programme. But are they the unemployed people the programme is meant to help? Young workers - Unions and the TUC are facing the challenges of recruiting young people; Children and austerity - Austerity policies are having a baleful influence on the lives of children[More ...]

[cover image]October 2014
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The cuts that do no justice - The coalition government’s policies are having a devastating impact on access to justice for working people Britain needs a pay riseLabour Research examines why Britain’s pay packet needs an increase Labour and the election - In the run-up to the 2015 general election, unions have been having their say on Labour policy Mental health - Austerity has not been good for workers’ emotional wellbeing - or the services they rely on to tackle mental ill health[More ...]

[cover image]September 2014
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Strike ballots - A General Election can’t be far away when the Tory Party starts union bashing Union branch organisation - A unique Labour Research survey gauges the well-being of the union movement at a local level Europe after the elections - The ETUC hopes the election of European president Jean- Claude Juncker will see a change from the austerity measures of his predecessor NHS funding crisis - The health service in England is in a parlous state with a £100 million deficit[More ...]

[cover image]August 2014
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Scottish referendum - What do unions have to say about Scotland’s historic vote on whether or not to remain in the UK? Outsourcing - Outsourcing of public services has soared. Labour Research examines the firms getting the contracts Private rented sector - Private renting is on the up - and unions and others point out that private tenants get a raw deal LGBT equality - There have been many advances in LGBT equality, but does that mean prejudice is no longer a problem?[More ...]

[cover image]July 2014
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Child protection services - Child protection services continue to face problems, despite the government’s recent U-turn over outsourcing these services Health and safety - The Health and Safety at Work Act is 40 years old, but government policy threatens its legacy Signalling a change? - Unions say that a new approach to running the railways is required Migration myths - Are popular perceptions that migration drives up unemployment backed by research?[More ...]

[cover image]June 2014
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Bogus self-employment - The spread of false self-employment is a means by which yet more workers are denied employment rights Privatising probation - Unions say that the successful rehabilitation of offenders is at risk, thanks to probation service “reforms” Income distribution - Wages are still increasing at a slower pace than inflation, eroding living standards and inhibiting economic growth Battle of Orgreave - Trade unionists are this month marking the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave [More ...]

[cover image]May 2014
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UK Independence Party - UKIP’s policies on Europe and immigration are well known. But what of their approach to workers’ rights? What’s behind the TTIP? - Unions fear a “race to the bottom” in social standards, thanks to the major TTIP trade deal European elections - The increasingly extensive powers of the European Parliament mean this month’s Euro elections matter more than ever Uncivil service? - Civil service pay and conditions continue to take a hammering[More ...]

[cover image]April 2014
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Race discrimination - Black and minority ethnic workers still face an uphill struggle in trying to further their career prospects Ethnic monitoring - TUC race policy officer Wilf Sullivan says it time for renewed action on ethnic monitoring Still benefiting? - There have been a huge number of changes to the benefits system, with still more in the offing Older women - There are more older women in the workforce, but are the needs of this group being adequately addressed?[More ...]

[cover image]March 2014
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Sexual harassment - For millions of women, sexual harassment is still a fact of working life. Labour Research investigates Women migrants - Increases in female migration have not challenged the notion of the kind of work women migrants do Women in unionsLabour Research looks at unions’ efforts to improve women’s participation and representation Employment relations - How have employer-employee relations been affected by the biggest economic downturn since the 1930s?[More ...]

[cover image]February 2014
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Regulator weakened - Vulnerable workers may be at greater risk thanks to changes to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority Fighting the bedroom tax - Trade unions are at the heart of the campaign against the bedroom tax Public procurement - The UK lacks a clear strategy for public procurement. Will the recent revision of European directives on procurement help matters? What’s up docks? - UK ports are facing changes which present a number of challenges for the sector and its workers[More ...]

[cover image]January 2014
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The year ahead - A union-bashing Bill, an attack on workers’ terms and conditions through changes to the TUPE regulations and the impact of a two-speed recovery are just some of the issues unions will have to face in 2014 Academies and free schools – There are now almost 3,500 academies and more than 170 free schools. But all is not plain sailing for the government’s flagship education policy Jobs and climate changeLabour Research finds that David Cameron’s “greenest government ever” claim is being severely tested[More ...]