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2015 all issues

[cover image]December 2015
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Executive pay - The boom times never seem to stop rolling for top executives Victimisation of repsLabour Research finds that incidents of trade union reps being sacked or suspended appear to be on the increase Must the arts bow out? - Growth in the UK’s creative sector is likely to be undermined by ongoing cuts in the publicly-funded arts Books for Christmas - The Bookmarks socialist bookshop suggests books you may like to give at Christmas[More ...]

[cover image]November 2015
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Trade Union Bill - The Trade Union Bill represents one of the most aggressive attacks on unions in decades Night work - Growing evidence points to the fact that night working has harmful effects. How are unions responding? Apprenticeship levy - Unions and the TUC remain cautious over the government’s proposals for an apprenticeship levy Workers on the board - What lessons can the UK learn from the European experience of board-level employee representation?[More ...]

[cover image]October 2015
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Labour-union links Labour Research examines the links at local political level between unions and the Labour Party Minority report - There may be improved minority ethnic representation in Parliament. But what about other areas of public life? Under new management? - The government plans to devolve decision-making to English cities. What does this actually mean? Productivity puzzle - Questions continue to be posed over the UK’s unprecedentedly sluggish economic recovery[More ...]

[cover image]September 2015
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Resilience - Management should spend more time helping stressed staff rather than creating more buzz words Blacklisting - Labour’s failure at the polls was bad news for blacklisted workers fighting for justice, but the fight goes on Unions in Europe - As the ETUC holds its four yearly Congress, Labour Research takes the temperature of unions across European countries Further education crisis - The most vulnerable will suffer as Tories take bigger axe to FE funding[More ...]

[cover image]August 2015
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Labour leadershipLabour Research interviews the candidates for the Labour Party leadership Childcare conundrum - The government says it will extend free childcare. But its pledge is undermined by lack of funding Housing and young people - The housing crisis affects young people in particular - so young trade unionists are mobilising around the issue Qatar World Cup - Migrant workers building facilities for the 2022 Qatar World Cup continue to endure appalling conditions[More ...]

[cover image]July 2015
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Union membership - What’s been happening to levels of union membership - in particular, how did these fare during the years of the Tory-led coalition government? Health and safety - A new Labour Research - survey looks at UK unions’ top health and safety concerns and examines the health and safety services they provide for their members. Worldwide unions - The work of global union federations goes beyond symbolic appeals for international solidarity, as Labour Research reports [More ...]

[cover image]June 2015
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Conciliation - New rules oblige workers to seek conciliation before taking a tribunal claim. What has been their impact? MPs’ union links - Labour’s new crop of MPs are helping ensure that the party’s links with the unions remain strong Surveillance at work - In many sectors, surveillance of staff has become the norm.Labour Research reports Social care - Adult social care faces tremendous pressures, thanks to cuts and privatisation[More ...]

[cover image]May 2015
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Workers’ rights under siege - In its five-year tenure, the coalition has waged a relentless attack on employment protections What’s the alternative? - What do unions want from a Labour government in relation to workers’ individual and collective rights - and what’s Labour proposing? Disabled people hammered - Austerity policies have hit millions - and disabled people are among those hardest hit The youth vote - Are young voters likely to make their voices heard in this month’s election? And what issues concern them?[More ...]

[cover image]April 2015
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BME representation - Is the general election likely to see a significant change in the Commons’ ethnic profile? Terror alert - Among the implications of the government’s new counter-terrorism legislation are those for a range of public sector workers Under private control - The tally of privatisations in recent decades is colossal - and the coalition is driving ahead with even more Social insecurity - Some of the poorest in society are bearing the brunt of government changes to direct taxes, benefits and tax credits [More ...]

[cover image]March 2015
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Gender imbalancing act - What are unions doing to help redress the gender imbalance which hinders women’s access to certain occupations? Women in leadership - Women constitute 51% of the population. But there’s some way to go before this is reflected in politics and other positions of power Corporate welfare – Labour Research looks at the ways in which subsidies and tax breaks benefit wealthy individuals and corporations Women under the coalition - What is the labour market position of women after five years of the coalition?[More ...]

[cover image]February 2015
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Councils of despair - Coalition cuts mean that local authorities are struggling due to huge financial pressure with devastating consequences for local services and jobs; Pensions - A variety of changes are taking place to pension provision. Bryn Davies, director of Union Pension Services, explains what these are as well as the main issues relating to them; Pay and living standards - Pay and living standards will figure large in the election. What are the facts behind the fall in real wages since the recession?[More ...]

[cover image]January 2015
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The year ahead - Falling real wages mean that living standards will be among many issues on unions’ 2015 agenda Voluntary sector - Huge public spending cuts and a sea change in funding regimes has wreaked havoc on the voluntary sector Health and safety - The latest annual statistics from the Health and Safety Executive don’t seem to bode well for workplace safety Local media under the cosh - Cuts and closures in local and regional media have not only seen job losses, but pose a threat to local democracy [More ...]