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2017 all issues

[cover image]December 2017
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Pay and perks of top executives - The remuneration packages of fat cat executives show few signs of being reined in, as the latest Labour Research survey finds; Labour and the Private Finance Initiative - The Labour Party has pledged that under a Labour government Private Finance Initiative projects will be taken back in house; Government’s benefit plans lack credit - The Conservatives’ Universal Credit scheme means those on low incomes transferring to the new benefit are likely to face a bleak Christmas[More ...]

[cover image]November 2017
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Union subs: a fair rate for today's workers - What issues must trade unions take into consideration when setting their rates for membership contributions? Budget cuts cripple our schools - Many schools are in dire financial straits, thanks to government funding cuts totalling almost £3 billion since 2015; US workers and the Trump presidency - On the first anniversary of Donald Trump's election as US president, we look at what his administration means for workers[More ...]

[cover image]October 2017
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Are Labour pains over for the unions? - a number of non-Labour Party affiliated trade unions have been reconsidering their relationship with the party; Health, safety and driver-only operated trains - rail unions have been taking industrial action over the potential extension of driver-only train operation on several rail franchises; Ireland and Brexit: what are unions saying? - unions want to ensure their voices are heard during negotiations on Ireland’s complex relationship with the Brexit process[More ...]

[cover image]September 2017
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Elections in Germany - The unions have a wish list of changes in the industrial relations system for whoever is chancellor and whichever party holds power after the elections this month. Insecure work - Unions are taking up the challenges involved in organising the growing number of workers across the old and new sectors of the so-called gig economy. Public sector pay cap - Workers across the public sector have seen their pay cut in real-terms since 2010. They want an end to the pay cap that’s hit their standard of living.[More ...]

[cover image]August 2017
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UK struggles to bridge the skills gap - There are increasing shortages of skilled workers in a number of areas of the economy. And Brexit looks set to make things worse; Backgrounds of the Commons’ new MPsLabour Research examines the backgrounds of the new crop of MPs and finds that Labour’s new intake remain connected to the unions; Do we need a legal right to "disconnect"? - France recently introduced a legal right for employees to ignore work-related emails outside work hours. Does the UK need something similar?[More ...]

[cover image]July 2017
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A century not outLabour Research marks its 100th birthday this month by looking at developments in unions since 1917; Mental health and work - Attitudes towards mental health may have changed over the century. But stigma continues to be a problem; Automation - A new wave of automation appears to be underway. What does this mean for workers and their jobs? Picture perfect - The work of the Report photo agency is frequently used by unions, charities and progressive publications[More ...]

[cover image]June 2017
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One year after the referendum vote - It’s a year after the historic referendum that saw a vote to leave the EU. So how are unions meeting the Brexit challenge? Examining the record of the Tory government - Ahead of this month’s election, Labour Research looks at how unions and others have been hit by the Tory government. Scotland’s Union Modernisation Fund - Scotland’s unions are undertaking projects to strengthen union organisation with funds from the Holyrood administration[More ...]

[cover image]May 2017
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Making the workplace more autism-friendly - Autistic and other neuroatypical people often encounter barriers to employment and at work. What can unions do? The unions and the election in France - This month’s election for a new president in France is likely to have significant implications for French workers and their unions; International solidarity campaigning - There continue to be many campaigns involving UK unions in relation to the denial of the rights of trade unionists around the world[More ...]

[cover image]April 2017
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BME talent is blocked and underutilised - Discrimination exists at every stage of BME workers’ careers, says a government commissioned report. What can be done to change this? Curb on exit payments for public sector workers - The Tories’ cap on redundancy and other exit payments for public sector workers will hit long-serving public servants with modest earnings. Tories’ slash and burn on benefits continues - Low-income families and disabled people on benefits face increased hardship as further "reforms" to the welfare system get underway.[More ...]

[cover image]March 2017
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Closing the gap? - Regulations requiring employers to publish information on the gender pay gap finally come into force from the end of March. Do they go far enough? Women’s health and safety - Women’s occupational health and safety is still often ignored or not properly taken into account. Trade unions are working to ensure this changes; Industrial action - Key provisions of the government’s union-bashing Trade Union Act take effect this month. How will unions respond to the challenges this presents?[More ...]

[cover image]February 2017
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The right prescription? - further substantial change to already heavily pressured health and care services is under way, thanks to Sustainability and Transformation Plans; Cold logic of hot desking - hot desking seems to be on the rise, as cash-strapped local authorities reduce office space. How can unions influence the practice to safeguard members?; Domestic violence - the effects of domestic violence and abuse can often spill over into the workplace - which makes it an important issue for trade unions to address[More ...]

[cover image]January 2017
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The year ahead - the coming year is likely to be a very challenging one for trade unions, as Labour Research reports; Right turn? - across Europe, parties of the populist right have met with some electoral success: so who are they?; Status report - The rise of the so-called gig economy has seen the issue of employment status placed firmly in the spotlight; Unsafe bet - gambling during working hours is more possible than ever before, thanks to the rise of online gaming[More ...]