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2020 all issues

[cover image]December 2020
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Workers suffer while transport firms make cuts - Despite receiving government financial support during the pandemic, firms running public transport are attacking workers' pay and conditions; Furlough extension: will it do the job? - Unions have welcomed the furlough scheme’s further extension. But they insist that, for some sectors in particular, greater support is necessary; Union Learning Fund set to disappear - The need for upskilling and retraining of workers has never been greater. Yet the government plans to scrap the Union Learning Fund[More ...]

[cover image]November 2020
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Disabled workers overlooked - Unions say there has been a lack of understanding by government and employers of the position of disabled workers during the pandemic; Home is where the work is: the rise of homeworking - The world of work post-lockdown is set to have a larger role for homeworking. But there are drawbacks as well as advantages; Tackling domestic abuse: the workplace response - Many employers still don’t have domestic abuse on their radar. Yet it’s very much a workplace issue as unions continue to point out[More ...]

[cover image]October 2020
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Minority report: BAME workers and the unions - a new Labour Research survey examines what UK unions are doing to encourage greater BAME participation in union life; BAME workers, COVID and health and safety - due to historic racism, the risk of death involving COVID-19 is much higher for some ethnic groups, as Labour Research reports; Justice system in meltdown - even before the pandemic, which has worsened the situation, a decade of austerity had wreaked havoc on the justice system[More ...]

[cover image]September 2020
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Is it healthy and safe to return to the workplace? - unions are concerned that as more people return to their workplaces, workers will be at increased risk of exposure to coronavirus; Lessons in effective union organisingLabour Research reports on two important case studies on union organising, drawn from the TUC's recent Organise 2020 conference; Higher education crisis intensifies - the pandemic has hit the university sector hard. The fiasco over A-level results has created yet more uncertainty for higher education[More ...]

[cover image]August 2020
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Pandemic used to further NHS privatisation - critics say the government has “turbo charged” outsourcing of the NHS under cover of the coronavirus crisis; Charities struggle to stay afloat - the charity sector has seen a sharp fall in income while demand for services have risen creating a perfect financial storm; Young workers hardest hit economically - young workers aged under 25 are among those most likely to have lost work due to furloughing, job losses and hours reductions[More ...]

[cover image]July 2020
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Can the live entertainment sector stage a comeback? - the COVID-19 crisis has left the live entertainment industry reeling. What do unions say about getting the sector back on course? Where do we go after the lockdown? - trade unions and the TUC have put forward their proposals, priorities and demands for the world of work post-lockdown; Improving our workplace health, safety and welfare - Labour Research takes a look at the all-important role of the Hazards Campaign in fighting for workers’ health and safety[More ...]

[cover image]June 2020
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Helping us weather the coronavirus pandemic - the work of essential workers in the retail and distribution sectors shine a light on who some of the nation’s key workers are; Crisis sees government calling on unions - Trade unions have experienced a level of engagement with government ministers not seen in decades; Logging on to changes in organising - the COVID-19 outbreak has led to a revolution in digital transformation for unions, with a huge increase in online organising and activity[More ...]

[cover image]May 2020
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Can we manage to nurse the world back to health? - the capacity of world healthcare systems to cope with COVID-19 is undermined by a serious global shortage of nurses; Public services hamstrung by decade of devastation - years of swingeing austerity cuts in the UK mean our threadbare public services are struggling to grapple with the current pandemic; Universal Credit: universal failure? - unions have long identified huge problems over Universal Credit which the coronavirus crisis is now throwing into sharp relief[More ...]

[cover image]April 2020
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Immigration system gains no points from unions - The government’s new points-based immigration system will have an adverse impact on both migrants and the economy, say unions; Is the boss using tech to monitor you at work? - Some employers are using new technologies for ever more invasive and oppressive scrutiny and surveillance of the workforce; Health and safety in Scotland - Unions in Scotland have a number of specific health and safety concerns — and demands for action of the SNP government [More ...]

[cover image]March 2020
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Interview with Labour leadership candidates - The candidates for leadership of the Labour Party respond to questions from Labour Research on issues of interest to unions; How well are women represented in UK unions? - Labour Research’s biennial survey examines union efforts to improve women’s participation and representation; AI and digitalisation: what do they mean for women? - How is the so-called "fourth industrial revolution" and technological change impacting on women workers?[More ...]

[cover image]February 2020
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Hidden killer stalking the workplaceLabour Research turns the spotlight on the hidden phenomenon that is work-related suicide, and looks at campaigns to bring it to light; The march of the market in higher education - The marketisation of university education has seen an increasingly casualised workforce and inflated vice chancellors’ salaries; Rising tide of in-work poverty - a combination of benefit cuts and a low level of minimum wage means more and more working families are sinking into poverty[More ...]

[cover image]January 2020
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Uncovering the truth about the undercover cops - For decades the police spied on thousands of citizens including trade unionists, who continue to demand the truth about the spycops scandal; What’s behind the wave of global protest? - As a new year gets under way, Labour Research reflects on the fact that 2019 saw rebellion take place around the globe; Education and the climate emergency - The involvement of young people in climate change protest has produced action around the issue by the education community[More ...]