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[cover image]October 2021
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Ethnicity pay gap reporting must be introduced - mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting is needed to cast light on and address race inequality in the workplace, say unions; What do unions want from the climate change talks? - as the COP26 conference gets under way at the end of this month, Labour Research examines what unions are looking for from the talks; Bill means more access for private companies - the government’s Health and Social Care Bill will add to NHS fragmentation and lead to greater influence from private firms[More ...]

[cover image]September 2021
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Should we have a legal right to 'disconnect'? - the increasing blurring of boundaries between work and home life for remote workers is leading to calls for legislation to counter this; Statutory union recognition procedure - unions continue to have serious reservations about the statutory recognition procedure; UK’s post-Brexit state aid regime - a new Bill sets out the government’s proposals for state subsidies post-Brexit[More ...]

[cover image]August 2021
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Will new watchdog protect workers? - Unions say government proposals for a new employment rights watchdog fall far short of what is actually needed; Good work and wages are answer to hospitality crisis - The hospitality industry faces dramatic staff shortages: the solution is a fundamental reform of pay and conditions, say unions; Women’s health and safety in the pandemic - The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on women workers means they have faced particular health and safety issues[More ...]

[cover image]July 2021
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Union branches: managing through the crisis? - a new Labour Research survey examines whether and how trade union branch organisation has survived the coronavirus pandemic; Is 'free speech' legislation all that it seems? - universities could face action over breaches of 'free speech', but unions question whether the government’s approach is proportionate; Food poverty: hungry for change - the UK is witnessing ever-growing food poverty and ever-growing support for campaigns to tackle this, including from unions[More ...]

[cover image]June 2021
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Police Bill threatens trade union activity - the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill strikes at the heart of the trade union movement, as Labour Research reports; Unions slam race commission findings - the findings and recommendations of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities have been condemned by unions; Freeports: ushering in deregulation and low pay? - The TUC and unions argue that the government’s freeports plan could see a post-Brexit watering down of employment protections[More ...]

[cover image]May 2021
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Who’s taking care of the children? - While private providers rake in huge profits, the market in children’s social care is failing the very young people it is supposed to protect; The COVID-19 toll on women worldwide - Government failures around the world have seen the global COVID crisis lead to devastating consequences for women; Gender-based violence under the spotlight - UK unions are stepping up the fight against violence against women and using a range of initiatives to tackle gender-based violence[More ...]

[cover image]April 2021
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Unions move to 'decolonise' education - Unions are involved in the movement to 'decolonise' education and to challenge longstanding biases and omissions in the curriculum; Social work in the time of the pandemic - The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on social workers and social work - as well as worsening a pre-existing crisis in the sector; What’s happening to the UK’s safety watchdog? - Unions say cuts to the Health and Safety Executive have left it ill prepared to deal with workplace issues around coronavirus [More ...]

[cover image]March 2021
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Union membership and the pandemic - Some unions have seen increased membership during the pandemic as workers turn to them for protection. But others have not fared so well; New UNISON leader sets out her priorities - The newly-elected general secretary and first woman leader of one of the country’s largest unions talks to Labour Research; Childcare nightmare for working mums - Balancing work with childcare and homeschooling during lockdowns has seen working women experiencing enormous pressures[More ...]

[cover image]February 2021
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Labour abuse in global supply chains - modern slavery and other abuses in global supply chains have intensified since the start of the coronavirus pandemic; Still prosecuting the War on Want - this month sees the labour movement’s international anti-poverty charity, War on Want, celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding; What will reform of the inflation measure mean? - Government plans for significant changes to the way inflation is calculated have considerable repercussions for workers[More ...]

[cover image]January 2021
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Firms use pandemic to implement fire and rehire - Under cover of the coronavirus crisis, a number of employers are threatening to fire thousands of staff and rehire them on worse terms; Grim outlook for jobs and the economy - On top of the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic, the coming year sees Britain facing the impact of Brexit; What is the effect of Long COVID on working lives? - Acquiring coronavirus can mean long-term debilitating and distressing symptoms. What does this mean for workers with Long COVID?[More ...]