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[cover image][28 pages] December 2022
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Workers’ rights thrown on the scrapheap? Tory legislation abolishing the supremacy of EU law could see the sweeping away of worker, environmental and public health protections. Europe: dealing with inflation Inflation is at record levels across Europe. Labour Research looks at how European governments and unions are addressing this. Beating back the growth of the far right Trade unions in the UK and internationally continue to play a significant role in tackling the far right and far-right narratives. [More ...]

[cover image][28 pages] November 2022
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Neurodiversity is a trade union issue Trade unions are increasingly looking at how they can support neurodivergent workers Work intensification is on the rise Workers face ever-rising, unrelenting workloads and a disappearing work/life balance, with impacts on their wellbeing Global climate conference: is it a fair COP? What do unions want from the COP27 global climate conference? And what progress, if any, has been made since last year’s COP26? [More ...]

[cover image][28 pages] October 2022
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The Labour Party and the trade unions Union disquiet has been growing over the direction the Labour Party is taking under Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership Strike laws in Europe: how does the UK compare? As prime minister Liz Truss threatens a further crackdown on strikes, Labour Research looks at strike laws elsewhere in Europe Renewed campaign against racism in the workplace The TUC’s Anti-racism Taskforce has produced a raft of initiatives that aim to assist the movement in fighting racism at work [More ...]

[cover image][28 pages] September 2022
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Abortion rights trampled in America The crisis caused by the ruling on abortion by America’s powerful Supreme Court may point to a larger problem for US democracy 13 Educating reps to meet the challenges of today Trade union education provision has seen a shift towards digital learning and other strategies to equip union reps for today’s world 16 ‘Absolutely horrendous conditions’ in care sector The impact of profit-making in the social care sector sees workers being ‘unitised’ in a pressured environment and standards of care suffering [More ...]

[cover image][28 pages] August 2022
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Cost-of-living crisis feeds strike action A growing wave of industrial action is on the cards as workers strive to cope with soaring inflation and the cost-of-living crisis Social housing goes under the hammer The Tories’ plans to sell off already scarce housing association homes will only exacerbate the housing crisis, say campaigners Pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work Discrimination continues to place huge pressures on the working lives of many pregnant workers and new mothers [More ...]

[cover image][28 pages] July 2022
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Court rulings on worker status in the gig economy UK courts have often ruled in favour of of gig economy workers’ entitlement to certain rights. But has this led to signifi cant change? Schools Bill: a lesson in failure? The government’s Schools Bill promises to shake up education for the better. Education unions, however, are unimpressed. The pandemic and the global response How does the UK government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic compare with that of other countries? [More ...]

[cover image][28 pages] June 2022
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Does energy security strategy fit the bill? The Tories claim to have set out ‘bold plans’ in their Energy Security Strategy. Trade unions, however, are unconvinced. Government ploughs on with Channel 4 sell-off Plans to privatise Channel 4 are unpopular. So what’s behind the government’s determination to do this? Marking the fifth anniversary of Grenfell Days after the Grenfell Tower fire five years ago, the Conservatives promised to ‘do whatever it takes’ to help victims and the bereaved. Has this happened? [More ...]

[cover image]April 2022
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Addressing the impacts of climate change - Union organisations say there is an urgent need to consider the impacts of climate change on workers and their jobs; Is the government really on the level? - While confronting geographical disparities is important, ‘levelling up’ also needs a firm focus on work, low pay and in-work poverty; BBC licence fee attack will hit programming - Government plans to scrap the BBC licence fee will impact on the quality and breadth of journalism and programming, unions warn[More ...]

[cover image]March 2022
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How well are women represented in UK unions? - our biennial Women in Unions survey examines union efforts to improve women’s participation and representation in unions; Acting to support workers through the menopause - the menopause has been moving up the workplace agenda. Yet more can be done to support those undergoing menopause; Health and safety lessons from the pandemic - the Covid pandemic exposed a crisis in occupational health and safety. What are the key health and safety lessons we’ve learned?[More ...]

[cover image]February 2022
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Workers' health and safety in the green economy - we tend to associate the word ‘green’ with safety, but is this necessarily the case for those working in the green economy? When artificial intelligence is in the saddle - recent years have seen the rapid development of artificial intelligence to undertake management functions; Government signals yet more cuts to rail - the reduction in passenger numbers during the Covid crisis has struck another heavy blow to a rail industry facing more huge cuts[More ...]

[cover image]January 2022
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Unions pour cold water on water firms’ record - England’s private water firms have given out almost half as much to shareholders as they have spent upgrading and maintaining water systems; Fair enough? Scotland’s ‘Fair Work’ programme - do unions in Scotland feel that the aspirational rhetoric of the Scottish government’s ‘Fair Work’ policy lives up to reality?; It’s time for a four-day working week - the Covid pandemic has seen the idea of a four-day working week and a three-day weekend catapulted up the agenda[More ...]