Unions In The Firing Line

22 August 2014

By George Harissis, leading Greek trade unionist with postscript from Cllr Isidoros Diakides

Trade unions are workers’ first defence against Europe’s harshest austerity regime, argues GEORGE HARISSIS – and they’re under attack.

Carr review into industrial disputes collapses.

8 August 2014

By Tony Burke, Assistant General Secretary, UNITE

The review of rules governing industrial disputes, lead by Bruce Carr Q.C. collapsed in August when he notified the Government that: “I am concerned about the ability of the review to operate in a progressively politicised environment in the run-up to the general election and in circumstances in which the main parties will wish to legitimately set out their respective manifesto commitments and have already started to do so”.

The Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill is good news for workers' rights and devolution

31 July 2014

By Hannah Blythyn, Unite the Union

The UK Supreme Court ruling that a National Assembly for Wales Bill to protect agricultural workers through setting up an Agricultural Advisory Panel is lawful is not only good news for rural workers and workplace rights but for devolution in Wales as a whole.

Migration, Exploitation, Regulation: The Migration Advisory Committee Calls for Better Enforcement of Labour Standards.

Bernard Ryan, University of Leicester

18 July 2014

The Migration Advisory Committee report Migrants in Low-skilled Work, published on July 8, is remarkable in many ways. Since its establishment in 2007, the MAC has generally advised Governments on specific aspects of immigration policy concerning non-EU nationals.

A Primer: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

13 June 2014

by Ellie O'Hagan, Media and Communications Officer, CLASS

Thomas Piketty’s seminal work, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has soared to the top of the Bestsellers’ Chart and sparked debate amongst commentators, economists and politicians across the world. But at nearly 700 pages, and stuffed with cultural references from Disney to Jane Austen, what is Piketty actually arguing?

Combating low pay : does the Buckle Report help?

David Arnold, UNISON Policy Officer

04 June 2014

Alan Buckle’s report on the national minimum wage could be good news for the low paid, but only if politicians are bold when filling in the gaps and ready to put solving the UK’s low pay problem at the top of the agenda for the 2015 General Election.

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