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.

Government Shared Services: Privatised, downsized, off-shored.

1 May 2014

By John Medhurst, Policy Officer, PCS

Under the innocuous title of Next Generation Shared Services (NGSS) Strategic Plan, the government is driving through a programme of privatisation and off-shoring of civil service jobs and functions and in doing so is potentially putting the personal data of UK citizens at risk.

Work is intermittent but capital is not: what to do about zero hours contracts

1 May 2014

By Zoe Adams and Simon Deakin, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge

The casualisation of working life is a huge problem in Britain today and Zero Hours Contracts (ZHCs) are just its most extreme form. It is caused by a dysfunctional employment law and the disappearance of the safety net formerly provided by social security law.

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