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Len McCluskey: the free movement of labour is a class question

08 November 2016

By Len McCluskey, General Secretary of UNITE

At the 2016 conference of think tank Class - Britain at a Crossroads - General Secretary of UNITE Len McCluskey gave a speech advocating that the labour movement takes seriously the concerns of working class people about immigration. He recommended proposals to safeguard jobs and communities rather than bans on free movement of labour.

At the heart of his recommendations was the need for sectoral collective bargaining, in keeping with the proposals drawn up in the Institute of Employment Rights' Manifesto for Labour Law, for which Len McCluskey has already announced his strong support.

His full speech to the Class Conference is below

Health and Safety Update 2016: London

02 November 2016

By Andrew Moretta, World of Work PhD student, The University of Liverpool

Andrew Moretta, a delegate at the Institute of Employment Rights' Health and Safety Update 2016 conference in London on October 18 2016 reports on what he took away from the event.

How much 'Better' can 'Better Regulation' get?

Steve Tombs

14 October 2016

Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, The Open University

This week, the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee published an evaluation of the Better Regulation initiative. The Government, it stated, “has set a target to reduce the cost to business of regulation by £10 billion between 2015 and 2020. So far it has achieved less than £1 billion”. In other words, ‘Better Regulation’ must do better.

Delivering rights in the modern world of work

14 October 2016

By Joy Johnson, UNITE Political Team

Become a Deliveroo rider and "pick up a ton of perks to sweeten the deal, like discounts with Apple and Vue Cinema on top of your self-employed sixteen pound an hour depending on location". Click on Deliveroo, the online restaurant delivery service website, and this is what the platform offers as inducements to entice young, fit "superstar cycle and scooter riders" to join the 'Roo'.

The Tolpuddle Tree

20 September 2016

By Martin Smith, GMB National Organiser

The labour market faces massive changes in the next ten years – laying down a challenge to the trade union and labour movement to adapt to the new needs and aspirations of working people by developing new forms of collective organisation, campaigning and action.

Now is the time to fight for a new deal for workers

15 September

By Tony Burke, Assistant General Secretary, UNITE

Below is a video of, and the full text for, Tony Burke's speech in favour of Composite Motion 16 at TUC Congress, which supported the repeal of the Trade Union Act and called for a new framework for workers' rights.

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