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On the edge of a paradigm variation? Changing Joint Regulation and Labour Market Policy in Italy during the Crisis

08 July 2016

By Sabrina Colombo and Ida Regalia, Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche, Università degli studi di Milano

In the fourth piece from our EU Comparative Series, Italian academics Sabrina Colombo and Ida Regalia analyse the impact of Troika intervention on Italy's collective bargaining structure, employment law, and trade union rights.

Women's Labour and Trade Unionism - A Dangerous Combination?

By Rebecca Zahn and Nicole Busby

06 July 2016

Women have played a key role in the British trade union movement since its inception. After all, the first strike for equal pay was organised by 1,500 women card-setters in Yorkshire in 1832. However, although trade unionism and the intellectual underpinnings of the labour movement were instigated around and by women – one need only think of the economist and labour historian Beatrice Webb (often referred to as one of ‘the Webbs’, i.e. the wife of Sidney but who was a pivotal figure in her own right) just as much as they were by men, the fact remains that once institutionalised, the labour movement became focused on the needs and concerns of the ‘standard male worker’. Women workers became part of the women’s movement – viewed as ‘the other’ and often subjected to outright hostility – rather than an integral part of the British workers’ movement. Women’s position outside the mainstream labour movement has been maintained up to the present day. Nowadays gendered occupational segregation and the prevalence of part-time work raise questions about the relevance of traditional trade unionism to women’s working lives. From their perceived threat to the established organisation of paid work up to these contemporary challenges to trade unionism, women can be seen as ‘dangerous’.

A Manifesto For Today’s World Of Work

01 July 2016

By Carolyn Jones, Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC

THE world of work has changed and with it the nature and role of the workforce. For Britain’s 31 million workers, many of the changes have had a devastating impact on their working lives and their living standards. Britain’s workers are among the most insecure, unhappy and stressed workers in Europe.

New strategy to tackle labour exploitation complicated by immigration and modern slavery focus

28 June 2016

By Dr Alex Balch, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, The University of Liverpool

As the dust settles after the EU referendum, the implications of Brexit for working conditions in the UK will surely be significant but it could be some time before these consequences become clear.

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23 June 2016

By Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary of the NUJ

The Investigatory Powers Bill, which will be debated in the House of Lords on Monday 27 June, contains a range of surveillance powers available to the security services, police and other public bodies that will allow the authorities to spy on journalists, trade unionists and citizens.

A Letter From London To Our French Comrades

10 June 2016

By John Hendy QC and Professor Keith Ewing

FRENCH workers are now engaged in a historic struggle in defence of their rights. The struggle is international, as workers and trade unions face the neoliberal onslaught rolling back generations of achievement.

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