Unions and Politics Publications

Federation News Spring 2011: Private Enterprise in Public Services

May 2011

The language of "enterprise" has once again come to dominate British society. This enterprise crusade - a throwback to the Thatcherite political ideology of the 1980's - has been launched in the hope of providing moral and economic justification for unprecedented cuts in the public sector.

Federation News: Trade Union Responses to Coalition Cuts

Executive Editor Roger Seifert

Published in August 2010

Since 2008 a crisis of the private, unregulated financial sector has been portrayed by politians and the media as a crisis of public expenditure, with subsequent attacks on the pay and conditions of public sector workers.

The nature of the coalition policies of the "big society" and the "small state" are neoliberal style programmes aimed at privatising more state functions, removing democratic accountability from those that remain and pushing costs of services onto individuals, families and communities.

Federation News: The Politics of Pensions

Edited by Carolyn Jones

Published in May 2010

As the ConDem Coalition announces its priority programme of cuts, the Institute of Employment Rights and the General Federation of Trade Unions have together published a series of essays exploring the Politics of Pensions.

In an introductory Editorial, Carolyn Jones, Director of the Institute says: “The ConDem coalition is not the progressive outcome trade unionists would have liked. But the Coalition does not have a mandate for the programme of swingeing cuts in public services, pay and pensions proposed by the Conservatives in their pre-election statements”.

Federation News: Young Workers

Edited by Doug Nicholls

Published in April 2009

This edition of Federation News addresses Young Workers and includes features from young trade unionists.

 

 

 

How to Make Corporations Accountable

By Dr Dan Plesch and Dr Stephanie Blankenburg Published in July 2008

How did today’s corporations become so powerful and unaccountable? In this timely booklet, the authors show how the growing global reach of limited corporate liability not only undermines basic human rights but ironically also threatens the very economic system it embodies.

Yes to a Referendum? A Labour View

By Bill Wedderburn

Published in March 2008

As the debate on the European Reform Treaty enters the House of Lords, Bill Wedderburn, QC, an ex-President of the Institute of Employment Rights, offers his informed opinion on the Reform Treaty, the draft Constitution and the need for a referendum.

This timely booklet will be of interest to all those wanting to take part in the growing debate about the British people’s right to a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

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