Posts Tagged ‘ Employment ’

‘An Idea Whose Time Has Come’

Jun 27th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A universal basic income could be one of the big progressive policies at the next election according to campaign group Compass which has published a report on the issue, saying it’s “an idea whose time has come”.



Make the Living Wage Compulsory

Nov 12th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Features, Frontpage, Lead

While recent rate increases are welcome, the Living Wage Foundation’s voluntary approach to employers is not working, says ERNIE JACQUES.



Reasons for Hope?

Mar 19th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

HARRY BARNES picks apart the Labour Party’s policy process and finds a raft of positive proposals. He just wishes they were being delivered in a less piecemeal way.



Unions at the Heart of the Welfare State

Mar 12th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

GERRY LAVERY, JOE ROLLIN and CALLUM STANLAND report from ‘Unions at the heart of the welfare state’, a national conference called by the TUC National Consultative Committee for Unemployed Workers’ Centres.



Unbalanced Britain: Nearly 700,000 on Zero-Hours Contracts

Mar 12th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The GMB has pointed out that nearly 700,000 workers are on zero-hours contracts despite working on average 25 hours per week, and called on the Labour Party “to deal with exploitation and harassment of workers which it has ignored for too long”.



Class Set Out What’s at Stake at Election 2015

Feb 15th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The Centre for Labour and Social Studies has published a new election guide on the issues of work, pay and unions as part of a series of pamphlets highlighting what’s at stake in the parties’ policies for working people.



Miliband Promises New Rights to Co-op Ownership

Feb 7th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour leader Ed Miliband committed to “put co-operative values at the heart of Labour’s platform for government” on Friday (6 February), saying that if Labour wins the general election workers will have the right to buy out the firm they work for when it comes up for sale or is threatened with closure.

Writing in Co-operative News, Miliband also promised to improve access to finance for co-ops and social enterprises through the planned British Investment Bank, and welcomed key Co-operative Party policies as important contributions to Labour’s election manifesto.



Unbalanced Britain: Work, Wages and Labour

Jan 27th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Since the crash of 2008 the dominance of corporate elites has remained largely unchanged and unchallenged. Instead we have seen ever-increasing pressure on wages and conditions of work, zero hours contracts and cuts to in-work benefits.

The ILP’s second seminar in its Unbalanced Britain series on Saturday 14 March will explore the on-going changes in the labour market and work conditions, their political and social consequences and what is being done in response, both by campaigning groups and by the Labour Party.



Labour Should Outlaw Zero-Hours Contracts

Jan 9th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour’s opposition to zero hour contracts is important and welcome, says ERNIE JACQUES. But the Party’s approach is still far too timid.

In his speech at Senate House last month, Labour leader Ed Miliband could not have been stronger in his attack on the coalition government’s ‘zero-zero economy’ and the horrific Victorian employment practices exemplified by Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United.



March to End UK’s Worst Ever Pay Squeeze

Oct 13th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

The Trades Union Congress is calling on thousands of people to join its three demonstrations this Saturday and rally for an end to poverty wages and a ‘real economic recovery’ that doesn’t favour the rich over ordinary employees.

The three marches are being held simultaneously in London, Glasgow and Belfast “to send a message loud and clear to employers and politicians across the board that Britain needs a pay rise”.