Class Set Out What’s at Stake at Election 2015

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.

Class election guide coverWhat’s at stake for work, pay and trade unions?, published with the Institute of Employment Rights, outlines the scale of the fall in living standards since 2008, the explosion of low-wage, insecure work and how working people and their unions have seen their rights attacked.

By explaining the link between strong trade unions, widespread collective bargaining and lower inequality the pamphlet suggests short and long-term policy interventions that would improve the living standards of working people and begin to steer the economy in a more equitable direction with collective bargaining at its core.

Launched at an event in the Unite union’s John Smith House last Thursday (12 February), it includes a foreword by TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady and contributions from Professor Tonia Novitz, University of Bristol Law School, Professor Ozlem Onaran, University of  Greenwich, Dr Lydia Hayes, Cardiff University, Carolyn Jones, Institute of Employment Rights, and James Lazou, Unite the Union.

Forthcoming guides in the series will include:

  • What’s at stake for housing? – 19 February
  • What’s at stake for the economy? – 26 February
  • What’s at stake for the NHS? – 5 March
  • What’s at stake for the welfare state? – 12 March
  • What’s at stake for tax? – 19 March

You can download ‘What’s at stake for work, pay and unions?’ here.

More information about Class’s election 2015 series is here.

They are also holding a series of What’s at Stake regional events over the next few weeks. Click here for details.

A short policy priorities factsheet on work, pay and unions is here.