The state of the Conservatives’ relations with the unions | Conservative Home Fascinating Tory perspective - distinguishing between "ordinary union members" some of whom vote Tory and "the barons at the top" but still disappointed that there's "nothing on offer that’s specific to their trade unionism. No endorsements for candidates in union elections. No free party membership" - as proposed by MPs Halfon & Skelton and Tory working class pressure group Renewal
New research reveals a Kremlin-sized union subsidy | Tax Payers Alliance The next attack by the class warriors who should be known as the Tax Dodgers Alliance - on office space provided to trade unions which would be worth "up to £27.4 million if it were in Central London" (which it mostly isn't) say TPA. Watch out for the bogus figure being quoted repeatedly
Run, Karen, Run! | Gary Younge | The Nation Chicago teachers union leader, Karen Lewis, who led a successful strike against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012, is now threatening to stand against him as Mayor - and polls say she'd beat him
Outsourced hotel chambermaids at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme are celebrating a significant wage increase, and inspiring their colleagues in other luxury hotels. The agreement follows a four-day strike for better wages and working conditions that begun on September 19. The agreement covers 80 chambermaids, porters and maintenance staff and brings monthly wage increases from 380 to 420 euros. […]
The Spanish economy, no sooner declared one of the bright spots in the Eurozone economy, is again struggling. The Eurozone’s fourth largest economy grew at its fastest pace in six years in the second quarter (the third consecutive quarter of growth) but this week the Bank of Spain sounded pessimistic, pointing to a slow down in […]
It is difficult to conceive that those responsible for the crisis, implementing measures that created the crisis, are the answer to it. Yet they’ll have us believe these are the lessons from the Swedish elections. Is this so, asks Francisco Louçã A little over a week ago, the Swedish elections produced a slim majority for a […]
No sector in Italy has been more ‘reformed’ than the labour market. Yet there’s talk of the need for reforms every day, as if labour rules had remained unchanged for a century. Carlo Clericetti on why PM Matteo Renzi should desist from his Jobs Act It is repeated in almost every newscast: “structural reforms”, especially of the […]
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