Working class politics, the labour movement and protest – Unite’s Len McCluskey gave the annual Ralph Miliband lecture at the LSE last week. He frames working class politics within the notion that “all concepts of politics, of whatever kind, are about conflict──how to contain it, or abolish it.” He also reinforces Unite’s recent message of organisation beyond the workplace.
Hitchens, the “kitsch-left”, and the cult of the individual – Conrad Landin takes a look at the mythology around Christopher Hitchens, and wonders why left-wingers can’t get away from deifying such figures so soon after their deaths, or even in life. Written in November, and brought back to attention after a Twitter recommendation from the LRB’s Jenny Diski.
By Jean-Claude Mairal Once again, after Nice that resulted in 84 dead our country has been victim of an attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Faced with the horror we can only express sympathy and solidarity with the victims and their families. And let’s not forget all the other victims of attacks around the world, to whom we […]
To overcome economic crisis Spain needs an economic policy aimed at raising wages, among other measures. Just the opposite of the policy applied by the Popular Party, recommended by the Bank of Spain and imposed from the EU Troika, argues Fernando Luengo* For reasons of equity. It is not fair that the costs of the economic […]
What would happen to Italy if you decided to recruit eight hundred thousand to one million young and qualified people into public service, asks Maria Luisa Bianco An economy cannot function well without a State that functions well. Since the recovery of the country requires a boost in the efficiency of the public administration, the failure of […]
By Odalys Padrón* Europe has a long democratic tradition. Athens in the VII to V centuries B.C., evolved from an oligarchy, rule by the few, to a democracy, government by the people. This achievement was brought about by the people through countless popular rebellions. It was not a full democracy, since slavery endured and women […]
New official figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that workers in Wales are still £12 a week worse off than they were before the financial crash, according to the Wales TUC. The ONS figures show that in 2016 real wages in Wales were still 2.4% below their 2008 level. […]
Commenting on the latest annual pay statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which show 362,000 people were paid below the minimum wage in 2016 – a 73% increase from the previous year – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: Language Undefined Read more about TUC worried by rise in the […]
Commenting on the latest annual pay statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – which show that the full-time median gender pay gap has fallen by 0.2 percentage points to 9.4% in 2016 (from 9.6 in 2015) – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: Language Undefined Read more about The gender […]
Commenting on the announcement today (Monday) that the government has given the go-ahead to the expansion of Heathrow airport with the building of a third runway, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: Language Undefined Read more about Government must ensure Heathrow expansion stays in the fast lane, says TUC
Date: Monday 24th October For Immediate Release Midlands TUC writes open letter to Mayoral candidates calling for commitment to the Living Wage The Midlands TUC have today (Monday) written an open letter to all the Mayoral candidates for the West Midlands Combined Authority. The letter calls on the candidates to commit the West Midlands Combined […]
Collapse of EU-Canada trade deal should be a wake-up call to politicians, says TUC Commenting on today’s (Friday) collapse of negotiations over the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA), and the cancelled EU-Canada summit next week, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This should be a wake-up call to UK politicians. Language Undefined Read more about Collapse […]
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