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.
Matteo Renzi’s referendum gamble was a huge error of judgement – but the result offers hope for Italian democracy THE banks were going to collapse. The country would exit from the euro single currency. The PM and his government would fall and political chaos was inevitable. Operation Fear was running at full throttle in the […]
By Christophe Ventura | Memoire des Luttes With Brexit, the end of a story begins to be written. That of the European Union (EU) as a symbolic embodiment of Europe. Brexit means the unthinkable for European zealots: the reversibility of European integration is possible; even unleashed. It sends them another painful message: regional integration through […]
It’s Christmas time for Greek pensioners. But what amounts to a rather modest gift from their government seems to have led to a major international rift threatening calamitous consequences for the austerity capital of Europe. In recent days a row has broken out with between PM Alexis Tsipras and the IMF-led coalition of -international lenders […]
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 […]
Commenting on the government’s response to the Women and Equality Select Committee’s report on the gender pay gap published today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: Language Undefined Read more about Government must ‘up its game’ to stamp out gender pay gap, says TUC
Responding to the publication today (Monday) of the government’s green paper on defined benefit pensions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s encouraging that the green paper concludes that defined benefit pension schemes are affordable. “We now need to make sure that reforms deliver greater security in retirement for working people.” Language Undefined Read more […]
The government has today (Wednesday) released a list of employers who have failed to pay their employees the minimum wage. Language Undefined Read more about Time to prosecute minimum wage cheats, says TUC
The TUC has called on the government of Bangladesh to end its repressive campaign against trade union activists. Language Undefined Read more about TUC calls for end to repression of trade union activists in Bangladesh
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show real pay growth (excluding bonuses) down to 1.4% – the lowest for nearly two years – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “With prices rising faster, real pay growth is now slowing down. This will be worrying […]
Commenting on the publication today (Wednesday) of a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which finds that almost 3 million working households do not meet the minimum income standard, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This will come as no surprise to working people. The Prime Minister needs to tell us what her plan is […]
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