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.
Last Sunday 4 October Passos Coelho’s right-wing coalition won the most votes in general elections in Portugal but failed to win a majority in parliament. Since then the man who’s imposed on Portugal some of the harshest austerity measures in Europe has been trying win the backing of the opposition Socialists. If the Socialists refuse […]
Pro-independence parties are set to take power in Catalonia in elections Sunday that could pave the way to succession. Julian Maganto* makes a plea not to let emotions decide. On Sunday the Catalans choose their representatives in the regional Parliament. In a year that is so electorally significant in Spain as this one, in which there have […]
If a weapon is given to someone, it is normal to use it when needed. And that’s exactly what Spanish businesses are doing with the legal weapons that they have been given to hire and fire workers at their convenience. As a result, the labour market has become a roller coaster, up and down in […]
The IMF has urged Spain to continue its neo-liberal reforms, in an indication of concern that elections in the fall could deliver a more progressive government than the current regime of Mariano Rajoy. It is calling for the part-privatisation of health and education, through ‘co-payments’ for services. It also wants to see further deregulation of […]
Today in Birmingham, one of our nation’s largest transport companies is holding its annual general shareholders meeting (AGM). For many National Express shareholders, this meeting will truly be the tipping point.
Last week, in addition to the debate in the House of Lords, which saw an embarrassing government defeat on the undemocratic party funding proposals in the Trade Union Bill of 327 votes against, to 234 in favour, the government released its long-awaited impact assessment of the bill.
This week I led a debate in Parliament on the effect on the introduction of fees in Employment Tribunal claims. As a former employment lawyer I know how vital the Tribunal system is to enable people to seek justice for discriminatory and unfair treatment at work. Since the introduction of fees in July 2013 though, […]
Today may seem like any other day – nothing significant to report on the surface. However, in actual fact 9th November 2015 marks Equal Pay Day and signals the day when women effectively stop being paid as a result of the gender pay gap. Yes, you read that correctly. This means that women essentially work for […]
Last week the Committee Stage of the Tories’ Trade Union Bill drew to a close. Our Labour team listened as Tory Minister Nick Boles tried to present the Bill as an altruistic attempt to help modernise trade union practices.