Posts under ‘Earnings’

Why university staff should reject their new pay offer

by Amy Gilligan.

UCU and EIS members in higher education are currently voting in a ballot whether to accept the employer’s “full and final offer” in the pay claim. I’ve voted to reject it, and to continue industrial action as soon as possible. I’d argue others should do the same. The offer, for 2014/15, is a 2 per […]

Labour’s hiring of David Axelrod won’t work without solid, inspirational policies

by Michael Meacher.

You really can’t expect to win an election by importing an election guru from abroad – even one as well-proved as David Axelrod who helped win two presidential elections for Obama as his political adviser – unless there is a foundation of strong and resonant policies to inspire voters with in the first place. At […]

Italy: Renzi’s pre-election coup

by Tom Gill.

Put more money in ordinary people’s pockets to boost household spending while taxing banks and axing military and other wasteful spending: sounds like a political coup and it was one Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pulled off consummately  on Friday. Renzi’s cabinet passed a decree to reduce taxes for those earning between 8,000 and 26,000 euros […]

Video: How to change the post-crash economy

by Newsdesk.

Hosted at the RSA by the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) and Verso books, an expert panel including Costas Lapavitsas – professor of economics at SOAS, Paul Mason, Culture and Digital editor, Channel 4 News; Mariana Mazzucato, RM Phillips professor in the Economics of Innovation at Sussex University; and Seumas Milne, Guardian columnist […]

Time for the low inequality, high performance alternative from Labour

by Bryan Gould.

There is no novelty is arguing, as George Osborne does, that there is no alternative to his destructive and divisive policies of austerity – TINA was, after all, the Thatcherite catch-cry and as misleading in her day as it is today. But it is surely stretching credulity too far to suggest, as John Harris did […]

How PM Matteo Renzi’s ‘Jobs Act’ will sink Italy

by Tom Gill.

Italy’s new PM, Matteo Renzi, has pledged to slash the country’s record unemployment with his American-branded ‘Jobs Act’. But his labour reforms, which will see short term job contracts extended for up to 3 years, are more of the same medicine applied since the turn of the 1990s that have been such bad news for […]

Grant Shapps: four times asked to back Maria Miller and four times declines

by Jon Lansman.

Support for Maria Miller within the Tory party is disappearing fast. Take the Tory Chair, Grant Shapps for example. Interviewed this morning by John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 Live (available for 7 days here, with quote below starting at 12:50), Shapps was asked four times whether he backed Maria Miller, whom Michael Meacher called […]

Britain needs a pay rise

by Grahame Morris.

We are now in the second week of the Fair Pay Fortnight which is raising awareness about Britain’s cost of living crisis. Upon taking office in 2010, the Coalition Government promised to “make work pay”. However, those in work have seen an assault on their living standards, with full time UK workers earning on average […]

Unequal wealth in the UK – the best illustration ever

by Jon Lansman.

A truly excellent video – which will take up less than 3 minutes of your life – about inequality as British people think it is and should be, and how much worse it really is. From the good people at Inequality Briefing. Very well done to them. Hat tip: Socialist Unity. This video is essentially […]

Spare a penny for the rich, they’re down to their last million

by Michael Meacher.

A scene that brought tears to one’s eyes was seeing Lords Lawson and Lamont, both previous Chancellors, going on to the Today programme just before the budget to make a last-ditch plea for those who were really suffering in this era of austerity. No, it wasn’t for the 4 million working but not even being […]

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