Posts under ‘Employment’

Why most people are getting poorer

by Michael Burke.

Most people in Britain are getting poorer. For obvious reasons, the government and supporters of austerity would prefer not to discuss this fact. Yet in the strained language of the Labour right, there has also been a clamour for Ed Miliband to ‘change the narrative’ on the economy by no longer talking about the cost […]

The economic contradictions of Mr Miliband

by Ann Pettifor and Jeremy Smith.

There is much to welcome in Ed Miliband’s address last Saturday to the Labour Party’s national policy forum. For example, his argument that Britain suffers from a low-pay economy. While the number of those in employment has grown, real pay has fallen dramatically over the lifetime of the present government. At PRIME, we calculated the fall in real […]

94 reasons why French trade unions have boycotted Hollande’s job summit

by Tom Gill.

François Hollande’s jobs summit is becoming a farce. Unemployment in France has risen to a new high of 3.4 million. The socialist President is desperate to be seen to be doing something about it. But Monday yet another union walked out of the two day ‘social summit’, an unprecedented desertion by organised labour for any administration in Paris, let […]

The case for a shorter working week

by Dave Watson.

A shorter working week would to help combat high levels of work-related stress and be good for the economy. While the UK government’s new flexible working plan is a welcome move in the right direction, it will still be too easy for employers to block requests. John Ashton, the President of the UK Faculty of Public Health recently said:

Respect to Owen Smith and Labour backing for public sector workers’ strike

by Jon Lansman.

Back in January 2012, just after the Tory-led government announced that public sector pay would be frozen and then rise by only 1% in the two years to 2015, which amounted to a significant pay cut in real terms, Labour’s Ed Balls (without prior consultation, we were informed at the time, with Ed Miliband) announced that […]

Industrial democracy? It’s all about trade unions

by Jackson Cullinane.

According to John Duffy and his co-authors of the Jimmy Reid Foundation report on industrial democracy entitled Working Together, a major plank of the future of industrial relations in Scotland should be based on the adoption of European “models” involving employee forums, works councils and employee seats on company boards. It is a proposition that […]

Positive TUC alternative to Labour kicking struggling youngsters when they’re down

by Jon Lansman.

Young people not in full-time education are now less likely to be in work than people of other ages and their prospects are declining, despite the recent recovery in the jobs market, the TUC warns as a new report on full employment published today. The TUC report, Equitable Full Employment: A jobs recovery for all, looks at […]

Punishing young people financially is the Tory way

by Michael Meacher.

The idea of giving young people aged 18-21 guaranteed access to education or training or help to find work is obviously a good one, but why spoil it by proposing that such persons should receive a means-tested ‘youth allowance’ at a rate perhaps even lower that the current job seeker’s allowance (JSA)? JSA is already paid […]

Solving the Productivity Problem

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The high foreheads down at the Bank of England are stumped, confuzzled. Employment is up, output is up, economic growth is up but productivity is stubbornly stalled. In fact, it remains well below the pre-crisis peak. Such a scenario in economics is what Jack the Ripper is to murder mystery. There’s a definite culprit, but […]

The Coalition’s Last Stand

by Grahame Morris.

Dennis Skinner summed up the country’s mood when he declared the recent Queen’s speech to be the “Coalition’s last stand.” The Government set out their agenda for the next 12 months leading up to the general election. It was a missed opportunity, lacking the ideas, policy and ambition that is required to meet the challenges we face, […]

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