Posts under ‘Employment’

Government fiddles unemployment figures by excluding everyone ‘sanctioned’

by Michael Meacher.

‘Sanctioning’ is a particularly harsh and brutal way of treating unemployed people. They have all their benefit removed even for the most trivial infringements, e.g. being 5 minutes late for a job interview or for a work programme session. Their benefit (£71 a week JSA) is removed for 4 weeks for the first infringement, for […]

Breaking: Unite launches legal action over Grangemouth sacking

by John Millington.

Unite launched legal action today after Grangemouth convenor Mark Lyon was sacked by Ineos. Mr Lyon who has worked at the company for 25 years was tried in absence and told of his dismissal earlier today. Unite said it will appeal the company’s decision and issue an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and victimisation […]

Hungry for fast food rights

by Ian Hodson.

An upsurge of protests and strikes by fast food workers burst through at the end of 2013 in cities across the US, where more than half of the industry’s 3.65 million workers rely on benefits to top up their income, and 68 percent are the main breadwinner in their household. Fast food workers in New York City […]

University pays staff poverty wages – and spends £3 million on wine

by Daisy Hughes and Barney McCay.

Last year, the University of Cambridge spent almost £3 million on wine. It also employs a total of over one thousand people paid under the living wage. King’s College, the university’s most recognisable institution, has both the highest expenditure on wine, and the highest number of employees paid under the living wage. While the college’s […]

The battle to keep ticket offices open on the London Underground

by Newsdesk.

In the next two weeks, members of rail unions RMT and the TSSA are planning two 48-hour strikes, from noon on 4 February and again from 11 February. This video sets out the background: the threats to London Underground ticket offices and staff, and, in the longer run, a fully automated underground system including driverless trains, no-one […]

Four decades on, the cover up of the persecution of the Shrewsbury 24 continues

by Dave Anderson.

Tomorrow , the House of Commons is to debate a motion on the release of papers relating to the bulding strike of 1972 and the prosecution of the Shrewsbury 24.  Dave Anderson MP, who will lead the debate, explains the background. Those involved in the Shrewsbury 24 campaign have, for over four decades, tried to […]

The conflict between workers’ rights and “free trade”

by Adrian Weir.

:In his ‘State of the Union’ address in February 2013 President Obama announced that he was opening talks with the European Union with the aim of signing a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP), in other words a free trade agreement covering two of the world’s largest trading blocs. Although many of the aspects of such […]

We need a banking system that helps small businesses, not hinders them

by Grahame Morris.

People in East Durham are facing the worst cost of living crisis in a generation. Prices are soaring, wages are falling, working people are £1,600 per year worse off and small businesses are struggling to access the finance they need to grow. Yet David Cameron continues to demonstrate how out of touch he is with the […]

Has Labour freed itself from fear? It can’t be courageous if it doesn’t

by Richard Murphy.

Even Labour’s own supporters are saying it’s time for them to deliver some policies. I agree. And I’m not asking for the sort of thing that promises a VAT reduction on replacement windows. I’m asking for substance. Substance is a tough ask. The Guardian is interpreting it as relating to economics and of course it does, but only, I’d suggest […]

Time to look at the small print of Scottish ‘independence’

by Richard Leonard.

Down the years it has been my good fortune to address political rallies and educational schools staged by the industrial wing of the labour movement. Last week rail union Aslef’s Scottish political forum was convened at the Scottish Parliament and we discussed the Scottish National Party government’s white paper on independence. At the crux of the […]

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