Posts under ‘Employment’

The lesson of Hetton and the basis of a new vision for the British working class

by Dave Anderson.

I write this as the immensely proud Member of Parliament for Blaydon. I write it in the aftermath of what has been described as a political earthquake and I write it based on four decades of activity in the Labour movement alongside 36 years of working in coal mining and as a care worker in […]

A royal whimper when we need to supplant 35 years of Tory and pseudo-Tory rule

by Michael Meacher.

The Queen’s Speech, drafted in deathlessly trite prose by civil servants and special advisers, should – and occasionally does – rise to the challenge of setting the national agenda. This one was flat all the way through. There was nothing about countering austerity, allowing hard-working people to share in the recovery with a proper wage […]

The resistable rise of UKIP

by Andy Newman.

Regular readers may recall that I raised the alarm when anti-Islam activist, Anne Marie Waters, was seeking the selection to be Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion. Sadly this led to Nick Cohen writing a rather ill judged article for the Spectator, where he stood up for Anne Marie: [Andy Newman] has campaigned against Anne Marie […]

Pfizer: do we back a profit-driven unrestrained market or the British national interest?

by Michael Meacher.

The really big divide between Labour and the Tories is over the free-for-all, anything-goes capitalist ideology which has hitherto been dominant in the West for the last 30 years. It was ruthlessly imposed on this country during the Thatcher era and shamefully taken further during the Blair interregnum. Its central tenet was: Leave it all […]

The story of the Lucas Aerospace shop stewards alternative corporate plan

by Max Shanly.

This film, The Story of the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Alternative Corporate Plan was made in 1978 for the Open University. It documents an unusual episode in British corporate history. Shop stewards from Lucas Aerospace, facing massive redundancies, developed their own plan to safeguard their jobs by moving the business into alternative technologies that would meet […]

Stopping Pfizer takeover of AstraZeneca is test case for safeguarding UK strategic interests

by Michael Meacher.

It is incredible that a US company can quite openly flaunt a major British strategic company as a bargaining chip to reduce its internal US tax liabilities. But that is exactly Pfizer’s position in trying to take over AstraZeneca, Britain’s second biggest pharmaceutical company which alone provides 2.3% of UK exports, £2.8bn of UK R&D, […]

Workfare: it’s failed, but that won’t stop this government

by Michael Meacher.

As from this week, if you’ve been out of work for a year, you’re put through the Work Programme for 2 years and then if you emerge with no job, as many do, you’re into workfare disguised under the deceitful title of Help to Work. What this means was spelt out by Osborne at last […]

Millions struggling to make ends meet isn’t a recovery, it’s desperation

by Michael Meacher.

From the constant hurrahs about the brilliant success of government employment policy (official figures now say there are 30.39m in ‘employment’), you would never guess that unemployment has hardly shifted under this government – it’s down from 2.5m to just 2.4m. Previously when real recoveries took hold, the unemployment figures fell by 100,000 a month, […]

The Tories bring in workfare though they’ve proved it doesn’t even work

by Michael Meacher.

As from this week, if you’ve been out of work for a year, you’re put through the Work Programme for 2 years and then if you emerge with no job, as many do, you’re into workfare disguised by the deceitful title of Help to Work. What this means was spelt out by Osborne at last year’s […]

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 […]

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