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Owen Tudor's Articles

What polling on working time shows about attitudes to Europe

16 Apr 2015, by in International

The High Pay Centre launched the findings of some interesting polling yesterday, showing that social measures like the Working Time Directive and restrictions on bankers’ bonuses introduced by the European Union were popular with British people, but not well-understood to originate in Europe. What I though was interesting was that, while European ‘red tape’ is unpopular…

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Labour market deregulation: When the facts change…

08 Apr 2015, by in Economics

The famous remark, commonly attributed to Keynes, that “when the facts change, I change my mind…” could be about to face a stern test. The IMF is about to publish the findings of research by staff members that finds no evidence that labour market deregulation promotes growth. This will prove most uncomfortable for those right-wing…

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Solidarity with Greece

26 Feb 2015, by in International

The TUC General Council yesterday agreed a statement of solidarity with the Greek people and their unions in supporting the actions of the Syriza-led government elected last month. Our support for its programme and attempt to escape austerity adds to the chorus of support from trade unionists around the world, recently reinforced by the International…

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Fantastic win for overseas domestic workers

25 Feb 2015, by in International

As the coalition government staggers towards its last days, the House of Lords has inflicted one last defeat – by just seven votes, 183-176 – over the rights of overseas domestic workers. The TUC welcomes that move (we called for it this morning) because it restores freedom from slavery for some of the most vulnerable…

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#TTIP: Battle hots up over NHS and workers’ rights

17 Feb 2015, by in International

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström was in London yesterday, and there was a lot of talk about the EU-US trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In particular, as has been the case for months, the hot topic was whether TTIP would endanger the NHS, and while the Government and the…

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Germans showing solidarity with Greeks

15 Feb 2015, by in International

If you get your news from the papers or broadcasters, you’d think that the dispute over Greek austerity and debt is a national struggle between (primarily) Greece and Germany. In reality, of course, this is simplistic and wrong. The German government – and in particular the CDU members like Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister…

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Why is BusinessEurope doing the banks’ dirty work?

29 Jan 2015, by in International

BusinessEurope, the body which represents employers’ organisations around Europe (the CBI is its UK member) wrote last week to European Union finance ministers in a last ditch attempt to derail the European financial transactions tax (FTT, aka the Robin Hood Tax) that a group of Eurozone countries representing 70% of EU GDP are committed to…

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