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G20 China: The diagnosis is in, but not the prescription

14 Jul 2016, by in International

Its hot and smoggy here in Beijing Beijing, where G20 Labour and Employment Ministers have been meeting this week, but that’s not the main source of my frustration. Instead, I’m having a hard time getting my head around what Guy Ryder, head of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), described in today’s L20 trade union meeting as the…

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Government drops law letting police spy on unions

07 Jun 2016, by in Politics

There was a major climbdown from the government in last night’s parliamentary debate on the Investigatory Powers Bill, in response to an opposition amendment. The minister conceded changes that will protect unions from police warrants to seize phone records or emails. The Bill, which more people now know as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’, has been an…

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What can the UK learn from China?

25 Mar 2014, by in Economics

The last 48 hours has seen two Financial Times (£) articles on wildly different subjects, but with one theme in common. ‘City of London lures Chinese speakers to handle surge of work’ describes how Mandarin has become the fourth most commonly quoted language on CV applications for those seeking work in the Square Mile. ‘Official…

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Local Pay: Inefficient, unfair and divisive

06 Dec 2011, by in Public services

Last week Alice blogged about the impact of the announcements in the autumn statement on public sector workers. Of course most of the headlines were grabbed by the Chancellor’s announcement that he would impose two years of 1% pay-caps on public sector workers at the end of the current two year pay freeze (three years if you…

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Cuts make a mockery of ‘localism’

17 Nov 2011, by in Public services

Two articles in today’s newspapers show notions of ‘localism’ are being undermined by central government spending cuts. The FT leads on an Audit Commission report ‘Tough Times’, which reveals that  most councils have had to ‘reduce the quality and quantity of services’ they provide in the face of a real terms funding cut of £3.5billion over the…

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