From the TUC

Equality (page 18)

A shiver in Britain’s boardrooms?

05 Feb 2009, by in Economics, Equality

President Obama’s decision to limit salaries and bonuses may well be worrying Britain’s boardrooms. This is not because I see much chance of the same thing happening here (though it should). But remember the standard defence of executive excess in UK boardrooms. This is an international market for talent we are told. Even – in…

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How fast are women losing their jobs?

26 Jan 2009, by in Economics, Equality

Yesterday The Times reported that women were losing their jobs twice as fast as men. This was on the basis that the most recent labour market data show that from Sept-Nov 2008 the female full-time employment rate fell by 53,000 compared to the male full-time employment rate (which fell by 36,000). In our view this…

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Women and recession: what did we say?

22 Jan 2009, by in Economics, Equality

Our Women and Recession report has been widely reported. But unfortunately much of the reporting has been wrong. According to many sources we believe that women will face more job losses than men. This is absolutely not what our analysis shows. The point in publishing the report was to challenge the myth that women are…

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Equality of opportunity is not enough

05 Nov 2008, by in Equality, Society & Welfare

It is of course compulsory today for all blog posts to reference the US election. I was struck by Obama’s claim that only in America could someone like him have become President. And of course it is an extraordinary achievement in a country where blacks were being deprived of the vote and segregation was legal not much…

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How unions have helped Obama

04 Nov 2008, by in Equality, Politics

The US elections are somewhat off-topic for this blog. But it’s what everybody is talking about today in the TUC. Here is an interesting story about how unions have helped Obama overcome possible racist attitudes and disappointment at Hillary Clinton’s non-selection. And this is the extraordinarily effective speech on YouTube by US union leader Richard Trumka…

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Addressing the ‘white working class’ – sense beginning to break out?

31 Oct 2008, by in Equality, International

David Lammy MP has said something sensible about the ‘white working class’ issue that’s been rearing its ugly head again recently. Trade unionists are rightly worried about suggesting it’s sensible to segment the working class by race (interesting note – apparently it’s ok to talk about the working class – normally discouraged by politicians as…

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Today is women’s no pay day

30 Oct 2008, by in Equality

Women working full-time in the UK get paid 17% less than men. As this is equivalent to women working the last two months of the year for free, the Fawcett Society have calcuated that today marks women’s no pay day – from today until the end of the year many women are effectively working for free, their…

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