From the TUC

International (page 99)

Migration and wages

26 Feb 2009, by in International, Working Life

The IPPR report on migration and labour markets (trailed in the FT and the Guardian today) shows that the effect of migration on wages, if it exists at all, has been very small (0.3% for every 1% increase in the proportion of migrants in the labour market – ie from 9% to 10% of the labour force).…

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Migration controls: protectionism and reprisals

24 Feb 2009, by in International

Over the weekend, the Home Secretary announced further restrictions on migrant labour. In reality they were not as tough as they were spun. Some of them were just entirely sensible measures such as requiring that jobs be advertised locally first (which already applies in most cases anyway), and using indications of skill shortages to trigger…

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Who are the REAL protectionists?

10 Feb 2009, by in International, Working Life

Trade unions are under persistent attacks for ‘protectionism’ at the moment, and as we begin a recession that will be made deeper and longer if protectionism flourishes, that’s a pretty serious charge. It’s also false. Unions are indeed in favour of protecting workers. But that’s not the same as protectionism. And very often it’s the people…

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Lindsey is about the future of globalisation

04 Feb 2009, by in International

Exactly what has happened over the Lindsey refinery construction contracts is still far from clear. Undoubtedly too, the motives of the protesters and strikers are not all the same. Unions see the action as a defence of negotiated standards and a call for UK-based workers to have a fair chance of applying for jobs. Some…

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Don’t blame the workers at Lindsey oil refinery

04 Feb 2009, by in International

There has been a lot of coverage for the dispute at Lindsey Oil Refinery in Lincolnshire, and the websites of the relevant unions (GMB and Unite) have covered their positions – our comment is here. Much of the media coverage has reported wildly different ‘facts’ about the numbers of workers involved, terms and conditions, contract…

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