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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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A quick note on Leave.EU’s creative accounting

19 Apr 2016, by in Politics

The Chancellor’s statement  yesterday, on the costs of Brexit has provoked some creative accounting from the Brexit campaign. Their response is built on two highly questionable statistics combined with a statement of such devil-may-care chutzpah that it seems almost heroic. Let’s take their most eye-catching statement: that the annual £4,300 per household price tag which…


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#Budget2016: TUC reaction roundup

17 Mar 2016, by in Politics

The Chancellor, George Osborne delivered the 2016 budget yesterday, here is a quick round up of reactions from our TUC bloggers: Public Service cuts £3.5bn worth of cuts to public services by 2020. The spending cuts will be identified through an ‘efficiency review’. Cuts and increased pressures on departmental budgets presents a great challenge to…


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Triple whammy defeat for government over #TUbill

16 Mar 2016, by in Politics

Members of the House of Lords voted to defeat the government three times inside three hours tonight during the report stage debate for the trade union bill. The votes concerned substantial amendments to the bill over electronic balloting for strike votes (introduced by crossbench Peer Lord Kerslake), central government-imposed caps on facility time for union…


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What are the Lords debating on trade union political funds?

16 Mar 2016, by in Politics

While the big news today has been the Budget, debate has also been taking place in the Lords, where the first Trade Union Bill report stage debate is underway. Among the issues the Lords are debating are amendments which would implement the recommendations from the Lords Select Committee on Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party…


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The government should let union members choose how they vote

16 Mar 2016, by in Politics

Today, the Chancellor will present his budget for the year ahead. But it’s not the only important thing happening. Though it won’t be dominating the headlines, the government’s controversial Trade Union Bill is reaching its final stages in the House of Lords. What is represents is a last chance for the government to reconsider its…


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