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Are you a ‘domestic extremist’?

25 Nov 2014, by in Politics

Six members of the National Union of Journalists have launched a legal challenge to have their data removed from a police ‘domestic extremist’ database and stop the state surveillance of journalists and trade unionists. I’m a freelance photographer and my colleagues in the legal challenge with me include Times journalist Jules Mattsson, freelance video-journalist Jason…

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Mansion tax would affect just four families in every thousand

25 Nov 2014, by in Politics

A study compiled for the Evening Standard newspaper suggests that Labour’s proposed mansion tax would only be paid by 110,000 households, of which 86,00o would be in London. This needs careful examination, as there is obviously a concerted campaign going on against this proposal. First, DCLG statistics suggest that there are 27.7 million homes in the UK. The…

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Migrant domestic workers and the Modern Slavery Bill

17 Nov 2014, by in Politics

The Modern Slavery Bill is currently passing through UK Parliament and, having been through the House of Commons, is now in the Lords. While many see the Bill as broadly positive, on the specific issue of migrant domestic workers, it contains insufficient measures to protect victims or prevent abuse and exploitation. We hope that will…

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What do politicians need to do about immigration?

15 Oct 2014, by in Politics

We don’t usually give advice to one party over any others – the TUC speaks on behalf of working people to all politician parties – but there’s a furious debate going on in the Labour Party at the moment about an issue we have something to say about: immigration. If other parties want to take…

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Trade unions: shaping the process of change

08 Sep 2014, by in Politics

This afternoon, the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, addressed delegates to the TUC’s Congress in Liverpool. Headline writers will – quite rightly – focus on Chuka’s commitment, if elected, to “end blacklisting, once and for all”, in our construction industry. But in this post, I’d like to focus on another section of Chuka’s speech. Among…

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Crack down on exploitation and undercutting, not immigrants

05 Aug 2014, by in Politics

I’ve just been at the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech on immigration in multi-cultural North Hackney. It was advertised in advance as Nick Clegg getting tough on immigration, suggesting a strategy of winning back lost voters by sounding more like the Conservative Party and UKIP, although it’s also been suggested his firmness was designed to provide cover for…

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