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Green is good for growth

29 Aug 2012, by in Economics, Environment, Uncategorized

The TUC’s annual climate change conferences have always focussed on the green economy and our one-day conference on 23 October is no different. Except, perhaps, that the Business Secretary is a keynote speaker, with much to say recently about a strategic vision for our future industrial capabilities. Vince Cable has focused on supporting key technologies,…

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Mitt Romney’s Olympic-sized gaff on UK green jobs

23 Aug 2012, by in Economics, International, Uncategorized

The Republican Presidential candidate’s latest campaign document Believe in America claims that as a result the UK’s renewable energy policies: “green jobs created 2,700, real jobs lost 10,000.” In fact, 110,000 people in the UK work in the renewable energy sector and its supply chains today. The total UK turnover was £12.5 billion. Publicly funded…

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Policy Exchange on “expensive social housing” – reasons to be miserable.

20 Aug 2012, by in Society & Welfare, Uncategorized

The Policy Exchange report “Ending Expensive Social Tenancies” is in the news this morning.  The basic premise is that  “selling expensive social housing as it becomes vacant could create the largest social house building programme since the 1970s. The sales would raise £4.5 billion annually which could be used to build 80,000-170,000 new social homes a…

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Managers working too many hours means we all suffer

17 Jul 2012, by in Labour market, Uncategorized, Working Life

Bad work cultures are weakening British firms and adding to economic decline say bosses in new survey by the Chartered Management Institute. In particular, the amount of unpaid overtime has increased sharply over the last five years, the incidence of work-related stress and depression amongst managers is rising rapidly, and more managers feel that they have…

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Is higher government spending essential to the fight against poverty in the UK? (1)

11 Jul 2012, by in Economics, Society & Welfare, Uncategorized

Last week the government published the annual figures on The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, making this a good time to think about how to cut poverty and inequality. In particular, I want to think about the prospects for poverty and inequality if governments aren’t able to increase spending on benefits and…

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Judith reports from Rio+20: no social justice without environmental protection

20 Jun 2012, by in Uncategorized

 The Brazilian government seems to want to close negotiations on a final communiqué that lacks specific commitments to tackle the global equality, environment and economic crises we face.  With set pieces for prime ministers rather than serious negotiations, Judith Kirton-Darling, ETUC Confederal Secretary, reports from the conference floor that “the European union delegation is extremely…

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Should we get excited about the European Parliament’s Road Map on Colombia?

15 Jun 2012, by in International, Uncategorized

Colombia shouldn’t be rewarded with an EU trade deal while trade unionists there continue to face extreme levels of assassination, threats, assault and intimidation. That’s the message at the heart of the long campaign waged by unions across Europe, and backed by our Colombian colleagues, against the negotiations for an EU-Colombia free trade agreement. The…

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