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Web links for 22nd January 2015

ToUChstoneblog

22 Jan 2015, by in Web links

Training is essential in the labour market of today and tomorrow Skills and qualifications are needed more than ever and at every level, writes unionlearn's Tom Wilson. The number of jobs needing no qualifications fell from 28% in 2006 to 23% in 2012; jobs requiring a degree rose from 20% to 26%. The global elite…

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Today’s employment figures (Jan 2015)

Richard Exell

21 Jan 2015, by in Labour market

I have a post up at Left Foot Forward, looking at today’s labour market statistics. What seems to be happening is that the quality of employment is improving, but the increases in employment and falls in unemployment are slowing down. The prospects for earnings are still quite poor: at the current rate of progress pay…

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Can we make 2015 the year of good work?

Tim Page

20 Jan 2015, by in Labour market

What is a good company? This morning, the Co-operative Bank announced an update of its ethical policy based on responses from 74,000 customers and staff. As a result, the bank will not lend to companies involved in irresponsible gambling, payday lending or fracking, as well as those companies seeking to avoid paying their fair share…

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What more will it take to get corporate courts out of the EU-US trade deal?

Owen Tudor

18 Jan 2015, by in International

This week, the European Commission finally released the results of the consultation forced on it nearly a year ago about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the EU-US trade deal. While not dismissing the popular opposition to ISDS, as some said she would, nor did Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom…

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IMF: looking on the bright side, or the ‘right side’?

Owen Tudor

18 Jan 2015, by in International

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) doesn’t have a fantastic reputation around the world for the damage it did to developing and Asian economies during the years of the neoliberal ‘Washington consensus’. Confessing to getting its analysis of the Greek economy catastrophically wrong and underestimating the multiplier effect of government spending during the global financial crisis (which…

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