From the TUC

Commenting is now easier

Nigel Stanley

14 Oct 2008, by in Blogging

It’s now easier to add a comment to ToUChstone blog as, along with a bunch of technical improvements, we have lifted the requirement to register with us. We hope that this will provoke more feedback and discussion. But it’s still our blog and we reserve the right to delete anything that is offensive or otherwise…




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Conservative employment rights policy: an update

Nicola Smith

14 Oct 2008, by in Labour market, Politics

While there is still no clear Tory employment rights policy, ongoing media reports are confirming that the Conservatives are no friends of hard working people. Alan Duncan sets the general tone, warning of small businesses drowning in seas of red tape and unnecessary regulation.  However, this non-specific ranting provides no clarity about which specific regulations…




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Financial crisis leads to Conservative attack on workplace rights

Adam Lent
Guest

12 Oct 2008, by in Economics, Labour market, Politics, Working Life

I thought this would happen just not so soon.  Those ‘compassionate conservatives’ are already using the threat of recession to argue for a reduction in workplace rights.  This is no backbench fundamentalist sounding off. It’s a major intervention by Mark Prisk who is, apparently, the Shadow Business Secretary and Chris Grayling, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.  Prisk, in…




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Neo-cons move over, it’s time for the neo-socs

Owen Tudor

10 Oct 2008, by in Economics

Samuel Brittan gave over much of his Financial Times column on Friday to quote Keynes approvingly. He’s not the only sinner to repent since the global financial system went into meltdown. It’s not just the commentariat – look at all the right wing politicians who have abandoned deregulation and liberalism to nationalise the banks (and…




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Is your company refusing to allow a union in China?

Owen Tudor

09 Oct 2008, by in International

LabourStart, the website “where trade unionists start their day” took me to China Daily today, and a report on efforts by the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) to unionise foreign-based multinational companies. It reported that the following companies were proving very resistant: Wyeth, Microsoft, 3M, AstraZeneca and PwC. Maybe you work in one of their…




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Will it just be talk on bonuses?

Nigel Stanley

09 Oct 2008, by in Economics, Society & Welfare

It looks like the government is off-loading all responsibility for curbing bank bonuses to the FSA. (Tom P has more on this at Labour and Capital). This may well be the best way of dealing with the issue in the many city institutions (yes, there are quite a lot) who have not been part-nationalised. Though we…




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