From the TUC

Flexibilising inflexible bosses

Paul Sellers

09 Sep 2008, by in Working Life

The debate on flexible working and homeworking has been hotting up this week. The CBI’s Autumn Economic Statement, which was published on Monday, argues that there has been a huge increase in homeworking in recent years. However, according to the official Labour Force Survey, there has been some increase in the number of employees who can work from home…




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Are you still here?

Adam Lent
Guest

08 Sep 2008, by in Economics

You would have thought that given the fuss  over the non-dom tax reforms introduced in the last Budget that the hedge funds had all left long before the August rains. In reality, so few have gone, it’s still front page news in the FT when a hedgie quits for Switzerland. Next time, we hear the City is planning a “mass…




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The CBI’s rose-tinted specs

Nigel Stanley

08 Sep 2008, by in Labour market, Working Life

The CBI cannily time their annual labour market survey to the opening day of the TUC congress. Sometimes it’s what we in the communications trade call a spoiler – an attempt to muscle in on the natural media attention paid to the TUC (and of course sometimes the TUC does the same with the annual…




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Stimulate those fiscals!

Adam Lent
Guest

07 Sep 2008, by in Economics

Earlier this year, George Bush launched a fiscal stimulus package to get US consumers spending again. It had the full backing of Democrats in Congress. Indeed Democrats (and John McCain apparently) are now pushing for a second round of stimulus but Bush is resisting. By my calculations, the package was worth about £650 on average to 130 million US taxpayers. …




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#4 Do the Super-Rich matter?

ToUChstoneblog

07 Sep 2008, by in Economics, Society & Welfare

It’s the controversy that is becoming symbolic of a wider debate about the future direction of the UK. Should we be ‘intensely relaxed’ about the super-rich, as Peter Mandelson claimed? Or are they symptomatic of something fundamentally wrong with Britain? Do the Super-Rich Matter? forensically analyses the impact the wealthiest are having on our wellbeing.…




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Making good use of windfall profits

Philip Pearson

05 Sep 2008, by in Economics

Back in the Spring, the TUC’s Budget submission called for a windfall tax on energy companies. According to Ofgem, the energy regulator, the electricity industry will benefit from a windfall profit of around £9 billion from the free allocation of their emission permits from 2008 to 2012. A tidy profit with permits worth 24 euros…




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Clean coal, Kingsnorth and Hansen’s warning

Philip Pearson

05 Sep 2008, by in Environment

Have we got our policies right on clean coal? This week I attended a seminar with Dr James Hansen, widely regarded one of the world’s leading climate change scientists. He is visiting the UK to hold a series of meetings with UK politicians, NGOs, trade unions and business leaders – and giving evidence at the…




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