From the TUC

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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They Just Don’t Get It #3: Short-sighted managers

Tim Page

08 Oct 2008, by in Working Life

OK, so I can’t compete with Nigel’s nomination of Lord Jones for today’s ‘They just don’t get it’ award (see Nigel’s post below), but I think some of our more short-sighted managers earn themselves second place. Such short-sightedness is highlighted in a study released today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The CIPD tells us: “A new…

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Now that we’re owners

Nigel Stanley

08 Oct 2008, by in Economics

It’s a peculiar day. The banking sector has been partially nationalised  and with universal support. The Tax Payers’ Alliance accepts that this is the only game in town. The Conservatives are trying to sound tougher on the banks than the government. I suppose that there must be some fruit-loop market fundamentalists that oppose today’s rescue package in…

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They Just Don’t Get It #2: Digby Jones

Nigel Stanley

08 Oct 2008, by in Economics

At least when Digby Jones was a member of the government he was bound by collective responsibility, even if from time to time he stretched it rather more imaginatively than most. But today he has popped up on the BBC News Channel as the ambassador for the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Committee. He looks like…

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