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Now more than ever, young workers need unions to need them

07 Feb 2013, By

The statistic that usually troubles me the most when the trade union membership stats are published each year is the one for density amongst young workers (those aged between 16 and 24). Last year the figure was 8%. There are many reasons why membership amongst this group of workers – some of the poorest paid…

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Attack on facility time is intended to have much wider consequences

29 May 2012, By

In his excellent book “Don’t Think of an Elephant”, US cognitive linguist George Lakoff describes the use by American conservatives of what he calls ‘strategic initiatives’. Lakoff defines a strategic initiative as a plan “in which a change in one carefully chosen issue area has automatic effects over many other issue areas”. Lakoff provides two…

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The end is nigh for unpaid internships

14 Feb 2012, By

On Monday the TUC, NUS and intern campaign groups launched a year of activity aimed at finally ending the practice of non-payment of people on internships. Deputy General Secretary Frances O’Grady for the TUC and Dannie Grufferty, VP Society & Citizenship, for the NUS formally launched the campaign.  We were joined by Hazel Blears MP, Michelle…

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Union reps: A better investment than a FTSE250 company

24 Jan 2012, By

Today, the TUC releases new research that shows the significant benefits that workplace union reps produce for employers and taxpayers.  The report also reveals serious inaccuracies in figures used by the so-called Taxpayers Alliance relating to the cost of paid time off. “Facility Time for union reps – separating fact from fiction” not only updates…

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Attack on union reps defeated

11 Jan 2012, By

Earlier today I blogged about MP and former investment banker Jesse Norman’s 10 Minute Rule Bill attacking union reps.  I’m pleased to report that Mr Norman’s motion was defeated by 79 votes. You can read Jesse Norman’s speech introducing the Bill, and John Healey’s response on TheyWorkForYou. Such is the deep seated antipathy towards unions…

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Investment banker attacks workplace volunteers

11 Jan 2012, By

If I was to tell you that today, a former employee of an industry that in 2009 received a bailout from the taxpayer amounting to over £1 TRILLION (and that still owes over £450 BILLION) was to move a motion attacking volunteer workplace union reps and demanding that unions should be forced to repay employers for the…

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