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So much for the Robens vision of health and safety

08 May 2013, By

When the Health and Safety Executive was set up, almost forty years ago, it was considered important that it had the confidence of both employers and employees and rightly so. For that reason the Health and Safety Commission was set up to agree any new regulations. There were three worker representatives (proposed by the TUC),…

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History repeating: ‘Ideology first, people second’

28 Jan 2013, By

It is worth a short reprise of last week’s verdict on the government’s strategy: GDP down by 0.3% in 2012, still lower than 2008; manufacturing down 1.5% and services flat; the only positive boost coming from a fortunately timed Olympic games. The coalition government founded on the need to turn around the economy, is failing…

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Time to bin Regional Pay Proposals

16 Jul 2012, By

Tomorrow, just ahead of the parliamentary recess, public sector pay review bodies will report to the chancellor the results of their consultation and deliberations concerning the introduction of localised or regionalised public sector pay. This issue was put on the table by the Chancellor who suggested that public sector pay ought to be more ‘market…

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The ‘Big Meeting’ this weekend

13 Jul 2012, By

This weekend sees the 128th Durham Miners Gala, or the ‘big meeting’ as it’s known. The popularity of the Gala has grown and grown in recent years, it is literally the biggest trade union gathering in Europe with over 100,000 trade unionists descending on the Cathedral and University City so closely associated with the heart…

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Spending cuts a threat to children

06 Aug 2010, By

While the most obvious reactions to the coalition government’s voracious approach to cutting public spending, as much and as quickly as possible, are the significant risk of further economic downturn and the obvious impact on public and private sector employment. The most recent economic data show that growth is now over 1 per cent. This…

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Organising Works

20 Jul 2010, By

The contradiction in cutting public spending and promoting Academy status among all schools, giving them more financial freedoms is not lost among the education sector trade unions. This robbing Peter (and battering him over the head) to pay Paul may have gained some short term interest but will only lead to friction and conflict between…

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