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Burston Strike School centenary: The sickle stays sharp

03 Sep, By

The Burston School Strike was the longest strike in British history, running from 1914 to 1939. The children of the school in the Norfolk village of Burston went on strike after their teachers, Annie and Tom Higdon, were dismissed by the school’s management committee. Annie Higdon was headmistress and a progressive educator. She objected to…

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We need to get better at arguing over migration

03 Jan, By

The big news of the season (after the weather: we’re British, after all!) has been the lifting of certain restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanians travelling to Britain to be employees (note, not ‘all restrictions’, and this doesn’t mean they haven’t been able to come to Britain to work: some of the reporting has been more…

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Migrants, benefits & Europe: is Cameron playing Daily Mail bingo?

28 Nov, By

Yesterday the Prime Minister unveiled a new initiative which addressed the three main demons of the right in one go, ostensibly cracking down on the benefit entitlement of migrants from Europe. As my colleague Richard Exell has rehearsed, the announcement – released without detail so it’s difficult to say anything too authoritative – makes little sense…

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A New Forum for Young Workers

30 Apr, By

It’s an exciting time for the Young Workers Forum. The Forum met last week, for the first time under its new name, and chose the issues that it will address in its three priority campaigns for 2013/14: pay and employment, housing and promoting unions. Our campaign focus on Pay and Employment will see the Young…

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Together: more thoughts for UK unions

07 Nov, By

This is a guest posting by Mike Smith, Head of Secretariat for the TUC It was fascinating to hear from Helen Kelly, President of the NZCTU, about what unions in New Zealand are doing to tackle problems that are both similar to those we face in the UK, but significantly different, both in terms of…

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