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Yet another trade unionist speaks out for Remain

21 Jun 2016, By

Today, a long-time member of one of the TUC’s affiliated unions spoke out in favour of a Remain vote in Thursday’s referendum. The union is the Professional Footballers’ Association (which is neutral on the vote), and the long-time member, now retired, is David Beckham. Twitter went mad, he has been all over the media, and the…

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Don’t risk the NHS in the #EUreferendum

09 Jun 2016, By Guest

Today, I and a group of members who all work in the NHS ‘unveiled’ UNISON’s official remain banner, ahead of the EU referendum the week after next. Well I say unveil, but I’m not sure it’s possible to unveil something 21 metres tall and 5 metres wide, and which can be seen for a good…

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#TheTimeIsNow – We need a European Robin Hood Tax

25 May 2016, By

Next month, on 17 June, European Finance Ministers will gather for a crunch meeting for the European financial transactions tax (the Robin Hood Tax, or FTT). Campaigners across Europe are urging the group of countries who are negotiating the tax to make the final decision needed to bring the tax into effect, under the banner #TheTimeIsNow. At European…

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Keep IT in BA: We need action against undercutting in British Airways

25 Apr 2016, By Guest

Tata’s decision to close its steel plants in the UK has brought it to the centre of public attention. What may be less known is that Tata, the Indian conglomerate, also owns the company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) which British Airways decided to outsource its IT services to last October. GMB has been campaigning against…

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E-On join the Dying to Work campaign

19 Apr 2016, By

Yesterday, in the Houses of Parliament the energy giant E-On became the first UK company to sign up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter committing them, as an employer, to supporting workers diagnosed with terminal illness. The Charter was be signed by the E-On HR Director Dave Newborough, along with Paul Nowak the Deputy General…

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What’s changed about attitudes to free trade?

14 Mar 2016, By

I’ve already blogged once about the Wilton Park conference I attended recently on the subject of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) in terms of the impact of investor protection on democracy. But one of the hot topics at the conference was more about the impact of democracy on TTIP. The very next week…

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Fighting for fair pay at Express Newspapers

12 Feb 2016, By Guest

On the face of it, a shop steward negotiating with Richard Desmond is about as superfluous a role as Donald Trump’s equality and diversity advisor. The media mogul, labelled Britain’s greediest billionaire by my colleagues in the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), has not given his workforce at the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star,…

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