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The Today Programme’s dodgy #SouthernStrike maths

08 Aug 2016, By

This morning’s Today Programme on Radio 4 covered the industrial dispute at Southern Rail. Justin Webb talked live to his correspondent Ben Thompson at Victoria station (Listen at 47:38), who expressed concern that the 5 day strike over guards’ safety concerns would not be legal under planned new government restrictions: “Earlier in the year there were new rules brought…

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Will young people swing the vote of the European Referendum?

21 Jun 2016, By

The debate around mobilising young voters in the EU Referendum was the topic of the live studio debate organised by visual think tank COVi in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) last Wednesday (15 June). The event at Somerset House brought together a panel of MPs, academic researchers and campaigners to thrash out what needs to be…

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Solidarity with those killed in the Orlando massacre

17 Jun 2016, By

James Baldwin wrote: “not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”. We, as trade unionists, have always faced down bigotry, campaigning against inequality and injustice. Our resolve, in light of the horrific massacre of the 49 LGBT people in Orlando, is stronger than ever. We stand…

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Getting the work-football balance right

13 Jun 2016, By

The 2016 European cup is already underway and a very sizable proportion of the country will be football fanciers for the next few weeks. So many people at work will want to watch the matches, so wise employers will have a plan for this. To give you an idea of how much excitement the European…

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Young and LGBT – be out, be proud and be part of a trade union

02 Jun 2016, By

Coming up to Pride season, you’d be forgiven for thinking that being young and LGBT has never been more acceptable. Young LGBT role models in the media? Check. Music and fashion icons pushing the gender binary? Check? LGBT stories part of the media narrative? Check. See: Tom Daly, a young, charismatic Olympic swimmer coming out.…

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Campaigning for LGBT equality in the workplace

29 Apr 2016, By

On the face of it acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people has never been greater. The passing of legislation ensuring legal parity in marriage for lesbian and gay couples is an important cornerstone which trade unionists and LGBT groups and others have been campaigning towards. Wider equalities legislation makes it illegal for a…

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