Author Archives: Tony Burke

Brexit is not the answer to the new generation of free trade agreements

By Adrian Weir The cat is out of the bag – the publication last week of the LSE report on the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions within the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) commissioned by the Government has … Continue reading

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Manufacturing is essential to the UK’s economy — and it depends on EU membership

The Brexiters’ alternative is a zero-hours, low-skill, low-paid economy Economics professor Patrick Minford, who supports the Brexit campaign, said recently that ‘if we left the EU, it seems that we would mostly eliminate manufacturing.’ Minford – who was a major … Continue reading

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Steel Crisis: A Good First Step, But Government Must Steel Itself For Further Action

By Professor David Bailey It’s great news that the government seems to at last ‘get it’ and is ready to part-nationalise Tata’s UK steel assets and offer debt financing if a private buyer can be found. The business secretary, Sajid … Continue reading

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USA: Uber Settlement Designates Drivers As Contractors

First the good news: Uber the ‘ride sharing’ company has announced this week it had settled two class action lawsuits iand agreed to pay up to $100 million to workers in California and Massachusetts. The bad news: Uber gets to … Continue reading

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UPDATED: USA: Big Row Over Union Discussions With Airbandb

Discussions between the US union SEIU (Service Employees) and the web based short term home rental – accomodation platform Airbnb have created a major row in the US trade union movement. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is said to … Continue reading

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No To Coup In Brazil

Letter in The Guardian We are extremely concerned about the sustained efforts by sections of Brazil’s right wing opposition in Brazil to destabilise – and ultimately overthrow – its constitutional and elected government, including through attempting to impeach President Dilma … Continue reading

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Labour Needs To Get To Grips With The Digital Economy

As the digital revolution gathers at a rapidly increasing pace so is the growth of new forms of employment. One of these is ‘gig workers’ – for ‘one size fits all’ buzzword for anything from service workers to technology professionals – … Continue reading

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Say No To The Trade Union Bill – Produced by Unite Scotland

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Frances O’Grady: EU: A ‘leave’ vote risks manufacturing jobs.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) spoke this week at Hertford College, Oxford, about the risk of Britain leaving the EU. Here are the edited highlights.  “We’re not hearing from workers in the Brexit debate – … Continue reading

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Anyone In Leicester This Evening??

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