Author Archives: Tony Burke

Robot report has ‘forgotten the humans’

A new report on the automation of work in the public sector overlooks the threat to jobs, the Unite union warned yesterday. Unite said that Artificial Intelligence & Public Standards, a governmental advisory committee’s analysis of how robot techology could … Continue reading

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Trade Agreements Will Impact On Wages And Working Conditions

By Sharon Graham, Unite Executive Officer,  January 31st, 2020 : The ‘cost of living crisis’ is showing no sign of coming to an end. Only now, over ten years after the financial crisis are wages in real terms returning to … Continue reading

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Automation And Closures Are Challenges – But Failure Does Not Have To Be Inevitable

  By Sharon Graham,  Executive Officer of Unite the Union. Morning Star, July 18th 2019 Sharon Graham explains how rebuilding the shop stewards’ movement will help develop meaningful industrial power in an age of growing  jobs uncertainty Today as trade unionists … Continue reading

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Assessing UK Trade Policy Readiness By David Henig

This is an excellent research/article by David Henig (@davidhenigUK) UK director of the European Centre For International Political Economy an independent policy think tank dedicated to trade and international economic policy issues (@ecipe) sets out the difficulties ahead for the … Continue reading

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Why You Should Be A Trade Unionist

Drawing on anecdotes from his own long involvement in the labour movement, McCluskey looks at the history of the trade unions, what they do and how they give a voice to working people, as democratic organisations. He considers the changing … Continue reading

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It’s The Media, Stupid! Policies For Media Reform Conference

It’s The Media, Stupid! Post Election Policies For  Media Reform Henry Moore Room, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA Saturday 8 February, 11.00am – 5.00pm PROGRAMME 10.15-11.00 – Registration Coffee, tea and biscuits 11.00-12.00 – The Media and the … Continue reading

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Preserving The Future Of Aluminium In Quebec.

Major concerns about new  Canada, US, Mexico trade deal for Canadian aluminium industry. From the @steelworkers in Quebec Canada, December 19th, 2019.  Aluminum workers from the United Steelworkers joined elected officials from the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, union members from CUPE and … Continue reading

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Labour Will Be On The Side Of Workers – Laura Pidcock MP

By Laura Pidcock Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights “So many people’s working lives are dominated by low pay, insecurity and powerlessness. It is a sign of this broken system that many people – and not just the lowest … Continue reading

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For A Europe With A Future – by Wolfgang Lemb

Excellent book edited by my comrade Wolfgang Lemb of the IG Metall trade union in Germany. Available on some book sellers sites. “One thing is increasingly obvious since the European Elections of May 2019: The centrifugal forces within the EU … Continue reading

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The system is rigged against working people – this election we can put it right

The system is rigged against working people. This was shown very clearly recently when Asda threatened to sack workers who did not agree to a new contract. The new contract would allow managers to change everything about their job – … Continue reading

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