Author Archives: Tony Burke

Pay the Rate: how the EU is closing the loopholes used to exploit migrant workers – but is it too late for us?

By Jude Kirton-Darling Labour MEP – North East England Concerns about free movement and EU migration were amongst the top reasons why many voted to leave in June 2016. Periodically, a dispute has erupted whether wildcat strikes at the Lindsey … Continue reading

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Unite Women’s Letter Takes Observer To Task Over Sexist Cohen Article

Last weekend, the Observer’s dreary Nick Cohen varied his usual anti-Corbyn bile by launching a misogynist attack against the Unite union’s Jennie Formby, who is one of two women on the final shortlist for the position of Labour Party General … Continue reading

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Nick Cohen’s Attack On Unions and Unite in The Observer

Nick Cohen’s astonishing and unprecedented attack in The Observer today on trade unions and in particular Unite cannot go unanswered. His assertion that Unite is at the root of the ‘intrigue’ which is creating the trade union movement’s troubles and … Continue reading

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Betty Tebbs: 84 years of activism

Published on the TUC 150 website celebrating great women trade unionists – Betty was one of the best. She was a teenage activist In 1932, 14-year-old Betty turned up on the first day of her job at the East Lancashire … Continue reading

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Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs

The following blog is from MIT Technology Review and puts an alternative view on the current trend by some politicians and techies who argue that automation will  create more and new jobs. Of course there will be ‘new’ jobs – … Continue reading

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Corbyn To Slam Tories On Short Termism, GKN Takeover Bid and Brexit

Speaking at the EEF – The Manufacturers’ Organisation Conference today, 20th February Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, will pledge to stand up to bankers to rebalance the economy in favour of jobs and industry. He will declare that … Continue reading

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IG Metall secures far reaching pay and conditions deal in Germany

“Workers’ priorities have shifted. Instead of higher wages, work-life balance is now in focus” On 5th February the giant German metal and engineering workers union IG Metall reached a ‘ground-breaking’ national sectoral pay and conditions agreement with engineering employers in … Continue reading

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Unite South East Sponsor ‘Jazz For Labour’ With Courtney Pine Gig

Unite South East Region is sponsoring a unique ‘Jazz For Labour’ event on 3rd March when legendary jazz musician Courtney Pine will be playing in concert in the Leatherhead Theatre. Pine will be playing a full set encompassing the 30 … Continue reading

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This corporate takeover will show whether May is really committed to an industrial strategy

The government must reject the buy-out of a key manufacturing firm if they are serious about protecting UK manufacturing. When Theresa May first promised a new Industrial Strategy for UK manufacturing, she claimed to be following in the footsteps of her political hero Joseph Chamberlain. … Continue reading

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Ivan Beavis – A Legend & A Hero

Yesterday I was privilaged to attend the funeral of a friend and comrade, the legendary Ivan Beavis, former circulation manager at the Morning Star, trade unionist, music collector, Man United fan, gig goer, and socialist. The ninety minute ‘event’ (Yes … Continue reading

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