Author Archives: Tony Burke

UK car output up – and down

By David Bailey, Professor of Industry at  Aston Business School After its best first half year in ages, UK car and engine manufacturing took something of a hit last month, as annual summer shutdowns kicked in and as demand from … Continue reading

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Steelworkers Gear Up For Lock Out

Rallies and marches have been planned from 19 to 21 August at ArcelorMittal facilities in four states: West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana as the United Steelworkers prepare for a major dispute in the US steel industry. At the same time, … Continue reading

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Tory Party March & Rally, October 4th

Sunday 4 October –  “No to austerity, yes to workers’ rights” On Sunday 4 October, the Conservative party will open their annual conference in Manchester. After five years of austerity, falling living standards, pay freezes and huge cuts to public … Continue reading

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What sort of industrial policy do we really need? Part One.

By David Bailey, Phil Tomlinson and Keith Cowling It seems that the new BIS Secretary Sajid Javid is undertaking a ‘fundamental review’ of the government’s industrial policy as he wonders what a government committed to deep spending cuts in non-protected departments … Continue reading

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What sort of industrial policy do we really need? Part Two.

By David Bailey, Phil Tomlinson and Keith Cowling The last coalition government’s record in relation to industrial policy has been mixed. George Osborne made promising noises in the early days about rebalancing the economy and a “march of the makers”, but … Continue reading

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Fast Food Workers In L.A. & N.Y.C Win Pay Deals

US Fast Food workers have won two important victories in their fight for better wages as both Los Angeles County and New York State voted to raise minimum wages says the Global union, the International Food Workers. On July 22nd … Continue reading

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‘March of the Makers’ goes into reverse

By David Bailey Whatever happened to the ‘March of the Makers’ and the much heralded rebalancing the British economy? This year has so far been pretty dire for UK manufacturing. The sector’s growth was only a meagre 0.1 per cent … Continue reading

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Speech At The CSEU On The Trade Union Bill

Union members from across shipbuilding and engineering today (July 15th) slammed the government’s Trade Union Bill, as unjust and in favour of employers. Moving an emergency motion, Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said, the Bill was a pernicious, all-out … Continue reading

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USW Toronto :Crown Packaging Workers Have “Tentative” Deal

The 22 month strike at Crown Packaging in Toronto looks like it could be over soon. A tentative agreement reached in the last week. 120 USW members at Crown Holdings Inc.’s Toronto plant have been on strike since September 6th, 2013, after … Continue reading

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The Ross Pritchard Annual Essay Competition

The Ross Pritchard Annual Essay Competition, is open to all trade unionists. First prize £750, closing date Saturday 26th September. The RPMF was established to commemorate the life of one of the Graphical, Paper & Media Union’s best known rank … Continue reading

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