Category Archives: Economics

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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Unite Launches Groundbreaking ‘Pay Claim Generator’ To Boost Collective Bargaining

Unite, launched a new groundbreakin digital tool to help members to secure better pay deals and help with Collective Bargaining. Unite has dveloped a ‘Pay Claim Generator’ which will help in the fight for increased pay and a fair share … Continue reading

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Fantasy Trade Deals: Welcome To Cloud Cuckoo Land

Last weeks latest ‘flight of fancy’ by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and his Brexit team (cheered on by the pro-Brexit media) that the UK has held informal talks on joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement, if the UK leaves … Continue reading

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A Union Voice From Europe

By Martin Mayer, UK TUC delegate to EU Economic and Social Committee December 2017  “BREXIT means BREXIT?” Reality check on current status of the BREXIT negotiations On Friday 8th December, Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker finally signed the piece of … Continue reading

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Brexit secretary tells Parliament & public that industry impact studies do not exist

Unite has said David Davis has “deceived Parliament and the public”, after the Brexit secretary admitted the government has not carried out assessments of the impact of leaving the EU for different sectors of the economy. Davis, who previously said … Continue reading

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Speech to Unite Manufacturing Delegates, Unite Sector Conferences, November 15th, 2017.

Speech to Unite Manufacturing Sector Conference – 15th November 2017 The Challenge of Brexit Conference we meet at a time when manufacturing is being damaged by the Brexit chaos created by a Government who have no idea of how to … Continue reading

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German Union Submits 6% Pay Claim And Demands Shorter Hours

Germany’s largest trade union, IG Metall which represents engineering, automotive, electrical, aerospace, steel and manufacturing workers is preparing to submit a 6% pay claim to German engineering employers  – coupled with a claim for shorter working hours. IG Metall negotiates … Continue reading

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Brexit: The EU Thinks We Have A “Cunning Plan”

Reports from the EU say some of the EU 27 think that the UK has hatched a cunning plan behind the shambles currently afflicting the Government and our UK negotiating team! This helpful little guide was posted by an “anonymous … Continue reading

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Brexit Chickens Coming Home To Roost

“The Brexit chickens are coming home to roost”  a prominant person in the automotive industry told me during a discussion about the announcement by Michel Barnier that the UK would not benefit one jot from being outside of the single … Continue reading

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