Category Archives: Economics

Unite video demolishes BA’s ‘fire & rehire’ claims

A Unite video explaining BA’s finances ‘demolishes’ the airline’s claim that it must fire its workforce and rehire those that survive on inferior contracts.  The in-depth analysis of British Airways’ financial position reveals the true extent of BA’s plan to use the health crisis … Continue reading

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Len McCluskey: “Decisions taken now will shape our country’s future – we need clarity to build public confidence” 

Responding to the statement by the prime minister broadcast this evening (10thMay), the leader of the Unite union has called for `clarity and caution’as the country continues to combat the coronavirus which has left the UK with one of the … Continue reading

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Survey: Britons are “hungry for change, hungry for a new deal now and post COVID-19 crisis”

A new national poll on behalf of the Unite trade union today (Thursday 7th May) finds the country ‘hungry for major change’ to how our economy works and how key workers are rewarded. The poll, conducted in the run up to May Day 2020 reveals … Continue reading

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Frances O’Grady: “We need a national council of reconstruction to rebuild the country”

This article first appeared in The Times Red Box, April 20th. By Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary Last week we watched one of our Second World War heroes, Captain Tom Moore, complete laps of his garden on a walking frame, … Continue reading

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25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, says ILO

The economic and labour crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic could increase global unemployment by almost 25 million, according to a new assessment by the International Labour Organization (ILO). However, if we see an internationally coordinated policy response, as happened … Continue reading

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UK auto industry shuts down: government needs to step in to support workers, and fast, as Coronavirus hits

By Professor David Bailey, is Senior Fellow at the UK in a Changing Europe, Professor of Business Economics at the Birmingham Business School and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Brexit Studies March 19th 2020 (updated) With JLR confirming it will … Continue reading

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Len McCluskey: “We need measures equal to the economic and public health emergencies upon us”

Responding to chancellor Rishi Sunak’s package of support for businesses announced this evening (Tuesday, 17th March) and the prime minister’s pledge to do `whatever it takes’ to support people and jobs through the corona virus crisis, the head of the UK’s leading union, Unite, … 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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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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