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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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Macron Hopes To Use French Summer Holidays To Drive Through Labour Reforms

The new French President Emmanuel Macron has said he intends to reform France’s labour laws before the end of this summer after meeting unions and telling them he ‘intends to act swiftly’. Macron warned during his presidential campaign that he … Continue reading

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Unite warns voters ‘Tories are no friends of the North’

The Conservative Party is ‘no friend of the North’ but instead the party of the ‘leafy shires and the lucky few’, Unite the country’s largest union is warning. Billboards carrying that message will appear across the North of England today … Continue reading

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Only Labour Backs UK Manufacturing.

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Len McCluskey Speech On Brexit & Manufacturing

Liverpool, 2nd February 2017  Let me start by welcoming you all here today – What a fantastic turn out. We have over 200 people here today, shop stewards from across our manufacturing sector, including aerospace, automotives, chemicals, engineering…… I want … Continue reading

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Excellent article from the Wall Street Journal: The End Of Employees

Never before have big employers tried so hard to hand over chunks of their business to contractors. From Google to Wal-Mart, the strategy prunes costs for firms and job security for millions of workers By LAUREN WEBER The Wall Street … Continue reading

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Finland: Four Industrial Unions Set To Merge

In a move which commenced earlier this year four of Finland’s main industrial unions are planning to merge to create one powerful 260,00 strong union whose focus will be on Finland’s exporting industries. The ruling bodies of the four unions … Continue reading

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