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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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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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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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Orgreave: Media Conference & OTJC Statement

Following today’s (12th June) announcement by the IPCC the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) and the national Union of Mineworkers will be hosting an open press conference at 12.00 noon in the NUM main hall at 2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S70 2LS. Press and public all … Continue reading

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Global union network formed to fight back at Huhtamäki

Unions from paper products plants owned by the Finnish multi-national Huhtamäki met in Helsinki recently to establish a global trade union network. They also slammed the behaviour of the company Vice-President, Sami Pauni, who refused to answer questions from US workers and … Continue reading

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UK union membership ‘broadly unchanged’ – but it pays to be in a union.

The latest trade union membership figures and statistics published by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) in its statistical bulletin shows union membership for 2014 in the UK is ‘broadly unchanged’ on the figures for 2013. The report … Continue reading

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Unions Furious As Obama Gets Approval For ‘Fast Track’

President Obama may have got his way on ‘fast track’, the legislation he needs to drive through approval of a new generation of free trade agreements but US unions have vowed to continue to fight on against the deals. ‘Fast … Continue reading

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