The dignity of full-time work

Chris Carter  |  17 February 2017

Labour must transform Britain’s workforce if it is to effectively tackle the challenges of the 21st century, writes Chris Carter The challenges of an ageing population are enormous. Skills shortages, healthcare pressures, squeezed public services are but some of the consequences. Britain is ageing. Fast. One per cent of those born in 1908 survived a full century …

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Repeal risks

Nita Clarke  |  14 November 2016

Brexit should bring urgency to finding new models of employment relations, writes Nita Clarke In 2016, as parliament debates the right to debate the terms of our withdrawal from the European Union, many British workers wait anxiously for reassurance that their interests are not going to be undermined. Yet the environment and challenges that workers face …

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The BAME employment crisis

Samantha Jury-Dada  |  25 April 2016

Last week the Trades Union Congress released research that showed that BAME workers with degrees are two and a half times more likely to be unemployed. This is at the same time as the government pats itself on the back for falling unemployment numbers, while simultaneously failing to acknowledge that the last parliament saw a …

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Making the fourth industrial revolution work for workers

Frances O'Grady  |  22 January 2016

The world of work is already well on its way to a new revolution. Workers change jobs, employers and careers far more frequently than ever before. There are new opportunities in industries that did not even exist ten years ago – plus technology continues to disrupt how existing jobs and sectors work. We welcome the …

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From cradle to wage

Edward Jones  |  1 December 2015

The radical 1945 Labour government built the welfare state to address the five giant evils that William Beveridge saw in Britain’s industrial society. The next Labour government needs to build a new welfare state that moves beyond Beveridge’s five giants to address the needs of a post-industrial society. A new welfare state should be front …

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Removing the revolving door from the job centre

Liam Preston  |  23 October 2015

The first step towards recovery is admitting there is a problem, the second step is trying to address that issue. While the first step is often the hardest – it is usually the catalyst for making change happen. However there is one problem that has been in the background of our society for a long …

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An end to employment tribunal fees

Sara Ibrahim  |  8 April 2015

After years of personal teeth gnashing over the disastrous policy of employment tribunal fees, it is encouraging to see that the Labour party has promised to abolish them if elected in May. In its workplace manifesto launched on 1 April Labour states unequivocally that the Tory-led government’s fee system had failed. For those of us …

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End the hidden war on single parents

Alison McGovern MP  |  17 March 2015

In 2014 there were two million single parents with dependent children – that is nearly one in four households with children – and this figure is growing. Single parent families are being hit harder than almost any other group by this government’s policies. Single parents rely on childcare to work, to study and to deal …

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England’s apprenticeship system is built on quicksand

Tom Bewick  |  6 February 2015

The coalition government’s own domestic research paints a damming picture of the performance of apprenticeships in England since 2010. The hard facts confirm what many independent experts have been saying for some time, much of the hype around England’s apprenticeship system has been built on quicksand. From the prime minister down, the public has been …

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A byword for low pay, income insecurity and exploitation

Fiona Twycross AM  |  23 January 2015

Today’s zero-hours debate offers a unique give thousands of low-paid workers more security. Today members of parliament have the chance to resume the second reading of Ian Mearns’ private members’ bill on zero-hours contracts. The timing of this bill could not be more appropriate. Currently undefined in law, zero-hours contracts have become a byword for …

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