All articles by: Chris McLaughlin

Cash-strapped workers going hungry

Published: September 19, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Workers are skipping meals and turning off the heating in order to make ends meet according to a survey described by Labour as “devastating”. A poll carried out independently for …

Unions slam report on workers’ rights

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A long-awaited blueprint on improving employment rights for zero hour workers has been branded a “lost opportunity” by trade union leaders. The Taylor review into working practices recommends better treat­ment, …

Record nominations for Unite leadership

Published: March 8, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A record number of nominations have been submitted for the leadership of Britain’s largest trade union. Almost 1,500 branches, the most ever, have  made nominations for the post of Unite …

Labour rebels threaten a ‘war of attrition’

Published: August 8, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

A “kamikaze” plot to unseat Jeremy Corbyn as the democratically elected Labour leader has entered a summer of choreographed discontent by right-wing MPs prepared to adopt the discredited Trotskyist theory …

Labour in turmoil

Published: July 23, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin examines the battle for the heart and soul of the Labour party   A senior Labour MP on his way to the ‘hustings’ at which the leadership candidates …

Brexit exposes a nation in denial

Published: July 11, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Britain’s decision to vote in favour of leaving the European Union has lifted a stone on a country which, underneath its comfortable, conservative surface, is wracked by division. The divide …

Far right denied

Published: May 27, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

An attempt by the far right to take the presidency of Austria was seen off by the narrowest of margins when the former Green Party leader beat the anti-immigration Freedom …

Austrian Chancellor quits

Published: May 13, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Austria’s social democrat Chancellor Werner Faymann has unexpectedly resigned following his party’s heavy losses in last month’s presidential election.

In Perspective – Catherine Macleod

Published: April 30, 2016
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Of course the economy is important. So is the health service, education, our trade figures, immigration and many of the other issues debated in the run up to the European …