All articles by: James Douglas

Unions unite on poor conditions

Published: October 31, 2014
Written by James Douglas

Unions representing non-fiction television workers in Canada and the United Kingdom have joined forces to challenge poor safety and working conditions

Campaign welcome and warning

Published: October 31, 2014
Written by James Douglas

Construction union UCATT welcomed a new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) asbestos awareness campaign but warned that workers have been denied effective advice for over four years

Iraqis take revenge against IS

Published: October 17, 2014
Written by James Douglas

Amnesty International reported that Shia militias armed by the Iraq government have kidnapped and killed scores of Sunni civilians in recent months in revenge for attacks by Islamic State (IS).

Welcome and warning

Published: July 26, 2014
Written by James Douglas

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw welcomed an official consultation on new sentencing guideline for theft offences, but has warned that simply focussing on theft incidents is not enough to prevent 300 assaults …

UK jobs rely on EU trade

Published: July 26, 2014
Written by James Douglas

New research shows that nearly 4.2 million jobs in Britain, including 1.7 million manufacturing jobs, are dependent on trade with the rest of Europe.

Schools’ asbestos risk

Published: July 12, 2014
Written by James Douglas

Over the past year, around one in eight non-local authority schools inspected by the Health and Safety Executive were subject to enforcement action over asbestos on their premises.

Rise in jail self-harm

Published: July 11, 2014
Written by James Douglas

Labour MPs highlighted a “stark” increase in male prisoners self-harming after the latest figures revealed that since 2010 the annual number rate of reported incidents has risen by 3,000 from …

Tribunal claims slump

Published: June 28, 2014
Written by James Douglas

The number of single claims being taken in employment tribunals has slumped by 59 per cent thanks to the coalition’s introduction of fees.

Agency is accused

Published: June 28, 2014
Written by James Douglas

An international employment agency, with an office in the Northampton, has been accused of blacklisting workers who join a trade union.

Crackdown on ‘black money

Published: June 28, 2014
Written by James Douglas

The Swiss government has prepared a list of Indians who have parked untaxed wealth in their banks as part of a crackdown on the sub-continent’s “ black money”.

Membership figures hold up at a premium

Published: June 14, 2014
Written by James Douglas

Trade union membership is holding steady, according to a Department of Business, Innovation and Skills bulletin which showed that last year numbers remained broadly unchanged at around 6.5 million.