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Corbyn pressed on Brexit stance

Published: February 17, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Jeremy Corbyn has come under increased pressure to clarify Labour’s position on Brexit. The party’s national executive chair, Andy Kerr, received 17,000 emails over five days from people lobbying for …

Oxfam apologises over sex scandal

Published: February 17, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Oxfam has agreed to stop bidding for UK government funding until it can show it meets the “high standards” required following the Haitian sex scandal. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt …

Ramaphosa takes on SA’s poisoned chalice

Published: February 17, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected South Africa’s president as the only candidate nominated by parliament, dominated by his African National Congress, a day after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. In …

Johnson ‘reassurance’ fails to reassure

Published: February 14, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Boris Johnson warned both fellow Tories and the Opposition that any bid to reverse Brexit would be “disastrous” and leave millions of citizens feeling betrayed. The foreign secretary, who led …

No deal yet over NI Assembly

Published: February 13, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May returned to London after talks failed to end the 13-month stalemate between the parties which has seen Northern Ireland run by civil servants. SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said …

UK outside democracy Top Ten

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Mike Parker

The UK is 14th in the list of the world’s top democracies, according to the latest assessment by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). And the USA is outside the top …

Labour launches renationalisation assault

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour’s big guns have put re-nationalisation of public services firmly back at the top of the political agenda. Leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the questions of ownership and control “go …

Tesco faces huge equal pay case

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Supermarket giant Tesco is facing possibly the largest equal pay challenge in UK history after law firm Leigh Day announced legal proceedings claiming up to £4 billion to compensate workers. …

Night workers face higher cancer risk

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) confirmed the increased risks of cancer for workers who carry out night or shift work. Researchers from Sichuan University, China, reviewed 61 studies published …

Maternity fuels gender pay gap

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Gender differences in rates of full-time and part-time paid work after childbirth are an important driver of differences in hourly wages between men and women, a briefing from the respected …

Ryanair pilots win union rights

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) and Ryanair signed a voluntary trade union recognition agreement. The breakthrough came after Ryanair’s announcement before Christmas that it was changing its stance towards …

Games contractors to pay Living Wage

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Birmingham City Council has confirmed that any contractors hired to deliver works or services for the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be paid the voluntary Living Wage. Birmingham’s Living Wage policy …

Gender pay gap averages 11 per cent

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The results so far of an analysis of the data from the first 570 organisations to publish their gender pay gaps found that the average gap in mean hourly pay …

Probe to look at ‘shares for pay’ scams

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

New research into whether some companies are repurchasing their own shares to artificially inflate executive pay has been announced by the government. This review is part of the broader package …

Northern workers most at risk from robots

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The Centre for Cities has warned that workers in northern England and the Midlands are most at risk of losing their jobs to robots. The think tank estimated that by …

Think tank attacks vocation ‘snobbery’

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The Social Market Foundation has warned of “institutional snobbery” against vocational exams. It reported that half of white working-class students in England have vocational qualifications as well as A-levels, while …

Union calls for pupil violence code

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The GMB union has urged schools to adopt a code of conduct on handling pupil violence against staff. “Our school staff members are being attacked at work on a daily …

News In Brief

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Almost all local authorities in England are set to raise council tax and service charges, according to the 2018 State of Local Government Finance research. The planned increases come as …