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Tribunals victory for workers’ rights

Published: July 26, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Supreme Court, in a breakthrough for the labour movement, ruled that fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful, and that the government must repay up to £32m …

Northern Ireland boundary changes could scupper May

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by David Hencke

The fragile arrangement between Theresa May’s government and the Democratic Unionist Party could fall apart next year because of highly controversial proposals by the boundary commission to redraw constituencies which …

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, …

Charities back Living Wage

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Living Wage Foundation has reported a groundswell in support for responsible pay in the charity sector, with more charities signing up to the real Living Wage (LW) than ever …

Workers over 55 are worth billions

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New figures show that Britain’s economy could be boosted by £80 billion a year if the country employed as many older workers as Sweden. The UK ranked just 19th out …

More nurses quitting

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by James Douglas

More UK nurses and midwives are leaving the profession than joining it for first time since 2008. Numbers dropped by 1,783 to 690,773 in the year to March. The Nursing …

News In Brief

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Thousands of people marched by Downing Street and on to Parliament Square on July 1 on a demonstration against the government’s economic policies organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity. …

Kenya MPs face hefty pay cut

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Kenyan MPs are to see their salaries cut by 15% as part of a drive to reduce public sector pay bills by 35%. The MPs’ $7,200 (£5,500) monthly pay will …

Call for Ukraine to join NATO

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Ukraine’s president has asked for discussions to begin on an action plan that could eventually lead to the country’s membership of Nato. Petro Poroshenko said the will of the Ukrainian …

Venezuela Supreme Court frees López

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has praised the decision to free one of the country’s main opposition leaders. Leopoldo López has been moved to house arrest after more than three years …

Tories buy power with ‘cash for votes’

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

In a very narrow sense, the Democratic Unionist Party’s sleazy deal to prop up Theresa May’s administration has done us all a favour by exposing the hyp­ocrisy of the Tories …

Wealth gap widens again

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Resolution Foundation has found that the UK’s wealth gap has been widening over the past decade, with the top one per cent, some 488,000 people, owning 14% of the …

Cuts will hit mental health care

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Government benefit cuts for over 230,000 people with mental health conditions will top £345 million. A new Freedom of Information response published by the Depart­ment of Work and Pensions revealed …

Attempt to gag watchdog after patients put at risk

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by David Hencke

A French-owned private company and an accountancy firm has tried to gag Parliament’s financial watchdog from reporting the scandal of mislaid 700,000 NHS correspondence files. The report reveals that BDO, …