Author Archives: Tony Burke

A victory for the left as Germany adopts minimum wage

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On July 3, Germany moved towards introducing a legally binding national minimum wage set at €8.5 an hour.

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Advanced manufacturing must play a major role in growing and rebalancing the economy

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A review of manufacturing commissioned by Labour says the UK needs to avoid damaging economic short-termism.

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Globalisation is taking its toll on workers rights

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According to a new report, the UK falls within the category of nations where people’s workplace rights are regularly violated.

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Euro Unions demand: end austerity and put industry back to work

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European manufacturing and industrial unions met in Madrid this week at a specially convened conference to discuss the crisis in European industry.

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According to George Osborne, a UK manufacturing resurgence is still not on the cards

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Yesterday’s Budget did little to convince Unite and our members employed in manufacturing that the government has set a course to re-balance the UK economy.

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Budget 2014: The government is sitting on its hands instead of supporting British industry

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Even with the car industry motoring ahead in investment and creating jobs, manufacturing employment is barely higher than three years previously.

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Manufacturing jobs may be coming back to Britain

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Moving production to low cost countries – costing thousands of skilled manufacturing jobs – may be going into reverse.

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Britain needs gold standard apprenticeships

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This week is National Apprenticeship Week and Britain needs to end poor quality, low-level apprenticeships.

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Unions welcome ban on helicopters flying in severe North Sea weather

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Unions with members working on off-shore oil installations have tentatively welcomed measures recommended in a report by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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The other British economy: low productivity and no manufacturing strategy

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There was plenty of data out this week suggesting a bleaker economic picture than that painted by the government and the media.

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