Author Archives: Tony Burke

Britain needs gold standard apprenticeships


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


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


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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Leaving the EU would put thousands of manufacturing jobs at risk

Stoking up anti-EU sentiment may be popular with the right-wing press, but it creates uncertainty around jobs and investment.

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Shares for rights scheme ‘a big flop’

Osborne has found it difficult to get employers’ organisations to back the scheme.

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Skilled jobs will not come through quick fix initiatives such as Enterprise Zones

The resurrection of 1980s style Enterprise Zones is proving to be a new embarrassment for the government.

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Growth is being driven by consumer credit and household debt, despite the need for exports and manufacturing

The Tories have clearly not learned the lesson of the last two decades.

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It’s telling that the chancellor failed to mention ‘manufacturing’ once in his Autumn Statement

The re-balancing of the economy which Osborne promised has been all but abandoned.

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EU austerity and dismantling of collective bargaining ‘unlawful’

The European Union’s austerity measures and the dismantling of collective bargaining in a number of countries is unlawful, according to a professor at the University of Bremen.

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German companies in US warned against violating employment rights

The new leader of the giant German union IG Metall, Detlef Wetzel, has warned German companies operating in the US against violating employment rights and opposing the right of workers to form unions.

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