Author Archives: Tony Burke

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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The coalition lacks any plan to get Britain manufacturing again

Unite has set out ten recommendations for rebalancing the economy and developing an effective manufacturing strategy.

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Walmart and others fail to show up to compensation discussions for Bangladesh factory victims

Of the brands involved in sourcing from the Bangladesh garment factory at the heart of the disaster in April, only nine out of the 29 companies have attended a meeting convened to discuss compensation payments.

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TUC Take Government To EU Over Agency Work Laws

The UK government is failing to implement EU laws, resulting in tens of thousands of agency workers paid less than permanent staff doing the same job, says the TUC.

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