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After Years Of Union Campaigning – Swedish Derogation Ends Today

The ‘Swedish Derogation’ which has been used by employers to exploit agency workers ends today. Employers will no longer be able to pay long-term agency workers less than their colleagues. It is estimated that around 120,000 workers are currently affected by the misuse … Continue reading

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Employers staying open must guarantee safe working conditions  says HSE, CBI and TUC in joint statement 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), CBI and TUC have today issued an unprecedented joint call for employers to ensure safe working conditions during the coronavirus outbreak. The statement says that if companies remain open they must take practical steps to minimise the threat of workers being exposed to the virus wherever possible – including enabling social … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Has Exposed the Reality of Precarious Britain

By Adrian Weir The coronavirus crisis has lifted the lid on Britain’s economy – where one in ten workers are precariously employed – and demonstrated the case for secure work and strong trade unions. The coronavirus crisis has highlighted, in … Continue reading

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Media North Newsletter – Special Edition ‘The Media & The Coronava Virus

The lasted edition of Media North’s Newsletter on ‘The Media and The Corona Virus’ is available to download here:  MediaNorth.VirusSpecial The book (‘It’s The Media, Stupid!’) is ready to go for design and print. It should (fingers crossed) be ready … Continue reading

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Note on relevant H&S laws for workers working during coronavirus crisis.

A note on some of the relevant health and safety law for workers working during the coronavirus crisis. By Lord John Hendy QC  The evidence is becoming overwhelming that many employers not involved in essential work have been insisting on … Continue reading

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Prof. Keith Ewing On The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

By K D Ewing, Institute of Employment Rights The government’s recently announced Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was met with widespread approval.   According to the government website, ‘all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to … Continue reading

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Neo-liberalism and deregulation have exposed the population to virus

By Adrian Weir, Assistant Secretary, Campaign for Trade Union Freedom “Neo-liberalism and the de-regulation of the labour market have dangerously exposed the whole population to the #COVID-19 virus” – Adrian Weir Are we to be undone in our hour of … Continue reading

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Government must extend wage assistance to help construction’s million plus bogus self-employed

Unite, the UK’s construction union, is calling on the government to extend its wage support scheme announced last on 20th March, to protect the million plus workers trapped in bogus self-employment in the building industry, during the coronavirus crisis. Unite … Continue reading

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McCluskey: Chancellor’s Measures ‘Historic, Bold And Very Much Necessary’

Following the announcement on March 20th by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak of measures to direct state money to millions of UK workers in order to fend off economic collapse, the leader of Unite the union has described the measures as ‘historic, bold … Continue reading

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The Prospect Of Mass Destitution In Britain Calls For Radical Measures

The government’s Bill in response to coronavirus does not protect against the grave risk of increased hunger, hypothermia, homelessness and, ultimately, insurrection, says Lord John Hendy QC. The measures taken in response to the current coronavirus pandemic are remarkable in … Continue reading

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