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  • Comment Featured Unions Prospect: It’s time to reinvent trade unions for the age of the freelancer

    Prospect: It’s time to reinvent trade unions for the age of the freelancer

    According to the latest ONS figures, self-employment is now at a record high. This growth in freelancing and the “gig economy” is changing the way we think about work. But change isn’t always good. Insecurity, ever-changing work patterns and late payments are real issues for many freelancers. So how can freelancers get a better deal in the modern economy? For the BECTU sector of Prospect, the union for professionals, the question is straightforward. The economy may be changing, but working people […]

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  • Comment Featured Unions Ian Lavery: Forget the smears – this union spent years helping miners and their communities

    Ian Lavery: Forget the smears – this union spent years helping miners and their communities

    Eighteen months ago, a series of allegations were made against me and the Northumberland Area of the union I used to lead, the National Union of Mineworkers. The allegations, aired in parts of the media dripping with innuendo, resulted in two inquiries. The first, by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, reported over six months ago. The second, by the Certification Officer, which regulates trade unions, was published this week. Both cleared me of any wrong doing. Sadly, but perhaps unsurprisingly, […]

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  • Comment Europe Featured A campaign which aimed to “take back control” must not mean more power for politicians rather than the people

    A campaign which aimed to “take back control” must not mean more power for politicians rather than the people

    As we get further along in the process of leaving the European Union what is becoming increasingly clear is that Britain’s constitution is coming under increasing strain. Faultlines are opening up in our democracy; Brexit is putting to the test assumptions we’ve held about devolution settlements, the limitations on government power and the protections of our rights and freedoms from that power. A long-term settlement is needed, and a written constitution, devised by and for the people, can deliver the […]

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  • Comment Featured Scotland Genuine devolution must mean building class solidarity across borders

    Genuine devolution must mean building class solidarity across borders

    The case for a federal-type arrangement in the UK was made the moment that we voted for a Scottish parliament, a Welsh assembly and a year later when Londoners accepted a mayor and an assembly while at the same time leaving Westminster untouched. When Red Paper Collective was established in 2011 it didn’t start from the basis of being anti-independence but it asked, from a left-wing perspective, what should any constitutional change try to achieve? We came up with three […]

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  • Comment Europe Featured Gordon Brown: North of England must come together during Brexit

    Gordon Brown: North of England must come together during Brexit

    Gordon Brown calls for an all-party Commons revolt to give regions and nations more powers under Brexit. Defective Brexit bill should be rewritten to transfer European Union powers and money direct to the nations and regions of the UK. Highlighting regional inequalities, former prime minister argues £1.5bn of European money should be distributed directly to devolved authorities across the country Brown proposes a UK-wide constitutional convention to give more powers of initiative to the North as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern […]

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