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  • Comment Featured Momentum: The Tories’ attempt to imitate us is jaw-dropping in its incompetence

    Momentum: The Tories’ attempt to imitate us is jaw-dropping in its incompetence

    Shortly before Conservative “grassroots organisation” Activate was founded I wrote about proposals to create a Tory Momentum, helpfully suggesting Tormentum or Maymentum as potential names for the new group. I pointed out that Momentum’s success was about visibility – reaching out and making the Labour Party present in communities neglected for too long by politics. But I also pointed out the paradox for the Tories – “if you’re a Conservative, visibility is not a good thing and will introduce people […]

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  • Comment Featured Unions Dave Ward: Royal Mail must start listening or face a long and bitter industrial dispute

    Dave Ward: Royal Mail must start listening or face a long and bitter industrial dispute

    Last weekend was the fourth anniversary of the privatisation of Royal Mail. With CWU members having voted nine to one in favour of industrial action at the start of the month, the anniversary was a timely reminder of how we got here. The coalition government promised great things. Privatisation would herald a golden innovative future for Royal Mail, driving growth and bringing in vast sums of investment. Staff would be valued and secure while customers would see the benefits of […]

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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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