Employment: Red Tape Required to Protect Workers’ Rights says Unite

Unite have made the point that offering to protect voters' rights is one thing but by talking about deregulation the Tories are completely at odds with themselves. https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/work/trade-unions/press-release/unite/87505/workers-cannot-trust-tory-repeal-bill-while

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The scandal of zero-hours Britain – and it’s getting worse

Adel and Wharfedale Branch member Megan Davies recently posted the article below on Left Futures. We thought you might want to read it. Ever since Tories won power in 2010, many have commented on the parallels between the dire inequalities of the present day and those of Victorian Britain. Never has this observation been as … Continue reading The scandal of zero-hours Britain – and it’s getting worse

Regulation, Regulation, Regulation! The Coalition Government, Employment and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The Government is very worked up at present about regulation. I dislike red tape. I think it is laudable that we should seek to regulate sensibly and proportionately. But there’s not a lot of joined-up thinking going on. So, in the midst of a set of Employment Law and Tribunal reforms that unashamedly aim to … Continue reading Regulation, Regulation, Regulation! The Coalition Government, Employment and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Tax dodging, workers’ rights, Coalition diverting EU funding from Yorkshire – Linda McAvan MEP’s bulletin

Leeds North West Constituency

Highlights include

Government gives EU funding for Yorkshire to Scotland.

‘Leave our workers’ rights alone!’
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Labour MEPs send warning to ‘tax dodgers’
Linda joined with fellow Labour MEPs to vote for a package of measures that would tackle tax dodging, to stem the 850 billion pounds loss across Europe to public finances due to tax fraud and avoidance. According to HMRC figures, in the UK alone £9 billion is lost every year which could pay for the construction of more than 600 new schools or over 50 new hospitals or pay the annual salaries of over 330,000 police officers. The measures will include the creation of an EU wide black list of tax havens, and a ban on companies who are ‘dodging’ taxes from being awarded public contracts.

And, as usual, you can count on UKIP for…

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Health and Safety – and the Boer War!

The recently enacted Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act contains a number of disturbing provisions, including the frankly bonkers proposals in relation to share incentives for employees who are prepared to sign away their employment rights. But hidden away in there, and most disturbing of all perhaps, was Clause 61, a last minute amendment that snuck … Continue reading Health and Safety – and the Boer War!

Tory turmoil on Europe is embarassing for David Cameron – but potentially disastrous for the UK economy, says Linda McAvan

Whilst David Cameron is away, negotiating with Barack Obama on a vital trade agreement between the EU and the US, members of his cabinet have joined backbenchers in tabling an amendment to the Queen's speech committing them to an EU referendum, undermining the trade agreement potentially worth £10 billion to the UK economy. The Independent … Continue reading Tory turmoil on Europe is embarassing for David Cameron – but potentially disastrous for the UK economy, says Linda McAvan

“So what did Europe ever do for us” – quite a lot, really, as Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, reminds us

Tomorrow is Europe Day, 9 May. With all the bilge in the right-wing press about the EU, it's good to be reminded of the many positive things Europe has meant. Here are 5 Facts about the European Union - from our MEP, Linda McAvan 1. The European Union protects your worker's rights. Your right to … Continue reading “So what did Europe ever do for us” – quite a lot, really, as Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, reminds us

One nation – new ideas. What would be in Labour’s Queen’s speech next week

Ed Miliband is today setting out six of the key economic Bills that would appear in a Labour Queen’s Speech next week: a One Nation programme with new ideas to begin turning Britain’s economy around.
 
Labour’s economic plans include:
 
• A Jobs Bill to put in place a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee. 
• A Finance Bill … Continue reading One nation – new ideas. What would be in Labour’s Queen’s speech next week

Lady Thatcher is dead and buried but Thatcherism is alive and kicking

Looking at the press, radio and television over the past week or so a visiting alien might be forgiven for thinking that political debate in the UK only concerned whether Baroness Thatcher was either the Wicked Witch of the West or the modern day Britannia. The alien would be wrong. During the days between the … Continue reading Lady Thatcher is dead and buried but Thatcherism is alive and kicking

A below inflation increase in the minimum wage? Better than nothing, but we can do better.

Leeds North West Constituency

Often I’m asked as a Labour Party supporter and campaigner which of Labour’s achievements I am most proud. Sometimes I struggle with this question simply from the vast number of achievements. Is it the improvements in the NHS, which saw my mum’s breast cancer treated so soon after diagnosis? Was it the increase of 14,000 police over the 13 years, cutting crime by 32%? Or our proud record on LGBT rights, which I saw most vividly when my sister had her Civil Partnership ceremony 3 years ago? These are but a few, but the one which I believe we all can agree on is the introduction of the minimum wage.

It was a shining example of the unions and the Labour Party working together to produce something so tangible and progressive to so many working people.

Today it was announced that minimum wage would be rising to £6.31 for adults…

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