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The TUC released a comprehensive report today revealing just how little progress for disabled people in the workforce was achieved under the 2010-15 government. The headline employment and unemployment rate figures paint a picture of essential stagnation since before the last recession; the gap between disabled and non-disabled people’s outcomes on these measures has remained…
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When the TUC commissioned a poll to go straight into the field the day after the election, we had no idea what the result would be. Now it has a painful relevance to Labour’s post mortem, and emerging leadership debate. As the TUC is making the poll’s findings public – and it is available online…
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The World Cup’s major sponsors will be paying huge amounts to be associated with the tournament, and the unfolding human rights scandal has the potential to be sponsorship kryptonite.
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Lawyers fear that further cuts to criminal legal aid under the new Conservative government will lead to a dramatic decline in the quality of legal representation as well as to miscarriages of justice. The Guardian reported last week that the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), the professional body representing criminal barristers, is balloting its 4,000 members…
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In April 2015 CPI inflation was minus -0.1 per cent, after two months of zero per cent inflation. ONS have constructed historic data which suggest the last time CPI inflation fell was in March 1960, 55 years ago.  The Chancellor first stressed the beneficial cost of living effects that some think helped put him back…
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It’s a resounding defeat for the workers. In five areas there has been limited progress. In four areas there’s been … nothing at all. After all the promises.
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Tomorrow, Friday 21st of May, Ireland will have a referendum on whether two people of the same gender can marry. It’s the first country in the world to do so, and a long journey from 1995,  when it was forced by Europe to decriminalise “male homosexual acts”. Why a referendum? Rather than simply pass legislation in the…
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There is a sense in the discussion surrounding the latest inflation figures that those who are less-than-sanguine about the threat of deflation are somehow ignorant or even reckless. Here’s Robert Peston yesterday: However many of those who define themselves as “serious economists” (that’s not me, by the way – I’m a hack) are desperately anxious…
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Using new evidence of the damage to the environment and to human health, the IMF reports that the fossil fuel industries received $4.2 trillion in subsidies in 2011, the latest available figure. The subsidy represents 5.8% of global GDP – more than double the amount from previous reports. Yesterday, Shell was reported to be pursuing…
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The UK is now the most unequal country in Europe, in terms of wages and income distribution, according to a new report by the Dublin Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, which is the EU’s official think tank on life at work*. Not only that, but the rise in inequality is so…
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Bringing back to real pay growth is a necessary condition for achieving sustained and balanced economic growth that gives people at work both a fair reward and the spending power necessary to keep business growing.  CPI inflation is currently at zero, which at least gives some employees a temporary respite, although below-target inflation is the sign of a…
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ToUChstone blog is an informal blog by TUC staff about policy issues that are in the news, or ought to be.