As the media spotlight falls on racism in Poland and Ukraine at the Euro 2012 football championship, Kailash Chand warns in Tribune that ‘increasing numbers of people are reeling from a succession of policies that will further increase racism and inequality. The austerity policies of David Cameron and Osborne are ignoring the social consequences of their approach to the economy and housing. Unprecedented cuts will provoke ideological racism and institutional racism’
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Saturday, 9 June 2012
Friday, 8 June 2012
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Whether this amounts to a resurgence of a Labour Party regional agenda in England - which was disastrously derailed by the North East regional Assembly referendum in 2004 - remains to be see? The current issue of Red Pepper includes a radical proposal by Paul Salveson for an elected Regional Assembly for the whole of the North of England ‘to counter the economic and political dominance of the south east and build strong economic and cultural relationships with the increasingly confident and autonomous Scots and Welsh’ – ay-up that sounds like a good idea! http://www.redpepper.org.uk/a-voice-for-the-north/
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
#ILC101 Peter Waldorf, the General Secretary of Public Services International, today addressed the international labour conference of the ILO and outlined the growing attack worldwide on the rights of public sector workers. ‘More than ever before, we see how employers – including the governments in their capacity as employers – disrespect and disregard trade union rights. Workers’ rights to organise, bargain or even strike are being questioned or even eliminated altogether. Therefore, I have a strong message for governments and employers. You must understand your responsibilities under international conventions’
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Last week UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England. As an experienced member of the TUC’s Executive Committee and President of Unity Trust, the trade union bank, he would appear the obvious choice to replace Brendan Barber, the retiring TUC General Secretary, as the TUC nominee at the UK’s Central Bank. Yet it is a sad reflection of the immaturity of some in the movement that representing trade unions in a key economic institution can be portrayed as 'collaborating' with the Con Dem Government. Surely the basic purpose of trade unions is to represent the interests of workers?
An interesting article in Advances in Psychiatric Treatment journal examines the impact of poverty on mental health and inequality. The World Health Organisation has described poverty as the greatest cause of suffering on earth. This article considers the direct and indirect effects of relative poverty on the development of emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems in the context of the growing inequality between rich and poor: http://apt.rcpsych.org/content/10/3/216.full
Monday, 4 June 2012
The Guardian reports that in 2012 the amount of cash in the pockets of British workers will fall for the third year running. Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) says that rising food, clothing and fuel prices compounded by "anaemic" wage rises will lead to another fall in households' disposable incomes. CEBR economists forecast a 0.2% decline on top of a 1.3% fall in 2011:
Sunday, 3 June 2012