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Len Shackleton
28 January 2011
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Business Secretary Vince Cable is proposing what the Financial Times calls "an employer-friendly shake-up of Employment Tribunals". Hmm. The proposals include an extension from one to...
Len Shackleton
17 January 2011
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The attractiveness of the coalition to many of us was that we would get determined action to shrink the size of the state and to refocus on what government needed to do rather than perpetually...
Len Shackleton
30 July 2010
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I very much agree with Mark Littlewood’s blog yesterday on the proposed ending of default retirement. While as an employee I may welcome the opportunity to work longer, as someone involved in...
Len Shackleton
23 July 2010
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I don’t apologise for returning once more to my hobby-horse, the seemingly unstoppable growth of employment tribunal claims and the pernicious effect of fear of tribunals on the workplace....
Len Shackleton
16 July 2010
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One of the things which the Blair government got right was establishing the principle of student fees in higher education. It is depressing to see our hyperactive coalition government, in the person...
Len Shackleton
10 June 2010
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David Willetts is right to be talking about the need for radical change in universities. Many people in the sector seem to be wedded to the idea that nothing much needs to alter in our “world...
Len Shackleton
17 May 2010
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This year I have been in a rather unusual demographic – both entitled (I didn’t claim it) to a winter fuel allowance of £250 as an over-60 and receiving a Child Trust Fund payment...
Len Shackleton
8 April 2010
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A leader in yesterday’s Financial Times calls upon President Zuma to act decisively to prevent Eugene Terre’Blanche’s death opening up rifts in South Africa’s fragile polity...
Len Shackleton
30 March 2010
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If clubs make a hash of things it should be no business of ministers When politicians interfere in sport it’s the mark of a Middle Eastern dictator with psychopathic sons or a Soviet bloc...
Len Shackleton
26 March 2010
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After a long and tedious winter, Spring is in the air and the daffodils are coming out. So, unfortunately, are union members. There’s strike activity in the Civil Service over pensions, on...
Len Shackleton
25 February 2010
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The Gordon Brown bullying row has entertained the media and the public for a few days, but the circus is already packing up and leaving town. However it is worth taking this opportunity to comment...
Len Shackleton
16 February 2010
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The Guardian had a splash on Saturday with yet another attack on the big supermarkets. On this occasion it accused Asda and Tesco of having raised their prices in the weeks running up to Christmas....
Len Shackleton
2 February 2010
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" You couldn’t make this one up. A spectacularly unsuccessful contestant in Britain’s Got Talent, Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai, has lodged an Employment Tribunal case against the ITV...
Len Shackleton
25 January 2010
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission has just published proposals for “voluntary” reporting of the gender pay gap in businesses with more than 250 employees. I put “voluntary...
Len Shackleton
6 January 2010
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British households have received more than 180 million free or subsidised light bulbs in the last eighteen months from energy companies. Many if not most of these are lying idle, as the government...
Len Shackleton
11 December 2009
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Two or three weeks back I wrote briefly about the latest figures on the gender pay gap, basing my comments on an ONS press release. Earlier this week I attended an ESRC conference on gender...
Len Shackleton
17 November 2009
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The new official figures on the gender pay gap, published last week, make an interesting read and have, as usual, been used as a stick with which to beat employers. It’s worth looking at them...
Len Shackleton
6 November 2009
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It is widely agreed that state pension age (SPA) needs to rise to reflect the financial downside of the happy prospect of greater life expectancy. The current government is committed to this, albeit...
Len Shackleton
4 November 2009
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The brouhaha surrounding the sacking of Professor David Nutt by Alan Johnson leaves me in two minds. On the one hand, I think public policy can be enhanced by having the advice of experts. The...
Len Shackleton
5 October 2009
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The financial crisis has encouraged all sorts of ancient anti-capitalist ideas to re-emerge like long-buried monsters from the swamp in some 1950s horror movie.   The Observer’s Ruth...

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