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Len Shackleton
19 May 2011
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I take no pleasure at all in reading about M. Strauss-Kahn, and of course remain agnostic about the truth of the lurid allegations against him. However I have a couple of observations which are...
Kristian Niemietz
12 May 2011
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The readers of the Daily Mail were not amused, judging from the multitude of furious comments below this article. The newspaper claimed that while other Europeans were enjoying much shorter working...
Philip Booth
5 April 2011
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Today, Nick Clegg decided to declare war on nepotism. He wants to 'stop a lot of the informal advantages which are helping certain people to hoard opportunities at the exclusion of others...
Robert Barro
28 February 2011
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How ironic that Wisconsin has become ground zero for the battle between taxpayers and public- employee labor unions. Wisconsin was the first state to allow collective bargaining for government...
Len Shackleton
8 February 2011
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According to the Sunday Times, the European Commission is drawing up a "voluntary" code fixing a minimum (30% by 2015, 40% by 2020) proportion of women on company boards. If enough firms...
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...
Philip Booth
14 January 2011
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Another nail was hammered in the coffin of freedom of contract today when the Government confirmed that it was scrapping what it calls the "default retirement age". The "default...
Ruth Porter
5 January 2011
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Today the Prime Minister announced a New Enterprise Allowance to give grants, loans and mentoring to unemployed people trying to start up new businesses. While the focus on the problems facing...
Steve Davies
2 December 2010
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Yesterday Will Hutton published the initial results of the enquiry he has been conducting on the government’s behalf into pay differentials and levels of remuneration for senior managers...
Nick Hayns
5 November 2010
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Tonight is Bonfire Night. That night of the year where some people celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failure to blow up the Houses of Parliament by almost burning down their own and where the government...
Len Shackleton
4 November 2010
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Acas, (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) was originally tipped for abolition by the Coalition. It now appears that it has been spared the flames of the bonfire of Quangos. If it is...
Finbarr Toesland
25 October 2010
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Trade unions in France have historically commanded a disproportionate level of power and influence over government policy. The percentage of workers in unions in 1960 was only 19.6%, and this...
D. R. Myddelton
23 October 2010
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A proposal to merge three London boroughs – Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea – in order to yield significant cost savings has been greeted by trade...
Daniel Knowles
15 October 2010
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It is not clear whether the producers (or the politicians for that matter) intended it, but a new British film about equal pay – Made in Dagenham – has been released at the same time as...
Robert Wenzel
13 October 2010
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The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2010 was awarded jointly to Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen and Christopher A. Pissarides. Diamond, 70, is an economist...
Philip Booth
7 October 2010
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The UK does not have particularly high economic inactivity rates. Large numbers of women tend to work and worklessness amongst those approaching state retirement age is not as high in the UK as in...
Karthik Reddy
6 October 2010
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Nearly one million Britons will see their pay rise to £5.93 this week, from £5.80 per hour last week – representing a 2% rise in the adult minimum wage in accordance with...
Richard Wellings
2 October 2010
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The Equality Act came into force yesterday. It strengthens anti-discrimination law and will make it easier for members of specified groups to win claims for discrimination, harassment and...
Mark Littlewood
29 July 2010
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The coalition government is considering scrapping the fixed retirement age and Minister for Employment Relations, Ed Davey, is promoting the policy on the grounds of choice – You don’t...