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Carillion on the brink

16 October 2017

Carillion, a British company running construction and facilities management services across the globe, posted a £1.5 billion loss in the first half of 2017. This has been followed by a retreat from outsourced and private contracting across the Middle East, North America and Britain.

City University: improved leave

16 October 2017

Workers at City University in London have secured better terms and conditions. This came from the negotiating strategy entered into by the Unison branch over annual leave

TUC: 150 years young in 2018

16 October 2017

Workers need trade unions as much as ever. The TUC and its affiliates are now preparing for the momentous 150th anniversary in 2018. What can we learn from the TUC’s history?

Secular Britain

16 October 2017

A survey shows the decline in religious belief in Britain. Yet religious groups have a disproportionate influence over our education system and government.

Dunkirk: the film and the book

16 October 2017

Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk, is an evocative but unusual portrayal of the evacuation of the British and French armies from the French port in June 1940. Joshua Levine’s fascinating book gives a more complete picture of why Dunkirk is of such singular importance.

EU causes pain in Catalonia

10 October 2017

The separatist movement in Catalonia and the reaction to it have raised questions about the future of Spain. The EU pretends to stand to one side but the cause is its policy of "A Europe of the Regions".

Who should run the bins in Brum?

8 October 2017

Bin workers in Birmingham have been in dispute about job losses for over three months. The strike restarted in August after the council went back on a settlement. Action is suspended for now, but the dispute is not over yet. The people of Birmingham should defend their high quality collection service.

Manufacturing future for Northern Powerhouse

26 September 2017

The vote to leave the EU induced a frenzy of pessimistic forecasts about the future for production in Britain. Such negatvity seems to be confounded by what’s happening on the ground, as shown by recent news from Yorkshire.

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