At this Festival, Connections are Key

-->My Review of the Celtic Connections concert featuring Luka Bloom and Bella Hardy was in Wednesday's Morning Star. it can be found here.Another  concert that the Star hasn't had the space...

Saturday Sectarian: Green Lies & the Green Housing vacuum

I have just enjoyed reading two very different posts on the Green Party and their policies. The first was from the never shy nor retiring Kitty Jones on "You’d have to be Green to believe the Green Party: two more lies exposed". While the other post by Steve Hilditch "The grass isn't any greener...

Why Making Up Lost Ground on Pay is so Important

Last week’s employment figures showed the annual increase in average weekly earnings (regular pay) rising to 1.8 per cent, higher than the most recent inflation figures (1.6 per cent for the Retail Price Index, 0.5 per cent using the CPI). It’s a bit early to celebrate, though. The reality is that...

Pension funds in action

Blogging is light to non-existent currently, but here are three nuggets worth flagging up. 1.  Pretty incredible win for investors worried about climate change - Shell has recommended that shareholders vote FOR their resolution at this year's AGM. Great work by CCLA, Share Action, ClientEarth...

A qualified workforce?

Why a qualified workforce? Is this a question we should even be posing? Does it make sense to talk of an unqualified workforce? How is it that teaching in FE colleges or academies, independent...

TUC: HolocaustMemorialDay

#HolocaustMemorialDay 2015: Remember the holocaust 27 Jan 2015, By Frances O’Grady This Holocaust Memorial Day the spotlight is on the worrying growth of anti-semitism in Britain and elsewhere...

Why is BusinessEurope doing the banks’ dirty work?

BusinessEurope, the body which represents employers’ organisations around Europe (the CBI is its UK member) wrote last week to European Union finance ministers in a last ditch attempt to derail the European financial transactions tax (FTT, aka the Robin Hood Tax) that a group of Eurozone...