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Red wall voters see Keir Starmer as ‘Mr Man-on-the-fence’
Keir Starmer
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Red wall voters see Keir Starmer as ‘Mr Man-on-the-fence’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
7 Apr 2021
Government to ditch EU rules on UK workers’ rights
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Government to ditch EU rules on UK workers’ rights

Ministers planning to abolish entitlements and safeguards including 48-hour working week
15 Jan 2021
UK unemployment predicted to hit three million by Christmas
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UK unemployment predicted to hit three million by Christmas

Experts warn that new jobs support scheme will not halt job losses as ‘tough’ winter looms
12 Oct 2020
‘Working from home is here to stay’, new study reveals
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‘Working from home is here to stay’, new study reveals

Institute of Directors survey finds that three in four firms plan to continue with increased home-working post-Covid
5 Oct 2020
How other countries are extending or ending furlough
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How other countries are extending or ending furlough

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to follow lead of nations such as Germany to support workers
16 Sep 2020
Kickstart scheme: the plan to get young people back in work
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Kickstart scheme: the plan to get young people back in work

Newly published figures show that a record 538,000 under-25s are claiming Universal Credit
2 Sep 2020
Six million furloughed workers broke rules, study finds
Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced the coronavirus job retention scheme on 20 March
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Six million furloughed workers broke rules, study finds

New study finds that fifth of staff whose wages were paid by government were ‘compelled’ to work by bosses
24 Aug 2020

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As few as one in ten civil servants heed ‘back to work’ call
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As few as one in ten civil servants heed ‘back to work’ call

FOI request reveals that between just 10% and 15% of Cabinet Office staff have returned to office
17 Aug 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘PM’s peers disgrace the House of Lords’
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Instant Opinion: ‘PM’s peers disgrace the House of Lords’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 6 August
6 Aug 2020
The jobs most at risk of contracting and dying from Covid-19
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The jobs most at risk of contracting and dying from Covid-19

As Brits begin heading back to work, some are facing far greater health risks than others
20 May 2020
The sectors still recruiting during the coronavirus lockdown
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The sectors still recruiting during the coronavirus lockdown

As economists warn of rising unemployment, which companies are still hiring?
27 Apr 2020
What does furloughing mean and who is eligible?
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What does furloughing mean and who is eligible?

Scheme to keep workers in their jobs goes live today
20 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: businesses attacked for not protecting workers
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Coronavirus: businesses attacked for not protecting workers

String of companies facing public outcry over decision to stay open during national lockdown
25 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: who qualifies for statutory sick pay?
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Coronavirus: who qualifies for statutory sick pay?

Government under fire for suggesting workers who are not eligible should apply for universal credit
4 Mar 2020
Why Peru’s McDonald’s have closed their doors
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Why Peru’s McDonald’s have closed their doors

The deaths of two teenage employees has prompted protests over workplace safety
18 Dec 2019
Instant Opinion: men ‘get away with murder’ using rough sex
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Instant Opinion: men ‘get away with murder’ using rough sex

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 15 November
15 Nov 2019
Four-day work week: what does Labour want?
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Four-day work week: what does Labour want?

Confusion reigns as party split on whether proposal would apply to NHS staff
14 Nov 2019
Why has employment fallen at fastest rate in four years?
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Why has employment fallen at fastest rate in four years?

Experts blame store closures and slowing economy for the drop
13 Nov 2019
Absence rates halve - is the day of the sickie over?
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Absence rates halve - is the day of the sickie over?

Number of people off work reduced by 50% in two decades
7 Nov 2019
Instant Opinion: Johnson ‘owes Queen an apology’
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Instant Opinion: Johnson ‘owes Queen an apology’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 25 September
25 Sep 2019
Britain faces ‘return to Victorian inequality’
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Britain faces ‘return to Victorian inequality’

TUC report says UK is at risk of reverting to 19th-century conditions
5 Sep 2019
Chinese schoolchildren build Alexa devices overnight
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Chinese schoolchildren build Alexa devices overnight

Overtime shifts at Foxconn factory break China's labour laws
9 Aug 2019
Fresh redundancies as Tesco cuts 4,500 jobs at 153 outlets
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Fresh redundancies as Tesco cuts 4,500 jobs at 153 outlets

Job losses come as supermarket aims to slash £1.5bn from costs
6 Aug 2019
Over-50s ‘driving UK’s jobs miracle’
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Over-50s ‘driving UK’s jobs miracle’

Amid labour market boom, experts say older workers will be vital to addressing the looming workforce shortages
25 Jun 2019
What is positive discrimination - and does it work?
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What is positive discrimination - and does it work?

National Police Chiefs’ Council boss says urgent action needed to combat ‘unconscious bias’ among recruiters
22 Feb 2019
Will Brexit lead to an exodus of Polish workers?
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Will Brexit lead to an exodus of Polish workers?

Poland's prime minister says he wants to see more workers return from the UK to help its domestic economy grow
25 Jan 2019
JLR set to axe 5,000 jobs over Brexit and diesel fears
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JLR set to axe 5,000 jobs over Brexit and diesel fears

British marque has also been hit by sales slump in China
17 Dec 2018
Why is Japan relaxing its immigration laws?
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Why is Japan relaxing its immigration laws?

PM Shinzo Abe wins vote on immigration reform after bitter debate in parliament
6 Dec 2018
Sacked charity worker blames anti-vegan discrimination
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Sacked charity worker blames anti-vegan discrimination

Jordi Casamitjana is seeking to have ethical veganism declared a ‘philosophical belief’ under Equality Act
3 Dec 2018
More FTSE 100 directors named Dave and Steve than minorities
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More FTSE 100 directors named Dave and Steve than minorities

Equality Group report finds 55% of ethnic minority Brits advised to be ‘more realistic’ about their career aspirations
30 Nov 2018
Why are UK workers taking fewer sick days?
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Why are UK workers taking fewer sick days?

ONS says number of days off last year fell to a record low
31 Jul 2018
Millennials will be unhealthier than parents by middle age
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Millennials will be unhealthier than parents by middle age

New report warns that work and housing worries facing younger generation may lead to ‘lifestyle-related diseases’
18 Jun 2018
Poland needs 100,000 construction workers after exodus to UK
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Poland needs 100,000 construction workers after exodus to UK

Polish building firms looking to plug shortfall with recruits from Belarus, Ukraine and Bangladesh
30 Apr 2018
Female employment hits record high in UK
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Female employment hits record high in UK

Eight in ten women aged 25-54 now work as number of stay-at-home mums falls
27 Apr 2018