Economics and Work, Green Movement

Radical economics comment and discussion covering workers’ rights, trade, tax, debt, industry, and finance.

Mark Ruskell at SGP 2014: An economy as if people mattered

Posted on October 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Mark Ruskell, Green Councillor in Stirling, gave this address to Scottish Greens Conference on Sunday.  It is a call for action to rebuild our economies – and our economics – to make a better society for all. An economy as if people mattered. I like this idea, it was one reason why I joined the […]

We Won’t Work Till We’re Dead

Posted on December 17, 2013 by | Comments Off

There was a protest against Conservative plans to delay the pension age until 70, here Innes MacLeod writes about the importance of pensions and retirement: The UK government recently announced that the retirement age would be gradually increased meaning that the young people of today will not see their pension until they reach their 70’s. […]

Solidarity Beyond the Picket Line: Notes on the HE strike

Posted on October 30, 2013 by | 4 Comments

On Thursday 31st October I am going on strike for the first time in my life. I’m not a lecturer or a researcher but for the past seven years I’ve worked in a university, and I’m one of the thousands of support staff who will be out on the picket lines this week. Despite what […]

Lecturers and university staff in first UK-wide joint strike over pay

Posted on October 17, 2013 by | 3 Comments

This piece originally appeared in Nouse, the University of York’s student newspaper. Thousands of lecturers and non-academic staff will go on strike over pay on Thursday 31st October, after members of the University and College Union, Unite and Unison each voted strongly for joint action over the coming weeks. The announcement follows a ballot of […]

UK Uncut stages bedroom tax protests at Lord Freud and Iain Duncan Smith’s million pound mansions

Posted on April 13, 2013 by | Comments Off

Hundreds of people are protesting over the bedroom tax and benefits cap at Lord Freud’s £1.9million home and 20 disabled activists are staging a protest at Iain Duncan Smith’s country mansion in Buckinghamshire worth more than £2million. The protest was called by UK Uncut, the anti-cuts direct action network, who promised that they would ‘bring […]

Budget Day Strikes – support the PCS today

Posted on March 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment

It’s budget day. Again. Once more, George Osborne will stand up on his hind legs and assault the people of Britain. And once more, the Public and Commercial Services Union are standing on the from line against him. Tomorrow, PCS members are on strike. They are, quite rightly, demanding a pay rise. For too long, […]

Alan Milburn was paid by NHS privateers while still an MP

Posted on February 27, 2013 by | Comments Off

This isn’t new information, but it was new to me. This Guardian article from two years ago says that, when he was still an MP, Alan Milburn was getting £25-30k a year from a company called Bridgepoint. But it doesn’t tell you who Bridgepoint are. Here’s the answer: they are a private equity company. In […]

What does UEA have against protesters?

Posted on February 22, 2013 by | 2 Comments

By Elliot Folan Earlier this month, the University of East Anglia dropped a disciplinary case against two students for taking part in an anti-tax avoidance protest. I was one of those students, and although the case was dropped it was a perfect example of the creeping criminalisation of protest that’s taking place on university campuses […]

Here’s why David Cameron should do community service

Posted on February 14, 2013 by | 3 Comments

By Stuart Roger Phew! Thank God that’s over. 100 hours of community service for disrupting a speech David Cameron was giving in Scotland, as an act of protest against his epicly unjust, epicly unnecessary programme of public spending cuts. As I’ve doing it, I have been reflecting on the political value of what I did, […]

Starbucks Vice President awarded “Prize Mug” following £33m tax ‘dodge’

Posted on November 29, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Starbucks VP Marketing Ian Cranna was yesterday awarded a golden mug ahead of a speech in Birmingham. The “Prize Mug” was awarded for the company’s ‘mugging’ of the UK taxpayer. Starbucks UK was recently revealed to have dodged many millions of pounds of UK tax in the year 2011/12. It has failed to pay any […]

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