Employment

Relating to employment: unemployment, trades unions, management-worker relations, training in the workplace

Poverty in Cambridge – Can local government meet the growing need?

Stuart Tuckwood, 2015 Aug 26 To take genuine action, councils have to begin re-establishing real local democracy Cambridge City Councillors, Labour, Lib Dem, Independent, Green and Tory, unanimously passed an emergency motion at the last full council meeting calling for a reconsideration of George Osborne’s ‘Emergency Budget’ measures. Cross bench unity of this type is …

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Cambridge: Wealth and Want, Fairness Review: May 2015

Stuart Weir, 2015 May 05 The Cambridge Commons has now published its Fairness Review 2015, ‘Cambridge: Wealth and Want‘ – a shocking dossier of poverty and deprivation in a ‘hidden’ Cambridge. You can buy a physical copy for £10 including postage; please contact us via the website or by ringing this telephone number: 07743 326422. This …

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Educating Fodder

Henry Tam, 2015 Jan 24 For those fearing feral youth behaviour (according to the November 2011 ICM poll conducted for Barnados, 44% of the UK population believe young people are “becoming feral”), fodder education can seem an attractive antidote. Fodder education aims to secure a steady supply of thoroughly ‘domesticated’ workers who will do what …

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Devolution, by ‘eck!

Mark Page, 2014 Aug 01 Underpants The Papua New Guineans are a fractious lot. A highlanders’ joke suggests there are three types of people: family, in-laws and targets. Another joke: when PNG gained its independence in 1975, an old fella from the village was bitterly disappointed to find out that, during the ensuing celebrations, he …

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Government private sector contracts subsidise inequality

Mark Page, 2015 Jan 04 The Equality Trust says “The value of government contracts handed to the private sector has increased dramatically over the last five years and is likely to continue growing at a rapid pace. This recent growth in outsourcing has raised concerns, with a number of private providers widely criticised for poor transparency, …

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