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Disconnect between businesses’ appetite to borrow and political mood music

There is one simple way to resolve this if you are an employer -by making sure that there is not an issue in the first place. It is advisable to conduct regular reviews of salaries and, if you find that there is a discrepancy between a male and female employee who do the same (or similar) job, can you justify it? If not, then something needs to be done about it.

Contributor: Daniel Bailey | Published: 9 February 2018

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Labour’s plan to raise pay for six million wins union backing

We all know the minimum wage is not a living wage - especially for young people GMB has backed a Labour pledge to raise the minimum wage - giving a pay rise to six million workers. Comment from Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary.

Contributor: Tim Roache | Published: 28 August 2017

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Government’s economic plan “built on sand” says union

If Government's austerity programme was supposed to help the economy – it’s failed. GMB union has today called for Government action on low pay, a plan for decent jobs and government investment in industry as the UK’s growth flatlines.

Contributor: Tim Roache | Published: 27 July 2017

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Abandoning austerity – “not the answer”

Recent weeks have seen the issue of the public sector pay cap re-surface and several Cabinet members have suggested they would be open to taking another look at the topic. Comment from Daniel Mahoney, CPS Deputy Director and Head of Economic Research.

Contributor: Daniel Mahoney | Published: 16 July 2017

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GMB calls for “toothless” OFGEM to be scrapped

Ofgem should be abolished with all its regulatory functions taken over by the government itself making its regulatory role subject to scrutiny and accountable to parliament says GMB. Comment from Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for Energy.

Contributor: Justin Bowden | Published: 6 July 2017

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Austerity backlash imminent?

Professor Peter Urwin, Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Centre for Employment Research at Westminster Business School, comments on how the current political environment is shaping the UK labour market outlook and sentiment towards a national wage increase:

Contributor: Peter Urwin | Published: 6 July 2017

Comments on the Queen’s speech

Richard Fox, head of Employment Law at Kingsley Napley LLP, comments: “I welcome the fact that the Government has not wholly given up on its agenda for making the workplace a fairer place.

Contributor: Richard Fox | Published: 21 June 2017

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Election result – hung parliament chaos – comments from business

The 2017 UK General Election has resulted in a hung Parliament with no single party holding a majority. This means that the passing of laws will have to be achieved through the brokering of deals or the formation of a coalition - much like the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition of 2010-2015.

Contributor: Enrique Garcia | Published: 9 June 2017

The Future of Britain in 2022 – Electoral Priorities

Campaigning for the UK election is in full swing, Brexit appears to be the dominant issue for the parties and the media, but what longer term issues do citizens want politicians to be debating as we contemplate the next five years in a rapidly changing world? From Futurists Rohit Talwar and Steve Wells from Fast Future.

Contributor: Rohit Talwar & Steve Wells | Published: 7 June 2017