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Blog Archive | September 2019

Local impact of Wrightbus closure cannot be ignored

Posted on October 01, 2019 by Paul Mac Flynn

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The announcement last week that Wrightbus has gone into administration with the loss of up to 1,200 jobs has dealt a significant blow to Northern Ireland’s manufacturing sector at a time when the sector faces an existential threat. Furthermore, it is just the latest in a long series of closures to hit the Ballymena area, which seems to have suffered disproportionately in recent years. When we …

The word on the high street

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Guest Guest

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The way we shop in the UK has changed dramatically in just the space of a decade. In 2008 less than five per cent of retail spending was online, and that share has almost quadrupled in the years since. The latest statistics published just this morning show that in March this year almost a fifth of retail spending was carried out online. Our changing spending habits don’t just mean some …

Posted in: Jobs

We need to talk about what policy can do to ensure a decent wage for the low paid

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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How do we lessen the plight of the low paid and ensure that workers are rewarded a decent wage for their work? Is it enough for policy to focus solely on increasing the minimum wage?  This Blog looks at recent UK policy which has sought to tackle low pay and suggests that if the Government is really serious about “ending” low pay it needs to move beyond its recent sole focus on raising the …

Posted in: JobsNorthern Ireland Wages

Bogus self-employment in Construction

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Ciarán Nugent

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Anecdotal evidence from the Construction sector suggests bogus self-employment is rampant and growing as a share of employment in the sector. However, due to its nature, much of bogus self-employment occurs in the black economy, which raises issues around estimating precisely how widespread it is through individual level survey collection. According to the UN’s International Labour …

The link between union density and fighting climate change

Posted on September 09, 2019 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

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The collective challenge we face from human induced climate change cannot be overstated. Meeting this challenge will require decisive action by countries all over the world. The IPCC’s recommendation of a 45% reduction in global emissions over 2010 levels by 2030 to mitigate the worst effects of climate change implies substantial social and economic changes globally. International experience …

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