Category Archives: Employment

Tickety Boo?

As the RMT gears up for industrial action, Boris Johnson speaks of modernising and improving London Underground, stating that “fewer than 3% of tube journeys start at a ticket office” as justification for their closure. That is undoubtedly true, of … Continue reading

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Self-Serve Tills

I’d like to relate a conversation that I had with a member of staff one recent evening in a major high street supermarket: Assistant: Self-serve is free! Me: Will I get a staff discount? Assistant: Ha-ha! No, I’m afraid not. Me: … Continue reading

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Rubbish Policies

It is disappointing and unfortunate that many people still seem to think that littering our country is acceptable. Nonetheless, the very idea – touted at last week’s Conservative Party Conference – of the unemployed being made to pick up litter … Continue reading

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Railfare Rises & Bailout Blues

Since the rail minister, Simon Burns, is claiming that the latest round of wallet-haemorrhagingly steep fare increases are necessary to fund investment in rail, it is outrageous that, in scant-reported news, Railcare is being allowed to go under. Wolverton – … Continue reading

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Prison Factories

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has set out details of his scheme to set up factories in prisons. The idea is apparently to get criminals into “lawful constructive employment.” Shadow Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan and the GMB union … Continue reading

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Modern Slavery

It is a disturbing truth of twenty-first century western society that we have convinced ourselves we live in a fair world. Sure, there’s some inequality in our lives but, for the most part, we all do okay: we have labour-saving … Continue reading

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