Union membership is rising again – but will it last?

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

In 2018 the Trades Union Congress (TUC) celebrated its 150th birthday. Yesterday the government delivered a somewhat belated birthday present to the union movement in the form of new statistics showing that membership levels have risen significantly for the first time in almost two decades. Happy birthday TUC! In this short blog post, we provide … Continued

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Top of the Charts: The Ides of May

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts emails here  Afternoon all, It’s all a bit last days of Caesar in Westminster – we’re definitely in the Ides of May. There was no going back once the PM crossed the Rubicon broke bread with Corbyn.  Andrea Leadsom struck the first blow, and it finally ended today with … Continued

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Top Of The Charts: Respite From A Week Of Shocking Shocks

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts emails here  Afternoon all, It’s been a week of BIG shocks. Theresa’s off. Who knew. Boris is running. Gosh. Labour’s said it won’t do a deal on Brexit. Well knock me down with a WAB. We’re too unequal a country. Quelle surprise. And the climax to Game of Thrones involves a lot … Continued

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Wrong time, wrong place – leaving education in the middle of a downturn

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Intergenerational Centre

Modern economies are supposed to deliver improving living standards – incrementally year-on-year, with big gains decade-on-decade. That is why it is so shocking that a 30-year-old today earns no more than a 30-year-old a decade ago, according to previous research by the Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission. This is an earnings freeze on a scale unprecedented … Continued

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Coming of age during a downturn can cause scarring – and it takes up to a decade to heal

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Intergenerational Centre

Recessions are bad for people’s standard of living. And they’re particularly bad for young people. That’s the painful lesson we learnt after the 1980s recession where, for most of that decade, at least one in seven people under 30 were unemployed. We know a lot about the unemployment scarring of the 1980s – from the … Continued

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