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What did you get? What did you get? Niall Carson/PA Wire

Permanent revolution of A Level exams helps nobody

A Level results are in and as teenagers pore over their grades, a record number will be able to take up places at university. The results – which show a small decline in the overall pass rate for the first…
State-owned East Coast train pulling into London King’s Cross. State-owned East Coast train pulling into London King’s Cross. Matt Buck

Renationalise the railways? That’s the last thing we need

So the mountain has rumbled and given forth its usual platitudinous mouse. Labour leader Ed Miliband’s pronouncements confirmed longstanding speculation that his party has plans for rail. In particular…
I’m doing a straw poll. How much would you pay? I’m doing a straw poll. How much would you pay? Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

Universities need more than a pledge to reduce student fees

I’m an unabashed political junkie. Who’s up, who’s down; who’s in, who’s out. Yet it’s fair to say that pretty much all the day-to-day policy spinning, posturing and firefighting rarely percolates outside…
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont launched an awkward compromise. Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont launched an awkward compromise. David Cheskin/PA Archive

Labour’s proposals for Scotland after the referendum betray divisions within the party

The publication of the Labour Party’s Devolution Commission leaves the Conservatives as the only significant pro-union party yet to declare what further devolution it would consider in the event of a no…
It can take some time for women to come to terms with the conceptual as well as physical change of giving birth. It can take some time for women to come to terms with the conceptual as well as physical change of giving birth. Remy Sharp

One body becoming two: how women experience childbirth

There is a substantial literature on labour and childbirth in medical, midwifery and social scientific research. But we still don’t know much about how labouring women experience that pivotal time when…
Policymakers should ensure that the safety net provides adequate income for daily needs as well as ensuring that people are positioned to quickly reintegrate into satisfactory paid employment. Policymakers should ensure that the safety net provides adequate income for daily needs as well as ensuring that people are positioned to quickly reintegrate into satisfactory paid employment. freefotouk

No through road: path to prosperity eludes America’s jobless poor

In the late 1990s, American writer and activist Barbara Ehrenreich spent a year working in low end jobs in the United States documenting the pitifully low wages, the oppression, and barriers to upward…
A skilled workforce will ensure that Australia’s labour market remains competitive amid greater integration with Asia. A skilled workforce will ensure that Australia’s labour market remains competitive amid greater integration with Asia. AAP

A focus on skills will allow Australia to reap fruits of its labour

AUSTRALIA IN THE ASIAN CENTURY – A series examining Australia’s role in the rapidly transforming Asian region. Delivered in partnership with the Australian government. Today, Professor Jeff Borland suggests…
It’s a year of mixed fortunes for Australia’s labour market. It’s a year of mixed fortunes for Australia’s labour market. AAP

Slow road to jobs growth: the true picture of unemployment in Australia

Not so long ago, when economic commentators thought about unemployment and the Australian labour market, their main question was: How low can it go? The global financial crisis was a setback to this improving…
Laws designed to protect domestic workers could also help those trafficked from other countries. Laws designed to protect domestic workers could also help those trafficked from other countries. Flickr/Kara Allyson

How a simple signature can help stop people trafficking and worker abuse

Domestic workers now have greater protection from exploitative employers. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a convention which regulates working hours and prevents violence in the…

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