Work and Business: Give agency workers a break

Anya Pearson

It can be a miserable being an agency worker. As a temporary teaching assistant in inner London schools, I would traipse halfway across London on my way to a job before finding that my booking had been cancelled last minute, with no compensation. As a supply TA, permanent staff sometimes didn’t bother learning my name,…


Work and Business: The low pay crisis

Richard Dunstan

The sections on ‘Better workplaces’ and ‘Improving employment rights’ in the Your Britain policy consultation on Work & Business, now in their third iteration, remain extraordinarily weak and woolly. To be doorstep ready, they must become more radical, and more specific. Low pay, the minimum wage, and the living wage Britain is suffering from a…


Work and Business: A targeted industrial strategy

Lee Hopley

Industrial strategy is no longer the stuff of theoretical debate in the UK. After a decade of looking enviously at other countries – and at least one aborted attempt at getting something similar off the ground towards the end of the last parliament – the financial crisis helped bring the UK’s longstanding lack of industrial…