Getting technical

By Dr Fiona Aldridge Over the next few weeks, young people across the country will be receiving their exam results. Tension will be building in households up and down the land. And this is not unjustified; educational attainment is becoming increasingly central to life chances. At the Learning and Work Institute, we know that education is … Continue reading Getting technical

Launch of Commission on Workers and Technology

A new Commission on Workers and Technology chaired by Yvette Cooper MP is launched today with the publication of new evidence on British workers’ hopes and fears for automation over the next decade. The two year commission organised by the trade union Community and the Fabian Society will identify the immediate actions that government, employers and trade unions … Continue reading Launch of Commission on Workers and Technology

Rocket Boosters

By David Arnold The annual publication of trade union statistics seldom lifts the spirits. Although the recently published figures for 2017 show an increase in membership of 19,000, because the number of people in work rose faster, the proportion of working people who are members of unions overall fell again. The share of employees who are union … Continue reading Rocket Boosters

Driverless dreams

By Christian Wolmar Hardly a day passes without an announcement about the imminent advent of driverless cars. We are being bombarded with predictions that soon the roads will be full of self-driving pods, leaving their occupants to read a newspaper or, more likely, play with their devices while being taken to their destination. The government … Continue reading Driverless dreams

Pathways to progression: improving progression rates for young retail workers

Pathways to progression, written by the Fabian Society for the TUC, looks at low-paid employees in 2001-2004 and again in 2014-2016. It finds that retail is the worst industry for pay and progression. Out of people on low pay in 2001-2004, two in five (42 per cent) who worked in retail were still stuck in … Continue reading Pathways to progression: improving progression rates for young retail workers