Commission and government must show mettle and take decisive action against steel dumping

SteelworksThe European Parliament is set to debate the crisis in the steel industry in Britain and across Europe today and Labour will be putting pressure on the European Commission and UK government to act quickly and decisively to save Europe’s …

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Blog – Young Workers Month.

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“What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying . . .”

Not as you might think, …

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Putting worker safety on the EU agenda

Trade_Union_IntergroupOctober saw Health and Safety put centre stage in the European Parliament. With another successful European Week for Safety and Health at Work, the adoption of the Health and Safety Strategy in the Employment Committee and a fantastic trade union …

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Labour MEPs vote to reduce air pollution  

EPLP PICLabour MEPs voted this week for a range of ambitious measures in the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) to cut emissions that contribute to dangerous levels of air pollution.

The European Parliament has backed proposals including binding emissions targets for …

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Dying to Work


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Imagine you have just received the devastating news that you have a terminal illness. Now imagine that you have also lost your job.

Dreadful isn’t it? And the worse thing is that this is happening right now in the …

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It is vital that we protect biodiversity, or we will lose it forever

honeybeeAlthough it is not as widely publicised or discussed as higher profile issues like climate change, the loss of some of the Earth’s most precious habitats and wildlife is happening at an alarming and aggressive rate. Natural changes in climate …

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Local human rights campaigner- the ongoing battle

Andy Hall 1Recently, I was shocked to learn that Andy Hall, a local human rights campaigner, is facing seven years in a Thai prison for raising the dreadful abuse of migrant workers in Thailand.

Andy was rightly drawing attention to nothing short …

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We must work together to root out European tax evasion once and for all

Sterling banknotesTax avoidance and evasion is without a doubt one of the most frustrating topics for politicians and the public alike. It is against almost anyone’s sense of fairness but at the same time is notoriously difficult to tackle. We need …

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Common sense on cloning farm animals: just because we can, doesn’t mean we should


It’s been almost 20 years since Dolly the Sheep was headline news.

As the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, she symbolised another step into a brave new world of scientific advancement.

But with new technical developments …

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EU schemes are opening doors for East Midlands vocational students

apprenticeshipLast year the European Union renewed its commitment to cross-border education and skills development by combining all of its training, youth and sport programmes into Erasmus+ which has secured funding until 2020. The Erasmus programme has been running since 1987 …

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