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A Korean perspective on the changing world of work

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A Korean perspective on the changing world of work

What can the UK learn from Korea's perspective on the changing world of work?  What are the differences in our productivity and employment levels?  How are employment law reforms helping to solve issues such as the ageing population and the gender pay gap?  This article by James Davies of Lewis Silkin offers an insight. 

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Power from the people: why trade union decline should concern us all

Conservative politicians seek reform to collective employment law and, if returned to Government, will enact a Trade Union Reform Bill to restrict union rights. But union membership has been on a long term decline anyway. Who benefits from the fall of trade unions - UK employers? Anyone?  Ian Manborde, programme co-ordinator of the MA in International Labour and Trade Union Studies at Ruskin College, Oxford, explores the issues in this exclusive opinion piece.

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The UK's productivity puzzle: a problem worth solving?

Since the financial crisis, the UK has seen economic growth, coming out of the recession well. However, we are still operating at recession levels of productivity and wages have stagnated.  Could the rise in self-employment and different working arrangements be to blame for this productivity problem?  In the fourth and final part of a series on low pay from Lewis Silkin, Tom Heys discusses the issues.

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National minimum wage: would a regional approach to NMW work?

Unemployment within the UK differs and there have been calls for the National Minimum Wage to evolve; perhaps with different rates for different UK regions. Would regional devolution good idea? What would be the legal implications? In the third of a four part series on low pay issues from Lewis Silkin, Tom Heys considers the issues.

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Let's abolish employers' national insurance contributions and build a job-creating tax system

There has been speculation that the Conservative manifesto at the next election may include a commitment to merge income tax and NICs. But what if we went further and abolished employers' national insurance contributions too; employers could have a massive financial boost and the holy grail of "full employment" could be well within reach. James Davies of Lewis Silkin makes his case for this radical reform.

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What next for the low pay commission?

The independence of the Low Pay Commission is under threat. It alone has decided the level of the minimum wage, but politicians are increasingly interested in forcing a rise in the NMW for vote-winning reasons. How can (and should) the role of the Low Pay Commission change in this new environment? In the first of a four part series focusing on low pay, Lewis Silkin debate what the future may hold for the Low Pay Commission. 

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What will the second machine age mean for the future labour market?

The recent book The Second Machine Age: Work, progress and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies by Brynjolfsson and McAfee has ignited debate about the impact of transformative future technology on the labour market. This article on technology by Lewis Silkin asks: are we really at risk of advancing technology sparking underemployment? 

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