Work

Job For Life For All

“The Conservative belief that there is some law of nature which prevents men from being employed, that it is ‘rash’ to employ men, and that it is financially ‘sound’ to maintain a tenth of the population in idleness for an indefinite period, is crazily improbable – the sort of thing which no man could believe who had not had his […]

Weaponising workfare

Workfare recognises a reality that the TUC and many on the left haven’t – our current model of production, from a social perspective, is crumbling. Make workfare a weapon for change  by Arron Peters The potential list of objectionable adjectives that have been extended to the medley of policies collectively understood as ‘workfare’ is, much like any credibility once invested […]

Liam Byrne’s call for a new welfare state: panel verdict

In January, 2012, BSN editor, Alison Banville joined a panel discussion in The Guardian about benefit reform: The panel discusses the shadow work and pensions secretary’s return to William Beveridge in his comments on reform Diane Abbott: ‘Benefits are just part of the picture’ My colleague Liam Byrne is absolutely right to say that we need a debate on social […]

‘The Price of Coal’

A Welshman stood at the Golden Gate his head bowed low

He meekly asked the man of fate the way he should go

‘What have you done?’ St. Peter said ‘to gain admission here?’

‘I merely mined for coal’ he said ‘for many a year’

St. Peter opened wide the gate and softly tolled the bell

‘Come and choose your harp’ he said ‘you’ve had your share of hell.’

Real Democracy and the Future of Work?

In the spirit of a Popular Assembly, the Right to Work Campaign have kindly offered me the opportunity to blog about the Spanish Real Democracy Movement.  As part of this,  I would like to put forward a personal view on the future of work in a really democratic society.  Hopefully this will stimulate some debate! by Mark Barrett, Democracy Campaigner, and co-convenor of the People’s Assembly Network […]