Posts Tagged ‘trade unions’

Blairite wing of the UK Labour Party launch “Purple Book” of modernising ideas to put pressure on Ed Miliband

By Mark Ferguson@markfergusonuk

There’s a great scoop by Rachel Sylvester in The Times (£) today, about plans for Progress and others associated with New Labour to publish a “Purple Book” of modernising ideas, similar to the Lib Dem “Orange Book” once published by those around Nick Clegg. But whatever you do, don’t call these people “Blairites” – this seems to be an attempt not only to rebrand New Labour ideas without Blair attached to them, but also to reframe New Labour for the 21st century.

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“Economic Democracy: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Again?”

By Richard Hyman

‘There can be no return to business as usual’: this was the unanimous trade union response to the global crisis. For a time in early 2009, the legitimacy of capitalism was itself questioned in unexpected quarters. In May 2009 the German union confederation, the Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, organised a ‘Capitalism Congress’ – using language which for decades would have been taboo – and its president warned of unrest on the streets unless jobs were more effectively safeguarded. One of its leaders, Claus Matecki, insisted that it was important to talk of capitalism rather than using the conventional but bland term soziale Marktwirtschaft (social market economy), since only thus could trade unionists make clear that the existing economic order was historically contingent and founded on a fundamental inequality between workers and employers.[1] Yet there was no follow-up.

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