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(10581) Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture - YouTube
Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture - nelson mandela lecutre
/ this is just a speech, obama speech.
/ is like Robert Reich - saving capitalism from itself, reforming capitalism
/ part of the system - supposedly meritocracy - embrace it - if I can do it you can do it - clintons and obama.
/ obama suckerpunched everyone after being elected
/ the problem is system it is not just banks - system chaotic and irrational working against its sustainability bc of greed profit maximization and duopoly competition
/
PART 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0De24c0tyqs - Obama Says Inequality Led to Rise of the Right, but Takes No Responsibility for It (2/2)
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july 2018 by asterisk2a
Key gig economy case reaches Supreme Court - BBC News
[of interest also for delivery service industry eg DPD Parcelforce Amazon, as well as Germany sub-contractor space - Zeitarbeit and Leiharbeit] The case hinges on the distinction between Mr Smith's status as either a self-employed contractor, or a worker for the company.

He was VAT-registered and paying tax on a self-employed basis, but worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers.
Self-Employment  gig  economy  labour  practices  workers  trade  union  rights  neoliberal  neoliberalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  profit  maximisation  welfare  state  Uber  Amazon  DPD  1099 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Sports Direct and its staffing agencies paid workers £1m too little | Business | The Guardian
HM Revenue & Customs said this policy amounted to a uniform and a deduction from pay to cover the clothing took pay below the legal minimum. Primark has since introduced a more flexible policy and provides some clothing free.

A Primark spokesperson said: “The average amount paid back per employee was £23.75 and relates to a workwear policy that was changed in 2016.”
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december 2017 by asterisk2a
Uber loses court appeal against drivers' rights - BBC News
[ ANOTHER COURT IN UK SAID, UBER DRIVERS ARE EMPLOYEES.] Uber said there were two further possible stages in the appeal process - the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. &! Deliveroo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41983343 - But the CAC found they were self-employed because of their freedom to "substitute" - allowing other riders to take their place on a job. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41980922 - Handy gig cleaning app. and its policy acts causes social media row.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Almost all the 10 million jobs created since 2005 are temporary — Quartz
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment. - https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/79jmuh/almost_all_the_10_million_jobs_created_since_2005/
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Falling unemployment is great for the economy? Try telling cleaners like Irene | Stefan Baskerville | Opinion | The Guardian
While UK unemployment fell by 75,000 in the three months to July, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.3%, these figures disguise a disturbing trend in the British labour market – one of falling wages, rising insecurity and false self-employment. At the New Economics Foundation, we carried out research that shows two in every five people employed in the UK are in “bad jobs” – work that doesn’t provide a secure, living wage.
UK  working  poor  Precariat  Austerity  Self-Employment  zero  hour  contract  part-time  child  credit  tax  insecurity  job  Productivity  underinvestment  skill  gap  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  consumer  debt  household  zero-hour  on-demand  profit  maximisation  living  standard  wage  growth  inflation  secular  stagnation  GFC  recovery  poverty  trap  Deprivation  mental  health  chronic  stress 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
UK firms struggle to find employees – even before Brexit bites | Money | The Guardian
The signs of rising demand for temporary staff will fan fears about economic insecurity for UK workers as many find themselves struggling to make ends meet because they are on zero-hours contracts or taking work on a self-employed basis with no access to holiday or sick pay. In response to such worries, Theresa May last year commissioned a review of modern employment from Matthew Taylor, the head of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Taylor, the former head of Tony Blair’s policy unit, is due to publish his report in the summer but will provide a flavour of his findings in a speech on Tuesday. At his annual RSA lecture, he will call on policymakers and employers to make all work “good work” – which he defines as “fair and decent, with scope for development and fulfilment”.
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
National Insurance rise 'fair', says PM - BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39225522 - She said the decision "was taken in the context of a rapidly changing labour market in which the number of people in self employment is rising rapidly".
The shift towards self employment was "eroding the tax base", she argued.
"Is it fair? I think it is fair to close the gap in contributions between two people doing the same work and using the same public services to make the same contribution to wider society."
'We should apologise'
She said, with other NI changes, "this is a change that leaves lower paid self-employed workers better off" and .
Ministers say those earning £16,250 or less will see their NI contributions fall.
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: £2bn for social care and tax rise for self-employed - BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39114211 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39214295 debt going down bc of state asset sales !!! lol like reverse PFI ! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39203784 Philip Hammon tip-toeing around the issue of self-employment disparieties and exploitation. Damaging welfare state. While at the same time going through w corp tax cut from Osborne, as well as inheritance tax cut, capital gains, banks, ... also tip-toing around the business rate increase w a temporary relieve to the discretion of each council (call that a admin & beaurocracy catastrophe and prone to abuse, why give relive fund money to one and not the other?) & nothing for NHS. And still going ahead with Triple Lock Pension and no housing benefit for young. And still going ahead w cut in real terms of edu budgets. And still going ahead w no parity in mental health RE DWP ESA limit not funding mental health conditions.
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Record 910,000 UK workers on zero-hours contracts | Business | The Guardian
Nearly 1m people on controversial terms but growth slowdown points to ‘zero-hours juggernaut’ grinding to a halt, say experts
zero  hour  contract  gig  economy  HMRC  DWP  tax  credit  taxcredit  minimum  wage  Mindestlohn  national  insurance  productivity  service  sector  UK  Germany  NI  underemployed  Self-Employment  part-time  Universal 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
IFS: Growth in UK living standards worst in 60 years | Business | The Guardian
The Institute for Financial Studies is predicting that households will be almost 20% worse off by 2021 - IFS calculations show that average household incomes will be 18% lower in 2021-22 than could have been reasonably expected before the financial crisis in 2007-08 - “One of the biggest drivers of the rise in child poverty is policy choices, which is why it is essential that the prime minister and chancellor use the upcoming budget to put in place measures to stop this happening. An excellent start would be to ensure families can keep more of their earnings under the universal credit.”
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Government looks for new spending cuts of up to 6% - BBC News
[ fallacy of Austerity, just Austerity to balance the budget, living off the body, no investment (ROI) to balance future butget by increased tax income. debt does not come down, bc the economy stupid. and imf has backtracked its austerity advice, and latest from imf - investment in health and edu grows economy, got an ROI! ] The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said meeting this target by 2025 would require up to £34bn in further spending cuts and tax rises. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38894023 - To meet his target of eliminating the deficit during the next parliament, which is from 2020 to 2025, Mr Hammond will probably have to find a further £34bn in tax rises and spending cuts, extending austerity.
The report said £17bn of tax rises could be needed to contribute to closing the gap for government between outgoings and income.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
"Democrats Would Rather Lose Than Win With A Progressive"-Former Sanders Official Nick Brana Pt 2 - YouTube
Democrats fought & stole it from Bernie because they rather would lose to GOP/Trump than move to the left progressives. // See also book Thomas Frank - Liberal - https://youtu.be/M9u2aR19P3g. & Matt Taibbi on GOP and in general the establishment - $ - choosing the candidate not the voter electorate and journalists feeding themselves co-opting into the game then wondering why they are called fake and luegenpresse. And Mark Blyth mentioning Bill Clinton finished what Reagan could not ( Surrender: How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution by Michael Meeropol (Paperback) - https://www.yo​utube.com/watch​?v=a0q_Ww1q1j8. And Obama did not fight GOP in public, he preserved the status quo, did not upset the DNC elite and establishments going to the left and much more progressive and then there was the Drone Warfare.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC | Business | The Guardian
Study shows low-paid self-employment and zero-hours contracts costing exchequer £75m a week – a quarter of England’s weekly social care budget [...] Their relatively low earnings also make them more likely to need to rely on in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefit, the TUC said. [...] “The huge rise in insecure work isn’t just bad for workers. It’s punching a massive hole in the public finances too,” said TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Hannah Arendt - Die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam (2015) - YouTube
'as individuum you dont have power, only in collective' << see Byung-Chul Han the 'depressive, weak, singled out individual who exploits him or her or they self. // Eichmann wie Trump w Daniel Hannahn wie Boris Johnson ein Hanswurst! EINer von vielen HANSwurst. klug aber dumm, banalitaet. 'Der unwille was mit dem anderen ist.' // 'Je oberflaechlicher jemand ist, desto eher wird sich jemand der banalitaet des boesen ergeben.' ie use of bigotry, prejudice, stigmata, cliche, alternative facts, ... xenohobia, hate speech,// Totalitarianism 14:15 - for far-right to rise, authoritarians, populismus to rise, need to create Luegenwelt, post-truth, post- fact, emotions only, alternative facts, ... brotbrett mit brotkrumen aud ihr doktrinen schnallen. Eine welt nur mut brotkrumen, da kann das funktionieren. Wo man sich ueber die Brokkrumen streitet (see NHS foreign patients charges debate). Adressing the emotional needs better than the centrists and the left, which also isnt reality. // Brexit also perpetuated as "Allmaechtig" single solution to all worries, needs, wants. // Ideology creates the evil itself. Ideology to monopolise truth. destroyes thinking as individual and perosnal individual judgement. // arends totalitarianism is classic, today w social media and internet and filter bubble it is neo-totalitarianism!!! no central organ it is a network connected riding on the same wave length for the same purpose.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Zwei neue Bücher über Armut - Markige Skandalisierung gegen spröde Analyse
40% der bevoelkerung von armut bedroht. hoffnuslos das kinder aus der armut raus kommen. abgeschafft, das man selber nicht mehr aus der armut heraus kommt.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report | Business | The Guardian
Pressure on the government to help struggling Britons has intensified after a leading thinktank warned that falling living standards for the poor threatened the biggest rise in inequality since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.

The Resolution Foundation said Theresa May would need to make good on her pledge to support “just about managing” households as it released a report showing that rising inflation and an end to recent strong jobs growth would hit the least well-off hardest.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK inflation: now it's the pound in your pocket being devalued | Business | The Guardian
According to the National Institute for Economic & Social Research inflation is heading towards 4% as the effect of Brexit uncertainty keeps the pound low and imports expensive. [...] The government has pledged to double down on austerity from April, with cuts to tax credits and other benefits as well as the savings made over the last five years.

Such a sharp spike in prices will strain household finances, especially when wages growth is expected to remain at around 2.5%.

Bank of England policymaker Michael Saunders said last week that developments in the labour market such as zero-hour contracts and agency working meant wages were unlikely to take off any time soon. [...] [ rise in unsecured credit 2008 levels, and personal bankruptcies not easier (online) to do and 2016 personal bankruptcies were up ~16% ]
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
The new robot revolution will take the boss's job, not the gardener's | Business | The Guardian
Advances in artificial intelligence mean a second wave of change is approaching – and it is not the low-paid service sector where jobs are most at risk // Studies have shown that technological change rather than trade has been responsible for the vast majority of the jobs lost in manufacturing in the developed world. Put simply, machines have replaced humans. Robots have taken over factories. // https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/822930363827757056 20/80 split. - Technology—not int'l trade—accounts for 85% of the lost manufacturing jobs in the US. Feels like it's worth the reminder. &! https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-globalization-why-seattles-1999-protesters-were-right/282831/
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Inquiry launched into UK gender laws amid fears over Brexit effect | World news | The Guardian
[ one particular NHS already breaking EU overtime work directive ] Areas of equality law to be examined include measures to guarantee equal pay, protection for part-time workers and during pregnancy, and combating so-called intersectional discrimination, where someone faces potential disadvantage for not just their gender but another area, for example race or religion. [...] While the government had promised to protect equality and the rights of workers following departure from the EU, Smethers said, the concern was that some protections could be lost almost inadvertently amid wider changes. [...] “The real worry we’ve got is that those kind of assurances are actually quite superficial, and they are probably a second order commitment compared to the need to secure a competitive economy, and how we compete if we’re outside the trading bloc,” Smethers said. &! Sports Direct, JD Sports - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/29/140-jd-sports-staff-hospital-warehouse-rochdale
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit and the UK's role in 2017 - YouTube
UK joined EU for practical economic reasons, as it was sick man of europe and europe itself outgrew UK. Now UK makes irrational economic self-harm bc it doesnt see EU as strong any more, the rest is stronger and wont be bound by EU. // Theresa May to be unremarkable PM. Accidental Brexit PM. ... bc of ineptitude of Labour and majority of Press Landscape backing Brexit.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
Oh for the 1960s! People earned less but could afford more | Money | The Guardian
[ fetish of GDP ] Economic growth since the 1960s has been real, but the link between growth and personal prosperity has broken down, probably since the 1990s. We can carry on pushing for increases in GDP, but it’s meaningless unless it translates into a recovery in living standards. If any government really wants to help the left-behinds, then cutting house prices and rents must be their first priority.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
Gig economy threatens government finances, says May adviser | Business | The Guardian
“There is no question that the growth of self-employment and incorporation is having a significant impact on our revenues.” It is not known how many of the UK’s 4.7m self-employed workers are engaged in work that could also be classed as employment, but if only 10% were, that could imply an annual loss to the exchequer of close to £1bn, according to the Guardian’s estimate.

The exchequer does not receive employer national insurance contributions on behalf of self-employed workers. [...] Writing in the Guardian, Taylor says Britain’s employment system “has weaknesses and is not future-proof”
Self-Employment  Uber  Deliveroo  tax  avoidance  NHS  evasion  pension  Precarious  work  working  poor  Gig  Economy  1099  UK  budget  HMRC  technological  unemployment  JSA  DWP  Platform  Capitalism  minimum  wage 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
How Narcissists Took Over the World - YouTube
intolerant of others and other thinking. increases entitlement feeling and lowers respect for others. // mobile homescreen is feeding. same w social media. // thus CONCLUSION! POLITICAL COLLECTIVISM WILL HAVE IT AS HARD AS NEVER BEFORE! Generation Me to forgoe self interest in crony capitalism society.
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: temp agencies' avoidance scheme costs taxpayers 'hundreds of millions' | UK news | The Guardian
Last year, HMRC advised anybody using such a scheme to notify it to “avoid the costs of litigation and minimise any interest and penalties due on underpaid national insurance”.

However, despite that warning, the Guardian understands there has been a spike in the number of firms marketing similar schemes since April, when the government closed down a different tax avoidance scheme widely used by the employment agency sector.
tax  avoidance  evasion  HMRC  Self-Employment  UK  austerity 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
The battle over Uber and driverless cars is really a debate about the future of humanity | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
Because soon there won’t need to be drivers at all. Given that there are 400,000 HGV drivers in the UK, that at least a quarter of Britain’s 2.5 million van drivers are couriers, and that there are 297,000 licensed taxi drivers – that is a big dent in male employment.

The most important question facing us is not whether Uber drivers should have employment rights (they should), but what to do in a world where automation begins to eradicate work. If we accept – as Oxford researchers Carl Frey and Michael Osborne stated in 2013 – that 47% of jobs are susceptible to automation, the most obvious problem is: how are people going to live?
Uber  Book  Self-Employment  technological  unemployment  UK  universal  basic  income  UBI 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
HMRC investigates BBC presenters over tax avoidance allegations | UK news | The Guardian
About 100 current and former BBC presenters, and stars from other broadcasters, are being investigated by HMRC over claims of tax avoidance. [...] The BBC stressed that the case would touch upon the whole broadcasting industry, saying that the practice of paying presenters through personal service companies was standard. [ BBC advised its stars. and saves NI payments thus no payment into pension pot! ]
BBC  tax  avoidance  evasion  HMRC  double  standard  British  Broadcasting  Company  ITV  skynews  Self-Employment  UK  Austerity  Channel4 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
A hard truth for Leave voters: Brexit means big government
Britain has seen a renaissance in jobs since 2013, of that there is no doubt. But most of those extra jobs were among the self-employed or fell into categories that can only be described as insecure and low-paid. When companies finally took the plunge and advertised full-time jobs from 2014 onwards, around a third went to migrants. [...] It is this mostly older group of workers across the developed world, worried about their pay, pensions and conditions of employment, that want to slam the brakes on globalisation and reject the remedy proposed by big business: greater labour-market flexibility and only limited job protections. [ Globalisation as a great rebalancing of the world economy between the west and the rest (BRIC and co) ] [...] Only government can provide the cure, with a commitment to invest where the private sector cannot or will not go.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Festival of Economics 2014: Will the Robots Eat all the Jobs? - YouTube
gov needs to smooth transition! education that focuses on analytics, creativity and research. and an economy w more capital investment! [...] link CXX pay w investment, not shareprice or company value per se. and/or mend the tax code to generously reduce corporation tax rate w how much they invest of their turnover, on a linear scale.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Das Ende der Gesellschaft. Von den Folgen der Vernetzung
Das Ende der Gesellschaft von den Folgen der Vernetzung aller. // // Strohfeuer - Book Tausche Seele gegen Erfolg. Sascha Lobos packender Debütroman über die Lebensgier in den Zeiten der New Economy. // margaret thatcher - there is no such thing as society. // massenmedien (soziale medien, u eigenes umfeldgeben) illusion von spektrum of normativen verhalten; ie consumerism! du bist wast du kaufst. ... < illusorisches gesellschaftsbild. // der lack blaettert ab! an der zivilisierten gesellschaft (brexit) // strenght of weak ties (kraft des netzwerks) // no self-censorship, thus more and more people see that racism and xenophobia and misogyny is an acceptable opinion and one is not alone. far-right conservatives tell that political correctness has gone too far. // nun findet keine maessigung mehr statt (dies political correctness); racism/xenophobia ist nicht mehr extrem. // nachrichten bekamen gefuehlsgetrieben (emotions) [...] gesellschaft in wallungen. gefuehlten wirklichkeit. // zeit des schnellen wandels der welt - 24/7 news cycle - coping mechanism = emotions.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class - YouTube
Canada: Generation Jobless - https://youtu.be/4UUuMWqA8eE - "The Plight of Younger Workers" (Report).& underemployed graduates w fancy sounding degrees. [...] EDUCATION INFLATION! [...] an education does no more guarantee a comfortable middle class jobs, and parents are disappointed. [...] globalisation of workforce plus automation, robotics, AI, augmented intelligence. the new GM's and Toyota's and DuPonts need less and less workers to catch ever greater pies of the current and future economy. [...] rise of the project focused self-employed and the Gig Economy. //&! (USA) Invisible Reality; The Working Poor - youtu.be/806PSngTKgg //&! FULL STORY: Generation Poor - youtu.be/lB4w8MQPdEE //&! FULL STORY: The Labour Trap - youtu.be/cHBo3LgXUPA - precarious work is now more and more the norm. as well as exploitation of those conditions.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
UK GDP growth – beware the march of the spenders | Business | The Guardian
the breakdown was deeply troubling. What it showed was an economy unhealthily reliant on consumer spending. Real household spending was up 0.7% on the quarter and added 0.5 percentage points to the growth rate. In other words, the other components of growth – investment, trade and government spending – contributed -0.1 points to growth during the first three months of the year. [...] drop in business investment, which was down both over the quarter and over the year. //&! bit.ly/1RjxDnh - Making things matters. This is what Britain forgot. Ha-Joon Chang. The neglect of manufacturing and over-development of the financial sector is the cause of the economy’s decline, not fear of leaving the EU
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may 2016 by asterisk2a
Stocks are up. But it appears to us that the U.S. economy is going down. Go figure.
velocity is at 57yr low - WOW! the money that is in circulation is in less hands! the econ expanded according to GDP, but less and less $ reach on avg each hand. - "This is serious. The velocity of money tracks how often each dollar is used to buy something in the economy. Falling velocity shows that consumers and business are pulling back… becoming more reluctant to spend and invest… downsizing… and holding onto dollars rather than spending them. This has a similar effect as reducing the supply of money bidding for goods and services. Prices drop. Deflation, in other words. The bubble has developed a leak. The hot air is gushing out." //&! bit.ly/1MOxc9A //&! research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M2V &! pieria.co.uk/articles/getting_things_wrong_federal_reserve_style - it is associated with stagnant NGDP [...] demand problem.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Martin Lewis conforonts Osborne over his living wage con
companies cut back on perks, lunch breaks, and paid overtime arrangements. or change work arrangement; change to being self-employed contractor. //&! As predicted Osborne's national living wage is a con - youtu.be/MQfEWTN5hR4 - cut of overtime and weekend pay bonus. - ALSO THERE COMES AGE DISCRIMINATION. BECAUSE starts not for students!/<25years old! //&! bbc.co.uk/news/business-36082247 - Osborne warns firms not to cut perks on back of National Living Wage
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Revolutionary politics in the UK
// yanis is liberal marxist // &! Will John McDonnell's fiscal rules work for Labour? Paul Mason Vs John Rentoul - youtu.be/0EISho5eSUc - OBR econometrics dictated by Treasury, George Osborne w wonky multipliers that don't fit w IMF models. IMF calls for fiscal stimulus! since late 2015 because China's credit bubble popped and global economy started to head south.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
IMF urges more spending to boost growth
Fund’s steering committee calls for more forceful stimulus and warns monetary policy alone is not enough //&! http://www.theguardian.com/business/imf //&! bit.ly/1V9pfhD - IMF chief: regulators long 'alarmed' over Panama's handling of taxation. Christine Lagarde responds to Panama Papers revelations, noting that authorities were concerned but did not take ‘expected’ action.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick
POVERTY TRAP! // we were never as miserable as a nation as ever before.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits
An entertaining, provocative film in which Ian explores the colourful history behind one of the most explosive issues of our times - welfare: who deserves to be helped, and who doesn't. [... ] all hate, no heart. just spreadsheets. at Whitehall, no 11. [...] Benefit Street = victorian freak show/circus of curiosities [...] writing about others, "othering" them. demonising them or putting them on pedestals, making them saints. [...] IDS "a single mother wo aspiration is a product of the system" would correct that, a product of her environment (society) [ie gentrification - poor living w poor door to door. and everyone is looking down on them.].
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month
[ UC is a backdoor welfare cut ] Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty, charities say. Tens of thousands of low-paid working families can expect to lose up to £200 a month as a result of changes to universal credit introduced on Monday – the first wave of £3bn in welfare cuts that will affect 1m households by 2020. [...] a full-time single parent would have to work a 14-month year. [...] The cuts stem from changes in the work allowance unveiled by the chancellor, George Osborne, in his summer budget a year ago. These drastically reduced the amount people can earn before low-wage top-ups are withdrawn at the rate of 65p per £1 earned.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Piketty: EU should welcome one million immigrants a year
"The European Union has the capacity to absorb a large flow of migrants, one million per year in terms of inflow net of outflow," he said.
"This is exactly what we had between 2000 and 2010 and this was working in the sense that unemployment was being reduced.
"The problem is - with the austerity policies and with the recession - now we are in a situation where it's very difficult in particular with southern Europe, with the terrible economic situation that we have created there in particular." [...] The population of the EU has only risen by 0.2% a year since 1995, he argues, compared to 1.2% for the world's population over the same period.
According to Eurostat, the official statistical arm of the European Commission, a total of 3.4 million people came to the EU during 2013. Some 2.8 million left, leaving a net immigration figure of around 600,000. [S]low growth [...] exacerbated not just by a lack of immigration but also by austerity policies aimed at reducing public expenditure. [EU in recession 2011 forward]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Why Everyone Must Get Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution
For example, as automation increases, computers and machines will replace workers across a vast spectrum of industries, from drivers to accountants and estate agents to insurance agents. By one estimate, as many as 47 percent of U.S. jobs are at risk from automation. Many experts suggest that the fourth industrial revolution will benefit the rich much more than the poor, especially as low-skill, low-wage jobs disappear in favor of automation.

But this isn’t new. Historically, industrial revolutions have always begun with greater inequality followed by periods of political and institutional change. The industrial revolution that began at the beginning of the 19th century originally led to a huge polarization of wealth and power, before being followed by nearly 100 years of change including the spread of democracy, trade unions, progressive taxation and the development of social safety nets.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Waiters And Bartenders Rise To Record, As Manufacturing Workers Drop Most Since 2009
On the surface, the March jobs reported was better than expected... except for manufacturing workers. As shown in the chart below, in the past month, a disturbing 29,000 manufacturing jobs were lost. This was the single biggest monthly drop in the series going back to December 2009. But not all is lost: as has been the case for virtually every month during the "recovery", virtually every laid off manufacturing worker could find a job as a waiter: in March, the workers in the "Food services and drinking places" category, aka waiters, bartenders and minimum wage line cooks, rose again to a new record high of 11,307,000 workers, an increase of 25K in the month, offsetting virtually all lost manufacturing jobs. This is how the two job series have looked since the start of 2015: 24k manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past 14 months compared to an increas of 365K food service workers.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Four key numbers - BBC Newsnight
weaker outlook for income tax receipts & economy/global economy >> OBR has done 'no projections' on impact of Brexit: Robert Chote - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/A0jvIUKTU1U //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw - "WE HAD THE BIGGEST BANK BAILOUT" //&! NICKY MORGAN ON TORY WELFARE ROW - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/IC_Yhggk62o
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Angestellte bei Airbnb und Uber: "Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat"
AirbnB und andere Firmen tun so, als hätten sie eine soziale Mission. Doch laut dem Buchautor Tom Slee beuten sie ihre Angestellten schlimmer aus als herkömmliche Firmen - und begünstigen totale Überwachung. // SPIEGEL: Es gibt Ökonomen, die sehen in diesen neuen Jobs auch eine Chance.

Slee: Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat. Die dahinterstehenden Plattformen tarnen sich als Innovation, bauen aber auf unbegrenzte Verfügbarkeit und darauf, Arbeitsgesetze auszuhebeln und alles Risiko den Kleinunternehmern aufzuhalsen. [...] SPIEGEL: Uber und Co gerieren sich oft als Plattformen für freie Miniunternehmer. Sind sie das wirklich?

Slee: Die Leute sind scheinselbstständig, oft werden sie wie Angestellte behandelt. Tatsächlich haben sie etwa die Pflicht, 90 Prozent der angeforderten Fahrten anzunehmen, sonst werden sie gefeuert.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
As unicorn startups send customer service gigs to the hinterland, is Silicon Valley exporting its prosperity, or just dead-end jobs?
In the end, only a couple of the San Francisco Lyft staffers decided to go to Nashville. Some scrambled to find new jobs in the company, and the rest got severance and left. Six months later, two people I talked to are still looking for jobs, in a city that boasts a 3.4 percent unemployment rate. “I feel a little burned by this experience,” said one. “There’s just this understanding that if you work for customer service in the tech world you’re not valued. Those are soft skills, and associated with women, they’re not super valued.” [...] With their skills deemed better suited to Nashville, Lyft’s workers can’t help but internalize another message about whether they belong in increasingly Darwinian San Francisco. “It doesn’t make any fucking sense to live in one of the most expensive areas in the country and work in nonprofit development,” one told me.
Another customer service worker I’d talked to from a big software company decided that if she wanted to stick around the Bay Area, it was time to teach herself to code.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate
Uber for X // Startups that deliver what you want, when you want it — like Uber, but for groceries, laundry, munchies, etc. — are revamping their business plans or shutting down entirely. It turns out that the on-demand model is so cash-intensive that it only really works if you're, well, Uber.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: the productivity and prosperity puzzle
It wasn't so much "here's a rabbit from the hat" but more: "look over there - a squirrel!" [...] [Productivity] turned out disappointingly again. And that's knocked back the growth estimates for the economy, as well as for pay, for tax revenue, and for company profits over the rest of the decade.
Britain's not alone in that. But keeping company with the USA on such numbers is not that reassuring. [...] And as that is the main, long-term driver of real pay, it means Britain's standard of living will improve from the recession, but at only two thirds of the rate we've come to expect. [ Recovery ] average year saw only 0.1% per year.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
State pension changes: Charity finds 70,000 people won't qualify for pension under new rules | Home News | News | The Independent
Changes to the system coming into effect on 6 April mean that people will need 10 qualifying years to get any new state pension. This is a change from the existing regime which allows people to receive at least some state pension even with only a few years of NICs. [...] Age UK said it supports the aim of a simpler, fairer state pension, acknowledging it should benefit many people with low lifetime earnings due to low pay and caring responsibilities. But the charity is concerned that there are many approaching retirement, particularly women, who do not have a full NI record. [...] "People who haven't built up enough National Insurance can apply for Pension Credit, which works by topping up their other income and provides additional security in retirement.”
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
House of Lords votes to keep income-related child poverty measures | Society | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine poverty! ] Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, announced the proposals in July, prompting dismay among child poverty charities. He said the government would scrap its measurement of child poverty and the aim to eradicate it by 2020, while replacing it with a new duty to report levels of educational attainment, worklessness and addiction. Under his plans, the old measurement, based on the percentage of households with below-average income, would continue to be published as a government statistic but would no longer be seen as a target. However, peers voted by 290 to 198 to keep the targets, in a move to prompt the House of Commons to think again. [...] [ TRICKLE-DOWN! ] David Freud, the welfare minister, opposed the amendment on behalf of the government, saying “life chances” indicators were a better way of monitoring what was happening and of directing resources most effectively to tackle the problem.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
UK consumes far less than a decade ago – 'peak stuff' or something else? | Business | The Guardian
From crops to energy and metals, average material consumption fell from 15 tonnes in 2001 to just over 10 tonnes in 2013 [...] UK households have also abandoned buying many resource-intensive goods common in the recent past – such as metal-heavy video recorders and hi-fi systems, vinyl records, CDs and books – as they shift to digital consumption. [...] The figures will spark fresh speculation that Britain and other developed economies have hit ‘peak stuff’, although some critics pour scorn on the quality of the ONS’s environmental accounts. In January, Ikea said the appetite of western consumers for home furnishings had reached its peak and consumption of many familiar goods was at its limit. Household spending on physical goods, including furnishings, clothing, cars and gadgets, decreased between 2002/03 and 2014, [...] Households now spend more on services than physical goods, he said. [...] [ saturation in some markets but we are not living in peak stuff ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne warns of further spending cuts in Budget - BBC News
[ LOL! ] But recent figures showing the UK economy was smaller than expected meant savings must be found in his Budget statement on 17 March, he said. [...] Mr Osborne said he would rather look for extra cuts now than risk breaking his own manifesto commitment to achieve a surplus in the budget by the end of this Parliament. The chancellor did not completely rule out raising taxes in the event of a further slowdown in growth, but said that now was not the time for "significant" tax hikes. [...] I'm absolutely clear we've got to root our country in the principle that we live within our means and that we have economic security." [...] "whole purpose of our economic plan was to have a budget surplus. [...] we got big challenges at home to make the economy more productive even as more people get work. [ because having part of your budget in the property bubble is so productive ] [...] I will do what is required to keep our country safe and secure." [ NOT CHANGING PLANS ie U-TURN ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit referendum could destabilise UK recovery, says IMF | Business | The Guardian
[ putting investment decisions and plans on hold! ] Christine Lagarde warns that uncertainty over outcome ‘will be bad in and of itself’ in months leading up to vote [...] But the IMF’s annual health check said “the relatively positive outlook is subject to risks and uncertainties”, including a global slowdown, sluggish productivity growth, a large trade deficit, still-high levels of household debt, and the forthcoming referendum on EU membership. It said any sign of weakness in growth should be met with higher spending by the Treasury. The UK authorities should explore “both revenue and expenditure measures, while protecting spending in priority areas, including healthcare, education, and infrastructure”. The report emphasised that “flexibility in the fiscal framework should be used to modify the pace of adjustment in the event of weaker demand growth”. [ moderates and politicians, wisely worded! no instructions. no direct criticism. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
An Alarm Goes Off Threatening The "Strong U.S. Jobs" Myth: Withheld Income Taxes Are Stalling | Zero Hedge
[#misrepresentation - FOI request to HMRC - job creation, ask for list of annual salary 2009 - till now - picture emerges of mostly low pay jobs. with more and more job qualifying for tax credits. ask also for numbers of tax credits during the "recovery" and also income based job seeker allowance, people just working 16hrs or less. - also housing benefit. / also the numbers and incomes for self-employed and their income development during the recovery, do they grow their income? or do they make ends meet? ] The best example of this is when looking at the growth of federal income and employment tax withholdings, the broadest and most timely read on the health of the job market, which as Jed Graham writes, "has been sinking at an alarming rate." While for most of 2015, tax withholdings rose at a rate of 5% or more from a year ago, on the back of job growth and gains in wages, commissions and other incentive pay, in recent months there has been a substantial dropoff in this key indicator.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: the Tories new plan to squeeze the working poor (From Herald Scotland)
[ great picture of IDS. redistribution from bottom to the top. ] THE TORY government been attacked over plans to extend controversial benefit sanctions to claimants with jobs, with critics warning introducing the "shockingly harsh" penalties risks plunging workers into poverty. A number of pilot schemes are currently being carried out in the UK – including in Inverness – to assess a new scheme which the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) says is aimed at helping workers on low earnings take on more hours and increase their income. Benefits can be stopped if claimants fail to meet requirements outlined by the DWP – such as missing Jobcentre appointments or failing to show evidence of looking for more work for a certain number of hours a week, on top of their usual job.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Deutschland: Fast 118.000 Selbstständige sind auf Hartz IV angewiesen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Immer mehr Unternehmer beantragen staatliche Unterstützung. Laut einem Bericht bekamen im vergangenen Jahr fast 118.000 Selbstständige Hartz IV. Besonders schlecht verdienen demnach Leute die als Ein-Personen-Unternehmen arbeiten. [...] Zugleich hat sich die Zahl der Selbstständigen ohne Beschäftigte dem Bericht zufolge seit dem Jahr 2000 von 1,84 auf 2,34 Millionen erhöht. Damit gebe es inzwischen deutlich mehr Solo-Selbstständige als Selbstständige mit Beschäftigten. Deren Zahl habe im vergangenen Jahr bei 1,85 Millionen gelegen. [ << underlying truth of the labour market Germany - precarious. No way to save something for retirement. ]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Three City Link directors to face criminal charges over firm's collapse | Business | The Guardian
[ sticking the bill to the state, also lowering the insurance bill by employing drivers as self-employed (have to pay their own insurance, vehicle, vehicle tax, maintenance, etc) and not even making minimum wage (per hour income) << circumventing minimum wage payments and insurance payments. no morality. ] The Insolvency Service (IS) declined to comment on why the department was suddenly using its powers under the act. But the action comes after the government has been forced to pay out millions in compensatory payments to staff made redundant without proper consultation. The cases have emerged amid a government investigation into the issue of redundancy consultations in insolvencies and the potentially clashing demands of employment and insolvency law.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
More jobs paying below living wage - BBC News
'Prevalent' low pay The ONS figures show that the proportion of jobs paying below the living wage has grown. In 2014, young adults were most likely to be paid less than the living wage. Some 58% of jobs carried out by 18 to 24-year-olds outside of London and 48% of jobs in this age group in London were paid less than the living wage. In accommodation and food services in 2014, an estimated 65% of jobs paid less than the living wage in London and 70% in the rest of the UK. Northern Ireland had 29% of jobs paying below the living wage, the highest in the country. At the other end of the scale, 19% of jobs in the South East of England, London and Scotland paid below the living wage. [...] "These figures demonstrate that while the economy may be recovering as a whole, there is a real problem with ensuring everyone benefits, and low pay in still prevalent in Britain today."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
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