done a report on changes in incomes over the last 30 years, I thought it would make in interesting read. Some of the obvious themes such as the switch to a more services based economy have no doubt changed the world of work substantially over this time.
However, sad to report, the whole thing is a pure political diatribe against capitalism and the current Government. No real insight is given apart from the usual hand-wringing about the loss of manufacturing jobs in the North. The solution offered is a return to the pre-1979 world of big unions and the promotion of no for profit organisations (umm..the Coalition are very keen on mutuals and they seem to ignore this). Thre pre-Thatcherite UK is seen as a bastion, not the broken country that had ended up cap in hand at the IMF.
Anyway, the problems are real, but with no true attempt to analyse the causes, but only the effects, the report becomes pretty useless in trying to tell us anything useful about what we should do. A typical piece of the report that covers the latest economic trend says that all services jobs created in the 2000's boom were wiped out in the recession. What is totally missed is that almost all of these jobs were filled by immigrants or foreign workers.
The presence in the last 20 years of increasing amounts of foreign workers has indeed put huge pressure on the lowest paid in society. You don't need many skills to work on a farm or drive a forklift truck or be a baker. You certainly don;t need to be able to even speak English.
On the other hand, jobs that have proved fruitful are those that required a high level of skills (although I note Doctors are top and there are lots of foreign doctors too) and indeed, in the case of the Law, a knowledge of purely English systems. A key set of issues are therefore, education and immigration - neither really mentioned in the report.
There is though a nice long section on the transformation of the 1980's - looked at back to front. All these state owned business that were costing the taxpayer a fortune - they were privatised, floated with benefits to the Government and then became profitable. In the eyes of the TUC this is all wrong as it led to job cuts, sigh, as if supporting failing companies is a way forward (note the NHS is going to face this same crunch in the next decade) for the Government's budget.
There is one section that is good, albeit short, in the rise in indebtedness, the report does not really try to address why this is, perhaps thinking it is obviously to do with falling wages; when the reality here is that excessive lending and poor regulation have led many of the UK population up a debt cul-de-sace. Amazing for such strong Capitalist bashers to have missed one of the points they could win on!
Anyway, it is a shame a report such as this cannot be better written or balanced, the facts at its heart are most likely correct - but the interpretation and use of it for political means renders it a futile exercise.