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Inequality and trade unions: lessons from the US 


US President Obama made a speech before Christmas in which he described tackling inequality as “the defining challenge of our time.” New York’s newly elected Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio (the first Democrat Mayor of the city for 20 years) said the same in his inaugural speech on New Year’s Day, describing the challenge as “the inequality crisis.”

Of course, unions and academics have been drawing attention to inequality for years, but the fact that political leaders are now saying the same is significant. Obama’s speech in particular will have a familiar ring, echoing the AFLCIO argument that inequality has been growing in the US since the 1970s. But what is really new is that the President of the US repeats the union argument that legal constraints on collective bargaining are a key reason for growing inequality, and need to be reversed...

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