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Frances O’Grady

TUC General Secretary

What We Want To Hear - But Probably Won't - In Theresa May's Speech

Unfortunately, whether it was a case of wouldn't or couldn't, the prime minister hasn't kept her promises to working people. The proposal to put workers on boards has been abandoned, real wages are still falling in both the private and public sectors, and working people are in the teeth of another living standards crisis. And despite all that, the government is still pursuing an extreme Brexit that will only compound the problems in our economy. So when ministers say they're building a country that works for everyone - why should we believe them? The evidence simply doesn't bear it out.
04/10/2017 07:50 BST

Workers Forced To Skip Meals To Make Ends Meet Can't Afford To Wait For Action

If you work hard, you should be able to feed yourself and your family. In 21st Century Britain, that shouldn't be up for debate. But a shocking new TUC/GQR poll shows that one in eight workers in this country are skipping meals to make ends meet. And 44% - almost half - are worried about meeting basic household expenses, such as food, transport and energy.
07/09/2017 11:07 BST

We Need Better Jobs For Young Mums And Dads

When Becky's daughter became very ill on a Saturday evening, she brought her to A&E. The nine-month-old was diagnosed with tonsillitis and an infection in both ears. The next day, which happened to be Father's Day, Becky had to miss work to look after her little girl. But when she went back on Monday her manager accused her of lying so that she could take Father's Day off. Becky is one of thousands of young parents who simply aren't getting the support they deserve at work.
01/09/2017 09:25 BST

Mr Fox Goes To Washington. Why?

We'd have more confidence in Mr Fox's trade strategy if he was more open to trade union concerns and voices. But the fact that neither of our trade union movements have been consulted about this trip suggests it's not a real trade mission at all. Business organisations that we regularly engage with know nothing more than we do. And that really does imply that this visit is more of a public relations stunt than serious trade talks.
24/07/2017 09:09 BST

As The Prime Minister Triggers Article 50, Unions Will Be Fighting For Working People

Mrs May should be upfront: in two years' time, we'll leave the EU. But while we're working out the final deal, let's agree a transitional deal, giving us the time and space needed to negotiate the best deal for Britain's future outside the EU. Britain can prosper after Brexit. But the PM has to put the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of her agenda, and take time to get the right deal, to make it fair.
27/03/2017 17:36 BST

Happy Women's Pay Day - The Day The Average Woman Starts Getting Paid Compared To The Average Man

<img alt="all women everywhere" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5135874/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> Next week sees International Women's Day being celebrated around the world. As women we've come so far in achieving equality in the workplace and in wider society. But sadly we've still got a lot of work to do when it comes to tackling the gender pay gap. New research published by the TUC today reveals that the average woman has to wait nearly a fifth of a year (66 days) before she starts to get paid, compared to the average man. The TUC has branded this day Women's Pay Day - the day the average woman starts getting paid compared to the average man
03/03/2017 08:02 GMT

A Canada-Style Trade Deal With The EU Will Be Bad For Britain

CETA is a dreadful deal and it should not set a template for Britain's trade deal with the EU or anywhere else. That's why, when CETA comes before the European Parliament next Wednesday, trade unions in Britain and across Europe will ask MEPs to vote against it.
10/02/2017 10:06 GMT

'Just a Bit of Banter?'

Our report, published with the Everyday Sexism Project, is one of the most extensive pieces of research on the issue in Europe. And for the first time in the UK, the study includes a large enough sample to be representative of experience of black, Asian and minority ethnic women - and rates of sexual harassment of BAME women were similarly high, with more than half (52%) being sexually harassed at work. We found that nearly one in three women have been subject to unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature and that more than one in four women have been on the receiving end of comments of a sexual nature about their body or clothes at work.
10/08/2016 08:24 BST

Why British Unions Reject the Coup in Brazil

The British trade union movement has pledged to our sisters and brothers in Brazil that we will not stay silent as their rights are attacked, their democracy dismantled, their social advances rolled back. We will protest at every step the Temer government takes against the poor and the working people of Brazil. And we will use the links between Brazil and the British economy - as well as the public focus on the Rio Olympics and Paralympics - to raise awareness of the coup in Brazil and its effect on ordinary Brazilians.
25/05/2016 17:07 BST

Brexit Would Risk the Loss of Holiday Pay, Protections for Pregnant Workers and Many Other Rights

Voting to leave the EU would be a big risk for every working person. It would leave them haunted by years of uncertainty, with rights like paid holiday, parental leave and equal treatment for part-timers at risk of being whittled away. Generations of trade unionists fought hard to win the rights that the EU now guarantees. If we lose them because of Brexit, it could take generations to get them back again. The biggest cheerleaders for Brexit think that your protections at work are just red tape to be binned. Bad bosses will be rubbing their hands with glee if leaving the European Union gives them the chance to cut back workers' hard-won protections. We shouldn't give them that opportunity.
08/04/2016 17:07 BST

Budget 2016 Signals a More Uncertain Future for Young People

The truth is that young people have been little more than rhetorical window dressing for Osborne's budget. There was nothing on Wednesday that will make the tangible improvements to their life chances that they need. They still look set to be the first generation to have worse living standards than their parents.
17/03/2016 07:37 GMT

What It Means to Be in a Union - And Why We All Need to Defend Them

We know that unions don't often get good press in the UK. Stories about the inconvenience of strikes dominate, while the day-to-day work of unions goes largely unreported. This is a real shame, as I've seen first-hand the incredible work trade union members are doing across the country...
10/02/2016 17:51 GMT

If the Government Gets Away With the Trade Union Bill, Democracy and Liberty in the UK Will Be Seriously Damaged

They even plan to make it a criminal offense for more than six people to stand peacefully in a picket line. This is ridiculous. The police should be out there catching the real criminals, not wasting their time arresting people on peaceful union pickets. If they get away with it, democracy and liberty in the UK will be seriously damaged. We will have the most draconian strike laws of any democracy in Western Europe.
16/07/2015 09:54 BST

It Was a Queen's Speech Against Working People, Not for Them

The Queen's Speech was supposed to position the Conservatives as the party of working people. If so, they've got a strange way of going about it. A list of priorities that includes curbing trade union rights, chipping away at workplace protections through EU negotiations, freezing in-work benefits, cutting jobs and freezing pay in the public sector doesn't read like a workers' wishlist.
27/05/2015 18:43 BST