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George Osborne Has Lost £33Billion in Taxes Because of Wage Stagnation

Frances O’Grady | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

Low pay and wage stagnation have left a gaping hole in the UK's public finances. New research published by the TUC for Fair Pay Fortnight shows that the government is collecting £33.4billion less in income tax and national insurance than had been forecast by the Office of Budget Responsbility, following the longest squeeze on wages since Victorian times.

Cameron Compared To The Victorians (In A Bad Way)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron is urging businesses to give their employees pay rises but a union leader has condemned this as "pre-election mood music" and said the p...

TTIP - A Bad Deal Could Be Worse Than No Deal at All

Frances O’Grady | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

TTIP is a big issue for politicians, business, unions and the rest of society. The secrecy which pervades the negotiations has kept it out of public debate for too long... That's why the TUC's Congress this September called for the negotiations to be halted. A good deal could be done, but not by starting from here.

Paying the Living Wage: Good for Workers, Good for the Economy

Frances O’Grady | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The simple truth is that many employers can afford to pay more. For large companies in sectors such as food production, banking, construction and software/computing - which employ over 1 million low- wage workers - paying all staff the living wage would mean an increase of less than 0.5 per cent of the total wage bill.

Your Wages Have Shrunk By HOW Much Each Week?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Politics

Average wages have fallen in real terms by £50 a week since 2008, according to a new study. Research by the TUC said average weekly earnings have ...

Brits On Zero-Hour Contracts Could Get Right To Fixed Work

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics

Workers on controversial zero-hours contracts should get a legal right to a fixed-hours arrangement after 12 months, a think-tank has concluded. Th...

Why Soaring Wage Inequality in the UK Should Worry Everyone

Frances O’Grady | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

We need to tackle poverty pay, with higher wages in sectors that can well afford to pay more, as well as more employers paying a living wage... Unless we take action, this pay gap will only grow, and only those right at the top will benefit from the recovery.

Osborne's 'Groundhog Day' Recovery

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's economic recovery is akin to Groundhog Day as chancellor George Osborne is making the same errors as before the recession, critics have warn...

Your Boss Will Earn More By Mid-Morning Than You Will In A Year

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Top executives will have earned more money by mid-morning today than the average worker does in a year, making it "fat cat Wednesday", a new report sa...

Living Standards Crisis Set to Deepen

Frances O’Grady | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The critics of austerity have been proved right. The OBR confirm today what we already knew - the recovery is at least two years behind schedule. The Chancellor has failed to meet the objective he set of a rebalanced economy growing enough through exports and investment to close the deficit by the time of the next election.

The Cleanest Cash In Politics?

The Huffington Post/ PA | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics

Union money is the "cleanest cash in politics," the new head of the TUC will argue today in a direct challenge to David Cameron. Addressing the Pri...

How Much Bigger Is Your Boss' Pension Than Yours?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

Top business chiefs are enjoying "platinum-plated" pensions of nearly £260,000 a year, equivalent to 25 times that of the average worker, a new study...

'Temp Agency Staff Pay Is Breaking EU Law'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK

Temp agency staff are failing to receive equal pay in the UK, trade unions have warned. The TUC is complaining to the European Commission, claiming...

Train Fares To Keep Rising Next Year

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK

Train fares are set for another inflation-busting rise as they will soar by an average of 4.1% from January, the Office for National Statistics has co...

Workers 'Brainwashed' Over Compensation Culture, Union Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron and his fellow ministers are trying to "brainwash" the public into backing cuts that undermine health and safety protections at work as ...

Break With New Labour, Union Chief Urges Miliband

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics

The leader of the TUC has urged the Labour Party to break with "new Labour managerialism" and show a different approach ahead of the next general elec...

Budget 2013: Our Politicians Need to Build a New Economic Model

Frances O’Grady | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

Of course there are no quick fixes, silver bullets or magic wands - choose your cliche - that can secure immediate rescue. But simply stopping making things worse as the government's austerity programme continues to do would be a good start.

From Athens to London: Europe Under Austerity

Frances O’Grady | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

On Saturday morning, I'm meeting Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Greek Opposition and head of the left-wing Syriza coalition. We will be talking about the spectre that's haunting Europe: austerity. It may seem that Britain and Greece - at almost opposite ends of Europe - have little in common. In fact, we have lots in common, and lots to discuss.

'Incoherent And An Adminstrative Nightmare'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.01.2013 | UK

Child benefit cuts will cause "incoherence" in the welfare system and lead to some families paying 65% of the money they earn to the taxman, a respect...

'The Medicine Is Not Working'

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The new leader of the TUC has launched a strong attack on the Government for its "vicious spiral" of spending cuts which are hitting low-paid workers ...