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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK
Frances O’Grady

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.

We Need Better Jobs For Young Mums And Dads

Frances O’Grady | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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.

Mr Fox Goes To Washington. Why?

Frances O’Grady | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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.

EU Leaders Must Seek A Brexit Deal That Protects Against A Race To The Bottom For Workers' Rights

Frances O’Grady | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

Britain's working people do not want their nation to become a bargain basement economy. And EU workers do not want negative competition on their doorstep that undermines decades of progress on workers' rights. British and European leaders must set their sights high in the negotiations, and keep on walking the high road together.

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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.

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

all women everywhere 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

Brexit: Just What Are Jobs And Living Standards Being Put At Risk For?

Frances O’Grady | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

This week we've learned from the government's leading Brexiteer, David Davis, that the UK will be putting British jobs and living standards at risk for nothing more than the illusion of 'taking back control' of our borders.

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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.

If The Prime Minister Wants To Govern For Ordinary Working People, She Must Open Up Britain's Boardrooms

Frances O’Grady | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

Speaking to business leaders today she now appears to be back-tracking on this commitment: "I can categorically tell you that this is not about mandating the direct appointment of workers or trade union representatives on Boards." If this turns out to be the case, it represents a huge missed opportunity to put in place a different model for British business.

The Risks of Leaving the EU Are Far Greater to Working People Than Staying In

Frances O’Grady | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The EU is far from perfect. I haven't been afraid to criticise it before, and I won't hesitate in the future. But on balance, the risks of leaving are far greater to working people than staying in. We need to build on the protections we have, not gamble them away.

Why British Unions Reject the Coup in Brazil

Frances O’Grady | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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.

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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.

Budget 2016 Signals a More Uncertain Future for Young People

Frances O’Grady | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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.

Trade Union Bill Climb Down: Unions Will Not Have To Tell Police In Advance About Twitter Use

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics

Business Secretary Sajid Javid appears to have u-turned on making striking workers tell police how they plan to use Twitter two weeks ahead of any ind...

Frances O'Grady: Changes To Strike Laws Are A Gift To 'Ugly' Anti-Migrant Groups

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics

The Government’s clamp-down on union rights could fuel far-right tensions as employers bus in migrant agency workers to cross picket lines, the TUC ...

Zero-Hours Contracts Up By 120,000 In Just 12 Months

Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Politics

Britain’s zero hours workforce increased by almost 20 per cent in the last year, according to figures released today. The Office of National Stat...

The State of the Unions

Joel Durston | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

Power-crazed organisations coercing government to enact policy against the will of the people and subverting democracy - so runs the popular left-wing critique of big corporations in the corrupt, neoliberal world. There's truth to it in places, but it's major failing of many that they feel to see some of the same issues with unions.

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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.

Budget Bad News Keeps On Coming: Fewer Cheap Homes To Be Built

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics

At least 14,000 fewer affordable homes will be built to as a result of the Budget, the Government’s own financial watchdog has warned. Although c...

Owen Bennett

TUC Boss Frances O'Grady Warns David Cameron Over Union Strike Rule Changes

HuffingtonPost.com | Owen Bennett | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Politics

Frances O'Grady It is a line which few could get away with, but TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady delivered it with a smile. When aske...

Cameron Is 'Playing With Fire' Over EU Renegotiation Says Union Chief

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron is “playing with fire” as workers could vote to leave the European Union if he strips away employment rights as part of his renegoti...

Britain's Top Union Chief Warns Cameron Is Playing With Fire Over EU Renegotiation

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron is “playing with fire” as workers could vote to leave the European Union if he strips away employment rights as part of his renegoti...

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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.

The Government's Plans for Union Ballots Will Make Legal Strikes Close to Impossible

Frances O’Grady | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

Make no mistake. The Conservatives strike plans are the most aggressive assault on basic labour rights anywhere in the developed world and will impact on union and non-union members alike. It is essential that all fair-minded democrats fight them.

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 18.04.2015 | 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.