Frances Ogrady

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 08.04.2016 | 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 17.03.2016 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 16.07.2015 | 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 27.05.2015 | 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 12.05.2015 | 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.

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...