UK Trade Unions

Trade Unions Have a Key Role to Play in the Transformation of Our Broken Economic Model

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

In general, unionised workers are better off than non-unionised. Even in Britain, home to the toughest anti-union legislation in Western Europe, unions make a difference; strong unions make a bigger one.

We Need Democratic Trade Unions (Even if they sometimes make the trains late)

Sam Fowles | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

One may disagree with the tube strike, but that isn't an argument against Unions. But banning strikes or condemning strikers is suppressing legitimate democratic expression. And that's much worse than making the train late.

Unite's Leverage Squads Are Both Legal and Necessary

John Wight | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

Unite the union, with over three million members, remains a repository of pride in working class solidarity and the collective ethos that has come under sustained assault for the past few decades as the free market has ridden roughshod over anything and everything that dare stand in its path.

The Rise and Rise of Precarious Work

Thomas Prosser | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK
Thomas Prosser

I shall not here divulge the employer, but whilst a student I was employed as a cash-in-hand worker in a small firm in the food service sector. Every morning in the holidays I would rise at four and commence work half an hour later; invariably greeted with the frenetic work schedule common in the sector and occasionally with threats of violence to my person.

Time for More Public Value, Fewer Markets

John Tizard | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

This week the TUC has an opportunity to set out a new agenda for public services. It can and should challenge the Coalition Government's obsession with market based approaches. It also has to be ready to challenge some of the trade union movement's own prejudices.

'Ed Must Condemn The Beer Strike'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband is under pressure to condemn strike plans by the Unite Union, the Labour Party's biggest backer, which would disrupt the beer supplies for...

Anti-Royal Mail Sale Petition Delivered To No. 10

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics

A petition protesting against the coalition's part-privatisation of the Royal Mail will be handed in at Downing Street today. Over 120,000 of the 1...

Boris Calls For 'Thatcherite Zeal' To Crackdown On Trade Unions

PA/ The Huffington Post | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK

Tories, including Boris Johnson, have demanded a clampdown on trade unions in a show of "Thatcherite zeal" aimed at stopping a wave of industrial unre...

'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 ...

Burton Roll Out 'Arthur Scargill-Inspired' Clothing Line

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK

Menswear chain Burton have launched a new clothing range with an odd inspiration - the northern miners of the decades past and their leader Arthur Sca...

Living Wage To Rise By 25p

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK

London's Living Wage must increase by 25p an hour, to £8.55, Mayor Boris Johnson has announced, worth an extra £4.5m to workers on low wages. The...

Bob Crow Blasts 'Blacklist' Of Trade Union Activists

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

Union activists have demanded action against a murky "blacklisting" website, which purports to show employers whether their potential employees are un...

Tories To Target Civil Service Unions

PA | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK Politics

Trade union representatives in the Civil Service are to face new curbs on the amount of time they can devote to union activities during work hours. ...

Thatcher Death T-Shirts Condemned As Tasteless

PA | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Politics

T-shirts bearing messages celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher have been removed from sale outside the TUC Congress after being described as "ta...

'We Will See Off The Tory Right'

PA | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK

The Government is on a fresh collision course with millions of workers after warnings of mass strikes in protest at pay freezes, job losses and other ...

Dennis Skinner MP: Incorruptible and Unapologetic

James Bloodworth | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Politics
James Bloodworth

Dennis Skinner plans to retire at the next election to make way for a neighbouring Labour MP as the boundaries of his Derbyshire constituency are redrawn. The House of Commons will be a duller place without him.

Union Plans Further Action Over Pensions Dispute

PA | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK

Public and civil servants could take strike action after Easter in the bitter dispute over pensions, a union has announced. The Public and Commerci...

No Fines For Late Tax Returns

PA | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK

People who miss next week's tax self-assessment deadline will not be fined because of a strike by tax office staff. HM Revenue and Customs said it ...

CBI Says Export Reform Could Give UK £20bn Boost

Huffington Post UK | Peter Guest | Posted 21.11.2011 | UK

A new export strategy could give a £20bn lift to the UK economy by the end of the decade, according to the Confederation of British Industries (CBI),...

Women 'Hardest Hit By Government's Public Sector Pension Reforms'

PA | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics

Women are the biggest group to be hit by the Government's controversial reforms of public sector pensions which has sparked the threat of a strike by ...

Communists, Trade Unions call for "Massive" Strikes on the 30th of November

Nicolas Niarchos | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Politics
Nicolas Niarchos

As Labour Party delegates arrived in Liverpool yesterday in preparation for this week's conference, another left wing party was meeting to outline its strategy for the future.

Harriet Harman Indicates Party Keeping Strike Options Open

PA | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Politics

Labour will back public sector strikes if the Government remains "unreasonable" in talks with trade unions over efforts to secure agreement ...

Unison Calls For Substantial Increase In Minimum Wage

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 09.11.2011 | UK Politics

Britain’s biggest public sector union has called for a "substantial increase" in the minimum wage by next autumn, ahead of an increase to a living w...

Autumn Of Strikes - Is It Safe To Cross The Picket Line?

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 15.11.2011 | UK Politics

As an autumn of co-ordinated industrial action by public sector unions looks increasingly likely, HuffPost UK looks at the history of those who ignore...

Unions call collective day of strike action

The Guardian | Posted 14.11.2011 | UK

Trade unions have called a collective day of strike action on 30 November, warning the government that Britain faces the "biggest mobilisation in a ge...