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Labour Lambasts Government Over Access To Justice 'Crisis' Following Legal Aid Cuts

Oliver Carter | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Carter

If you value access to justice and the rule of law, we urge you to join us in campaigning for a sustainable, effective and fair system of legal aid which ensures that no one is denied justice because of their inability to pay.

Gloves Are Coming off as Brexiteers Target Workers' Rights and Manufacturing

Owen Tudor | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Politics
Owen Tudor

Patel told Radio 4 that the EU had done nothing to defend workers' rights, and every protection we have was down to the British Government. While it's certainly true that these rights aren't gifts from Brussels bureaucrats, it's breath-taking to suggest we should be thanking Priti and her right-wing chums for them either.

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.

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

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...

60,000 People Just Hijacked The Tory Party Conference To Protest Against Austerity

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 04.10.2015 | UK

Sixty thousand people took to the streets outside the Conservative Party Conference on Sunday to protest against austerity. Singer Billy Bragg warm...

Owen Jones - A Response to the Labour Party's Betrayal

Michael Abberton | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

Blair's new Thatcherism and warmongering pushed me from Labour long ago, but still every new tory-lite policy Miliband's Labour announces seems like a fresh betrayal. It's high time the base support Labour takes for granted realised that continuing to vote Labour is not in their best interest. It's time for a real change, for the common good.

You'd Not Believe How Much More Your Boss Gets Paid Than You

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics

The average director of a top company is now paid 85 times as much as the average member of their staff, according to a new report. The TUC said bo...

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 ...

How Can Local Enterprise Partnerships Ensure Older Workers Are Used More Effectively to Achieve Economic Growth?

Chris Ball | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Chris Ball

Yesterday I attended a meeting of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) together with various Jobcentre Plus and DWP people in Stoke on Trent. Its purpose was to consider the above question. The Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb, was not there (he sent a supportive message).

Zero Hours Contracts Will Keep People on Benefits

Charlie Mullins | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

How can you tie individuals to a workplace yet offer no guarantee of work or pay each week? Don't even get me started on the fact that these rogue employers often get away with denying their staff any sick pay or holiday pay!

Revealed: Osborne Has Spent A HUGE Amount Of Your Money Protecting Bankers

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has spent over £127,000 trying to fight off a series of European regulations that it believes would hit the City of London, The Huffin...

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...

How Massive Has The Pay Gap Rise Been Between The Rich And Poor?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

The pay gap between the richest and poorest earners has "soared" in many parts of the country since 2000, new research by the Trades Union Congress ha...

Banks 'Paid Out Twice As Much In Bonuses As Corporation Tax'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK

Banks have paid out twice as much in bonuses as corporation tax since the financial crash in 2008, official figures show. According to figures from...

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...

'Austerity Is Damaging The Nation's Feet'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics

Trade unionists are set to consider stepping up their campaign efforts in a bid to save the health of British people's feet. At the Trades Union Co...

'Shocking' Threefold Rise In Payday Loans In Past Year

PA | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK

Workers are borrowing £660 a month to make ends meet, three times as much as a year ago, "shock" new figures have revealed. A study by the Unite u...

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...

Unions Demand Inquiry Into 'Zero Hours Contracts'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Politics

Unions have demanded an "urgent inquiry" into why more than 150 people are employed on controversial 'zero hours' contracts at the House of Commons. ...

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...

Unions Appeal To Prince To Protect Agricultural Workers' Pay

PA | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK

The Prince of Wales has been asked to take a leading role in protecting his estate's workers from "attack", if the government's plan to abolish a boar...

It's Time to Crack Down on Weekend Anarchists

Liam Brown | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Brown

I am all for the right to protest, but we as a society cannot support what these miscreants continue to do march after march, protest after protest.

Why Has the UN's ILO Been Kicked Out of an Island Paradise?

Owen Tudor | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK
Owen Tudor

There's in paradise. The military regime that currently runs the small South Pacific island of Fiji this week added to its pariah status by 'asking' a delegation from the UN's workplace agency (the International Labour Organisation, or ILO) to leave the country.