In Praise of Much-Maligned Meetings

Sir Brendan Barber | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Sir Brendan Barber

One important lesson I learnt as a trade unionist, negotiating on behalf of my members, and, currently, seeking resolutions between opposing parties at work, is to avoid stereotyping. It's so tempting at the moment to think 'everyone over there is like that' or 'everyone who voted for that believes this'. We need to take the time to understand more about the deeper views and experiences of those in opposition to one another, and these can rarely be summed up in a single sentence or headline.

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

Frances O’Grady | Posted 01.06.2016 | 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 25.05.2016 | 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.

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.

The TUC Should Not Be Teaming Up With the Agents of Project Fear

Kate Hoey | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Kate Hoey

It is very disappointing to see the TUC teaming up with the Government and multinational business to promote Project Fear. It is a common feature of pro-EU arguments that rather than attempt to say positive things about the EU, they instead scaremonger about what could or might happen were we a fully sovereign nation again.

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.

We Cannot Fight for a Better European Union If We Are Out of It

Len McCluskey | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

When I vote for Britain to remain in the EU in June, and when I argue for the members of my union and others to do likewise in the months ahead, I will not be voting for the status quo - let me be clear about that... We cannot fight for a better European Union if we are out of it. So I will be voting for the future on 23 June.

Three Reasons Small Businesses Needn't Worry about Extended Sunday Trading

Annabel Denham | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Politics
Annabel Denham

The government's plans would see prohibitions limiting large stores from opening on Sundays for more than six hours lifted in certain circumstances. The decision would be devolved to local leaders across England and Wales (Scotland and Ireland already have powers over Sunday trading devolved to their regional parliaments).

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...

George Osborne Apes Greece With His Plan To Beat Youth Unemployment

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 26.12.2015 | UK Politics

The Government’s plan to find jobless young people work by paying them a lower minimum wage has been derided as only economically troubled Greece ha...

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...

TUC Congress: An Historic Day for the Campaign for Fair Votes

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

More unions could soon be echoing this sentiment and pushing for PR once the TUC's research is out next year. The campaign for fair votes is only getting stronger.

Austerity Is a Choice, Labour Must Offer Another

Jeremy Corbyn | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jeremy Corbyn

Austerity is a political choice not an economic necessity. When the Chancellor rose to his feet at the emergency Budget in July, and when he does so for his Spending Review in October, what is being put forward is an ideologically-driven rolling back of the state. The analysis published today by the TUC reveals how the Budget gives money to the rich, but takes away from the poor. This is the Conservative project, dressed up in the post-crisis language of budget deficits and national debt for extra impetus. Inequality doubled under the Thatcher government, and her heirs seem to be doing all they can to ensure that legacy is extended.

Rail Fares Have Risen Three Times Faster Than Wages, And Commuters Are Furious

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK

Rail fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the past five years, leaving commuters "seriously out of pocket", according to a new r...

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.

Labour Leadership Contest - Why Can't We Vote for Hope?

Chris Tavner | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Tavner

I won't be joining the Labour Party, but I am part of the wider labour movement. As such, I will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn. I will be voting for hope.

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.

'Why Let Facts Get In The Way Of Spin?' TUC Hit Back On Welfare Report

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics

A report claiming over half of UK households get more in benefits than they pay in taxes is “extremely misleading” as it includes pensioners, acco...

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...

Young People Most Likely To Be Unemployed Despite Fall In Jobless Figure

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics

Youth unemployment has dropped to its lowest level since before the 2008 recession, it was revealed today. Figures published this morning show in t...

Jobs and Productivity: Key to Higher Pay

John Cridland | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK
John Cridland

"Improving the productivity of our country is the route to raising standards of living for everyone in this country... Our future prosperity depends on it." That was Chancellor George Osborne speaking just days after the election at the CBI's 50th Anniversary Annual Dinner. He's also promised his Budget next month will have "a laser-like focus" on living standards.

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.