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Argos Forced To Pay £1.4m In Wages To 12,000 Workers It Underpaid

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics

Argos is being forced to pay £1.4m in wages after it emerged it underpaid more than 12,000 workers. The Government has named and shamed a total 233 ...

Commons To Review Big Ben Four-Year Silence Plan After Row

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics

Plans for Big Ben to fall silent for four years while improvement works are carried out are set to be reviewed by Commons officials. Theresa May becam...

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.

For Those Working The 'Gig Economy', One Simple Idea Would Make A Big Difference

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK

A government review into practices in the so-called ‘gig economy’ could see tougher measures to prevent the exploitation of workers, reports sugge...

It's The Economy, Stupid! Jobs More Important To Voters Than Immigration, New Poll Shows

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics

Controlling immigration should take a back seat to protecting jobs and the economy when the government thrashes out a Brexit deal, a mega-poll of vote...

Suicide Study: Another Reasons To Ban Precarious Employment?

Anne Payne | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Anne Payne

Suicide is now the leading cause of death in adults under 50 in England, and the main cause of death among young people aged 20-34 across the UK and I...

Tories Pledge National Living Wage Rise And Protection For Workers On Short-Term Contracts

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Politics

The National Living Wage will rise and workers on short-term contracts will be given more protections under a government led by Theresa May, the Torie...

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.

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.

Why May Must Say Yes To Worker Directors

Simon Sapper | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

In this era of post-truth left-behind politics, worker directors would seem to be a straightforward win-win issue. The PM has a choice to make here; I hope she makes the right one.

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.

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: How My Union Were My Rock Through Transitioning As A Teacher

Dr Debbie Hayton | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK
Dr Debbie Hayton

On Transgender Day of Remembrance we remember trans people who have lost their lives in the face of ignorance, oppression and violence. I remember Lu...

At This Rate, The Gender Pay Gap Won't Close For Another 40 Years

Silkie Cragg | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK
Silkie Cragg

The gender pay gap has barely budged. Since 2011 the full-time gender pay gap has fallen by just 0.2 percentage points a year. At this rate it will take over 40 years to achieve pay parity between men and women.

Electoral Reform Is A Workers' Issue - Trade Unions Have A Vital Role To Play

Katie Ghose | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

With electoral reform back on the agenda -- and Labour reformers from all wings of the movement, from John McDonnell to Chuka Umunna), the voices of trade union members on this are vital in the debate.

High Workloads Are Harming Teachers' Mental Health

Chris Keates | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

The devastating impact of the last six years of economic austerity, with its savage attacks on public services and on workers' rights is evident in the motions submitted for debate at this year's TUC Congress.

You May Have Missed This First Bit Of Bad News About Rail Fares We've Had Today

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK

Rail fares have increased at double the speed of wages since 2010, according to analysis released on the day another rise was announced. Research by...

These #HarassedAtWork Tweets Show How Far We've Still Got To Go To Stamp Out Sexual Harassment

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK

Hundreds of people are sharing their experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace after it was revealed that nearly two thirds of young women hav...

'Just a Bit of Banter?'

Frances O’Grady | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Frances O’Grady

Our report, published with the Everyday Sexism Project, is one of the most extensive pieces of research on the issue in Europe. And for the first time in the UK, the study includes a large enough sample to be representative of experience of black, Asian and minority ethnic women - and rates of sexual harassment of BAME women were similarly high, with more than half (52%) being sexually harassed at work. We found that nearly one in three women have been subject to unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature and that more than one in four women have been on the receiving end of comments of a sexual nature about their body or clothes at work.

Sexual Harassment At Work Affects 63% Of Young Women

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK

Sexual harassment is leaving victims feeling “ashamed and frightened” as new research shows that nearly two thirds of young women have experienced...

In Praise of Much-Maligned Meetings

Sir Brendan Barber | Posted 04.07.2017 | 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 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.

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

Owen Tudor | Posted 29.04.2017 | 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.