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 29.07.2015 | 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 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.

'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 15.06.2015 | 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 27.05.2015 | 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.

The BBC's Royal Baby Report Took Irony To A Whole New Level

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK

In a twist of irony so poetic in it's timing it would be worthy of... well, a prime time TV drama, a speech by the leader of the TUC warning of a retu...

Plans to Shackle Industrial Action Have a More Sinister Purpose

Nigel Stanley | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Stanley

So now we know what the Conservative manifesto will say about industrial action. This goes far further than anything Mrs Thatcher did in limiting the right to strike. Such a turn out threshold is very rarely met by ballots involving more than a small workforce. It adds up to an effective end to the right to strike for many groups of workers - normally the kind of measure that we associate with dictatorships, not democracies.

As Young Workers' Month Ends: It's Time to Get Organised

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

It's been a bad couple of weeks for trade unionism. Two of its greatest champions - Tony Benn and Bob Crow - have both passed away. But beneath the sadness, something interesting has been happening. Something that offers hope for a previously moribund movement...

Today's Top Blog Post Picks - Monday 24 March

Jody Thompson | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Jody Thompson

Fantastic stuff on front this morning too, kicking off (pardon the pun) with former Footballers' Wives star and now Corrie cobble-botherer Ben Price on behalf of Cafod and seeing the impact of climate change with his own eyes in Uganda. TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady meanwhile says soaring wage inequality here in the UK should worry us all.

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.

Tony Benn's Life Will Inspire Us to Keep Fighting

Nigel Costley | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Costley

Tony Benn's speeches were often punctuated with the same quotes from the Bible to Chinese philosophers. He passionately opposed cynicism and urged people to engage in politics. He was a tremendous Parliamentarian throughout his fifty years as an MP yet his political authority was as great outside the House of Commons as in the chamber.

Only One In 50 Workers Feels Better Off, Warns TUC

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

Few workers are feeling the benefit of the economic recovery, with just one in 50 saying they are better off, according to the TUC. The union organ...