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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...

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.

The London Airport Nondecision Fiasco

Hugh Salmon | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

In business, it is essential to be fast on your feet, identifying new opportunities and reacting to threats as quickly as possible. In public life, decisions are taken far more slowly, if at all, and, often, for all the wrong reasons...

Beyond the Tube Strike

Grainne Gillis | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

The type of politics that has been practised over the last four years is that of the smoke-and-mirrors variety; divert the public's attention to one over-inflated issue/persona while deflecting from what the core truth of the matter actually is...

Living Standards Crisis Set to Deepen

Frances O’Grady | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The critics of austerity have been proved right. The OBR confirm today what we already knew - the recovery is at least two years behind schedule. The Chancellor has failed to meet the objective he set of a rebalanced economy growing enough through exports and investment to close the deficit by the time of the next election.

'Commute For The Dole'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK

Unemployed people should be made to commute for up to 90 minutes - just to sign on, according to David Cameron's favourite think tank. The Policy E...

Why Unions Must Be Part of Our Long-Term Economic Solution

Guy Hands | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Guy Hands

The success of Germany has been founded on a willingness across the board to look long-term and to seek commitment to shared goals. The country's experience shows that such an attitude can help tackle the most serious of difficulties.