George Osborne Has Lost £33Billion in Taxes Because of Wage Stagnation

Frances O’Grady | Posted 16.02.2015 | 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.

The Government Are Feckless, Neglectful and Abusive - My Speech at the #TUC2013

Jack Monroe | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jack Monroe

George Osborne's latest announcement is that "austerity works" as though we are all just living in a snapshot of a nostalgic poster of post-war Britain. You sit at home in your coat. Drag yourself to the cooker to pour some tinned tomatoes over some cold pasta, and try not to hurl it across the room in frustration when your toddler tells you he doesn't want it. But there isn't anything else. But aren't we supposed to just keep calm and carry on? There's nothing cosy and nostalgic about missing days of meals, turning the heating off for two consecutive winters and every bloody day and night in between.

Ordinary Working Men and Women Should Be Involved in Our Party

Gloria De Piero | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Gloria De Piero

I've just watched his speech to the TUC. It shows that Ed is determined to open up our politics and involve ordinary working men and women in our party. Anyone who thinks that these people dominate the Labour Party - its selections, elections and decision-making - are not living in the real world.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Has Kerry's Gaffe Saved Syria From Air Strikes?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 10 September 2013... 1) HAS KERRY'S GAFFE SAVED SYRIA FROM AIR STRIKES? From the Times: "Russia w...

Time for More Public Value, Fewer Markets

John Tizard | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

This week the TUC has an opportunity to set out a new agenda for public services. It can and should challenge the Coalition Government's obsession with market based approaches. It also has to be ready to challenge some of the trade union movement's own prejudices.

'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...

'Over A Quarter Of Firms Use Zero-Hours Contracts'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

Over a quarter of British businesses employ someone on a zero-hours contract, according to a new study. In a study of 600 employers by the Recruitm...

David Cameron's Lobbying Reforms A 'Dog's Breakfast'

PA | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron is facing calls for an urgent rethink of government legislation aimed at preventing future lobbying scandals. The chairman of the Com...

Chancellor Should Heed IMF Advice and Increase Infrastructure Spending Now

Duncan Weldon | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Duncan Weldon

In most circumstances today's IMF report would be taken as a pretty damning indictment of the state of the economy and our prospects for recovery. However, because the IMF has stopped short of openly calling for a "plan B" the Chancellor's allies appear to be classifying this as a victory.