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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 10.08.2016 | 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 04.07.2016 | 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 15.09.2016 | 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 07.09.2016 | 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...