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What We Want To Hear - But Probably Won't - In Theresa May's Speech

Frances O’Grady | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

Unfortunately, whether it was a case of wouldn't or couldn't, the prime minister hasn't kept her promises to working people. The proposal to put workers on boards has been abandoned, real wages are still falling in both the private and public sectors, and working people are in the teeth of another living standards crisis. And despite all that, the government is still pursuing an extreme Brexit that will only compound the problems in our economy. So when ministers say they're building a country that works for everyone - why should we believe them? The evidence simply doesn't bear it out.

How Decriminalising Sex Work Would Help Some Of The Most Stigmatised Workers In The Country

Cat Stephens | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Cat Stephens

The Trades Union Congress will today debate a motion from train drivers' union ASLEF, asking for support for full and complete decriminalisation of consensual adult sex work. We believe sex workers should have the same rights as every other worker in this country. This includes their right to join a trade union and organise. Current legislation forces these workers to work alone leaving them vulnerable to crime and afraid to report violence to the police through of fear of arrest. Decriminalisation would increase sex workers' safety, enhance access to health services and end criminal records - thereby making exiting the industry easier. We hope for an informed debate and a positive result for some of the most stigmatised workers in society.

Joyless, Insecure Jobs Damaging Brits' Mental Health, Says Jeremy Corbyn

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Politics

Joyless, insecure jobs are “worsening” the mental health crisis engulfing the UK, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The Labour leader said so-called gig ec...

Workers Forced To Skip Meals To Make Ends Meet Can't Afford To Wait For Action

Frances O’Grady | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK
Frances O’Grady

If you work hard, you should be able to feed yourself and your family. In 21st Century Britain, that shouldn't be up for debate. But a shocking new TUC/GQR poll shows that one in eight workers in this country are skipping meals to make ends meet. And 44% - almost half - are worried about meeting basic household expenses, such as food, transport and energy.

We Need Better Jobs For Young Mums And Dads

Frances O’Grady | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

When Becky's daughter became very ill on a Saturday evening, she brought her to A&E. The nine-month-old was diagnosed with tonsillitis and an infection in both ears. The next day, which happened to be Father's Day, Becky had to miss work to look after her little girl. But when she went back on Monday her manager accused her of lying so that she could take Father's Day off. Becky is one of thousands of young parents who simply aren't getting the support they deserve at work.

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 16.09.2017 | 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 14.09.2017 | 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.