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'Shameful 50 Goodwill Payment' As Yorkshire Fresh Fruits Faces Closure
Mean-spirited Yorkshire Fresh Fruits is offering an 'insulting' £50, on top of the statutory redundancy pay, for its hourly paid workers when the firm closes down in June. Unite, the country's…
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Strike At Fox's Biscuits Suspended As New Pay Offer Is Made

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photo - tiexano
The strike at Fox's Biscuits in Batley, west Yorkshire by engineering workers today and on Thursday has been suspended for a vote on a new pay offer to take place, Unite, the country's largest…

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Tue 21st Apr, 2015 | 1:48pm

Living Wage For Lloyds Bank Staff

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photo - Images_of_Money

Further talks between GMB and contractor Mitie are to take place on 29 April over a living wage for 600 staff employed in security, postroom and reception staff working in Lloyds Banking Group's…

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Mon 20th Apr, 2015 | 2:07pm

Wage Growth Still Too Weak, Says TUC

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Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Workers have just been through the…

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Fri 17th Apr, 2015 | 4:10pm

Number Of Black And Asian Workers In Low-Paid Jobs Up TUC Report Reveals

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photo - Peter T
The number of black and Asian workers in low-paid jobs increased by 12.7 per cent between 2011 and 2014, according to a new report published today (Friday) to mark the beginning of the TUC's…

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Fri 17th Apr, 2015 | 3:52pm

Deflation Threat Is The Mark Of A Failed Economic Plan, Says TUC


Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation at zero per cent for the second month in a row, and core inflation falling to…

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Tue 14th Apr, 2015 | 4:48pm

Steel Unions Set Date For Strike Ballot


Steel unions Community, Unite, GMB and Ucatt have announced that Wednesday 6 May is the date they intend to open an industrial action ballot over Tata Steel's proposal to close the British Steel…

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Mon 13th Apr, 2015 | 12:16pm

Conservative Volunteering Plans Good For Union Activists, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Responding to today's (Friday) election pledge by the Conservative Party to give workers three days' paid volunteering leave each year, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The TUC has…

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Fri 10th Apr, 2015 | 2:10pm

Lift Workers Strike Over 'Spy In The Cab' That Does Not Work, Says Unite


About 300 engineering service workers, employed by the lift firm Kone, are on strike today (Tuesday 7 April) in a dispute over a tracker device in their vehicles, known as VAMS, which their union,…

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Tue 7th Apr, 2015 | 2:35pm

Apprentice Goes Back To His Roots


IT apprentice Ryan Beck is starting his career by going back to the school where it all began.

The 19-year-old ex-Craven College student, from Skipton, has landed an apprenticeship at The Skipton…

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Tue 31st Mar, 2015 | 3:58pm

CBI Responds To Women On Boards Report

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photo - Victor 1558
The CBI has responded to the latest Cranfield University women on boards report.

Katja Hall, CBI Deputy-Director General, said:

"These figures show that Lord Davies' voluntary approach to…

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Fri 27th Mar, 2015 | 8:00pm

CBI Responds to Labour Market Statistics


The CBI commented on the latest ONS labour market data for the three months to February 2015, showing that unemployment fell by 76,000 to 1.8 million.

Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment…

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Tue 21st Apr, 2015 | 11:56am

Cuts To Bradford Bus Services Prompt 48-Hour Strike


Thousands of Bradford bus users will be hit by a 48-hour strike on 27 and 28 April in a dispute where First West Yorkshire has been accused of allowing services 'to wither on the vine'.

The 380…

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Mon 20th Apr, 2015 | 1:21pm

TUC Blasts Iain Duncan Smith Over Zero-Hours Contracts Remarks


Responding to Iain Duncan Smith's call today (Friday) for zero-hours contracts to be renamed as 'flexible-hour contracts', TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Whatever you call a…

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Fri 17th Apr, 2015 | 4:05pm

Fox On The Run As Engineers Plan Strike Action At Biscuit Factory

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photo - tiexano
Biscuit production at Fox's Biscuits in Batley, West Yorkshire is set to be hit next week by engineering workers striking over a 'paltry' pay offer.

The 42 engineers, members of Unite, the…

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Thu 16th Apr, 2015 | 7:12pm

350 Jobs Decline At AA

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photo - Graham Richardson
GMB, the union for staff at AA motoring organization, commented on jobs currently under threat at AA and jobs recently gone.

There are cuts in Home Emergency Response from 90 staff down to 65…

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Mon 13th Apr, 2015 | 5:14pm

Conservative Volunteering Plans Getting More Confused By The Minute, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Responding to the news that the Conservative Party won't allow workers to engage in trade union activity as part of their plans to give employees three days' paid volunteering leave a year, TUC…

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Fri 10th Apr, 2015 | 2:32pm

Unite Warns Shell And BG Group Against Crude Cost Cutting In 'Mega Merger' Deal


Britain's largest union, Unite, warned against crude cost cutting and job cuts following today's (Wednesday 8 April) announcement of a 'mega merger' between Royal Dutch Shell and exploration firm…

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Wed 8th Apr, 2015 | 6:34pm

TUC Welcomes Labour's Work Manifesto


The TUC has today (Wednesday) welcomed plans in Labour's Work Manifesto to abolish the employment tribunal fees system and clamp down on exploitative zero-hours contracts.

The TUC also welcomed…

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Wed 1st Apr, 2015 | 2:00pm

North Of England Milk Supplier - Strike Called Off


Strike action by 100 milk delivery drivers, who recently transferred from Leeds based Arla Foods to haulage company Moran Logistics, has been averted.

The strike action due to commence at one…

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Mon 30th Mar, 2015 | 5:06pm

Aviva Takeover Of Friends Life Must Not Be Merely A Staff Cutting Exercise


Unite, the country's largest union, has warned Aviva against job cuts as the takeover of Friends Life is confirmed today (Thursday 26 March). Unite is anxious that the erosion of terms and…

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Thu 26th Mar, 2015 | 3:43pm

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