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Final 2014 Employment Figures Show All Time Record Number Of People In Jobs
Private sector regular pay also rose by 2%, compared with inflation of 1.3%, with strong wage growth in the manufacturing and business services industries according to the Office of National…

Wages Will Take Over A Decade To Recover At Current Rate, Says TUC

photo - Lee J Haywood
photo - Lee J Haywood
Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Today's figures show some long…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 4:26pm

Shelter Strike Suspended Following Breakthrough In Talks


A three-day strike starting today (Tuesday 16 December) at the housing charity Shelter has been suspended following talks at Acas, Britain's largest union, Unite announced (Monday 15 December).

A…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 2:18pm

People Are Moving Into Work As A Result Of The Benefit Cap


The benefit cap is providing a clear incentive to work, new research from the Department for Work and Pensions proves today (15 December 2014). It has long been suspected that the benefit cap was…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 5:36pm

Zero-Hours Workers Earn Nearly £300 A Week Less Than Permanent Employees

photo - Labour Youth
photo - Labour Youth
Zero-hours workers earn nearly £300 a week less, on average, than permanent employees, according to a new report published today (Monday) to mark the beginning of the TUC's Decent Jobs Week.

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 1:19pm

Jobs Need To Be Protected As Well As The Planet, Says TUC

photo - Waponi
photo - Waponi
Unions have today (Friday) warned that they may not be able to support global climate change legislation if it fails to protect workers' jobs, says the TUC.

Although unions plan to support the…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 4:32pm

Chancellor's Pension Changes Introduce New Risks For Retirement Incomes, Says TUC


Responding to the interim report published today (Thursday) by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on annuity sales practices and retirement income, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"T…

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Thu 11th Dec, 2014 | 3:24pm

Three Day Strike Over Pay Cuts To Hit National Housing Charity


The housing charity Shelter is set to be hit by a three day strike next week as Britain's largest union, Unite announced that 400 of its members would be walking out from Tuesday 16 December over…

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Wed 10th Dec, 2014 | 4:54pm

TUC Shows Support For Striking Firefighters

photo - Alexander Cunningham
photo - Alexander Cunningham
Commenting on the 24-hour strike which will see firefighters in England walk out from 9am today (Tuesday) in their ongoing dispute with the government over forced changes to their pensions, TUC…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 9:00am

New Five-Week Wait For Benefits Will Increase Food Bank Use, Says TUC

photo by NAVFAC
photo by NAVFAC
Responding to the report published today (Monday) by the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Child Poverty, the TUC is warning that new rules forcing benefit claimants to wait at least…

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Mon 8th Dec, 2014 | 3:27pm

Fears For The Future Of British Sign Language Interpreters


Members of Britain's biggest union Unite, working as freelance British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters have backed the call for the introduction of a minimum fees structure to safeguard the…

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Fri 5th Dec, 2014 | 3:47pm

IFS Analysis Digs Up The Bad News George Osborne Tried To Bury, Says TUC


Commenting on today's (Thursday) analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) of the Autumn Statement and the forecasts by the Office for Budgetary Responsibility, TUC General Secretary…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 6:22pm

Extra Funding Suggests Government Is Panicked Over The NHS, Says TUC


The Chancellor's announcement of an extra £2bn for the NHS in Wednesday's Autumn Statement is a panicked response to four years of under-funding and makes a mockery of the government's claim…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 12:16pm

Firefighters In England Announce Further Pensions Strike


Firefighters in England to walk out for 24 hours
No strike action called in Scotland and Wales due to ongoing negotiations
Trade dispute lifted in Northern Ireland

Firefighters in England…

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Mon 1st Dec, 2014 | 4:35pm

Stronger Flexible Working Rights Would Help Overworked And Under-Employed, Says TUC

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photo: photologue_np
Responding to new data published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showing that under-employment is still far above pre-recession levels, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady…

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Tue 25th Nov, 2014 | 1:41pm

Rock Solid Support For Second Wave Action In NHS


If the Health Secretary refuses to negotiate we will have no alternative but to work alongside all health unions to announce a rolling programme of strike action says GMB

GMB members took part in…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 3:40pm

Low Pay Recovery Is Fuelling In-Work Poverty, Warns TUC

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photo by stuartpilbrow
Commenting on the report published today (Monday) by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation - which shows that more working households are living below the poverty line - TUC General Secretary Frances…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 10:54am

Further Strike Action On Monday 24 November In Ongoing NHS Pay Dispute


GMB members in the NHS in England and Northern Ireland will take part in a second week of industrial action beginning with strike action on Monday 24 November between 7am-11am in England and…

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Fri 21st Nov, 2014 | 3:14pm

Disabled Adults Get Work Opportunity Thanks To Harrogate Charity

trainees Louise Dakin (second right) and Alastair Williams (far right) with Caterplus head chef David Preston and Disability Action Yorkshire deputy chief executive Ange Brockett
trainees Louise Dakin (second right) and Alastair Williams (far right) with Caterplus head chef David Preston and Disability Action Yorkshire deputy chief executive Ange Brockett
Two disabled adults are getting their feet on the first rung of the employment ladder, thanks to a Harrogate-based charity.

Louise Dakin and Alistair Williams have both secured work after…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 4:11pm

Hunt's NHS legacy: 'I Don't Talk To Health Workers On Pay'


Multi-millionaire health secretary and the cabinet's richest member Jeremy Hunt has erected a 'Berlin Wall of intransigence' in refusing to talk to NHS staff on pay, Unite, the country's largest…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 1:55pm

New Figures Show The Recession In Workers' Wages Has Continued Deep Into The Recovery


New official figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the real value of weekly earnings fell by 1.6 per cent over the last year.

TUC General…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 5:03pm

500 Days To Go Until Biggest State Pension Overhaul In Generations


With just over 500 days to go, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Pensions Minister Steve Webb will today (18 November 2014) launch a major new drive to help people understand…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 4:39pm

Engineering Skills Warning As New Report Calls For Government Action


The UK economy is facing an engineering skills gap and needs 87,000 new engineers a year over the next decade warns a new report launched by Unite the union today (Monday 17 November).

Launched in…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 4:13pm

4,210 New Apprentices Created In Bradford Last Year

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photo by matchfitskills
New figures show that 4,210 started an apprenticeship in Bradford in the last 12 months.

Liberal Democrats in Government have led the apprentice drive and are on course to deliver two million…

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Sat 15th Nov, 2014 | 8:30am

Defence Workers Escalate Strike Action Over Real Terms Pay Cuts


Strike action at the cash-rich Defence Support Group (DSG) will be stepped up next week as over 800 members of Britain's largest union, Unite begin a four day strike on Monday 17 November in an…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 2:23pm

Parks And Countryside Apprenticeship Scheme Continues To Move From Strength To Strength

Cllr Mark Dobson and Cllr Lucinda Yeadon (both front) with the new recruits
Cllr Mark Dobson and Cllr Lucinda Yeadon (both front) with the new recruits
An additional 10 new apprentices have bolstered the ranks of Leeds City Council's parks and countryside team over the last few months.

The new additions will join 10 other members of staff in the…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 12:06pm

Ex-Tesco Drivers Stage Yorkshire Demos Over 'Unfair Dismissals'

photo - Graham Richardson
photo - Graham Richardson
Former drivers, who used to work on the Tesco distribution contract in Doncaster, will be continuing their fight against their 'unfair dismissal' by Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL) with demonstrations…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 4:03pm

Inflation Fall Shows Economic Need For Wage Rises, Says TUC

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photo - bazadwalker
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show a larger than expected fall in inflation to one per cent - the lowest figure for over ten years -TUC General…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 2:12pm

The Government Should Protect Migrant Workers From Exploitation, Says TUC

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photo - Tax Credits


Responding to Ed Miliband's speech on immigration today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"This government's opposition to basic rights at work, and unwillingness to enforce…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 2:30pm

Doncaster Rail Engineering Workers To Strike For A Week Over Pay And Conditions

photo - Train Photos
photo - Train Photos
Scores of RMT rail engineering staff working for Wabtec at the famous Doncaster rail works will strike for five days next week in a fight over pay and conditions.

Following a massive "yes" vote…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 5:24pm

Auto-Enrolment Hits 5 million And Auto-Transfer Launch Plans Are Unveiled


The spotlight shines on staff at the Rose Theatre in Kingston today (11 December 2014), as they help celebrate a pensions milestone. The south London playhouse has taken the number of people now…

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Thu 11th Dec, 2014 | 4:47pm

CIPD Welcomes Government's "Two Millionth Apprenticeship" Announcement


Responding to the announcement of the two millionth apprenticeship of the current Parliament by the Government (Tuesday 9 December), Katerina Rüdiger, Head of Skills and Policy Campaigns at the…

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Wed 10th Dec, 2014 | 10:10pm

More Than Two-Thirds Of Agency Workers Aged Under 30 Are Looking For Permanent Jobs, Says TUC

photo - photologue
photo - photologue
The increased use of zero-hours contracts and agency workers by employers is preventing young people from obtaining permanent jobs, according to new analysis published today (Tuesday) by the TUC.

T…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 9:33am

Defence Workers Begin 'Historic' 10 Day Strike Over Pay


Strike action over a one per cent pay rise at the Defence Support Group (DSG) is set to intensify today (8 December 2014) as over 800 members of the country's largest union, Unite, start a 10 day…

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Mon 8th Dec, 2014 | 3:44pm

Police Forces Facing Industrial Action


Members of the country's largest union, Unite, working for police forces in England and Wales have become the latest group of workers to vote for industrial action over a below inflation pay rise.

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Fri 5th Dec, 2014 | 4:04pm

ITV Workers Gear Up For Strike Ballot Over A Below Inflation Pay


Britain's largest union, Unite announced it would be joining the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and broadcasting union BECTU in balloting its members for strike action at ITV over a below…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 6:30pm

OBR Forecast Signals Dramatic Public Service Cuts And Longer Living Standards Squeeze, Says TUC

photo by images_of_money
photo by images_of_money
Commenting on the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts published (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The Office for Budget Responsibility has slashed its forecast…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 12:20pm

Autumn Statement 2014 - Response By Unions

George Osborne
George Osborne
TUC's reaction

Responding to the Autumn Statement (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The living standards crisis has wrecked the Chancellor's strategy.

"He has failed his…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 11:21am

Care UK Strikers Celebrate Victory

photo: Roger Blackwell
photo: Roger Blackwell
The longest running social care strike in the history of the NHS has formally ended after 90 days.

UNISON members employed by Care UK in Doncaster have voted to accept the concessions won from…

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Tue 25th Nov, 2014 | 4:01pm

Welfare Revolution Rolls Out To Families: Universal Credit To Be In A Third Of Jobcentres By Spring


The accelerated roll out of the government's flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit, means that by spring 2015, 1 in 3 of the country's Jobcentres will be taking claims for the new benefit.

As…

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Tue 25th Nov, 2014 | 12:09pm

Pensions Review Will Improve Understanding Of Risk To Savers From Government's Hasty Reforms, Says TUC


Commenting on the review of pensions to be launched today (Monday), led by David Blake of the Cass Business School, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The review provides an important…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 11:00am

UNISON Survey Shows NHS Staff Are Overworked And Underpaid


A new survey by UNISON, the UK's biggest health trade union, reveals that three quarters of NHS workers said there isn't enough staff in their ward or team and that almost two thirds (63%) are…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 10:40am

Wages Recovery Should Be At The Heart Of Government's Economic Strategy, Says TUC


Responding to the latest data published today (Friday) by pay analysts XpertHR, which finds low pay settlements for the three months to the end of October 2014 and employers pessimistic about the…

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Fri 21st Nov, 2014 | 9:36am

New Figures Show Sharp Fall In Number Of Young People NEET


The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England has fallen to its lowest level for the July to September period since 2007, according to official figures…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 2:28pm

Gender Pay Gap Highlights Part-Time Pay Penalty Says TUC

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photo by stu_spivack
Commenting on the latest annual pay statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - which show that the full-time median gender pay gap reduced to 9.4 per cent…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 5:08pm

Gender Pay Gap At An All-Time Low

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photo by ThisParticularGreg
The gender pay gap is now at its lowest point in history, with more women in work than ever before.

According to new statistics released today (19 November 2014) by the Office for National…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 4:54pm

Low Inflation Points To Wage Rises As The Priority, Says TUC

photo by CJ Isherwood
photo by CJ Isherwood
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show CPI inflation at its lowest level for five years, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"With inflation well…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 11:40am

Haribo Confectionery Pontefract Strike Over Compulsory Christmas Working


Members have had enough of the company's attitude of imposing conditions irrespective of what we have agreed, or what member's family arrangements are says GMB

A ballot for official strike…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 2:45pm

Employment And Wages Edge Up, But No Prospect Of A Pre-Christmas Pay Bonanza As Dozens Continue To Chase Every Role


Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) comments as follows on official labour market statistics published earlier this week by the…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 9:00pm

Amy On To Pastures New After College Course

Amy Johnston
Amy Johnston
A 'nervous' young autistic student has gone to become a 'vibrant' member of her college course team - and land herself a job with her favourite restaurant.

Amy Johnston, from Mexborough, studied…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 5:50pm

Unemployment In Bradford East Lowest Since 2009


Unemployment in Bradford East has fallen again in October, building on the drastic falls in unemployment over the last year which has seen unemployment fall to its lowest level since January 2009.

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 11:36am

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