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UK Workers Suffering The Most Severe Squeeze In Real Earnings Since Victorian Times
UK workers are suffering the longest and most severe decline in real earnings since records began in Victorian times, according to a new analysis published by the TUC. This year, workers across the…
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Rock Solid Support For Strike In NHS To Get Government To Listen To Calls For Decent Pay Rise


In the NHS it takes years of incremental pay progression to achieve the rate for the job and that progression cannot be confused with uprating pay rates to keep pace with inflation says GMB

GMB…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 5:04pm

Benefits Of Economic Recovery Are Going To Fat Cats Who Need It Least, Says TUC

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photo by Images_of_Money
In response to new research published today (Monday) by Incomes Data Services, which finds that FTSE 100 directors' earnings rose by 21% over the last year, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 8:50am

Strike Action By Paramedics And Other Ambulance Staff - Monday 13 October 2014

Ambulance in Leeds - photo by Ingy the Wingy
Ambulance in Leeds - photo by Ingy the Wingy
GMB agrees emergency cover during strike action by paramedics and other ambulance staff in North West on Monday 13 October 2014.

GMB has worked closely with NWAS management to ensure that a…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 11:32am

Stress Is The UK's Top Health And Safety Concern, Say Workplace Reps

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photo by kroszk@
Advance findings from a new TUC survey of union health and safety representatives published today (Friday) on World Mental Health Day find stress to be the top concern in UK workplaces.

Over…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 3:52pm

Unite Suspends Local Government Strike Action


Britain's largest union, Unite announced today (Thursday 9 October) that strike action planned for next Tuesday (14 October) by local government workers was being suspended to allow for a new…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 5:52pm

Student Primed For Success In Cabinet Office


A student youth worker from Sheffield Hallam University is rewarding the country's most inspirational volunteers after landing a dream job at the Cabinet Office.

Sheraz Hussain, 23, is working for…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 1:27pm

TUC Welcomes Cable Announcements On Apprentice Wages And Employment Contract Abuse


Responding to announcements made today (Monday) at the Liberal Democrat Conference by Vince Cable on increasing the minimum wage for apprenticeships and addressing employment contract abuse, the…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 1:09pm

Bridal Design Award for Harrogate College Student

Samantha Henty with her award
Samantha Henty with her award
A Harrogate College student has been named Best Student Designer in the 2014 national Bridal Buyer Awards. Samantha Henty, who achieved a First Class BA Hons in Applied Creative Design, beat…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 8:54pm

Cameron's Conference Pledges Will Make 30 Hour-Week Minimum Wage Family £320 Worse Off, Says TUC

photo by Philip Taylor PT
photo by Philip Taylor PT
Analysis published by the TUC today (Thursday) of the tax and benefit policies announced at the Conservative Party Conference reveals that a couple family with two children and 30 hours work at…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 5:04pm

New Minimum Wage Is 'A Disgrace', As Council Workers Struggle To Pay Bills, Says Unite


A government that allows vital local government staff to struggle to pay their bills on the new national minimum wage (NMW) of £6.50 an hour was fiercely criticised by Unite, the country's…

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Wed 1st Oct, 2014 | 4:59pm

Above Inflation Rise For National Minimum Wage


The rate rise to £6.50 per hour, the first real terms cash increase since 2008, follows the recommendations from the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) in March this year and the call for…

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Wed 1st Oct, 2014 | 3:30pm

East Midlands Trains Staff Suspend Strike Action To Consider New Offer

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photo by Matt Buck
Unite, the UK's largest union, has called off next week's strike action, which was due to start (Sunday 28 September), by nearly 200 engineering and maintenance staff at East Midland Trains to…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 9:51am

Unite Health Members To Strike Over Cameron's 'Destructive' NHS Pay Policy


David Cameron's broken promises on the NHS were further highlighted today (Friday 26 September), when NHS staff, members of Unite, the country's largest union, voted to take strike action on…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 10:00pm

460 New Businesses Set Up Every Week By Out-Of-Work Entrepreneurs


More than 53,000 new businesses have been set up thanks to a government scheme which helps people on benefits become their own boss - an average of 460 every week over the last year.

As part of…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 2:43pm

Pay Settlements Data Suggests Future Still Bleak For Earnings, Says TUC


Responding to the latest data published today (Friday) by pay analysts XpertHR on pay settlements for the 12 months to the end of August 2014, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Falling…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 9:45am

National Minimum Wage Rises To £6.50ph From October 2014

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photo by Peter
The government has approved a rise in the National Minimum Wage to £6.50 per hour from October 2014, with more than 1 million people set to see their pay rise by as much as £355 a year.

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 9:41pm

Frances O'Grady Responds To Miliband Minimum Wage Pledge

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photo by Jo.sau
Welcoming Ed Miliband's national minimum wage pledge,TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Raising the minimum wage and putting more money into the hands of low-paid workers won't just be…

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Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 | 8:00am

TUC Welcomes Business Leaders' Call For A Higher Minimum Wage

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photo by Images_of_Money
Responding to a letter signed today (Thursday) by a group of senior business leaders calling for the national minimum wage to rise at a faster rate, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 8:55pm

Treasury Select Committee Urged To Probe The 'True' Nature Of The Jobless Figures

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photo by photologue_np
The Commons Treasury select committee should investigate who are 'the winners and losers' in the jobs market, Unite, the country's largest union, said in the wake of (Wednesday 17 September)…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 10:07am

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

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photo by Images_of_Money
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 16th Sep, 2014 | 4:14pm

Tribunal Fees Denying Harassed And Abused Workers Access To Justice

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photo by clagnut
New employment tribunal statistics published today (Thursday) show that the new system of charging upfront fees is resulting in a major reduction in claims, says the TUC.

The statistics are the…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 4:57pm

Big Rise In Number Of Unions Reaching Out To LGBT Workers

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photo by LaserGuided
Half of all TUC-affiliated unions are running targeted recruitment campaigns at LGBT workers, an increase from 38 per cent of unions in 2011, according to the 2014 Equality Audit published today…

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Tue 9th Sep, 2014 | 8:00pm

Half Of Workers Think Their Bosses Can Afford A Pay Rise

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photo by Images_of_Money
Half the workforce (50 per cent) think that their employer can afford better pay rises than those they have given to staff, with only 16 per cent disagreeing, according to a new YouGov poll…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 4:18pm

Vulnerable Claimants To Face Hardship From Longer Wait For Financial Help

photo by Ed Yourdon
photo by Ed Yourdon
The government has today (Thursday) rejected recommendations by its expert advisers to exempt vulnerable claimants, including disabled people, from a new seven day waiting period for benefits.

In…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 5:46pm

A Record Number Of People Are Looking For Extra Hours To Top Up Their Wages

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photo by photologue_np
The number of people who are under-employed has increased by nearly 100,000 over the last two years, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Wednesday).

The analysis shows that while…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 4:55pm

Unite Response To Today's Historic NHS Strike


Following today's (Monday 13 October) strike action by the nation's NHS workers - the first in 30 years, Rachael Maskell, Unite head of health, said: "Across England and Northern Ireland today,…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 5:00pm

Public Backs Strikes For NHS Fair Pay By Two To One


A new opinion poll undertaken on the eve of industrial action by NHS staff on Monday, October 13 reveals overwhelming public support for their campaign for an above inflation rise in pay, with…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 8:00am

Tata Steel Apprentices Help Out At Children's Hospice

The Tata Steel apprentices at Bluebell Wood
The Tata Steel apprentices at Bluebell Wood
A group of young apprentices from the UK's largest steel producer have been putting their skills to good use taking part in a community based project at a children's hospice.

Team building and…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 10:48am

TUC Welcomes IFS Findings On The Public Sector Pay Squeeze

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photo by TaxRebate.org.uk
Responding to the publication today (Friday) of two reports by IFS on public and private sector pay, TUC General Secretary, Frances O'Grady said:

"The IFS shows just how deep and long the pay…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 3:49pm

UK And EU Should Heed IMF On Public Investment For Global Growth, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Responding to the IMF World Economic Outlook published today (Tuesday) which draws on IMF research to recommend public investment for global growth, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 10:21pm

Defence Workers Vote To Strike Over 'Derisory' Pay Offer


Workers at the cash-rich Defence Support Group (DSG) have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over pay in the run-up to the group being sold off to the private sector next year.

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 1:12pm

Tories In £1.5 Billion NHS Sell-Off Scandal


A new investigation by Unite has found that since 2012 a scandalous £1.5 billion has left the NHS and gone into the pockets of just 15 private companies linked to 24 Tory MPs and Lords who…

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Sat 4th Oct, 2014 | 8:00pm

Cameron's NHS Double Talk Is A 'Sick Joke'


Unite has called David Cameron's attempts to position the Tories as the party of the NHS a 'sick joke'

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said:
"David Cameron's double talk on the NHS is a…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 6:08pm

CIPD Publishes New Study On Migration And The UK Labour Market


Employers who've turned to EU migrants to fill vacancies in recent years say they've done so because these recruits have brought the experience and commitment needed to support growth, according…

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Wed 1st Oct, 2014 | 10:00pm

Further Substantial Increases Needed To National Minimum Wage, Says TUC

photo by William Warby
photo by William Warby
Commenting on the new national minimum wage (NMW) rates that come into force today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is good news to see the worst paid adult workers…

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Wed 1st Oct, 2014 | 3:49pm

Osborne Puts Families With Children In Frontline Of Austerity Again

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photo by Glyn Lowe Photoworks
Commenting on new proposals today (Monday) for a two-year freeze of working age benefits announced by George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 4:36pm

Volunteers Needed To Help Charity Run Fundraising Church Café


The Samaritans, a charity that provides support for people in distress or despair, is looking for volunteers to help it raise money.

The York branch is looking for people to join a team of…

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Sun 28th Sep, 2014 | 10:08pm

Volunteers Needed To Support Blood Cancer Patients And Families


Blood cancer support charity, Leukaemia CARE, is calling for volunteers to help run its 24-hour CARE Line, which provides round the clock support to patients and families who are affected by a…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 4:29pm

No Delay - Minimum Wage Increase Now To Create Jobs And Boost The Economy


Independent report says £1.50 increase in minimum wage in 2015 is affordable

A major new independent report to be submitted to the Low Pay Commission today (Friday 26 September) has shown…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 9:55am

Radio Royal Search For New Volunteers

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photo by San Jose Library
Bradford Royal Infirmary's hospital radio station is seeking new volunteers.

The station, which is on air 24 hours a day, brings entertainment to patients at the city's largest hospital.

Now…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 12:01am

Youth Fight For Jobs Says Miliband's £8 An Hour In 2020 Isn't Good Enough


This week Ed Miliband will announce to the Labour Party's Annual Conference a pledge to increase the minimum wage to £8 an hour by the end of the next parliament in 2020. This would be an…

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Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 | 8:53am

Latest Statistics Show The Summer Months Have Been Good For Jobs Growth


Commenting on this month's Labour Market Statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics, CIPD Chief Economist, Mark Beatson, said: "Figures vary from month to month but employment…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 10:10pm

Defence Workers To Ballot On Strike Action Over Pay


Workers at the cash-rich Defence Support Group (DSG) are being balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay, as the group faces being sold off to the private sector next year.

More than…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 10:13am

Today's Low-Paid Jobs Aren't Working, Says TUC

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

"Last week the Governor of the Bank…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 4:58pm

NUM Investment In Hatfield Colliery Good News For Jobs And Energy Security, Says TUC

Hatfield Colliery - photo by Chris Sampson
Hatfield Colliery - photo by Chris Sampson
Responding to the announcement today (Tuesday) that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is loaning £4 million to Hatfield Colliery Partnership as a bridge to the start of mining a new…

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Tue 16th Sep, 2014 | 8:56am

Victory For Consumers As Pension Saving Limits To Be Scrapped

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photo by Images_of_Money
Restrictions limiting the amount that millions of British workers can save towards their pensions are now set to be scrapped, following a year of negotiation between ministers and the European…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 8:45am

Falling Wages Dividing Britain As 'Big Society' Gives Way To 'Greedy Pig Society'

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photo by Tax Credits
Disastrous economic policies are dividing Britain and destroying hopes of recovery, the leader of the country's biggest union stated today (Monday 8 September 2014).

Len McCluskey, general…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 6:55pm

New TUC Guide Shows How Unions Improve Jobs And Build A Fairer Society


On the eve of the annual Trades Union Congress in Liverpool, the TUC has today (Saturday) published The Union Advantage, a guide to how unions make work better and society fairer.

The guide…

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Sat 6th Sep, 2014 | 9:29am

Low-paid Job Creation Has Pushed Earnings Growth To Record Low

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photo by rockindave1
The shift in employment from higher to lower paying industries, combined with rising levels of under-employment have helped push earnings growth to a record low, according to a new report…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 3:23pm

Apprentices Kick Start Careers At Green & Brown

L-R:  Harrison Black and Jack Booth
L-R: Harrison Black and Jack Booth
A Wakefield based established window blind manufacturer has boosted its customer service team with two local apprentices.

Green & Brown is one of the UK's leading blind manufacturers, producing…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 4:04pm

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