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New Apprenticeship Scheme Boost For Young Leeds Legal Talent
A new apprenticeship scheme is set to give Leeds's fledgling legal eagles the chance to launch their careers with some of the city's prestigious law firms. The Leeds Legal Apprenticeship Scheme has…
Holly Buxton hopes more young people will get new opportunities thanks to the Leeds Legal Apprenticeship Scheme

Firefighters Issue Further Eight Days Of Strike Action


Firefighters have today issued a further eight day period of strike action as the Westminster government have not improved their pension proposals.

The current proposals in England and Wales are…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 3:58pm

TUC Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of The Health And Safety Work Act

photo ell brown
photo ell brown
The Health and Safety at Work Act is one of the most important and successful pieces of workplace legislation ever, the TUC says today (Thursday) to mark the 40th anniversary of the Act, which…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 10:46am

Continuing RBS Jobs Cull As 156 Staff In International Section Face Axe


The latest tranche of RBS job losses - 156 earmarked for the axe at RBS International - has been condemned by Unite, the country's largest union, today (Wednesday 30 July).

RBS International…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 2:04pm

City Charity's Expansion Prompts Job Creation

job application form - photo by Waponi
job application form - photo by Waponi
A city charity that has been providing support to Sheffield's over 50s for more than three decades is expanding with the creation of seven new jobs.

The new roles at Age UK Sheffield come as the…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 3:46pm

Pre-Crash Living Standards Still A Long Way Off, Says TUC

photo by Howard Lake
photo by Howard Lake
Commenting on the latest GDP figures published (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The economy may finally be back to where it was in…

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Sat 26th Jul, 2014 | 12:35pm

Britain Needs A Pay Rise For Growth To Last, Says TUC

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photo by bazadwalker
Responding to the new growth forecast for the United Kingdom, published (Thursday) in the IMF's World Economic Outlook, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Pay packets are still falling…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 9:19am

Unite Reaction To Shock Administration Of Unipart Automotive, 1,224 Jobs At Risk


Commenting on the news that Unipart Automotive, part of the Unipart Group, is to be placed into administration, Roger Maddison, Unite national officer for the automotive sector said:

"This shock…

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Thu 24th Jul, 2014 | 1:30pm

Sanctions Regime Is Failing, Says TUC


Responding today (Tuesday) to the Oakley Review of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanctions, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"While this report identifies some important areas for…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 12:41pm

Conservative Proposals Would Make "Legal Strikes Close To Impossible", Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Commenting on proposals published today (Friday) regarding changes to industrial relations laws should the Conservatives win the next election, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"These…

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Fri 18th Jul, 2014 | 2:31pm

First Ever Poll Of Minimum Wage Workers Confirms Poverty Pay Pricing People Out Of The Economy


More than one in three cannot afford to shop where they work
Nearly 60% say they are trapped in low pay
Just 24% believe their employers cannot afford to pay them more
Four in five…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 2:21pm

Argos Catalogue Launch Will Be Affected By Week-Long Strike


The twice-yearly launch of the Argos catalogue will be affected by a week-long strike by about 1,000 warehouse staff in the dispute over terms and conditions which will mean increased weekend…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 4:56pm

Record Low In Pay Growth Raises Serious Questions About Quality Of Job Creation


Commenting on the latest unemployment figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which saw regular pay growth fall to 0.7 percentage points - its lowest level since…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 11:40am

Newly Unemployed And Seriously Ill Will Soon Wait Five Weeks For Benefit Cash, Says TUC

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photo by photologue_np
Most people who lose their jobs will soon have to wait five weeks before they get any cash help, according to small print in the Universal Credit rules uncovered by the TUC as it launches a new…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 9:01am

Britain's Wage Squeeze Is Getting Tighter, Warns TUC

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photo by stuartpilbrow
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show that all measures of inflation increased in June, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is becoming…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 5:25pm

Unemployment Is Still Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels In Every Part Of The UK


Unemployment rates and levels of joblessness are higher today than before the recession in every region and nation of the UK and across all working age groups - suggesting that the economy is…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 9:09am

Tory MPs Failed To Win 50% Mandate They Demand Of Unions, Reveals New Research


Not a single Tory cabinet member achieved the 50% voting threshold they wish to impose on workers taking industrial action, reveals new research from Unite, the UK's largest trade union.

Following…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 5:17pm

Fast Food Rights Protest In Harrogate This Saturday

photo by Alpha
photo by Alpha
On Saturday 12th July, Youth Fight for Jobs and the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) as part of the Fast Food Right campaign initiated by the Baker's, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) is…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 10:00am

Public Sector Staff Should Not Be "Locked Out Of The Recovery", TUC's Frances O'Grady Tells Strikers


In a message to workers across the public sector on strike to defend pay and pensions today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Across the public sector workers are on strike…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 8:44am

Lloyds Urged To Stop Constant 'Salami Slicing', As 500 More Jobs Set To Be Lost


Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) needs to stop its regular 'salami slicing' of banking jobs every two months, Unite, the country's largest union, said today (Wednesday 9 July).

Unite was commenting on…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 4:20pm

Over 300 Jobs Created In Yorkshire And Birmingham

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photo by photologue_np
Over 300 skilled jobs are being created in the UK ready for Dart Charge, which launches later this year to improve journeys at the Dartford Crossing.

In a speech on Friday morning, Deputy Prime…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 11:49am

Firefighters Set To Strike On Eight Consecutive Days Over Government's "Vicious" Pension Attacks


Firefighters in England and Wales will strike on eight consecutive days this month, saying that the current proposals by government are unacceptable, unworkable, unrealistic and nothing short of a…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 2:56pm

New ONS Research Shows Britain Needs Living Wages, Says TUC

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photo by Alan Cleaver
Commenting on a new analysis of earnings growth over the last 40 years, published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The last 40…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 5:11pm

There's A Recovery But It's Not Happening In Pay, Says TUC

photo by Howard Lake
photo by Howard Lake
The economy might be growing again, but across the UK real wages are still falling. In the public sector workers across local government, the NHS and the civil service don't feel they're about to…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 2:28pm

Flexible Working Change Welcome But It's Still Too Easy To Say No, Says TUC

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photo by Victor1558
From today (Monday) all employees who've been in their jobs for more than half a year have the right to ask their employers if they can work flexibly.

While welcoming the new right for helping…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 11:28am

Fast Food Rights Protest In Bradford Today To Highlight Low Pay And Zero Hour Contracts

photo by Alpha
photo by Alpha
Today, Saturday 28th June, Youth Fight for Jobs as part of the Fast Food Right campaign initiated by the Baker's, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) is holding a protest in Bradford over low…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 9:32am

Employers Must Maximise UK Engineering Talent, Says UK Commission For Employment And Skills

UKCES calls for more to be done to attract graduates to engineering careers
UKCES calls for more to be done to attract graduates to engineering careers
Engineering employers in the UK must do more to attract graduates into engineering careers, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) claims.

Responding to new research published today…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 3:16pm

Apprentices Make Their Mark In The Law

Raworths' Holly Moore with Berwins' Robin Poole and Robyn Sweeney
Raworths' Holly Moore with Berwins' Robin Poole and Robyn Sweeney
Two of Harrogate's leading law firms have joined the Government's drive to offer apprenticeships by appointing three young people in the town under the scheme. Local solicitors Raworths and…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 7:26pm

Electricians And Labourers Overwhelmingly Reject 'Woeful' Two Year Pay Deal


Thousands of electricians and labourers, members of Unite, the country's largest union, have overwhelmingly rejected a five per cent two-year pay deal in a consultative ballot.

Unite said that the…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 8:25pm

GDP Figures: Working People Doing The Heavy-Lifting In Our Economy for no reward

Empty pockets! photo by stuartpilbrow
Empty pockets! photo by stuartpilbrow
The restoration of the economy to the position it was in six years ago is a sign of progress, but there remain serious causes for concern, the country's biggest union, Unite, said today (Friday).

T…

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Sat 26th Jul, 2014 | 12:43pm

East Midlands Trains Staff Set For Strike Action Over 'Paltry' Pay Offer

photo by Matt Buck
photo by Matt Buck
East Midlands Trains faces a four day strike, starting on Sunday (27 July), by its engineering and maintenance staff in Derby, Leeds and Nottingham in a dispute over pay.

More than 80 staff at the…

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Fri 25th Jul, 2014 | 6:11pm

Green Fingered Teenagers Embark On Horticulture Traineeship

Lotherton Hall, left to right, Sam Bloom, Park manager Rowland, Joseph Kelly
Lotherton Hall, left to right, Sam Bloom, Park manager Rowland, Joseph Kelly
With a shortage of skilled people to work in horticulture and land-based industries, a new scheme is being trialled in Yorkshire. It aims to help young people aged 16 - 19 gain a City and Guilds…

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Thu 24th Jul, 2014 | 1:43pm

Unite To Ballot Its NHS Members On Strike Action Over 'Insulting' Pay Offer


Unite, the country's largest union, is balloting its members in the health service over possible strike action in the autumn over the government's 'insulting' pay offer, which was unilaterally…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 4:33pm

Firefighters Eight Day Strike Ends But Industrial Action Continues


Firefighters in England and Wales will today come to the end of eight consecutive days of strike action over pensions, however other forms of industrial action will continue from this evening with…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 1:23pm

Living Wage Success - University Of Sheffield


The University of Sheffield has announced plans to implement the living wage from the 1st August. The university will pay its staff the living wage of £7.65 per hour, a move that will…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 7:20pm

Leeds Fed Work Club Helps Resident Into New Career

Admir Sarvan
Admir Sarvan
A resident is enjoying a new career as a Keepmoat Property Services apprentice after being helped by the work club at Leeds Federated's HUGO centre.

Admir Sarvan visited the work club for help to…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 8:15pm

Unemployment Figures Mask A Nation That Is Working Harder But Getting Poorer

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Today's (Wednesday 16 July) unemployment figures mask a nation that is working harder, but getting poorer warned the leader of Britain's largest union, Unite.

According to today's figures more…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 4:47pm

Employment Rate Matches Record High


Nearly a million more people are in work compared to a year ago, and the employment rate has never been higher, new official figures show.

The record-breaking annual rise in employment of 929,000…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 11:33am

Unite Demands Answers After 63 RBS Jobs To Be Axed And Shipped To India


Unite, the country's largest union, demanded answers after the Royal Bank of Scotland announced today (Tuesday 15 July) that 63 jobs from its Business Banking Support Unit in Brighton would be…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 5:49pm

Jack Finds Recipe For Success After College Course

Jack doing work experience
Jack doing work experience
Skills and experience gained by a young student at college has boosted his confidence and given him a hunger to work in the catering industry.

Jack Alderson attended the Communication Specialist…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 10:46pm

Landmark Agreement Secures Promotions And Pay Rises For 6,500 Barclays Branch Staff


Britain's largest union, Unite, announced today (Friday 11 July) that it had secured promotions and pay rises of up to £600 a year for approximately 6,500 of the lowest paid branch staff…

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Fri 11th Jul, 2014 | 5:18pm

Stop Ignoring Sensible Proposals To Increase Turnout, Says TUC

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photo by Tax Credits
Commenting on the strike today (Thursday) by public sector workers TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
"Today's well supported action shows just how angry public servants are at plans to…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 5:12pm

Public Rejects Government's War On Low Waged Local Workers, Says New Poll


In new independent polling by Survation, of those that stated a view:
70% of the public back the right to strike
58% back increasing council workers' wages by £1 per hour
Over two…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 9:49am

Public Sector Workers Lose Out On 2,245 Under This Government, Says TUC

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photo by Images_of_Money
Since the government took office, ministers have either frozen public sector pay or limited pay increases to well below the cost of living, leaving local government workers, NHS staff, teachers,…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 4:46pm

Now Is The Right Time To Build A Career In Construction

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photo by erix!
The construction industry will be creating almost 16,000 new jobs in Yorkshire and the Humber over the next five years, according to new research published by the Construction Industry Training…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 2:45pm

NHS Could Be Losing Out On At Least 25bn Of Funding A Year By End Of Decade, Warn Unions


The government's decision to end real terms spending increases on the health service could mean that the NHS will be losing out on £25.5bn a year by the end of the decade, the TUC's All…

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Sat 5th Jul, 2014 | 12:39pm

Argos Warehouse Staff To Strike On Friday In 'Work/life' Balance Dispute

photo by Ged Carroll
photo by Ged Carroll
About 1,000 warehouse staff employed by Argos at five distribution centres will strike for 24 hours on Friday (4 July) in a dispute over terms and conditions which will mean increased weekend…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 5:21pm

Firefighters To Join Mass Strike Action On 10 July


Firefighters in England and Wales will join hundreds of thousands of other public sector workers taking strike action on Thursday 10 July, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

The long-running…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 2:57pm

The Work Programme Is Failing The Very People It's Meant To Help, Says TUC

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photo by opensourceway
The UK's jobs recovery may be well underway, but the government's work programme is wasting money and failing to help the people who find it the hardest to access work, says the TUC today…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 2:18pm

Women In Their Late 60s Will Be As Likely As Men To Be In Paid Work In 2020

photo by One-From-RM
photo by One-From-RM
Life at older ages will look very different for women in the early 2020s than it does today. They are likely to be healthier, their husbands will live longer, and they will be much more likely to…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 9:37pm

Yorkshire Ambulance Staff Vote To Strike In Patient Safety Dispute

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photo by Police_Mad_Liam
Yorkshire ambulance service workers, members of Unite, the country's largest union, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action on 5 and 6 July in the long-running dispute over patient and staff…

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Fri 27th Jun, 2014 | 8:08pm

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