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Yorkshire Ambulance Staff To Strike For Two Days In Continuing Patient Safety Dispute
Yorkshire ambulance service workers, members of Unite, the country's largest union, will strike on Friday and next Tuesday (2 September) in the 20 month dispute over patient and staff safety issues.…

Cable: No Loopholes In Zero Hours Exclusivity Ban


Business Secretary Vince Cable has called on business, unions and individuals to help identify and close potential loopholes in plans to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts…

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Mon 25th Aug, 2014 | 8:14pm

Free Bus Pass Scheme Is Just The Ticket For Young Jobseekers

Calvin Rollins, who travelled to and from his Head Start placement with the help of his free bus pass
Calvin Rollins, who travelled to and from his Head Start placement with the help of his free bus pass
Hundreds of young jobseekers are on the road to a fresh start with the help of a new scheme aimed at getting them back into work.

More than 800 young people aged 18-24 are being offered free…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 4:31pm

Number Of Young People Who Are NEET At 9-Year Low

photo by DWP
photo by DWP
The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England fell by 125,000 compared to the same period last year.

The number of young people who are NEET in England is…

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Thu 21st Aug, 2014 | 7:12pm

Business Secretary Visits Emmerdale Set To Launch Apprenticeship Campaign

photo by DWP
photo by DWP
Vince Cable today (20 August 2014) visited companies across Leeds to celebrate the launch of the government's new campaign calling on young people to 'Get In. Go Far' by choosing an apprenticeship.

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 6:11pm

TUC Welcomes Spread Of Pension Saving As A Result Of Auto-Enrolment

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Commenting on new research published today (Tuesday) by the Department for Work and Pensions showing that three quarters of the population are aware of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions,…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 12:05pm

Opportunity For Sheffield Area School Leavers Is A National 'First'

Chris Hill
Chris Hill
A pioneering initiative to make entry into an accountancy career more accessible to school leavers not wanting to go to university is to be piloted in Sheffield next month (September).

The…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 4:02pm

UK Wage Squeeze To Continue For Even Longer

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Responding to the quarterly inflation report from the Bank of England, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is hugely concerning to hear that the Bank has cut its forecast for wage…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 4:54pm

Record Fall In Youth Unemployment


Youth unemployment has seen the largest annual fall since records began 30 years ago - alongside the steepest annual fall in unemployment in a quarter of a century, figures published today by the…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 4:09pm

Guaranteed Jobs And Training Needed To Address Youth Unemployment, says TUC


Responding to today's (Wednesday) report Remember the Young Ones on youth unemployment published by the Institute for Public Policy Research the TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
"While…

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Wed 13th Aug, 2014 | 10:11am

Take Action Now To Safeguard Your Retirement: Pensions Minister


Millions of working age people in the UK could secure a financially comfortable retirement by making only modest changes to their saving habits, new research published today by the Department for…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 12:21pm

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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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 12:00pm

Welfare Reforms For Newly Unemployed Will Harm Chances Of A Quick Return To Work, Says TUC

photo by HelenCobain
photo by HelenCobain
New analysis published today (Thursday) by the TUC shows that the majority of claimants who will be hit by the government's new five-week wait welfare reform are short-term claimants who only…

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Thu 7th Aug, 2014 | 4:53pm

Tories Shoot Themselves In The Foot With Trade Union Smears


Responding to the reports that Bruce Carr QC is to distance himself from the Conservative party's report into trades unions, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, the country's biggest union…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 11:42am

Mesothelioma Victims Deserve Fair Recompense, Says TUC

photo by Gordon Joly
photo by Gordon Joly
Responding to the report published today (Friday) by the House of Commons Justice Committee, which is critical of the government's review of mesothelioma compensation claims, TUC General Secretary…

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Fri 1st Aug, 2014 | 3:06pm

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

New Apprenticeship Scheme Boost For Young Leeds Legal Talent

 Holly Buxton hopes more young people will get new opportunities thanks to the Leeds Legal Apprenticeship Scheme
Holly Buxton hopes more young people will get new opportunities thanks to the Leeds Legal Apprenticeship Scheme
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…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 7:34pm

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

Access Forum Needs New Members


A group that helps to improve public access and recreation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is on the lookout for new members.

There are currently eight vacancies on the independent Yorkshire…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 9:28pm

Wages Recovery Reaching Too Few People, Says TUC

photo by rockindave1
photo by rockindave1
Responding to new analysis published today (Friday) by XpertHR of recent data on pay awards, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is good to see some signs of better pay awards for some…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 3:04pm

Get In And Go Far With New Apprenticeships


In a campaign launched today (20 August 2014) government and top employers are calling on young people to 'Get In. Go Far' by choosing an apprenticeship. This coincides with the introduction of 40…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 6:30pm

Self-Employed Workers Have Taken The Biggest Hit Of All In Great Pay Squeeze

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady
Commenting on a new analysis of self-employment published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Today's figures nail the myth…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 5:51pm

Real Wage Squeeze Set To Continue As Strong Jobs Growth Fails To Translate Into Higher Productivity

North and Midlands lead way on strong recruitment intentions

CIPD has released its quarterly Labour Market Outlook (LMO) survey report of 1,000 employers, revealing that wage growth is expected to…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 10:13am

UK Economy Trapped In 'Jekyll And Hyde' Embrace, Says Unite


Record low pay and rising insecure employment are blighting economic recovery, despite the apparent fall in unemployment, Unite, the country's largest union, said (Wednesday 13 August).

Unite…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 5:29pm

UK Economy Is Very Good At Creating Low-Paid Jobs

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

"The combination of rising employment and…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 4:50pm

Young Disabled People Rewarded For Completing Courses To Help Them Into Employment

Learning for employment!
Learning for employment!
Young disabled men and women have been honoured by a Harrogate charity for successfully passing courses to help them into paid employment.

The seven learners, who all attend Disability Action…

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Wed 13th Aug, 2014 | 10:17am

Cleaners Should Have Living Wages, Says TUC

photo by kimubert
photo by kimubert
Responding to today's (Wednesday) publication by the Equality and Human Rights Commission of The Invisible Workforce: Employment Practices in the Cleaning Sector TUC General Secretary Frances…

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Wed 13th Aug, 2014 | 9:53am

SMEs Need To Do More To Adapt To A Changing, Age Diverse Workforce

photo by One-From-RM
photo by One-From-RM
Small medium-sized enterprises are putting their growth at risk by failing to adapt to the changing workforce as almost half admit having no activities in place to ensure they have access to…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 12:55pm

Benefit Cap: 10,000 People Find Jobs Or Stop Claiming Housing Benefit

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
New official statistics show that in more than 7,370 households where the benefit cap has been applied someone has found a job, and a further 2,320 households have stopped their Housing Benefit…

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Thu 7th Aug, 2014 | 5:15pm

Voters In Battleground Seats Call On Cameron To Exclude NHS From US Trade Deal


An overwhelming majority of voters (68 per cent) in 13 battleground constituencies across the country want to see the NHS safeguarded from a new trade deal which threatens to make privatisation…

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Thu 7th Aug, 2014 | 4:48pm

Caroline Takes First Step Towards A Legal Career

Caroline Rayner-Jones and Simon Stell
Caroline Rayner-Jones and Simon Stell
A Bradford-based legal firm has recruited its first legal apprentice as part of a new move to develop the careers of aspiring lawyers by giving school leavers an opportunity to train in-house and…

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Fri 1st Aug, 2014 | 4:41pm

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

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

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