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Law Firm Ramps Up Apprentice Offering
A Bradford-based legal firm that employed its first legal apprentice less than a year ago as part of a new move to develop the careers of aspiring lawyers, has now recruited two more apprentices…
L-R: Caroline Raynor Jones, Abi Fisher and Fay Walker

Unite Statement On Queen's Speech


Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said:

"Given the profound challenges facing this nation, it is staggering that a priority for this government is not to create decent jobs and offer a…

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Wed 27th May, 2015 | 2:51pm

Weakening Employment Rights Will Endanger EU Yes Vote, TUC Poll Reveals

photo - Alan Cleaver
photo - Alan Cleaver
British people are far more likely to want to remain part of the EU if it leads to better pay and rights at work, according to new polling published by the TUC.

The poll of 4,000 UK voters -…

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Wed 27th May, 2015 | 2:08pm

Unite Statement On Zero Hours Exclusivity


Unite assistant general secretary, Steve Turner said:

"Banning exclusivity clauses is a joke. It misses the key point that zero hours confer fear and misery of those forced into them - no…

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Tue 26th May, 2015 | 4:26pm

Two Week Strike Looms for Lift Workers

photo - Alex E. Proimos
photo - Alex E. Proimos
The bosses of the Finnish-owned lift firm Kone are urged to intervene in the dispute over a tracker device in employees' vehicles, as a two-week strike by 300 engineering service workers is…

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Fri 22nd May, 2015 | 9:30pm

Union Members Receive More Training Compared To Non-Members, Says TUC


A new TUC report published today (Friday) shows that workers who are trade union members are much more likely to receive job-related training compared to workers who don't belong to a union.

The…

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Fri 22nd May, 2015 | 9:45am

Weakest Full-Time Wage Growth Since 1997 Shows Recovery Is Not Reaching Workers, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Commenting on the publication today (Monday) of data from the Office for National Statistics on earnings for workers in continuous employment, which shows that in 2014 full-time employees…

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Mon 18th May, 2015 | 1:45pm

Benefit Cap: Thousands Move Into Work Or Off Housing Benefit


The benefit cap continues to provide a clear incentive to work, with over 22,000 people who had their benefits capped moving into work, reducing their Housing Benefit claim or no longer claiming…

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Mon 18th May, 2015 | 1:24pm

Trainees Excel In Environmental Conservation

Damon Barret - a trainee employed by Marsdens AES
Damon Barret - a trainee employed by Marsdens AES
A group of young apprentices is forging ahead on their path to a fulfilling career in environmental conservation with the Yorkshire Dales at its heart thanks to the Dales Rural Trainee Scheme.

Laun…

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Mon 18th May, 2015 | 8:00am

Gloomy Outlook From Bank Of England Suggests Economic Strategy Must Change

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photo - TaxCredits.net
Commenting on the Bank of England's latest economic outlook published (Wednesday), which revises down growth forecasts for the next three years, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"With…

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Thu 14th May, 2015 | 10:30am

Conservative Ballot Proposals Will Make Legal Strike Action Close To Impossible, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Responding to today's (Tuesday) comments by Business Secretary Sajid Javid that the government will introduce tougher new rules on strike ballots, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"This…

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Tue 12th May, 2015 | 3:17pm

Queen's Speech Positions Government Against Working People, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Responding to the Queen's Speech today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Working people will be worried by a Queen's Speech that declares open season on so many of their…

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Wed 27th May, 2015 | 2:36pm

Sit In At West Yorkshire Factory



100 workers are going into the second week without wages and with no reassurance as to when they will receive any pay says GMB.

GMB members at Kozee Sleep bedding factory are currently engaged in…

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Tue 26th May, 2015 | 4:33pm

Trade Unions Must Mobilise In Support Of Disabled People, Says TUC

photo - Daniel Lobo
photo - Daniel Lobo
The General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O'Grady, addressed the opening day of the TUC's annual Disabled Workers' Conference at Congress House, London.

The conference was attended by 200 disabled…

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Sat 23rd May, 2015 | 12:30pm

Pay Growth Still Stuck In Slow Lane, Says TUC

photo - Images_of_Money
photo - Images_of_Money
Commenting on the publication today (Friday) of the latest data from pay analysts at XpertHR, which suggests that pay growth is stuck below pre-recession levels at just 2 per cent, TUC General…

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Fri 22nd May, 2015 | 9:56am

Be Careful What You Wish For, TUC Tells Business Leaders Over EU Referendum

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Responding to calls made on Wednesday by business leaders for greater employment flexibility to be part of the government's EU re-negotiation objectives ahead of an EU referendum, TUC General…

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Thu 21st May, 2015 | 10:00pm

Employment At An All-Time High


Unemployment has dropped to 5.5%, and there are more than half a million more people in work compared with a year ago.

The government has taken action to reform the welfare system, and has seen…

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Mon 18th May, 2015 | 1:31pm

Apprentices Awarded For Their Commitment

Kwami Thompson
Kwami Thompson
Two apprentices from Leeds College of Building are celebrating their success at an awards event designed to recognise commitment to construction.

Kwami Thompson, who is a plastering apprentice and…

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Mon 18th May, 2015 | 8:15am

Unite Urges Supermarket Bosses To Save Jobs


Britain's major supermarkets, which are suffering tough trading conditions, are being urged to work with the trade unions to secure the jobs, and terms and conditions of their respective…

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Thu 14th May, 2015 | 3:06pm

Extreme Cuts Will Put Jobs Recovery At Risk, Says TUC

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

"Behind the headline figures, we still…

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Thu 14th May, 2015 | 10:24am

Plan For 50 Per Cent Voting Threshold For Industrial Action Ballots Is 'A Terrible Mistake', Unite Warns

Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid
The proposal to introduce a 50 per cent turnout of all union members before strike action is a bad error that will hit many of the working people who voted Conservative last week, Unite, the…

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Tue 12th May, 2015 | 3:07pm

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