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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…

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

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

Wages Not Set To Recover For 12 Years At Current Rate

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photo by Jo.sau
Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show improvements to employment rates but wage growth so slow that it…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 2:24pm

Record-Breaking Number Of People In Jobs


A record-breaking number of people are now in work, averaging over 13,000 more people in jobs every single week over the last year.

Since 2010 two-thirds of the rise in employment has been in…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 2:15pm

Yes Chef! New Apprentice For Sheffield Hotel


Sheffield's Halifax Hall hotel has boosted its apprenticeship programme with the addition of a new trainee chef.

Brendan Hoare (23) from Shiregreen has joined the team to take the number of…

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Mon 10th Nov, 2014 | 8:00pm

MPs Thrown A Lifeline To Save The NHS From Tories' Destructive Reforms


In two weeks' time ( Friday 21 November), MPs have a chance to save the NHS from the Tories' destructive and controversial NHS reforms by backing a new bill that puts people not profit back at the…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 9:38am

Health Unions Back Bill To Protect NHS From Privatisation


Unions involved in the TUC-led All Together for the NHS campaign are backing a Bill sponsored by Clive Efford MP that will put patients' needs before private profits and protect health services…

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Fri 7th Nov, 2014 | 5:52pm

Cameron Needs To Push For Better Jobs And Better Wages At The G20 Summit, Says TUC


The TUC has today (Thursday) written to David Cameron asking him to show his support for UK workers at the G20 Leaders' Summit in Australia, by making the case for better jobs and wages.

The TUC…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 3:56pm

Overpayment Error In The Benefit System Falls By 100 Million


Official and claimant error on benefit overpayments has fallen to the lowest ever - 1.3% of welfare expenditure - down £100m last year.

The government expects the rate to drop even more with…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 12:15pm

Bold Rise In Minimum Wage Needed For Both Workers And The Economy, Says TUC

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photo by Images_of_Money
Not only can the economy support a significant increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) beyond £7, but there is a growing consensus that it will benefit long term growth and stability,…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 10:57am

Conservatives Should Repay Cost Of Misleading Tax Stunt, Says TUC

photo by Nufkin
photo by Nufkin
The Treasury's breakdown of how tax revenue is spent by government is a political stunt, the costs of which should be repaid to taxpayers, says the TUC.

The tax breakdown given in tax statements…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 2:58pm

Holiday Pay Ruling Is A Victory For Workers, Says TUC

photo by William Warby
photo by William Warby
Commenting on the ruling today (Tuesday) that overtime should be taken into account when holiday pay is calculated, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Failing to count overtime when…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 1:34pm

As Pay Gap In Barnsley Increases, Local MP Challenges Prime Minister

photo by LaserGuided
photo by LaserGuided
Last week Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, challenged the Prime Minister on the floor of the House of Commons about the widening gender pay gap.

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Dan…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 10:05pm

One In Three Careers Fall Short Of Expectations

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photo by Victor1558
One in three employees (33%) report that their career progression to date has failed to meet their expectations, according to the latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook survey. The survey of over…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 8:10pm

Living Wages Will Help The Economy And Reduce The Deficit, Says TUC

photo by William Warby
photo by William Warby
Responding to the publication today (Monday) of the annual living wage report by KPMG, which finds that more than 5 million workers (5,277,000) are being paid less than the living wage, TUC…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 8:38am

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

photo: photologue_np
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

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

Only One In Every Forty New Jobs Since Recession Is For A Full-Time Employee, Says TUC

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photo by photologue_np
The share of UK jobs accounted for by full-time employees fell during the recession and has failed to recover, according to new analysis published today (Wednesday) by the TUC.

The analysis shows…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 2:17pm

Youth Unemployment Falls Again In Keighley And Ilkley


News that the number of people out of work in Keighley and Ilkley has fallen once again has been welcomed by local Conservative MP Kris Hopkins, who said he was particularly pleased at the drop of…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 2:01pm

Even Flirting With The Idea Of Leaving The EU Is Dangerous, Warns TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Commenting on Ed Miliband's speech today (Monday) to the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is time for unions,…

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Mon 10th Nov, 2014 | 2:21pm

HM Treasury Breached Official Statistics Code With Misleading Employment Figures, Says TUC


The TUC has written to the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Andrew Dilnot, asking him to investigate whether the Treasury (HMT) breached the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in a…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 9:13am

Holiday Pay Ruling Leaves Much Uncertainty But Unlikely To Spark An Employee Pay Bonanza


Mike Emmott, Employee Relations Adviser at the CIPD, said:

"Today's ruling on holiday pay (4 November) leaves much to be resolved - particularly on the issue of backdating. Employees who may…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 5:26pm

Work Programme Is Another Expensive Failure For DWP, Says TUC


Responding to the publication today (Thursday) of a Public Accounts Committee report that is critical of the performance of Work Programme private contractors and their use of sanctions, TUC…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 12:39pm

Benefit Cap: Thousands Move Into Work


More than 12,000 households have made the choice to move into work or stop claiming Housing Benefit because of the benefit cap.

A key part of the long-term economic plan, capping benefits means…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 12:07pm

Big Turn-Out In Successful RMT Lobby Of Parliament Over Cuts Threat


Scores of RMT members from services threatened by the new Northern and TPE rail franchises have held a lively and successful lobby of Parliament today as the union steps up the political fight to…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 3:23pm

Unite Secures Ground Breaking Tribunal Victory Over Holiday Pay


Unite members, who have been short changed by over a half of their holiday pay, have won a groundbreaking employment appeal tribunal today (Tuesday 4 November), which means all UK employers now…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 1:41pm

Men Twice As Likely To Earn Over 50,000 A Year As Women

photo by Fuller Landau Montreal
photo by Fuller Landau Montreal
Men working full-time are twice as likely to earn over £50,000 a year as full-time women, according to new TUC analysis of official figures published to mark Equal Pay Day today (Tuesday).

Th…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 8:53am

Private Pensions Enjoy New Lease Of Life

photo by Alan Cleaver
photo by Alan Cleaver
New figures show the private sector industries and occupations which have seen the most significant growth in pension saving since 2012.

Britain's salesmen, bar tenders and hotel staff are amongst…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 8:33pm

RMT Steps Up The Fight Against Rail Cuts On Northern And Trans-Pennine Express

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photo by alistairas
Rail Union RMT today stepped up the pressure in the on-going campaign against cuts to rail jobs and services bound up in the Government's proposals for the future of the Northern and Trans-Pennine…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 2:34pm

Talented Duo Graduate Towards A Career In Architecture

Simon and Antonio
Simon and Antonio
Two talented architecture graduates have been appointed by Leeds based Brewster Bye Architects. Simon Taylor and Antonio Serban join the firm as Architectural Assistants.

Simon graduated from…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 7:36pm

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