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Capping Tips Will Legalise Raid On Waiting Staff's Wages, Unite Warns
Proposals floated by the government to cap the amount in tips that a restaurant can deduct from waiting staff have been firmly rejected by the union representing hospitality workers, Unite. The…
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TUC Raises Alarm Over New Gender Pay Gap Analysis

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photo - Peter T
Commenting on research published today (Saturday) by the Press Association, which shows that women earn over £1,000 more than men in their twenties but then start earning far less as soon as…

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Sat 29th Aug, 2015 | 9:27am

Work Capability Assessments Not 'Fit For Purpose'

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photo - Rachel Groves
The Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) Work Capability Assessments are not fit for purpose and should be scrapped in their current form urged Britain's largest union, Unite, as shock figures…

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Thu 27th Aug, 2015 | 10:00pm

Unite Suspends Industrial Action On London Underground As A Gesture Of 'Goodwill'

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photo - London Attractions Guide
Over 400 members of the Unite union have suspended industrial action at London Underground as a gesture of goodwill following progress in talks over the introduction of Tube night running.

The…

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Mon 24th Aug, 2015 | 9:48pm

Independent Watchdog Slams Government Trade Union Proposals As "Not Fit For Purpose"


The Regulatory Policy Committee - an independent body appointed by the government which verifies the costs and savings of proposed changes to businesses and civil society - has today (Friday)…

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Fri 21st Aug, 2015 | 4:52pm

Sun Finally Shining For Young Jobseekers

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photo - Dan Foy
Against the backdrop of low unemployment and rising recruitment pressures, UK employers are increasing turning to young talent to fill their skills gaps, signalling the end of a broadly 'bleak'…

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Tue 18th Aug, 2015 | 9:09am

Rising Executive Pay Is A Disgrace, Says TUC

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photo - International Monetary Fund
Commenting on data released today (Monday) by the High Pay Centre on escalating executive pay, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"With top bosses now earning 183 times more than the…

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Mon 17th Aug, 2015 | 9:10am

Deliveries Of 'White Goods' Will Be Hit


The delivery of thousands of 'white goods', from fridge freezers, washing machines to cookers, will be severely disrupted, as more than 200 drivers and warehouse staff at Indesit UK Ltd gear up…

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Thu 13th Aug, 2015 | 3:27pm

Figures Highlight Fragile Nature Of Recovery


The fragile nature of the so-called economic recovery, particularly outside London and the south east, has been highlighted by the latest rise in unemployment, Unite, the country's largest union,…

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Wed 12th Aug, 2015 | 11:16am

Trade Union Bill Threatens Right To Strike


Commenting on a letter signed by scores of academics which describes the Trade Union Bill as the most sustained attack on workers' rights since the early 19th century, TUC General Secretary…

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Tue 11th Aug, 2015 | 5:52pm

'Come Clean' On Union 'Check Off' Savings Claim, Says Unite

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Gail Cartmail
Ministers should come clean about how stopping public sector union members paying their membership dues though the long-standing payroll 'check off' system will achieve a saving of £6.5…

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Fri 7th Aug, 2015 | 10:01am

TUC Calls For Urgent Enquiry After Back-To-Work Deaths Revealed


Commenting on figures published today (Thursday) by the Department of Work and Pensions, which show that between 2011 and 2014 over 2,300 people died shortly after losing their claim for…

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Thu 27th Aug, 2015 | 10:00pm

TUC And NUS Sign Campaigning Partnership

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photo - francisco_osorio
The TUC and the NUS will today (Tuesday) sign an agreement for joint campaigning between the trade union and student movements for the coming year.

The partnership will be signed at Congress House…

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Tue 25th Aug, 2015 | 2:00pm

Continuing Tube Strikes Will Harm Small Businesses

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photo - Tom Page
Commenting on strike action affecting the London Underground network this week, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said:

"This week's planned strike action, on…

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Mon 24th Aug, 2015 | 9:46pm

CITB Says Youngsters Should Target Better Paid Jobs In Construction

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photo - Tim Evanson
As GCSE results come out today, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is encouraging Yorkshire school leavers at all educational levels to consider a rewarding career in construction.

The…

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Thu 20th Aug, 2015 | 1:00am

Young People In Leeds Left Behind By Osborne's Minimum Wage Rise

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photo - Lee J Haywood
Official figures obtained by Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland show 45% of young people in Leeds will not benefit from Chancellor George Osborne's minimum wage increase.

In his Budget statement…

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Mon 17th Aug, 2015 | 3:54pm

50-Plus Employment Rate At Record High

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photo - Alan Cleaver
New figures released this week show that the number of people in this age group who have a job rose by 50,000 during the last quarter.

And there are 235,000 more people aged between 50 and 64 in…

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Sat 15th Aug, 2015 | 12:17pm

Stop PM Tampering With People's Work And Holiday Rights

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
The TUC has today (Thursday) written to the members of David Cameron's Business Advisory Group urging them to protect the rights of British workers in any attempt to renegotiate Britain's…

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Thu 13th Aug, 2015 | 9:13am

Tube Workers Pencil In More Strikes

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photo - London Attractions Guide
London Underground's failure to give cast iron guarantees over unsocial shift working on all-night Tube services will see over 400 Unite members once again taking strike action unless a…

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Tue 11th Aug, 2015 | 6:03pm

Stop Pinching Staff Tips


Pressure is mounting on Pizza Express to drop the eight per cent admin fee it takes from staff tips paid on a card, as protesters prepare for further action in London on Monday 10 August.

With…

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Sat 8th Aug, 2015 | 5:30pm

'Spiteful' Government Launches Another Needless Assault On Working People


Responding to the government's latest assault on trades unions, with the announcement that it will outlaw the practice of 'check off' whereby members can pay their union contributions through the…

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Fri 7th Aug, 2015 | 9:54am

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