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Fire Strikes Escalate: Firefighters In England Call Four Days Of Strike Action
Firefighters in England have announced a significant escalation of strike action, with four days of strikes commencing on 31 October until 4 November. This follows a refusal from the Department for…
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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

Cutting ESA Would Be Plundering The Safety Net That Workers Pay Into, Says TUC

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Commenting on reports today (Thursday) that the government has considered cutting Employment and Support Allowance by almost £30 per week, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"This…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 4:44pm

Cameron Must Condemn Modern Slavery In Qatar, Says TUC

Qatar skyline - photo by Jimmy Baikovicius
Qatar skyline - photo by Jimmy Baikovicius
Ahead of David Cameron's meeting with the Emir of Qatar, the TUC is today (Tuesday) calling on the Prime Minister to ensure that the government of Qatar is committed to ending slavery and abuse of…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 3:03pm

Sports Direct Zero Hours Announcement Won't Stop Job Insecurity, Warns TUC


Commenting on the announcement today (Monday) that Sports Direct will make changes for staff on zero hours contracts, following legal action, the TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 3:46pm

Being a Woman, Being Older and Working Part-Time All Increase Your Chances of Becoming 'Stuck' in Low Pay

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photo by avlxyz
Women in low-paid employment are on average 47 percentage points more likely than similar men to be still in low pay after ten years*, according to new research published by the CIPD, the…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 8:38pm

Jobcentres Go Digital

New Jobcentre Plus signing on technology
New Jobcentre Plus signing on technology
High-tech equipment will be installed at more than 700 sites to make it easier for people to find work.

Old-fashioned 'signing-on', job cards in windows and Full Monty-style dole queues have been…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 12:50pm

'Tale Of Two Economies' Leaves Workers Shut Out Of Growth, Says TUC

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

"It's a tale of two economies - a few people…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 11:45am

Wages Forecast Suggests More Bad News For Workers, Says TUC

photo by Howard Lake
photo by Howard Lake
Responding to new analysis published today (Friday) by XpertHR, which forecasts that annual pay reviews will be below inflation for most private sector employees, TUC General Secretary Frances…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 11:16am

Largest Fall In Unemployment Since Records Began


Unemployment has seen the largest annual fall since records began over 40 years ago. The number of unemployed people is now below 2 million for the first time since 2008, figures published today…

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Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 | 8:00pm

Rock Solid Support For Strike In NHS To Get Government To Listen To Calls For Decent Pay Rise


In the NHS it takes years of incremental pay progression to achieve the rate for the job and that progression cannot be confused with uprating pay rates to keep pace with inflation says GMB

GMB…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 5:04pm

UK Workers Suffering The Most Severe Squeeze In Real Earnings Since Victorian Times

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
UK workers are suffering the longest and most severe decline in real earnings since records began in Victorian times, according to a new analysis published by the TUC.

This year, workers across…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 8:58am

Public Backs Strikes For NHS Fair Pay By Two To One


A new opinion poll undertaken on the eve of industrial action by NHS staff on Monday, October 13 reveals overwhelming public support for their campaign for an above inflation rise in pay, with…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 8:00am

Tata Steel Apprentices Help Out At Children's Hospice

The Tata Steel apprentices at Bluebell Wood
The Tata Steel apprentices at Bluebell Wood
A group of young apprentices from the UK's largest steel producer have been putting their skills to good use taking part in a community based project at a children's hospice.

Team building and…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 10:48am

TUC Welcomes IFS Findings On The Public Sector Pay Squeeze

photo by TaxRebate.org.uk
photo by TaxRebate.org.uk
Responding to the publication today (Friday) of two reports by IFS on public and private sector pay, TUC General Secretary, Frances O'Grady said:

"The IFS shows just how deep and long the pay…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 3:49pm

UK And EU Should Heed IMF On Public Investment For Global Growth, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Responding to the IMF World Economic Outlook published today (Tuesday) which draws on IMF research to recommend public investment for global growth, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 10:21pm

Defence Workers Vote To Strike Over 'Derisory' Pay Offer


Workers at the cash-rich Defence Support Group (DSG) have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over pay in the run-up to the group being sold off to the private sector next year.

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 1:12pm

Tories In £1.5 Billion NHS Sell-Off Scandal


A new investigation by Unite has found that since 2012 a scandalous £1.5 billion has left the NHS and gone into the pockets of just 15 private companies linked to 24 Tory MPs and Lords who…

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Sat 4th Oct, 2014 | 8:00pm

Cameron's NHS Double Talk Is A 'Sick Joke'


Unite has called David Cameron's attempts to position the Tories as the party of the NHS a 'sick joke'

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said:
"David Cameron's double talk on the NHS is a…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 6:08pm

CIPD Publishes New Study On Migration And The UK Labour Market


Employers who've turned to EU migrants to fill vacancies in recent years say they've done so because these recruits have brought the experience and commitment needed to support growth, according…

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Wed 1st Oct, 2014 | 10:00pm

Further Substantial Increases Needed To National Minimum Wage, Says TUC

photo by William Warby
photo by William Warby
Commenting on the new national minimum wage (NMW) rates that come into force today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is good news to see the worst paid adult workers…

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Wed 1st Oct, 2014 | 3:49pm

Osborne Puts Families With Children In Frontline Of Austerity Again

photo by Glyn Lowe Photoworks
photo by Glyn Lowe Photoworks
Commenting on new proposals today (Monday) for a two-year freeze of working age benefits announced by George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 4:36pm

Volunteers Needed To Help Charity Run Fundraising Church Café


The Samaritans, a charity that provides support for people in distress or despair, is looking for volunteers to help it raise money.

The York branch is looking for people to join a team of…

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Sun 28th Sep, 2014 | 10:08pm

Volunteers Needed To Support Blood Cancer Patients And Families


Blood cancer support charity, Leukaemia CARE, is calling for volunteers to help run its 24-hour CARE Line, which provides round the clock support to patients and families who are affected by a…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 4:29pm

No Delay - Minimum Wage Increase Now To Create Jobs And Boost The Economy


Independent report says £1.50 increase in minimum wage in 2015 is affordable

A major new independent report to be submitted to the Low Pay Commission today (Friday 26 September) has shown…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 9:55am

Radio Royal Search For New Volunteers

photo by San Jose Library
photo by San Jose Library
Bradford Royal Infirmary's hospital radio station is seeking new volunteers.

The station, which is on air 24 hours a day, brings entertainment to patients at the city's largest hospital.

Now…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 12:01am

Hunt's 'Snub' To NHS Staff On Pay Sparks Four-Hour Strike On 24 November


The continual failure of health secretary Jeremy Hunt to engage with NHS staff over their declining pay in real terms has sparked a four-hour strike across the health service in England on 24…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 4:49pm

Number Of Children In Workless Households Hits Record Low


The number of households where no one has a job has plummeted, new figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

This means the number of children living in households where…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 4:11pm

Unite Calls For No Compulsory Redundancies Over Lloyds Job Losses


Britain's largest union Unite warned that further job losses at Lloyds Bank could have 'unknown' consequences for customer service, as it called for a no compulsory redundancy guarantee following…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 2:09pm

TUC Comment On Resolution Foundation Low Pay Report


Commenting on research published today (Sunday) by the Resolution Foundation that shows the proportion of employees in low-paid work has increased and now stands at just over five million people,…

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Sun 26th Oct, 2014 | 9:07pm

Growing Female Employment In Highly Skilled Jobs Across The Economy

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photo by LyndaSanchez
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, yesterday embarked on a regional tour to meet with women working in all four sectors of the economy - services, agriculture, construction, and…

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Sat 25th Oct, 2014 | 8:20pm

Head Teachers' Union To Join The TUC


The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has today (Friday) joined the TUC, bringing the number of affiliated unions to 54.

The union - which is based in Haywards Heath in West Sussex - is…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 2:40pm

NHS Blueprint Prompts Questions On Funding And Private Sector Involvement, Says Unite


Big questions need to be answered on how the new five-year blueprint to provide NHS services will be implemented, Unite, the country's largest union, said (Thursday 23 October).

Unite, which has…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 11:25am

Universal Credit Will Create Debt Trap For Claimants, Says TUC


Commenting on the latest pathfinder evaluation for Universal Credit, published today (Wednesday) by the Department for Work and Pensions, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It's very…

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Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 | 8:20pm

Osborne's Record In Tatters As Public Borrowing Surges, Warns Unite

George Osborne MP
George Osborne MP
George Osborne's record lies in tatters claimed Britain's largest union Unite (Tuesday 21 October), as it warned that borrowing would have to be cut by 37 per cent for the chancellor to meet his…

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Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 | 4:09pm

Unite Response To Today's Historic NHS Strike


Following today's (Monday 13 October) strike action by the nation's NHS workers - the first in 30 years, Rachael Maskell, Unite head of health, said: "Across England and Northern Ireland today,…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 5:00pm

Benefits Of Economic Recovery Are Going To Fat Cats Who Need It Least, Says TUC

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
In response to new research published today (Monday) by Incomes Data Services, which finds that FTSE 100 directors' earnings rose by 21% over the last year, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 8:50am

Strike Action By Paramedics And Other Ambulance Staff - Monday 13 October 2014

Ambulance in Leeds - photo by Ingy the Wingy
Ambulance in Leeds - photo by Ingy the Wingy
GMB agrees emergency cover during strike action by paramedics and other ambulance staff in North West on Monday 13 October 2014.

GMB has worked closely with NWAS management to ensure that a…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 11:32am

Stress Is The UK's Top Health And Safety Concern, Say Workplace Reps

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photo by kroszk@
Advance findings from a new TUC survey of union health and safety representatives published today (Friday) on World Mental Health Day find stress to be the top concern in UK workplaces.

Over…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 3:52pm

Unite Suspends Local Government Strike Action


Britain's largest union, Unite announced today (Thursday 9 October) that strike action planned for next Tuesday (14 October) by local government workers was being suspended to allow for a new…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 5:52pm

Student Primed For Success In Cabinet Office


A student youth worker from Sheffield Hallam University is rewarding the country's most inspirational volunteers after landing a dream job at the Cabinet Office.

Sheraz Hussain, 23, is working for…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 1:27pm

TUC Welcomes Cable Announcements On Apprentice Wages And Employment Contract Abuse


Responding to announcements made today (Monday) at the Liberal Democrat Conference by Vince Cable on increasing the minimum wage for apprenticeships and addressing employment contract abuse, the…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 1:09pm

Bridal Design Award for Harrogate College Student

Samantha Henty with her award
Samantha Henty with her award
A Harrogate College student has been named Best Student Designer in the 2014 national Bridal Buyer Awards. Samantha Henty, who achieved a First Class BA Hons in Applied Creative Design, beat…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 8:54pm

Cameron's Conference Pledges Will Make 30 Hour-Week Minimum Wage Family £320 Worse Off, Says TUC

photo by Philip Taylor PT
photo by Philip Taylor PT
Analysis published by the TUC today (Thursday) of the tax and benefit policies announced at the Conservative Party Conference reveals that a couple family with two children and 30 hours work at…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 5:04pm

New Minimum Wage Is 'A Disgrace', As Council Workers Struggle To Pay Bills, Says Unite


A government that allows vital local government staff to struggle to pay their bills on the new national minimum wage (NMW) of £6.50 an hour was fiercely criticised by Unite, the country's…

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Wed 1st Oct, 2014 | 4:59pm

Above Inflation Rise For National Minimum Wage


The rate rise to £6.50 per hour, the first real terms cash increase since 2008, follows the recommendations from the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) in March this year and the call for…

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Wed 1st Oct, 2014 | 3:30pm

East Midlands Trains Staff Suspend Strike Action To Consider New Offer

photo by Matt Buck
photo by Matt Buck
Unite, the UK's largest union, has called off next week's strike action, which was due to start (Sunday 28 September), by nearly 200 engineering and maintenance staff at East Midland Trains to…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 9:51am

Unite Health Members To Strike Over Cameron's 'Destructive' NHS Pay Policy


David Cameron's broken promises on the NHS were further highlighted today (Friday 26 September), when NHS staff, members of Unite, the country's largest union, voted to take strike action on…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 10:00pm

460 New Businesses Set Up Every Week By Out-Of-Work Entrepreneurs


More than 53,000 new businesses have been set up thanks to a government scheme which helps people on benefits become their own boss - an average of 460 every week over the last year.

As part of…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 2:43pm

Pay Settlements Data Suggests Future Still Bleak For Earnings, Says TUC


Responding to the latest data published today (Friday) by pay analysts XpertHR on pay settlements for the 12 months to the end of August 2014, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Falling…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 9:45am

National Minimum Wage Rises To £6.50ph From October 2014

photo by Peter
photo by Peter
The government has approved a rise in the National Minimum Wage to £6.50 per hour from October 2014, with more than 1 million people set to see their pay rise by as much as £355 a year.

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 9:41pm

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