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Extended Sunday Trading Due In The Autumn
Local high streets will be given the green light to go head to head with online retailers with new powers to allow local councils to extend Sunday trading hours expected to be introduced in the…
More time to shop on Sundays - photo Rashled Akrum

Hunt Is 'Slippery As An Eel' As Junior Doctors' Strike Looms, Says Unite


Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been as 'slippery as an eel' in his dealings with the junior doctors, Unite, the country's largest union, said today (Tuesday 9 February).

Unite, which embraces…

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Tue 9th Feb, 2016 | 3:46pm

Women Must Not Be Left Behind In Pensions Revolution, Says TUC

photo - Sascha Kohlmann
photo - Sascha Kohlmann
The TUC will today (Thursday) call for a better pensions deal for women at its annual Pensions Conference in London.

The event, entitled "Freedom pass: where now for workplace pensions?" will be…

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Thu 4th Feb, 2016 | 9:00am

PM's Renegotiation Agenda Misses The Point, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Commenting on details emerging today (Tuesday) of the EU renegotiation deal sought by the Prime Minister, which includes proposals to allow the UK to restrict in-work benefits for migrants, TUC…

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Tue 2nd Feb, 2016 | 5:08pm

Black Workers With Degrees Earn Less Than White Counterparts, Finds TUC

photo - Lars Plougmann
photo - Lars Plougmann
Black workers with degrees earn 23.1% less on average than white workers with degrees, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Monday).

The analysis of official statistics shows that…

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Mon 1st Feb, 2016 | 11:09am

After The Floods, Defend Your Rescue Service

photo - Fire Brigades Union
photo - Fire Brigades Union
During the devastating floods this winter across northern parts of the UK, firefighters worked around the clock saving lives, helping communities and providing humanitarian support. At the same…

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Fri 29th Jan, 2016 | 1:34pm

TUC Welcomes Calls For Extension Of Online Balloting

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photo - Si1very
A new report, Secure Voting, from Webroots Democracy provides expert testimony from companies and academics specialising in online voting systems. It makes the case that electronic balloting is…

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Tue 26th Jan, 2016 | 9:12am

Landmark Agreement Outlawing Modern Slavery Is A Giant Leap In The Right Direction, Says TUC

photo - Ian Barbour
photo - Ian Barbour
Commenting on the announcement today (Friday) that the UK government has ratified a landmark international agreement to outlaw forced labour and modern slavery, TUC General Secretary Frances…

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Fri 22nd Jan, 2016 | 2:41pm

Trade Union Bill Will Result In Huge Costs For Unions, Government Impact Assessment Reveals

photo - TUC
photo - TUC
Commenting on today's (Thursday) publication of the government's impact assessment on the Trade Union Bill, which reveals that unions will be hit with huge financial costs, TUC General Secretary…

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Thu 21st Jan, 2016 | 4:52pm

The Government Has Failed To Make The Case For Higher Strike Thresholds, Says TUC

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photo - oatsy40
Responding to today's (Thursday) government announcement on new strike thresholds for 'important public services', TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The government is set on introducing…

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Thu 21st Jan, 2016 | 11:37am

Customer Services Will Suffer As More Crown Post Offices Are Transferred To The Private Sector, Says Unite

photo - Mikey
photo - Mikey
The transfer of 39 Crown Post Offices to private sector organisations, such as WH Smith, will hit services to customers, Unite, the country's largest union, said (Tuesday 19 January).

Unite…

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Wed 20th Jan, 2016 | 5:08pm

Scandal Of Energy Giant That Does Not Bill Electricity Thieves


EDF Energy will become 'a soft touch' for electricity theft if it cuts its revenue protection staff by 50 per cent, Unite, the country's largest union, has warned.

EDF Energy is planning 6,000…

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Thu 4th Feb, 2016 | 10:08am

Extending Sunday Opening Hours Will Be Bad For Workers And Small Businesses, Says TUC

photo - Taber Andrew Bain
photo - Taber Andrew Bain
The TUC has today (Tuesday) criticised government plans to devolve powers for Sunday opening hours to councils.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"These plans are ill-thought through…

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Tue 2nd Feb, 2016 | 6:00pm

Women Paint A Positive Picture At Leeds College Of Building

Joanne Wright
Joanne Wright
More and more women are setting their sights on becoming painters and decorators, thanks to Leeds College of Building. Over the last five years the College has trained more than 100 women and this…

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Mon 1st Feb, 2016 | 6:03pm

Unions Support 30m Boost For Beleaguered Sheffield Forgemasters


The hard-pressed UK steel industry gained a much-needed fillip as Sheffield Forgemasters received a £30 million support package from three of the country's leading manufacturers.

Unite, the…

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Fri 29th Jan, 2016 | 3:05pm

Fragile Growth Is Increasingly Dependent On Services, Says TUC

Fragile growth - photoTaxCredits.net
Fragile growth - photoTaxCredits.net
Commenting on the latest GDP figures published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show overall growth of 0.5% but no growth in manufacturing and construction now in…

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Thu 28th Jan, 2016 | 12:43pm

Figures Show Strong Jobs Growth But Over-50s In Danger Of Being Left Behind

photo - Alan Cleaver
photo - Alan Cleaver
Commenting on the ONS Labour Market Statistics, Mark Beatson, Chief Economist at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, says:

"These figures show that jobs growth in the UK…

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Mon 25th Jan, 2016 | 11:00pm

Real Wages Still Worth 2,270 Less Than In 2008

photo - Images_of_Money
photo - Images_of_Money
Average pay (median) in Britain is still worth £2,270 less in real terms than it was in 2008 - a shortfall of £44 a week - according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Friday).

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Fri 22nd Jan, 2016 | 9:26am

New National Living Wage To Give Living Standards Boost To Over A Million Workers

Going to work - photo Ant Jackson
Going to work - photo Ant Jackson
The National Living Wage supports the government's vision of a higher wage, lower welfare, lower tax society.

More than 75% of workers across Yorkshire have said they will feel more positive for…

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Thu 21st Jan, 2016 | 4:30pm

Government Defeat Exposes How Ill-Thought Out Trade Union Bill Is, Says TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Commenting after today's (Wednesday) defeat of the government in the House of Lords on the Trade Union Bill, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"We are pleased that peers from all…

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Wed 20th Jan, 2016 | 9:00pm

Sheffield Forgemasters Sheds Jobs As Calls Intensify For Ministers To 'Save Our Steel'


Further pressure was mounting on government ministers today (Wednesday 20 January) to support the UK steel industry as it emerged that specialist steelmaker Sheffield Forgemasters is to shed up to…

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Wed 20th Jan, 2016 | 5:03pm

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