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Osborne Puts Families With Children In Frontline Of Austerity Again
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 said:…
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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

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

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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

Youth Fight For Jobs Says Miliband's £8 An Hour In 2020 Isn't Good Enough


This week Ed Miliband will announce to the Labour Party's Annual Conference a pledge to increase the minimum wage to £8 an hour by the end of the next parliament in 2020. This would be an…

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Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 | 8:53am

Latest Statistics Show The Summer Months Have Been Good For Jobs Growth


Commenting on this month's Labour Market Statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics, CIPD Chief Economist, Mark Beatson, said: "Figures vary from month to month but employment…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 10:10pm

Defence Workers To Ballot On Strike Action Over Pay


Workers at the cash-rich Defence Support Group (DSG) are being balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay, as the group faces being sold off to the private sector next year.

More than…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 10:13am

Today's Low-Paid Jobs Aren't Working, Says TUC

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

"Last week the Governor of the Bank…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 4:58pm

NUM Investment In Hatfield Colliery Good News For Jobs And Energy Security, Says TUC

Hatfield Colliery - photo by Chris Sampson
Hatfield Colliery - photo by Chris Sampson
Responding to the announcement today (Tuesday) that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is loaning £4 million to Hatfield Colliery Partnership as a bridge to the start of mining a new…

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Tue 16th Sep, 2014 | 8:56am

Victory For Consumers As Pension Saving Limits To Be Scrapped

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photo by Images_of_Money
Restrictions limiting the amount that millions of British workers can save towards their pensions are now set to be scrapped, following a year of negotiation between ministers and the European…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 8:45am

Falling Wages Dividing Britain As 'Big Society' Gives Way To 'Greedy Pig Society'

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photo by Tax Credits
Disastrous economic policies are dividing Britain and destroying hopes of recovery, the leader of the country's biggest union stated today (Monday 8 September 2014).

Len McCluskey, general…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 6:55pm

New TUC Guide Shows How Unions Improve Jobs And Build A Fairer Society


On the eve of the annual Trades Union Congress in Liverpool, the TUC has today (Saturday) published The Union Advantage, a guide to how unions make work better and society fairer.

The guide…

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Sat 6th Sep, 2014 | 9:29am

Low-paid Job Creation Has Pushed Earnings Growth To Record Low

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photo by rockindave1
The shift in employment from higher to lower paying industries, combined with rising levels of under-employment have helped push earnings growth to a record low, according to a new report…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 3:23pm

Apprentices Kick Start Careers At Green & Brown

L-R:  Harrison Black and Jack Booth
L-R: Harrison Black and Jack Booth
A Wakefield based established window blind manufacturer has boosted its customer service team with two local apprentices.

Green & Brown is one of the UK's leading blind manufacturers, producing…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 4:04pm

The Living Wage Is Out Of Reach For Most Women Working Part-Time In Many Parts Of Britain

photo by Peter
photo by Peter
The majority of women working part-time earn less than the living wage in over 50 local authority areas across Britain, according to research published today (Thursday) by the TUC.

Today (28…

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Thu 28th Aug, 2014 | 9:13am

Apprenticeship Event Will Help Young People Get A Foot In The Door

Natalie Wilson
Natalie Wilson
Young people in Leeds wondering what's next after their GCSEs can take their first step onto the career ladder at a special event this week.

Hundreds of 16-18 year-olds are expected to attend the…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 10:14am

Cable: No Loopholes In Zero Hours Exclusivity Ban


Business Secretary Vince Cable has called on business, unions and individuals to help identify and close potential loopholes in plans to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts…

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Mon 25th Aug, 2014 | 8:14pm

Free Bus Pass Scheme Is Just The Ticket For Young Jobseekers

Calvin Rollins, who travelled to and from his Head Start placement with the help of his free bus pass
Calvin Rollins, who travelled to and from his Head Start placement with the help of his free bus pass
Hundreds of young jobseekers are on the road to a fresh start with the help of a new scheme aimed at getting them back into work.

More than 800 young people aged 18-24 are being offered free…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 4:31pm

Number Of Young People Who Are NEET At 9-Year Low

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photo by DWP
The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England fell by 125,000 compared to the same period last year.

The number of young people who are NEET in England is…

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Thu 21st Aug, 2014 | 7:12pm

Business Secretary Visits Emmerdale Set To Launch Apprenticeship Campaign

photo by DWP
photo by DWP
Vince Cable today (20 August 2014) visited companies across Leeds to celebrate the launch of the government's new campaign calling on young people to 'Get In. Go Far' by choosing an apprenticeship.

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 6:11pm

TUC Welcomes Spread Of Pension Saving As A Result Of Auto-Enrolment

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photo by Images_of_Money
Commenting on new research published today (Tuesday) by the Department for Work and Pensions showing that three quarters of the population are aware of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions,…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 12:05pm

Opportunity For Sheffield Area School Leavers Is A National 'First'

Chris Hill
Chris Hill
A pioneering initiative to make entry into an accountancy career more accessible to school leavers not wanting to go to university is to be piloted in Sheffield next month (September).

The…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 4:02pm

UK Wage Squeeze To Continue For Even Longer

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Responding to the quarterly inflation report from the Bank of England, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is hugely concerning to hear that the Bank has cut its forecast for wage…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 4:54pm

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

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

Frances O'Grady Responds To Miliband Minimum Wage Pledge

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photo by Jo.sau
Welcoming Ed Miliband's national minimum wage pledge,TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Raising the minimum wage and putting more money into the hands of low-paid workers won't just be…

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Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 | 8:00am

TUC Welcomes Business Leaders' Call For A Higher Minimum Wage

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Responding to a letter signed today (Thursday) by a group of senior business leaders calling for the national minimum wage to rise at a faster rate, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"The…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 8:55pm

Treasury Select Committee Urged To Probe The 'True' Nature Of The Jobless Figures

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photo by photologue_np
The Commons Treasury select committee should investigate who are 'the winners and losers' in the jobs market, Unite, the country's largest union, said in the wake of (Wednesday 17 September)…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 10:07am

Low Inflation Points To Wage Rises As The Priority, Says TUC

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
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 16th Sep, 2014 | 4:14pm

Tribunal Fees Denying Harassed And Abused Workers Access To Justice

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photo by clagnut
New employment tribunal statistics published today (Thursday) show that the new system of charging upfront fees is resulting in a major reduction in claims, says the TUC.

The statistics are the…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 4:57pm

Big Rise In Number Of Unions Reaching Out To LGBT Workers

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photo by LaserGuided
Half of all TUC-affiliated unions are running targeted recruitment campaigns at LGBT workers, an increase from 38 per cent of unions in 2011, according to the 2014 Equality Audit published today…

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Tue 9th Sep, 2014 | 8:00pm

Half Of Workers Think Their Bosses Can Afford A Pay Rise

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photo by Images_of_Money
Half the workforce (50 per cent) think that their employer can afford better pay rises than those they have given to staff, with only 16 per cent disagreeing, according to a new YouGov poll…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 4:18pm

Vulnerable Claimants To Face Hardship From Longer Wait For Financial Help

photo by Ed Yourdon
photo by Ed Yourdon
The government has today (Thursday) rejected recommendations by its expert advisers to exempt vulnerable claimants, including disabled people, from a new seven day waiting period for benefits.

In…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 5:46pm

A Record Number Of People Are Looking For Extra Hours To Top Up Their Wages

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photo by photologue_np
The number of people who are under-employed has increased by nearly 100,000 over the last two years, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Wednesday).

The analysis shows that while…

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Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 | 4:55pm

Seminar To Help School Leavers And Graduates Prepare For Employment


A free-to-attend, two-day employability seminar is to take place in York on 24th and 25th September 2014.

A Yorkshire-based social enterprise (Bizenko) has secured European Social Fund backing…

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Sat 30th Aug, 2014 | 10:47pm

Anglo-Portuguese Union Agreement Offers Migrant Workers New Help With Their Rights

Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary
Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary
The British and Portuguese trade union movements will sign a co-operation protocol later today (Thursday), aimed at ensuring Portuguese migrant workers in the UK can join unions and enforce their…

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Thu 28th Aug, 2014 | 9:04am

Yorkshire Ambulance Staff To Strike For Two Days In Continuing Patient Safety Dispute


Yorkshire ambulance service workers, members of Unite, the country's largest union, will strike on Friday and next Tuesday (2 September) in the 20 month dispute over patient and staff safety…

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Tue 26th Aug, 2014 | 2:51pm

Access Forum Needs New Members


A group that helps to improve public access and recreation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is on the lookout for new members.

There are currently eight vacancies on the independent Yorkshire…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 9:28pm

Wages Recovery Reaching Too Few People, Says TUC

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photo by rockindave1
Responding to new analysis published today (Friday) by XpertHR of recent data on pay awards, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is good to see some signs of better pay awards for some…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 3:04pm

Get In And Go Far With New Apprenticeships


In a campaign launched today (20 August 2014) government and top employers are calling on young people to 'Get In. Go Far' by choosing an apprenticeship. This coincides with the introduction of 40…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 6:30pm

Self-Employed Workers Have Taken The Biggest Hit Of All In Great Pay Squeeze

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady
Commenting on a new analysis of self-employment published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Today's figures nail the myth…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 5:51pm

Real Wage Squeeze Set To Continue As Strong Jobs Growth Fails To Translate Into Higher Productivity

North and Midlands lead way on strong recruitment intentions

CIPD has released its quarterly Labour Market Outlook (LMO) survey report of 1,000 employers, revealing that wage growth is expected to…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 10:13am

UK Economy Trapped In 'Jekyll And Hyde' Embrace, Says Unite


Record low pay and rising insecure employment are blighting economic recovery, despite the apparent fall in unemployment, Unite, the country's largest union, said (Wednesday 13 August).

Unite…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 5:29pm

UK Economy Is Very Good At Creating Low-Paid Jobs

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

"The combination of rising employment and…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 4:50pm

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