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The TUC publishes regular expert analysis of the UK economy and our place in the world. Listed below are our most recent economics briefings and reports. 


On the 8th and 9th December, the 13th British-German Trade Union Forum took place in London, focussing on workplace democracy, discussing Workers‘ voice – good governance and workplace democracy.
17 December 2014
Commenting on the publication today of the report of the Independent Project Board that was tasked with an examination of pension management fees, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Independent Project Board’s report shows that the financial services industry has still not learned the lessons of the past and...
17 December 2014
Commenting on the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Today’s figures show some long overdue improvements, but at this rate it will take over a decade to recover the real value of people’s earnings. And there is...
17 December 2014
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show a larger than expected fall in inflation to one per cent – the lowest figure for over ten years – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
16 December 2014
Responding to Ed Miliband’s speech on immigration today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This government’s opposition to basic rights at work, and unwillingness to enforce those that exist, has helped make the UK the exploitation capital of Europe. We welcome these proposals to crack down on those who...
15 December 2014
Unions have today (Friday) warned that they may not be able to support global climate change legislation if it fails to protect workers’ jobs, says the TUC. Although unions plan to support the United Nation’s ambitious climate change treaty in Paris next year, they are concerned that as the world...
12 December 2014
Responding to the interim report published today (Thursday) by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on annuity sales practices and retirement income, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The FCA report is not only damning about the past failures of the annuities market, it also warns that savers could be even...
11 December 2014
We take a look at what happened at the TUC Making Work Pay? What role can the welfare state play in raising living standards? conference held on 8th December 2014. It focused on the impact of the current high levels of unemployment and falling average weekly earnings, low-paid workers and...
11 December 2014
The increased use of zero-hours contracts and agency workers by employers is preventing young people from obtaining permanent jobs, according to new analysis published today (Tuesday) by the TUC. The TUC analysis of official figures shows that 81 per cent of temporary agency workers aged 20–24, and 64 per cent...
09 December 2014
Britain faces a profound challenge to reverse the tide of rising inequality and build a new economy that delivers fairness for working people. Tackling the living standards crisis which has left the majority of ordinary families struggling with smaller pay packets and rising household bills, should be a One Nation...
08 December 2014

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