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

The recent announcement that Siemens will be creating 300 jobs in Hebburn is some welcome news for South Tyneside and a reminder about the importance of creating good quality jobs in the region. Together with the forthcoming Hitachi rail plant at Newton Aycliffe, which many in the region campaigned hard...
28 July 2014
Commenting on the latest GDP figures published today (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
25 July 2014
Responding to the new growth forecast for the United Kingdom, published today (Thursday) in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Pay packets are still falling behind rising prices, so most people are not yet sharing in the recovery. But if the good news on growth...
24 July 2014
The Labour shadow energy Minister Tom Greatrex MP was the keynote speaker, focusing on the rights and responsibilities of trade union reps in building sustainable workplaces. We launched new findings from the Labour Research Department’s study of the “union effect” on greening the workplace . It was our 10th annual...
21 July 2014
Commenting on the publication today (Monday) of the results of the government’s consultation over pensions reforms that were announced in the 2014 Budget, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
21 July 2014
Women are disadvantaged in the labour market; rising levels of female unemployment in the UK are even worse for women in the North East. Nationally, women’s unemployment has been over one million since 2010. In September 2011, the North East female unemployment rate hit double figures for the first time...
21 July 2014
Commenting on this week’s employment figures which show a fall in unemployment across the North West but a gap between average earnings and inflation, Lynn Collins, North West TUC Regional Secretary , said: “We are pleased to see unemployment fall in the North West and we’ve consistently called for job...
17 July 2014
‘Democracy in the Workplace: Strengthening Information and Consultation’ is part of a wider TUC policy theme designed to give workers a say in how their companies are run. In theory, the Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) regulations already give a workers perspective on major changes affecting the company. In...
17 July 2014
The TUC publication launch of ‘Beyond Shareholder Value – the reasons and choices for corporate governance reform’ jointly edited by Janet Williamson of the TUC, Ciaran Driver of SOAS and Peter Kenway of the New Policy Institute took place on 8th July 2014. Chaired by TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady...
16 July 2014
Commenting on the latest unemployment figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which saw regular pay growth fall to 0.7 percentage points – its lowest level since records began – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
16 July 2014