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The TUC and education unions are actively campaigning against specific aspects of the government’s education policy. A key campaigning priority is to raise awareness of the detrimental impact of the expansion of “for profit” education providers and the danger of greater privatisation in all parts of the education sector. This campaign was officially launched in March 2014 with the publication of a detailed research report and a campaign pamphlet and the TUC has now established a dedicated Education not for Sale website to support campaigning activities.

The TUC works closely with the affiliated education unions on policy and workforce issues across all parts of education, including early years provision, schools, colleges, universities and work-based learning routes.  Please note that the unionlearn website contains a lot more information on learning at work and the union role in support of this.  Other parts of the TUC website also cover skills policy and issues relating to learning and training at work.


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 led by General Secretary Russell Hobby. With 28,500 members it is the biggest union to...
24 October 2014
This is a call for a subcontractor to contribute to the delivery of the TUC Apprenticeship project. The full tender document is available to download at the bottom of this page and the deadline for proposals is 9 September 2014. The project will contribute to the implementation of the European...
06 August 2014
The anger about unfair pay across the public sector was on display for everyone to see on July 10 when local government workers across the country held a one-day strike, with unions involved in other long running industrial campaigns also taking action. A large, colourful demonstration was held in Birmingham...
18 July 2014
Thursday 10th July will see a range of TUC affiliates take action across the region. In the North West, a number of marches and rallies will take place. These are at: Liverpool March 10:30am - Assemble at the Pier Head 11:00am – Move off Rally 12:30pm - St. George’s Hall...
03 July 2014
The government’s free school and academy programme has cost taxpayers nearly £80m in private consultants’ fees, according to a new TUC report published today (Friday).
14 March 2014
Commenting today (Tuesday) on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) international education league table, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
03 December 2013
Across the country our education system is being undermined... Beth Farhat explains why nine out of ten teachers in Britain decided to take strike action last week.
21 October 2013
A new Charter launched today (Thursday) by unionlearn – the learning and skills arm of the TUC – will provide assistance for young people, union reps, employers and training providers to ensure that the government's new Traineeship programme offers young people the best possible introduction to the world of work.
22 August 2013
Welcoming education unions from around the world to a conference today (Tuesday) at the TUC's central London headquarters, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady warned of the threat posed to education by increasing privatisation and continuing austerity.
29 January 2013
The affiliated school workforce unions - ATL, GMB, NASUWT, NUT, UNISON and Unite - and the non-affiliated school leaders' union - NAHT - have issued a joint statement setting out a number of key issues of principle regarding trade union recognition and pay and conditions for employees in Academy schools.
24 October 2012

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