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The average trade union member in the private sector earns £53 a week more than workers who are not members of unions. As there are some really big earners at the top of the private sector in industries such as finance, the union pay premium is even starker when measured...
21 April 2014
Commenting on today’s (Wednesday) report by the Office of Rail Regulation, which reveals that the UK rail industry received over £4bn in government support last year, TUC General Secretary and chair of Action For Rail, Frances O’Grady said:
16 April 2014
There is much that the UK could learn from the rapid expansion of the Chinese economy in recent years, but unless the government adopts a proper strategy for wealth creation and re-balances the economy British firms will lose out, warns a report published today (Tuesday) by the TUC.
15 April 2014
With China set to become the largest economy in the world by 2016 and with South Korea spending five times as much as most EU countries on research and development, the TUC is hosting a seminar next week to look at what the UK might learn from China and her...
11 April 2014
The government’s refusal to fund a long-term rescue plan to help secure the future of the UK’s coal-mining industry will cost 2,000 jobs and leave UK businesses and householders at the mercy of overseas energy suppliers, says the TUC today (Thursday).
10 April 2014
Union health and safety reps gathered at Newcastle Civic Centre on Tuesday 1 st April to discuss the health and safety implications involved in the production and use of nanomaterials. Attendees were welcomed by Edwin Jeffries, Chair of the Northern TUC Health and Safety Forum who introduced the first speaker,...
07 April 2014
Probation under Threat Probation officers have a very important job which is often extremely challenging as they seek to rehabilitate people often lacking basic skills, perhaps damaged by drugs, alcohol or mental health problems; some with a history of violence. The national association of probation officers (NAPO) are a powerful,...
07 April 2014
Benefits Advice for people affected by Cancer In conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support we are offering this bite size briefing which will give an overview of the work being undertaken by the Northern TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group. The briefing will also give an insight into the benefit entitlements...
03 April 2014
In the April issue: Fair Pay Fortnight; Action for Rail; Organising Migrant Workers; Working Multiple Jobs; TUC response to BIS Zero Hours Consultations; Budget Submission; Political engagement; Health and Safety; Benefits advice for Cancer Sufferers and Carers; International
03 April 2014
Commenting on the government’s reaction to the announcement by UK Coal that it is planning to close two of Britain’s three remaining deep pit coal mines, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
03 April 2014