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A report published today (Tuesday) by the European Commission’s High Level Group on Administrative Burdens – chaired by Dr Edmund Stoiber – poses a danger to both workers and consumers alike, says the TUC. The report suggests scrapping regulations and exempting small and medium businesses from EU rules on employment...
14 October 2014
Responding to announcements made today (Monday) at the Liberal Democrat Conference by Vince Cable on increasing the minimum wage for apprenticeships and addressing employment contract abuse, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is the right thing to do for both young workers and the economy and will help...
06 October 2014
Organisers and Trade Union negotiators have cause to celebrate today as ILO Convention C098, better known as the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention 1949 , was adopted sixty five years ago in Geneva, Switzerland. This protected workers in countries who were members of the International Labour Organisation, binding...
01 July 2014
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for greater resources to be given to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Service (HMRC) to clamp down on employers who avoid paying staff the minimum wage, following the naming of shaming of employers who have been fined for not paying their staff the...
08 June 2014
This Thursday we will see the result of the European Elections. As a trade unionist I know, as a rule, that working people are stronger together, indeed our whole movement is based on collective action. It's a lesson already learnt in our workplaces, across industry, throughout society and yes, across...
19 May 2014
On 7 March, rail campaigners gathered to protest against government plans to re-privatise the East Coast Main Line, at 16 stations along the line including Durham and Newcastle Central. The protest coincided with the start of the Lib Dem Spring conference in York. Campaigners called on Lib Dem MPs to...
17 March 2014
Government proposals to clamp down on the abuse of zero-hours contracts will fail to stem the widespread exploitation of workers, the TUC says today (Thursday) in its response to the government’s consultation.
13 March 2014
A decade on from the tragedy at Morecambe Bay which saw 23 Chinese workers lose their lives, vulnerable workers are still at risk of abuse, injury and even death at work, the TUC is warning today (Wednesday).
05 February 2014
Government changes to the Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment (TUPE) will drive down pay and conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers and make privatisation cheaper and quicker, warns the TUC as the new legislation comes into effect today (Friday).
31 January 2014
Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that the government is launching a consultation on changes to zero-hours contracts, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
19 December 2013