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).
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).
In a letter to the Chief Executive of the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe, the TUC has protested against the suspension of the President of the Bank and Allied Workers’ Union over union activity.
The TUC has today (Monday) lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission against the UK government for failing to implement the Temporary Agency Workers Directive properly, leading to tens of thousands of agency workers being paid less than permanent staff despite doing the same job.
The TUC today (Friday) warned that government plans to strip the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) of powers to regulate the forestry sector, land agents and cleaning contractors operating in the food processing industry would put thousands of vulnerable workers at risk.
The TUC has today (Monday) called upon the House of Lords to reject plans in the Crime and Courts Bill which would prevent over 3,000 civil servants working for the National Crime Agency from taking strike action in the future.
Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) that the government is to reduce the minimum redundancy consultation period and remove the right to redundancy from employees on fixed-term contracts, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
Trade union reps are the unsung heroes making a real difference for workers throughout the country every single day. For most reps the daily experience is one of suspicion and mistrust from management, members only speak to them when there's a problem, and people outside of the workplace generally have...