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A new report, Productivity: no puzzle about it, published today (Thursday) by the TUC, argues that there is a straightforward explanation for low productivity in the UK economy – it is how the labour market has responded to poor economic growth, mainly caused by the government’s austerity economics. TUC General...
05 March 2015
Commenting on the East Coast Main Line private contract which starts today (Sunday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is disappointing to see East Coast in private hands after five years of public sector success. The government’s decision to re-privatise the line, awarding the contract to Stagecoach and Virgin,...
01 March 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Friday) of the latest data on public sector finances by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The poor performance of wages and job quality is the key reason the government’s deficit reduction plans have failed. Today’s statistics suggest that even...
20 February 2015
The taxpayer is footing the bill for private train companies who then pay out millions of pounds to shareholders, says the TUC in response to today’s (Monday) report by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). The ORR report shows that the government / taxpayer continues to be a net funder...
16 February 2015
The government is collecting £33.4bn less in income tax and national insurance than official forecasts suggested because of the lack of earnings growth in the UK, according to independent analysis in The living standards tax gap just got bigger, a report published today (Monday) by the TUC. TUC General Secretary...
16 February 2015
Commenting on the inflation forecast published today (Thursday) by the Bank of England, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This forecast should be a wake-up call to government. The Chancellor has already delivered the slowest recovery in British history along with dramatic falls in living standards. Deflation would be no...
12 February 2015
Responding to analysis of proposals for future public spending cuts published today (Wednesday) as part of the Institute for Fiscal Studies' (IFS) Green Budget, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The IFS analysis shows that if the Conservatives are elected their spending cuts would be deeper than any other party,...
04 February 2015
The South West TUC is calling on the government to protect Euro-funded projects in Cornwall during the gap in funding later this year....
20 January 2015
The government’s sledgehammer approach to public services has resulted in a growing social crisis for many of our communities, according to new analysis published by the TUC and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). The cuts in the North East have been worse than many feared because the Coalition...
19 January 2015
The future of local authority services in the North West is under threat from a growing financial crisis, with significant cuts already being made to statutory adult care and children’s services, says new analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). The report...
16 January 2015

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