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At the very time when manufacturing should be expanding its share of UK GDP, its contribution is now lower than in 2010. Evidence suggests that our ‘foundation industries’, the industrial heartland of UK manufacturing, are facing a steeper decline than manufacturing as a whole. Our ‘foundation industries’ - iron and...
28 April 2015
The TUC is today (Tuesday) calling for all clothing companies that source from Bangladesh to make an adequate contribution to the Rana Plaza Fund. Full compensation for the victims should be raised by the second anniversary of the factory collapse which is this Friday (24 April).
21 April 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Monday) of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report Best Foot Forward, which contains its recommendations for the first 100 days of the next government, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Businesses and trade unions agree on the need to increase capital spending as a...
23 March 2015
The mythical “march of the makers”: In his 2011 Budget speech, George Osborne said he wanted “a Britain carried aloft by the march of the makers.” However, a new TUC analysis shows that manufacturing’s proportion of GDP has flatlined at 10.1% of GDP for the past six years. Our foundation...
18 March 2015
On November 11th 2014, the TUC’s Assistant General Secretary, Paul Nowak and Midlands TUC Regional Secretary, Lee Barron joined UCATT Acting Regional Secretary Shaun Lee, UCATT members and Organisers along with company representatives to visit the Nottingham Tram Project.
14 November 2014
The second Orion report on energy intensive industries in 2014. It's a Post-Budget 2014 Review, which went back to all the case studies participating in the first report on the state of play in these industries. It concluded that despite the policy improvements in the Chancellor's Budget, “these measures do...
10 June 2014
Walking the carbon tightrope: Energy intensive industries in a carbon constrained world, March 2014. This report by Orion Innovations for the TUC informed the TUC’s submission to the Chancellor ahead of Budget 2014. The TUC drew on evidence from Orion’s industry case studies to demonstrate that the government had not...
10 June 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
Welcoming the announcement today (Thursday) that Derby-based train manufacturer Bombardier has won the £1.6bn contract to build trains for Crossrail, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
06 February 2014