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The outsourcing of public services provision to private providers has a detrimental impact on the workforce and a knock-on effect on the quality of care, says a new TUC report published today (Tuesday).
03 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
The future of local authority services in England are under threat from a growing funding crisis, with significant cuts already being made to statutory adult care and children’s services, according to new analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). The report Austerity...
16 January 2015
Commenting on the British Medical Journal’s report today (Wednesday) that one third of NHS contracts have gone to private sector providers, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Privatisation is a real and growing threat to our NHS.
10 December 2014
Commenting on the 24-hour strike which will see firefighters in England walk out from 9am today (Tuesday) in their ongoing dispute with the government over forced changes to their pensions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s disappointing that ministers have not been able to agree a pensions deal with...
09 December 2014
The anger about unfair pay across the public sector was on display for everyone to see on July 10 when local government workers across the country held a one-day strike, with unions involved in other long running industrial campaigns also taking action. A large, colourful demonstration was held in Birmingham...
18 July 2014
As firefighters prepare to go out on strike for 24 hours today (Thursday) in their continuing dispute with the government over its plans to change their pension scheme, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
12 June 2014
The scale of private sector involvement in the UK’s prisons and probation service has increased dramatically in the last four years and the overwhelming majority of contracts are held by just three companies, according to a new report published today (Friday) by the TUC.
23 May 2014
Commenting on research published today (Monday) by the Local Government Association (LGA), which shows that four in five welfare recipients are likely to need help from their councils to cope with the government's new social security reforms, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
12 August 2013
Local or regional public sector pay could drive down wages in the poorest areas of the country, take billions out of local economies and accelerate the growing north-south divide, says a TUC report published today (Tuesday).
20 March 2012

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