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The TUC believes in good public services, and that you cannot have good services unless those employed to deliver them are treated properly. This is where you can find out about the TUC's work on the public sector and public services. You can find older material by using the search facilities


A formal application is being made by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to affiliate to the TUC. The announcement follows a decision by the RCM’s governing board to apply for membership. If successful, the RCM will be the first Royal College to be a member of the TUC.
28 May 2015
Responding to the Queen’s Speech today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people will be worried by a Queen’s Speech that declares open season on so many of their rights and protections.
27 May 2015
Responding to today’s (Tuesday) comments by Business Secretary Sajid Javid that the government will introduce tougher new rules on strike ballots, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is a government not so much on the side of hard-working people but Britain’s worst bosses – those who want their staff...
12 May 2015
Cuts to tariffs – the prices paid to hospitals for different medical procedures – are starving health trusts of income and contributing to the growing financial crisis in the NHS, according to new analysis published by the TUC and UNISON today (Wednesday).
26 April 2015
Welcoming the report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “MPs are right to demand that the protection of the NHS and public services should be put beyond doubt by writing it in...
25 March 2015
Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) by the Prison Service Pay Review body of a zero per cent pay offer for prison officers, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Prison Officers do not deserve to be shut out of the economic recovery with a pay freeze. Since the coalition came...
12 March 2015
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
Commenting on the 24-hour strike which will see firefighters in England walk out from 7am today (Wednesday) in their ongoing dispute with the government over forced changes to their pensions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Firefighters are among the most highly-regarded public servants in the UK.
25 February 2015
Whether it was dealing with the aftermath of terrorism in 2005, responding to the riots in 2011, or helping communities during the terrible flooding in 2012, Fire Brigades Union members have provided outstanding service to the people of Britain in the most trying of circumstances. And day in, day out...
09 February 2015

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