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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 details of future funding for adult further education and skills, confirmed in a letter today (Thursday) from the Secretary of State for Business Investment and Skills to the Skills Funding Agency, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “There are few places where cuts are more damaging to our...
26 February 2015
Commenting on the report Growth Through People, published today (Wednesday) by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We welcome the Commission’s call for collaboration between trade unions, employers and the government to invest in skills for new employees and existing workers.
25 February 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
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
Touchstone Extras #14 | Download Money to Burn? Driving energy efficiency in the commercial sector [PDF] Although there are many examples of businesses seriously improving their building’s ‘footprint’, this often happens despite, rather than because of, help from good government schemes. This Touchstone Extra sets out the need to improve...
13 February 2015
The government is saddling businesses with higher than necessary energy bills through its failing energy efficiency strategy for the commercial sector, a new TUC report argues today (Friday). Efforts by government to boost commercial energy efficiency are not working, and end up costing UK businesses millions of pounds every year,...
13 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
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
As part of on going NHS campaigns and promoting the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) Dignity Code, the Midlands TUC Pensioners Network with the NPC held two campaigning events in the West Midlands. Firstly the group undertook action at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Birmingham on October 26th and two days...
02 February 2015

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