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Responding to the speech today (Monday) by George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, in which he reiterated his commitment to cutting tax credits for low-paid workers, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government's cuts to tax credits are an astonishing attack on working people. They are...
05 October 2015
Download Strategies for a low carbon industrial future in Yorkshire and the Humber report [PDF] A new TUC report demonstrates the potential for the UK region of Yorkshire and Humber to become the leading low-carbon industrial zone in Europe. However, government policy reversals on support for renewable energy and low...
02 October 2015
Commenting on the news today (Monday) that the SSI steel plant in Redcar is to close, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
28 September 2015
Workers from across the UK will join together from 12noon on Sunday 4 October for a national march and public rally in Manchester against the government’s austerity programme and the Trade Union Bill.
24 September 2015
Damaging low carbon investment: the TUC's submission to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry, Promoting sustainable development (August 2015), said that the government has announced 11 Treasury-led green policy reversals that drew widespread criticism from industry - motor manufacture, construction, energy project developers, the renewable energy sector, energy efficiency installers -...
22 September 2015
The record books will show that this government’s first major act in office has been to attack the right to strike – a fundamental British liberty. The vote in the House of Commons on the second reading of the Trade Union Bill was conveniently timed with TUC Congress. While the...
21 September 2015
The government’s new restrictions on trade union protests are a waste of police time, according to a new poll published today (Thursday).
10 September 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Wednesday) of trade and manufacturing figures which show sharp declines on the month, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The sharp falls in manufacturing and exports suggest that the economy is entering tougher times. And with the failure to fix long-term problems, like Britain’s low...
09 September 2015
Rail fares for season tickets, and other regulated fares, have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the last five years, according to new analysis published today (Tuesday) by the TUC and the rail unions’ Action for Rail campaign.
18 August 2015
Commenting on a letter signed by scores of academics which describes the Trade Union Bill as the most sustained attack on workers’ rights since the early 19th century, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s clear that the government’s Trade Union Bill threatens the right to strike.
11 August 2015