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blogsThis page brings together the latest posts from across a number of TUC blogs and blogs to which the TUC contributes. It includes:
Frances O'Grady at CommentIsFree, ToUChstone blog, Stronger Unions, workSMART blog, and TUC posts at Left Foot Forward.

Last month, before the referendum, I took part in a meeting of the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation in Brussels. The European Commissioner for Social Affairs, Belgian...
ToUChstone - International: on 24 July 2016 by Owen Tudor
This week the TUC published a major paper on how UK industry can match Europe’s environmental leaders. Comparing UK industry with the Germans and the Danes is very timely given the Brexit vote...
ToUChstone - Environment: on 23 July 2016 by Bill Adams
I’ve not always been a fan of PR. I grew up in a tribal area where PR was portrayed as inevitably preventing Labour from winning back power. The strongest advocates of PR also seemed to peddle...
ToUChstone blog: on 22 July 2016 by Dean Rogers
Today, the TUC publishes ‘Powering Ahead: How UK industry can match Europe’s environmental leaders’. This report, based on new research from Germany and Denmark, considers both how to rebuild the UK’...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 22 July 2016 by Tim Page
Public sector net borrowing for the first quarter of the current financial year (2016-17) was £26.6bn, down from £27.9bn over the same period of 2016/17. On twitter the ONS are celebrating the lowest...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 21 July 2016 by Geoff Tily
PCS has supported proportional representation (PR) since 2008 on the basis that these electoral systems open up a space for anti-austerity policies and parties and enable trade unions to better stand...
ToUChstone blog: on 21 July 2016 by Mark Serwotka
The Resolution Foundation (RF) has led the way in interpreting referendum results according to economic and other factors. However their latest contribution “The importance of place“,...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 20 July 2016 by Geoff Tily
Trade unions and workers’ movements have a proud history championing democratic reform. From the Chartists pushing for universal suffrage to the Scottish TUC’s role in the campaign for the Scottish...
ToUChstone blog: on 20 July 2016 by Katie Ghose
At the last TUC Congress a motion on electoral reform was passed. It began by noting that the Conservative ‘majority’ government elected in 2015 in fact secured the support of just 24% of the British...
ToUChstone blog: on 20 July 2016 by Sam Gurney
Today’s employment figures tell us a story we’ve grown used to – employment is still growing, unemployment is coming down at a slower rate, wage growth is still slow and there are other signs that...
ToUChstone - Labour Market: on 20 July 2016 by Richard Exell
The deficiencies in Turkey’s democracy cannot be remedied by armed force. The fact that the attempted coup by a section of Turkey’s armed forces on 15 July failed, is to be welcomed; what is not is...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 20 July 2016 by Sean Bamford
Last week, the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, expressed her support for a modern industrial strategy. As she created her first Cabinet, Mrs May pushed this agenda further forward by recasting the...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 18 July 2016 by Tim Page
Pensions Minister Baroness Altmann is to leave government, we learned over the weekend. The reshuffle fortunes of her sidekick Workie, the much lampooned multi-coloured monster she launched to...
ToUChstone - Pensions: on 18 July 2016 by Tim Sharp
Since 2010, under the direction of international organisations and most economists, governments across the world have cut spending in order to restore public finances to health. OECD figures show...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 14 July 2016 by Geoff Tily
Its hot and smoggy here in Beijing Beijing, where G20 Labour and Employment Ministers have been meeting this week, but that’s not the main source of my frustration. Instead, I’m having a hard time...
ToUChstone - International: on 14 July 2016 by Paul Nowak
In a stark comments given in an interview to the Health Service Journal this week, Jim Mackey, head of NHS Improvement made clear the new policy priority for the NHS – austerity comes first. Ahead of...
ToUChstone - Public Services: on 14 July 2016 by Matt Dykes
A new analysis of European views on migration demonstrates that diversity is not as unpopular as the referendum result and right-wing populism in France, Germany and Italy might suggest. But it also...
ToUChstone - International: on 14 July 2016 by Owen Tudor
I’m in Beijing, China for the annual G20 Labour & Employment Ministers meeting (LEMM). Priti Patel has already got on her plane and gone looking for work in Theresa May’s new Cabinet...
ToUChstone - International: on 13 July 2016 by Paul Nowak
Over 3,000 people reported hate crimes to the police in the weeks around the EU referendum. That’s an increase of nearly 60%. We can only assume that many more crimes went unreported. Racism in...
Stronger Union - EUref: on 13 July 2016 by Alice Hood
As I’ve already reported on Stronger Unions, leaders of Europe’s trade union movement visited London on Monday. They were here in part to show solidarity with the British trade union...
ToUChstone - International: on 13 July 2016 by Owen Tudor