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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.

This afternoon, the Government has launched its long-awaited Green Paper on industrial strategy. This could turn out to be a significant moment in the fortunes of Theresa May’s Premiership: with...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 23 January 2017 by Tim Page
Although her speech on industrial strategy on Monday could redress the balance a bit, the Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit last week confirmed that her government is putting jobs and living...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 22 January 2017 by Owen Tudor
Today we’re urging you to take online action calling on the government of Bangladesh to immediately and unconditionally release 11 textile trade union leaders detained in recent weeks. They...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 22 January 2017 by Owen Tudor
Early this week the government is due to announce details of its long-awaited green paper on industrial strategy. This announcement would be important at any time, but in the context of Brexit, an...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 22 January 2017 by Tim Page
In an important week for global affairs, Chinese president Xi Jinping has given a major speech at the United Nations in Geneva, arguing that the world must not allow the Paris climate deal to be...
ToUChstone - Environment: on 19 January 2017 by Tim Page
In Egypt, twenty-seven edible oils factory workers and leaders and members of their union face crippling fines and jail terms for the ‘crime’ of striking to defend their wages, with...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 19 January 2017 by Owen Tudor
There are countless reasons to not get carried away by today’s pay growth figures – with regular pay in the private sector hitting 3 per cent in November. (To recap: with accelerating inflation, real...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 18 January 2017 by Geoff Tily
The Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit today has raised more questions than it has answered, and in particular, the TUC wants to know what exactly the Government has planned for working people...
ToUChstone - International: on 17 January 2017 by Owen Tudor
There is a brand new resource available from today for anyone who wants to consider how to make their workplace safer through building a strong union. Last year the TUC published a guide to...
Stronger Union : on 17 January 2017 by Hugh Robertson
More than 250,000 UK workers are paid less than the legal minimum wage – let’s put this right. At a conservative estimate, minimum wage underpayment affects 250,000 people, but we fear ...
ToUChstone blog: on 17 January 2017 by Paul Sellers
Three and a half years ago, Colombian agriculture union leader Huber Ballesteros was on his way to the British Embassy in Bogota to collect his visa to visit the UK to speak at the 2013 TUC Congress...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 16 January 2017 by Owen Tudor
Last week I spoke at a conference organised by the TUC and Exeter University on ‘Confronting change: Globalization, Migration and Precarious Labour in the Age of Brexit.’ This is a summary of my...
ToUChstone - International: on 16 January 2017 by Rosa Crawford
While Prime Minister May was engaged in a second weekend of mixed messages about whether she will advocate a hard or soft Brexit, her Chancellor was telling German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that if...
ToUChstone - International: on 16 January 2017 by Owen Tudor
After hearing for months that Brexit means Brexit, we may be about to hear what it actually means. As Theresa May gives her big speech to diplomats at Lancaster House on Tuesday, on how she intends...
ToUChstone - International: on 16 January 2017 by Frances O'Grady
These remarks are an edited version of a speech I gave on union responses to globalisation at a joint seminar organised by the TUC and the University of Exeter on Brexit, globalisation and migration...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 15 January 2017 by Gail Cartmail
The first report of the Brexit Select Committee, published this morning, is right to call on the government to set out its plans for Brexit, including membership of the single market and the Customs...
ToUChstone blog: on 14 January 2017 by Owen Tudor
Thanks to Geoff Tily, who co-authored this blog. The impact of globalisation on working people’s wages, jobs and prospects emerged as one of the key themes of 2016, following the seismic political...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 13 January 2017 by Kate Bell
The current debate on globalization is characterised by the idea that trade is becoming more and more important to prosperity. A very standard illustration shows trade growth as a share of GDP...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 13 January 2017 by Geoff Tily
Normally figures (here) showing the income distribution had narrowed to the lowest point for thirty years – since 1986, the height of Thatcherism – would be reason for celebration. But these are not...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 12 January 2017 by Geoff Tily
I was struck by the coincidence of two news items yesterday. On the one hand, the World Economic Forum highlighted rising income inequality as one of four “global risks in 2017” because it threatens...
ToUChstone - Equality: on 12 January 2017 by Richard Exell