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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, Going To Work blog, Age Immaterial and TUC posts at Amnesty blogs and Left Foot Forward.

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Today’s trade figures indicated the difficulties faced by the UK’s hard pressed manufacturing industry. In cash terms, exports of goods have now declined for two consecutive years, by £20 billion in...
ToUChstone blog: on 09 February 2016 by Geoff Tily
A little known fact about Eddie Izzard: He was elected leader of a newly formed street performers’ association in Covent Garden early in his career, citing this as when he first learned about...
Stronger Union : on 09 February 2016 by Kathleen Christie
Yesterday the IFS set out a bleaker view for the economy and public finances in its Green Budget, which is published every year in the run-up to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement. Given the gloomy...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 09 February 2016 by Florence Bates
Several papers have picked up on yesterday’s leaked ministerial letter, outlining concessions the Government think they may have to make to head off a trade union bill defeat in the Lords. The...
ToUChstone blog: on 09 February 2016 by John Wood
Today is the beginning of heartunions week. It also sees the House of Lords start discussing the detail of the Trade Union Bill. The first is a celebration of the fantastic work that union...
Stronger unions - Health and safety: on 08 February 2016 by Hugh Robertson
A ministerial letter leaked to the Socialist Worker newspaper has revealed that the government are expecting the House of Lords to defeat “flagship” parts of the Trade Union Bill. The...
ToUChstone blog: on 08 February 2016 by John Wood
On Wednesday the European Parliament passed with an overwhelming majority a report on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) that called for broad exemptions for public services and respect for...
ToUChstone - International: on 05 February 2016 by Rosa Crawford
Only at the end of December, in the wake of the Federal Reserve interest rate rise, there was talk about starting the ‘normalisation’ of UK interest rates. As if there was any doubt, yesterday the...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 05 February 2016 by Geoff Tily
The TUC and many others – unions in Britain and across Europe and manufacturing employers – are battling to defend jobs in Europe from unfair competition from China. The impact of...
ToUChstone blog: on 03 February 2016 by Owen Tudor
The new annual passenger survey by watchdog Transport Focus reveals the frustrations faced by passengers, especially commuters, rather than a system in good health. The National Rail Passenger Survey...
Action For Rail: on 03 February 2016 by Philip Hadley
There’s a lot of noise today about the proposals that European Council President Donald Tusk has sent to European leaders to address David Cameron’s call for a reformed European Union...
ToUChstone - International: on 03 February 2016 by Owen Tudor
Today Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, published draft proposals on Cameron’s EU renegotiation agenda which will be discussed at the EU summit on 18 -19 February.  If the other EU...
ToUChstone - International: on 02 February 2016 by Rosa Crawford
David Cameron’s front page of the Sunday Times announced a concerted Government anti-discrimination drive. Targeting universities, the police, the courts and the armed forces he said steps must be...
ToUChstone - Equality: on 01 February 2016 by Florence Bates
No, it’s not April Fool’s Day yet, not a prediction for a future Britain. It’s the new Canadian Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau, and the new Minister of Employment, Workforce...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 31 January 2016 by Owen Tudor
January contains a number of key dates: New Year’s Day is obviously a big one, blue Monday – the day which some deeply dubious psychology has identified as the most depressing of the year; and it...
ToUChstone - Labour Market: on 29 January 2016 by Kam Gill
I had heard a lot about the exploitation of the migrant workers building Qatar’s World Cup dream. But nothing prepared me for the shock of seeing it first hand on a UNITE delegation last week...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 28 January 2016 by Stephen Cavalier
This morning I went to a Resolution Foundation event about the future of monetary policy. Although I cannot claim to be an expert, having listened to the views of the panel I thought I’d make...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 28 January 2016 by Florence Bates
Last week, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the independent body which advises the government on migration policy, released its report on skilled migration. This report was prompted by the...
ToUChstone - International: on 28 January 2016 by Rosa Crawford
This week saw the long overdue publication of the government’s impact assessment of the Trade Union Bill, which proposed £37m of new red tape for unions. The assessment, which is the government’s...
ToUChstone blog: on 27 January 2016 by Silkie Cragg
The forces ranged against a European Financial Transactions Tax, popularly known as the Robin Hood Tax, often appear to be growing daily. Although progress is being made in the negotiations between...
ToUChstone - International: on 26 January 2016 by Owen Tudor