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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.

Whatever way you look at it, this week’s inflation figures illustrate the threat to living standards that result from the fall in sterling after the referendum. Headline inflation in February rose to...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 22 March 2017 by Geoff Tily
Pay growth down and inflation up means the lowest real pay growth for more than two years, and the sharpest decline on the month since the global recession in 2009. Average earnings growth slowed to...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 15 March 2017 by Geoff Tily
As with much of the Budget, the package of skills measures contained few surprises as the various announcements had been trailed extensively beforehand. Nevertheless, there is much to welcome in the...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 08 March 2017 by Iain Murray
Increases in taxation of self-employment may raise more money for the exchequer but will do little to clamp down on bad employers who force staff into bogus self-employment to lower their tax bill...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 08 March 2017 by Kate Bell
Yesterday we set the Chancellor four tests for whether his Budget would deliver for working people. Today we have no good news to report. This wasn’t a budget for living standards, it didn’t give the...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 08 March 2017 by Geoff Tily
As she started her campaign to be Prime Minister, Theresa May promised to put the power of government in the service of working people. So far, there’s little sign that the Chancellor has got the...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 07 March 2017 by Geoff Tily
Two bits of news caught my eye today. The first was new figures showing the number of workers on zero hour contacts has hit an all time high – with over 900,000 people now working on contracts which...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 03 March 2017 by Paul Nowak
Over 2008 to 2015, UK real wages fell by 1% a year.  This puts the UK 103rd out of 112 countries for wage growth over the post-crisis period, on the basis of International Labour Organisation figures...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 27 February 2017 by Geoff Tily
The new official GDP figures out today paint a worrying picture for the longer term, despite many of the headlines. Our economy is severely imbalanced – totally reliant on consumer spending to...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 22 February 2017 by Geoff Tily
So far this week we’ve outlined the main challenges facing the Chancellor as he prepares his budget, and looked at the sharp rise in insecurity at work, and the hole it’s punching in the public...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 16 February 2017 by Kate Bell

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