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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
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
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
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
The latest TUC figures on household debt show that consumer credit is still filling the gap left by anaemic wage growth.  Data from the Bank of England shows that total consumer credit (that is...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 08 January 2017 by Kam Gill
Today sees the launch of a new TUC report mapping insecurity at work in Britain today, and how key risks associated with work have been transferred to working people, while the financial rewards from...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 16 December 2016 by Kate Bell
Despite all the rhetoric about rebalancing and powerhouses, new regional figures show how far London has moved from the rest of the country. In 2014 and 2015 gross value added (GVA) per capita was...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 15 December 2016 by Geoff Tily
The economy has been slow to grow, a trend that predates the referendum, and there are signs it will get worse. The latest round of economic data from the Office of National Statistics gives us a...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 09 December 2016 by Kam Gill
The IMF has published a new feature on globalisation. It promotes a radical debate, with contributions from leading economists and public figures – not least TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady –...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 06 December 2016 by Geoff Tily
The glaring omission of yesterday’s Corporate Governance Green Paper is its failure to include any proposals to deliver on Theresa May’s promise to put workers on company’s boards. On other issues,...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 01 December 2016 by Janet Williamson
The government’s Green Paper on corporate governance is expected tomorrow (Tuesday 29th November) and should include the government’s proposals for putting into practice the Prime Minister’s repeated...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 28 November 2016 by Janet Williamson
There were welcome signs in the 2016 Autumn Statement that the Chancellor has learned from his predecessor’s mistakes. The OBR forecast greatly increased borrowing (around £120bn more over 5 years)...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 25 November 2016 by Geoff Tily
Frances O’ Grady’s immediate reaction to the Autumn Statement was that Today’s OBR forecast shows that the average annual wage will be £1,000 lower in 2020 than predicted at the Budget. And this is...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 25 November 2016 by Geoff Tily
Last week we set out five tests for the Chancellor to meet for an Autumn Statement that works for everyone. Here’s how we think he’s done. Test 1: Set out a plan for a Brexit that protects working...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 23 November 2016 by Kate Bell
Philip Hammond committed to raising productivity in today’s Autumn Statement. A National Productivity Investment Fund worth £23bn will focus on infrastructure, including digital communications, and...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 23 November 2016 by Tim Page
In the last few days the press has been full of claims that this afternoon’s autumn financial statement would be all about the ‘just about managing’. This was the first chance for the new...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 23 November 2016 by Mary-Ann Stephenson
Speaking immediately before the #Autumn Statement to a packed House of Commons, the Prime Minister clearly said that the government would bring in worker representation on company boards: I believe...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 23 November 2016 by Janet Williamson