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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.

On the face of it acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people has never been greater. The passing of legislation ensuring legal parity in marriage for lesbian and gay couples is an...
Stronger Union : on 29 April 2016 by Huma Munshi
This week saw the latest skirmish in the battle against the Trade Union Bill. Through cross-party working in Parliament and campaigning hard across the country, we have forced the Government into...
Stronger Union : on 29 April 2016 by Angela Eagle
Yesterday tens of thousands of trade unionists took part in activities to commemorate those who died through work. The theme of Workers Memorial Day was “strong laws, strong enforcement , strong...
Stronger unions - Health and safety: on 29 April 2016 by Hugh Robertson
A report released this week by NIESR identifies low pay and precarious contracts as one of the key reason more local workers do not take up jobs in the hospitality, food processing and construction...
ToUChstone - International: on 28 April 2016 by Rosa Crawford
Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the leader of the Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA) was freed on 5th April 2016 from a Bahraini jail after serving five years. He was jailed by a military court in 2011, accused of...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 28 April 2016 by Abdullah Muhsin
It’s been a difficult 10 months since the Government introduced the Trade Union Bill. The co-ordinated campaign against these damaging proposals has taken a huge effort from across the union movement...
Frances O'Grady - Touchstone: on 27 April 2016 by Frances O'Grady
This morning the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) gave its assessment of the impact of Brexit on the UK. The economic consequences of Brexit: a taxing decision adds the...
ToUChstone - EUref: on 27 April 2016 by Owen Tudor
GDP Headlines: With statistics released today showing that GDP increased by a paltry 0.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, evidence suggests that a strong and secure economy is still a long way...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 27 April 2016 by Florence Bates
Graduate employment statistics released today indicate that in 2015 the percentage of graduates in high-skill (i.e. graduate) employment was only 66.2 per cent, meaning just over a third of graduates...
ToUChstone blog: on 26 April 2016 by Kam Gill
The fallacy of Brexit campaigners claim that the EU is preventing the UK from taking action against China dumping cheap steel has been exposed with the government’s announcement today that its...
ToUChstone - International: on 25 April 2016 by Rosa Crawford
Tata’s decision to close its steel plants in the UK has brought it to the centre of public attention. What may be less known is that Tata, the Indian conglomerate, also owns the company Tata...
Stronger Union : on 25 April 2016 by Mick Rix
I was inspired recently by an article in the Washington Post, which asked “what’s behind the revolt against global integration?” Partly because the policy prescriptions for getting...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 24 April 2016 by Owen Tudor
While the current Democratic President of the USA, Barack Obama, tours Europe to raise support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the two candidates scrapping to be his...
ToUChstone - International: on 24 April 2016 by Owen Tudor
1,129 workers died in a factory they knew was unsafe. With the threadbare state of workers’ rights in Bangladesh, those workers knew if they walked out of the factory they would lose their...
Stronger Union : on 22 April 2016 by Stephen Russell
Sadly and as I have repeatedly reported on in my blogs, Turkish workers, their unions and wider civil society are under constant attack from their ever autocratic government. The latest example of...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 22 April 2016 by Sean Bamford
It is a bitter irony that given Colombia is engaged in a peace process the number of politically motivated killings has increased of late In the period 21 February 2016 to 18 March 2016 a total of 30...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 22 April 2016 by Sean Bamford
On Monday the Immigration Bill will return to the House of Commons. In the House of Lords amendments have been added to give rights and protections to asylum seekers and overseas domestic workers...
ToUChstone - International: on 22 April 2016 by Rosa Crawford
Since the financial crisis, it is beyond doubt that wages and incomes have been exceptionally weak. Yet in the weekend Financial Times, the Labour Party’s use of real earnings figures was heavily...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 21 April 2016 by Geoff Tily
Earlier today, the UK and Welsh Governments announced a financial support package worth hundreds of millions of pounds, on commercial terms, to ensure a new buyer comes forward for Tata Steel. A main...
ToUChstone blog: on 21 April 2016 by Tim Page
The focus of the coverage of the labour market statistics today is on a small rise in the unemployment figures (+21K, with unemployment rate unchanged at 5.1%). Perhaps commentators are on the...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 20 April 2016 by Geoff Tily