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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.

The Government has finally responded to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee Report on Transgender Equality that was published in January 2016.  This wide ranging report recognised...
ToUChstone - Equality: on 26 July 2016 by Debbie Hayton
This morning, the former Foreign Secretary and Conservative Party Leader, William Hague, has stepped into the debate about the nature of the UK’s industrial strategy. Hague’s intervention, in this...
ToUChstone blog: on 26 July 2016 by Tim Page
Given the possibility that the UK may no longer be covered by EU regulations on health and safety in the near future, what protection will British workers have to a safe workplace? This is important...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 26 July 2016 by Hugh Robertson
The decline in UK real wages since the pre-crisis peak is the most severe in the OECD, equal only to Greece. Both countries saw declines of 10.4% per cent between 2007 Q4 and 2015Q4. Apart from...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 26 July 2016 by Geoff Tily
One of the strangest views you hear expressed about the result of the EU referendum a month ago is that the impact on the economy has not been as severe as the Remain campaign claimed. Apart from the...
ToUChstone - International: on 26 July 2016 by Owen Tudor
Once it was David Cameron’s jibe at Tony Blair. Then he used it self-deprecatingly to bid farewell to the Commons after the referendum. But it reflects an iron law that what was once seen as...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 25 July 2016 by Owen Tudor
There are three particular reasons– apart from the mandate given by Congress – why we need to have this conversation now. First, in 2015 we had the most reactionary government in possibly a...
ToUChstone blog: on 25 July 2016 by Simon Sapper
Last month, before the referendum, I took part in a meeting of the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation in Brussels. The European Commissioner for Social Affairs, Belgian...
ToUChstone - International: on 24 July 2016 by Owen Tudor
This week the TUC published a major paper on how UK industry can match Europe’s environmental leaders. Comparing UK industry with the Germans and the Danes is very timely given the Brexit vote...
ToUChstone - Environment: on 23 July 2016 by Bill Adams
I’ve not always been a fan of PR. I grew up in a tribal area where PR was portrayed as inevitably preventing Labour from winning back power. The strongest advocates of PR also seemed to peddle...
ToUChstone blog: on 22 July 2016 by Dean Rogers
Today, the TUC publishes ‘Powering Ahead: How UK industry can match Europe’s environmental leaders’. This report, based on new research from Germany and Denmark, considers both how to rebuild the UK’...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 22 July 2016 by Tim Page
Public sector net borrowing for the first quarter of the current financial year (2016-17) was £26.6bn, down from £27.9bn over the same period of 2016/17. On twitter the ONS are celebrating the lowest...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 21 July 2016 by Geoff Tily
PCS has supported proportional representation (PR) since 2008 on the basis that these electoral systems open up a space for anti-austerity policies and parties and enable trade unions to better stand...
ToUChstone blog: on 21 July 2016 by Mark Serwotka
The Resolution Foundation (RF) has led the way in interpreting referendum results according to economic and other factors. However their latest contribution “The importance of place“,...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 20 July 2016 by Geoff Tily
Trade unions and workers’ movements have a proud history championing democratic reform. From the Chartists pushing for universal suffrage to the Scottish TUC’s role in the campaign for the Scottish...
ToUChstone blog: on 20 July 2016 by Katie Ghose
At the last TUC Congress a motion on electoral reform was passed. It began by noting that the Conservative ‘majority’ government elected in 2015 in fact secured the support of just 24% of the British...
ToUChstone blog: on 20 July 2016 by Sam Gurney
Today’s employment figures tell us a story we’ve grown used to – employment is still growing, unemployment is coming down at a slower rate, wage growth is still slow and there are other signs that...
ToUChstone - Labour Market: on 20 July 2016 by Richard Exell
The deficiencies in Turkey’s democracy cannot be remedied by armed force. The fact that the attempted coup by a section of Turkey’s armed forces on 15 July failed, is to be welcomed; what is not is...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 20 July 2016 by Sean Bamford
Last week, the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, expressed her support for a modern industrial strategy. As she created her first Cabinet, Mrs May pushed this agenda further forward by recasting the...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 18 July 2016 by Tim Page
Pensions Minister Baroness Altmann is to leave government, we learned over the weekend. The reshuffle fortunes of her sidekick Workie, the much lampooned multi-coloured monster she launched to...
ToUChstone - Pensions: on 18 July 2016 by Tim Sharp