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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.

From paid holidays to pregnancy rights, and from safety standards to protections from discrimination. Every right that’s guaranteed by European law is a right that trade unions fought for, to improve...
ToUChstone - EUref: on 27 May 2016 by Kam Gill
Over the last week, a new group of voters has risen to some sort of prominence in the EU referendum campaign, despite previously being pretty much ignored in the coverage of the increasingly febrile...
Stronger Union - EUref: on 27 May 2016 by Elena Crasta
A new report by the probation watchdog (HMI Probation) has found that the new private Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) are telling staff not to take action against offenders who breach...
ToUChstone - Public Services: on 26 May 2016 by Philip Hadley
Behind today’s headline GDP figures are signs of corporate stress, with both investment and profits showing negative growth on the year – the last time this happened was in 2010Q1, at the end...
ToUChstone - Economy: on 26 May 2016 by Geoff Tily
Next month, on 17 June, European Finance Ministers will gather for a crunch meeting for the European financial transactions tax (the Robin Hood Tax, or FTT). Campaigners across Europe are urging the...
Stronger Union : on 25 May 2016 by Owen Tudor
Today Unite, GMB and Community held a March of Steelmakers in London which brought steel workers from across the country to Westminster to demand the government ensure the responsible sale of Tata...
ToUChstone - International: on 25 May 2016 by Rosa Crawford
Today hundreds of healthcare students are descending on Parliament to lobby their MPs to protect the NHS bursary. The government decision in December’s spending review to scrap bursaries will leave...
ToUChstone - Public Services: on 25 May 2016 by Christina McAnea
An action plan is “urgently needed to reverse…[the]…rapid deterioration” in prison safety, concludes a new report by the House of Commons Justice Committee. Published just prior to the government’s...
ToUChstone - Public Services: on 23 May 2016 by Philip Hadley
Today Steve Hilton, the PM’s friend and former adviser, is making the headlines for declaring his support for Britain to leave the EU. In an article in the Daily Mail he makes his case for Brexit...
ToUChstone - EUref: on 23 May 2016 by Sally Brett
I’ve written before about how the European Union provides the best opportunity to prevent the exploitation of workers who are temporarily posted to other EU countries (and thus the undercutting of...
ToUChstone - International: on 23 May 2016 by Elena Crasta
Asbestos is the biggest cause of workplace deaths. This year 5,000 people are likely to die prematurely as a result of asbestos exposure. This is around three times the number of road accident deaths...
Stronger unions - Health and safety: on 23 May 2016 by Hugh Robertson
British-born migrant rights activist Andy Hall was back in Southern Bangkok Criminal Court this Thursday (18 May) for just 45 minutes as the most serious of his trials over the last three years began...
Stronger unions - Global Solidarity: on 22 May 2016 by Owen Tudor
In just over a month from now our country will make one of the biggest decisions it has faced in a generation. In campaigning on this issue the first thing I hear on the doorstep when discussing the...
ToUChstone - EUref: on 22 May 2016 by John McDonnell
Last week, the European Commission launched a consultation on its latest ‘Sustainability Impact Assessment’ report of the EU-US trade deal known as TTIP. Beneath this rather technical title lies an...
ToUChstone blog: on 20 May 2016 by Rosa Crawford
Prominent Brexiteer Priti Patel MP joined the growing number of her colleagues who’ve let the Leave campaign’s cats out of their bags yesterday, in her speech to the Institute of...
ToUChstone blog: on 18 May 2016 by John Wood
Today’s figures revealed that sanctions against Employment and Support (ESA) claimants increased in December to 1,708. This was up by 451 on the previous month. ESA is the out-of-work benefit...
ToUChstone - Society and Welfare: on 18 May 2016 by Florence Bates
Today’s labour market figures from the Office for National Statistics again show encouraging employment and unemployment figures, but again there are signs that the jobs recovery is slowing down and...
ToUChstone - Labour Market: on 18 May 2016 by Richard Exell
The TUC has published new analysis of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) ahead of its annual Disabled Workers’ conference which shows the differences in employment, unemployment and earnings between...
ToUChstone - Society and Welfare: on 18 May 2016 by Helen Nadin
Today marks the 11th National Work from Home Day, organised by Work Wise UK, who promote smarter working (flexible working, good homeworking and mobile working). The good news is that there has been...
Touchstoneblog - rights: on 18 May 2016 by Paul Sellers
So who do you trust to come up with an informed and considered position on how the legislative framework that covers abortion could be improved: a Daily Mail journalist or the Royal College of...
ToUChstone - Public Services: on 16 May 2016 by Scarlet Harris