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The TUC believes in full employment and work for all those who want it, but those who cannot work should get decent benefits that lift them out of poverty. Here is research and policy on welfare and work issues. You can find older material by using the search facilities.

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which sets out a national strategy to reduce poverty, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said
06 September 2016
More than a million families with a household income below £30,000 are in extreme debt, and ongoing wage stagnation is making the problem worse, according to a new report published today (Tuesday) by the TUC and UNISON.
23 August 2016
Paul Routledge, former columnist on the Daily Mirror is compling an anthology of work, 'Lit From the Pit', drawing on the writing sent to him by miners and their families. He will be speaking about this at: Wakefield Lit Fest; Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom National Coal Mining Museum,...
05 August 2016
The TUC is today (Friday) publishing a new report outlining how the UK can undergo a clean energy transition to create high-quality jobs and secure a major share of the future clean energy industry, which is estimated to be worth $500bn globally.
22 July 2016
This Touchstone Extra has been prepared as a discussion paper for the trade union movement. It seeks to set out the background to current discussions on changing Britain’s electoral system and to provide information to trade union members enable them to actively engage in this discussion.
20 July 2016
Commenting on the latest national data on working age poverty published today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We can tell how strong the economy is, and how fair it is, from how well working families are doing. But since the Conservative-led government took office in 2010, there has...
28 June 2016
Many vital rights at work in the UK are derived from EU law, guaranteeing things like paid leave entitlements, protections from being forced to work excessive hours, discrimination protections and rights for working mums-to-be. Following the UK vote to leave the European Union, we now have to decide what happens...
27 June 2016
"I was 16 years old and living at home when I came out as gay to my Mum and her boyfriend. He said I was disgusting. He told me I'd be a bad influence on my sisters. He wanted me to leave. He said to my Mum that she had...
07 June 2016
Commenting on the tied First Minister vote today, Wales TUC General Secretary Martin Mansfield said: "Wales voted overwhelmingly for parties which stood on a progressive platform. "There is a huge amount of urgent work to get on with - not least saving our steel industry and delivering vital public services...
11 May 2016
SERTUC fight for the unity of young and old, women and men, those of all different ethnic and national backgrounds. We call for equality and social justice. We stand with workers across the world celebrating May Day.
19 April 2016