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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.

Fifty years ago today at 9:15am a massive spoil tip slid down the mountain behind Pantglas Junior School, engulfing it completely. 116 children and 28 adults were killed. It’s difficult to find words to properly express the anger and sorrow of this completely avoidable tragedy, however on the 70 th...
20 October 2016
An estimated 8,000 trade unionists and campaigners marched in good spirits on Sunday 2 October 2016 in Birmingham with a clear message to the Conservative Party Conference and to the UK government.
05 October 2016
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
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