Update from Frances

AS THE UK PREPARES TO LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE FIRST PRIORITY NOW IS TO PROTECT JOBS AND DEFEND THE LIVING STANDARDS OF WORKING PEOPLE.

 

#Article50: the union response is all about good jobs & rights at work 

For trade unions, it still seems strange that a Conservative Prime Minister should tell the House if Commons that she is committed to protecting and enhancing working people’s rights as she did yesterday.

But what’s the real agenda for unions and working people in what appears to be merely an act of political theatre?

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THE LATEST NEWS
Continued single market membership during the transition between the UK leaving the EU and the final deal is the best way to protect jobs and workers’ rights, the TUC said this evening (Thursday) in response to a CBI speech.
06 July 2017
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will give a speech today (Tuesday) to the Biennial Conference of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). On Brexit, she will pledge to work with Irish trade unionists to avoid a hard border, saying: "A hard border would be bad for jobs, bad for the economy, and bad for the politics of peace.”
04 July 2017
Commenting on the white paper published today (Monday) on the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK after Brexit, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister is using people as bargaining chips. It’s a shameful way to treat people who are making a valuable contribution to Britain, not least in the NHS.
26 June 2017
The TUC is warning today (Friday) that, one year on from the referendum on UK membership of the EU, the government’s plans are still not good enough to make Brexit a success for working people.
23 June 2017
Commenting on today’s (Wednesday) Queen’s Speech, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The election showed that working people are fed up with an economy that doesn’t work for them – but the government still isn’t listening.
21 June 2017
The TUC has published a new briefing, Protecting Health and Safety after Brexit, which warns trade unionists and working people that health and safety protections are at risk from the government’s Brexit plans.
17 May 2017
A decision announced today (Tuesday) by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has important consequences for Brexit and the future trade deals that the UK makes with the EU, says the TUC.
16 May 2017
The debate around Brexit, and the possibility that the UK will readjust its economic model to preserve its competitive advantage, has reawakened concerns about the ‘race to the bottom’ in Europe. Given the uncertain terms under which the Brexit negotiations will be carried out and the consequences of the policy and regulatory void that could follow, an accurate prediction of the Brexit implications for employment standards in the UK and the EU is problematic. In an attempt to contribute to the debate with evidence-based insight, this report extracts the most relevant and robust conclusions from the existing literature.
05 May 2017

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