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This guide is for advisers and union representatives helping low-paid
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In the list below are comprehensive guides and advice on the statutory employment rights that relate to work life balance. However, these rights set limits on the very least an employer can provide without breaking the law.

Employees may also have contractual rights better than state minimums which provide better cover. These additional rights are gained, in the main, through agreements unions have negotiated with employers.

Unions and employers must work jointly to develop effective, sustainable work life initiatives and contractual agreements that extend the minimum statutory rights.


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Labour Research Department (priced publications)

Yorkshire and the Humber TUC is holding a briefing for union activists and officers on 7 September in Leeds.
08 August 2017
This guide is for advisers and union representatives helping low-paid workers secure their national minimum wage (NMW) rights. Effective enforcement is essential so that all workers who are entitled to the NMW actually receive it. Many of those who are not receiving the NMW will not be in a trade...
07 August 2017
Everyone at work deserves a great job. A great job is one where the worker is paid and treated fairly. And it’s one where workers get opportunities to progress, to learn and to have a voice on what matters.
26 June 2017
This report shows the impact of insecurity at work on workers themselves, and on the UK’s economy and public finances. And it reports back from a TUC survey of people in insecure jobs, enabling them to tell us about their experience of work in their own words.
26 June 2017
The Prime Minister has said repeatedly that she wants to protect and enhance workers’ rights after Brexit. But today her manifesto reveals that Parliament will be able to water down hard-won workers’ rights that came from EU law.
18 May 2017
A new study published today (Friday) by the TUC warns that working people in both the UK and the EU are at risk from the erosion of workplace rights after Brexit – especially those in low-skilled jobs.
05 May 2017
A new study published today (Wednesday) by the TUC reveals that the UK has seen significant growth in insecure forms of employment compared to other EU countries. And it links the growth to relatively weak legal protections for those in bogus self-employment, agency work and on zero-hour contracts.
03 May 2017
EU proposals published today (Wednesday) to strengthen employment rights are a reminder that a bad Brexit deal will mean a worse deal at work for Brits compared to EU workers, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These are welcome proposals to improve the lives of working people...
26 April 2017
290,000 more people could be trapped in insecure work by 2022 if current trends continue, the TUC has warned. This is equivalent to thirteen extra Sports Directs, or the entire working population of Sheffield.
26 April 2017
Commenting on the announcement today (Friday) that the government will issue new guidance to improve compliance with laws that ban sexist dress codes at work, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is a welcome step towards getting rid of sexist dress codes in the workplace. But the new guidance...
21 April 2017