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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)

Responding to the news today (Thursday) that Pizza Express will remove the administrative fee on staff tips made by card, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s good to hear that Pizza Express has finally come to its senses. The decision by the company to ditch its unfair tips...
03 September 2015
Commenting on a letter signed by scores of academics which describes the Trade Union Bill as the most sustained attack on workers’ rights since the early 19th century, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s clear that the government’s Trade Union Bill threatens the right to strike.
11 August 2015
Responding to the announcement today (Monday) by immigration minister James Brokenshire that employers who give jobs to illegal migrants will feel the “full force” of the government machine, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s important that the government cracks down on health and safety abuses and workplace exploitation; but...
10 August 2015
TUC Assistant General Secretary Paul Nowak said: "If payroll payment for union membership was outdated, it would not be popular with so many of the UK's biggest and most successful private companies. The public will see this for what it really is – yet another attack on union members from...
06 August 2015
Commenting on the strike on the London Underground by ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite members starting tomorrow (Wednesday), TUC Assistant General Secretary Paul Nowak said: “The tube network is vital to the travelling public and the economy, but London Underground must not ride roughshod over the wellbeing of their employees.
04 August 2015
New figures published today (Thursday) by the TUC indicate that 1,669,000 employees are missing out on their minimum legal entitlement to paid holidays.
30 July 2015
Responding to the ‘naming and shaming’ today (Thursday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of 75 employers who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Naming and shaming cheating employers is a move in the right direction by the...
30 July 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics of annual data on industrial action, which show that the number of strikes in the UK remains at historic lows, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The official figures reflect the fact that trade unions only strike as...
16 July 2015
Commenting on the publication today of the government’s productivity plan, TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady said: “Trade unions stand ready to play a positive role in delivering the productivity growth the UK urgently needs. And we call on the government to use the autumn spending review to back this plan...
10 July 2015
A joint initiative by TUC Aid and Disability Aid Abroad (DAA) – Northern Ireland charity - has been successful in raising awareness of employment rights of disabled people in Rwanda and in securing support from local trade unions, East Africa Trade Union Confederation (EATUC) and the Government of Rwanda for...
09 July 2015