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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)

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
Responding to the Queen’s Speech today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people will be worried by a Queen’s Speech that declares open season on so many of their rights and protections.
27 May 2015
British people are far more likely to want to remain part of the EU if it leads to better pay and rights at work, according to new polling published by the TUC. The poll of 4,000 UK voters – commissioned from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research by the TUC – shows...
27 May 2015
There will be a rally at Leeds City Council Chambers on 28 April to examine the issues of Defeating Austerity, Free Trade Deals and Attacks on Trade union Rights. See our events page for full details of this free event.
22 April 2015
Commenting on today’s (Thursday) revelations that security services have been keeping files on MPs, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Whistleblowing is an important part of holding those in power accountable.
26 March 2015
Commenting on the naming and shaming today (Tuesday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of employers who have cheated staff out of the minimum wage, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s great to see more cheapskate bosses brought to justice for not paying the minimum wage. It’s...
24 March 2015