From the TUC

Europe’s response to Article 50: what unions want

Elected leaders of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

26 Mar 2017, by in International

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 and fire the starting pistol on negotiations to leave the European Union. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has already adopted a statement setting out what unions here and in the rest of Europe want the EU to do once that happens. Theresa May’s letter may be…




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A Mother’s Day present Mums will really appreciate

Elly Gibson

24 Mar 2017, by in Equality

With Mother’s Day approaching on Sunday, many of us will be trying to find the perfect gift for our hard-working mums or mother figures. Flowers, chocolates and perfume normally fit the bill. But if Ministers were thinking about really rewarding working mums this Mothering Sunday, then they might want to review our current maternity pay…




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Controversies around inflation measurement: Have annual real wages fallen by £2,100 or £1,200 or £800?

Geoff Tily

22 Mar 2017, by in Economics

Whatever way you look at it, this week’s inflation figures illustrate the threat to living standards that result from the fall in sterling after the referendum. Headline inflation in February rose to 2.3%. Last week’s average earnings data for January (regular pay) was 2.3%. Real earnings growth is therefore zero. If as is likely inflation…




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Drop the MIC: Why we oppose the EU’s latest corporate courts plan

Rosa Crawford

16 Mar 2017, by in International

Yesterday the TUC responded to the European Commission’s consultation on its plans to develop a global version of the notorious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system.  ISDS is the court system found in thousands of trade and investment agreements that foreign investors have used to sue governments when they feel their profits have been threatened. Like the Investor-State…




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The North East is England’s insecure work hot spot

Anjum Klair

15 Mar 2017, by in Labour market

The North East is becoming England’s hot spot for insecure work with two out of three new jobs in the last five years falling into this category. One in nine workers in the region are now in insecure jobs: seasonal, casual, temporary or agency work, including zero-hours contracts and low-paid self-employed roles. The TUC estimates…




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London calling: the capital dominates jobs growth

Anjum Klair

14 Mar 2017, by in Labour market

Employment is at record levels but despite much talk of economic rebalancing and regional powerhouses, TUC analysis has found that employment growth in London has rocketed ahead of the rest of England since the recession. We also conclude that London has had: the highest growth in employee jobs the smallest loss in public sector jobs and…




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