From the TUC

Pay and house prices

Richard Exell

18 Nov 2015, by in Labour market

New figures show that house prices have been going up more than twice as fast as earnings since the recession. The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings came out today. ASHE is the most important source of information about earnings and hours worked and we’re always interested in what it shows about the gender pay gap…

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The broken child poverty pledge

Richard Exell

16 Nov 2015, by in Society & Welfare

I have a post at, (written on behalf of the End Child Poverty coalition) looking at the Welfare Reform and Work Bill – if passed, it will mean the government no longer has to report to Parliament on progress helping children out of poverty. This will mean that there will be no point at…

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Greenprint for a low carbon industrial strategy

Philip Pearson

16 Nov 2015, by in Environment

The “perfect storm” hitting the steel industry has cost up to 10,000 jobs in the North East alone, directly or as consequence of steel plant closures. The Chancellor’s Spending Review on 25 November is likely to make matters worse, with expected staffing and research budgets cut by 25% to 40% at the unprotected business department in…

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Burma: On the way to a cautious democracy?

Tanya Warlock

13 Nov 2015, by in International

On 8 November the people of Burma (Myanmar) expressed their democratic right and voted in favour of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party. This victory will give Burma its first democratically elected government in decades after nearly 50 years under military rule. The TUC hopes that this new chapter for…

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