From the TUC

Building a world-class bus system for Britain

Sharon Sukhram

26 Jan 2016, by in Public services

Buses are a life-line for millions, providing access to employment, education and training, public services and leisure activities. But instead of a world-class bus service, bus deregulation has delivered higher fares and worsening services resulting in a drop in usage. The government’s austerity agenda is also contributing to worsening access across the country. Worsening services…

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Why we need the Working Time Directive strengthened

Paul Sellers

26 Jan 2016, by in Working Life

Construction worker David Brown has won his case against his former employer after he was forced to work unacceptable hours. According to a report in Planning and Business Control Today: “Brown said he had raised concerns with his bosses on several different occasions, yet nothing was done to reduce his hours. Between June and October…

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Online voting: Safe as Houses of Parliament?

John Wood

26 Jan 2016, by in Politics

All the way back in January of 2015, the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy reported their findings. Top of the list was that the 2020 general election should provide a mechanism for people to vote online. Campaign group Webroots Democracy have been following the progress of the Commission’s recommendations, and their new report out today…

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Is the EU-Canada trade deal on the ropes?

Owen Tudor

25 Jan 2016, by in International

The election of a charismatic young Liberal Prime Minister – Justin Trudeau –  is just one development that has cast doubt on the future of the Canada-EU trade deal negotiated under his Conservative predecessor Stephen Harper. Although firmly committed to signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Canadian Government has come under pressure to revise the Canada-EU deal…

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Early UK ratification of ILO Forced Labour Protocol is a major step forward

Owen Tudor

22 Jan 2016, by in International

This lunchtime, I’m taking part with other trade unionists, CBI representatives and ILO Director General Guy Ryder at the ratification of the International Labour Organisation’s 2014 Forced Labour Protocol, a major step forward in the eradication of modern slavery, trafficking and other elements of forced labour. Home Office junior Minister Karen Bradley MP will be signing…

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£37 million of new red tape for unions under the #TUbill

John Wood

21 Jan 2016, by in Politics

Remember the Red Tape Challenge? Every week, the 2010-15 coalition government would stick a pin in the statute book and ask what seemed to be the Daily Mail reader comments panel to let them know which regulations should be axed. The current Cabinet Office website trumpets that they manage to scrap more than 2,400 regulations.…

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