From the TUC

#DecentJobsWeek: Too poor to be off sick

Hannah Reed

15 Dec 2014, by in Working Life

Until recently all of us assumed that when we are off sick we would still be paid, whether through a sick pay scheme negotiated by a trade union, through a company sick pay policy or, in the absence of these, through statutory sick pay (SSP). This seems perfectly reasonable in 21st century Britain.  No one…

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Italian unions strike: #stopjobsact

Owen Tudor

14 Dec 2014, by in International

Italian unions, led by the TUC’s sister organisation the CGIL, have been taking to the streets – including a general strike on Friday – to oppose reforms of the labour market being proposed by the centre-left government of Matteo Renzi. They say they are defending workers’ rights – in particular against unfair dismissal, while the…

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Misleading claims of 4% earnings growth

Geoff Tily

12 Dec 2014, by in Labour market

It is of limited relevance to the population as a whole that some people are lucky enough to be enjoying stable employment with rises in earnings of four per cent. The figure on earnings growth for employees in full-time work for over a year issued by the ONS with their recent ASHE (annual survey of…

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UK Shale Gas: A trade union view

Chris Baugh

12 Dec 2014, by in Environment

The Spectator magazine recently held an energy event called The UK Domestic Energy Landscape: Fixing Britain’s Energy Market, hosted at the offices of the law firm Eversheds. Carbon Brief reported that it “was best summed up” by one of their partners Marcus Trinick who said: “There is no such thing as objective truth in energy…

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The missing full time employee jobs

Anjum Klair

10 Dec 2014, by in Labour market

Hardly a week goes by when we do not hear Ministers boasting about record employment levels. Yes, employment levels may be rising to record levels; however, this is a result of the rising numbers in the working population. The employment rate at 73% has only recently returned to its pre- recession level, and the share of…

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