From the TUC

Zero-hours contracts up 21% in just one year

Frances O'Grady

08 Sep 2016, by in Working Life

The new official statistics on zero-hours contracts in the UK are out today and they make for grim reading. Over the past year, Britain’s zero-hours workforce has grown from 747,000 to 903,000 – a rise of 21%. Zero-hours contracts have become an easy way for bosses to employ staff on the cheap, and more and…

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Unions and investors come together to call time on poor employment practices at Sports Direct

Janet Williamson

06 Sep 2016, by in Pensions & Investment

UPDATE: The vote is in and 53% of the independent Sports Direct shareholders voted against management and called for an independent investigation. That’s a record level of support for an employment-related resolution in the UK. The final vote still won’t pass as Ashley himself owns 55% of Sports Direct shares, but it’s a major win for the…

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Article 50: so much for Parliamentary sovereignty!

Owen Tudor

04 Sep 2016, by in Politics

This week, Theresa May ruled out giving Parliament a vote before Article 50 is triggered. She’s explained her position in terms of respecting the will of the people as expressed in June’s referendum – and the TUC accepts that decision too. But we are still disappointed at her decision – in the name of a…

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