From the TUC

Demand needs to rise before rates do

Geoff Tily

03 Aug 2017, by in Economics

With the economy showing increased signs of weakness, it is welcome that that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted today to keep interest rates on hold. More surprising perhaps has been the recent positioning of MPC members that has fostered speculation that a rate rise was more likely. At one level this is understandable. With…




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Immigration – confusion and inaction from government

Owen Tudor

28 Jul 2017, by in Labour market

The Home Secretary’s announcement yesterday on post-Brexit immigration plans was barely out the door before the government’s all-encompassing confusion over Brexit enveloped it. Amber Rudd’s junior minister, Brandon Lewis, contradicted her spin if not her substance, almost immediately. Meanwhile, the government continues to fail to take initiatives it could already take which would go a long way…




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Massive win for working people as Supreme Court rejects employment tribunal fees

Frances O'Grady

26 Jul 2017, by in Politics

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the government’s sky-high tribunal fees are unlawful, accepting UNISON’s argument that the fees are restricting working people’s access to justice. What’s more, the government will have to refund any fees paid since 2013 — at a cost of about £27m. It’s a massive win for working people, and we congratulate UNISON for doggedly pursuing…




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Employment Tribunal Fees found to be unlawful

Matt Creagh

26 Jul 2017, by in Working Life

Following UNISON’s legal challenge, the Supreme Court has, today, ruled that employment tribunal fees are unlawful because they price workers out of accessing justice and discriminate against women. This means that from today, employment tribunal fees will no longer apply and that all previous fees that have been paid will have to be repaid. The…




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