From the TUC

Even the Pay Review Body condemns NHS pay policy

Kam Gill

28 Mar 2017, by in Public services

Today’s NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) report stands as a sharp rebuke to the government’s public sector pay policy.  Though their recommendation is for pay to remain within the cap, their comments indicate dismay at the havoc the policy is wreaking on the health service. In 2011/12, the government imposed a two year pay freeze…




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Europe’s response to Article 50: what unions want

Owen Tudor

26 Mar 2017, by in International

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 and fire the starting pistol on negotiations to leave the European Union. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has already adopted a statement setting out what unions here and in the rest of Europe want the EU to do once that happens. Theresa May’s letter may be…




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A Mother’s Day present Mums will really appreciate

Elly Gibson

24 Mar 2017, by in Equality

With Mother’s Day approaching on Sunday, many of us will be trying to find the perfect gift for our hard-working mums or mother figures. Flowers, chocolates and perfume normally fit the bill. But if Ministers were thinking about really rewarding working mums this Mothering Sunday, then they might want to review our current maternity pay…




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Controversies around inflation measurement: Have annual real wages fallen by £2,100 or £1,200 or £800?

Geoff Tily

22 Mar 2017, by in Economics

Whatever way you look at it, this week’s inflation figures illustrate the threat to living standards that result from the fall in sterling after the referendum. Headline inflation in February rose to 2.3%. Last week’s average earnings data for January (regular pay) was 2.3%. Real earnings growth is therefore zero. If as is likely inflation…




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Drop the MIC: Why we oppose the EU’s latest corporate courts plan

Rosa Crawford

16 Mar 2017, by in International

Yesterday the TUC responded to the European Commission’s consultation on its plans to develop a global version of the notorious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system.  ISDS is the court system found in thousands of trade and investment agreements that foreign investors have used to sue governments when they feel their profits have been threatened. Like the Investor-State…




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The North East is England’s insecure work hot spot

Anjum Klair

15 Mar 2017, by in Labour market

The North East is becoming England’s hot spot for insecure work with two out of three new jobs in the last five years falling into this category. One in nine workers in the region are now in insecure jobs: seasonal, casual, temporary or agency work, including zero-hours contracts and low-paid self-employed roles. The TUC estimates…




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