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About this blog

Welcome to the ToUChstone blog. This is an informal blog by TUC staff about policy issues that are in the news, or ought to be.

Contributions should not be taken as formal statements of TUC policy. While written from a TUC perspective, contributions will often cover areas where there is yet no settled TUC policy and go into areas in more detail than our formal decisions. And we want to avoid a dull corporate blog that simply strings together press releases and committee papers. You can always read them in their proper context on the TUC website.

It is called the ToUChstone blog because that is also the name of the new series of pamphlets produced by the TUC ( designed to influence public debate and discuss policy areas in a strategic way without formally committing the TUC.

TUC staff are free to contribute to the blog as often or as little as they wish. That will inevitably mean some subjects get more coverage than others. This should not be taken as any indication of TUC priorities, simply that some people like blogging more than others.

This blog covers public policy and closely connected topics. It does not deal with many equally valid union concerns and priorities. Some of these are covered by the TUC’s activist blog at or on other blogs that you can find indexed at

We welcome debate and we don’t expect everyone to agree with us, but this is our blog and we will remove any comments that are offensive, irrelevant or otherwise annoy.