Unions call for a long overdue pay rise for hard-pressed council employees

Three unions representing more than 1.6 million local government employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have today (Wednesday) submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living. The claim for the year from next April seeks to move the … Read more

Unions ask Parliamentary candidates to pledge to raise school funding

The NUT, ATL, NAHT and GMB are asking every candidate in every constituency in England and Wales to promise that they will address the funding crisis in our schools, which will see schools facing cuts of up to £3 billion a year by 2020. The four unions have today updated the Schools Cuts website – www.schoolcuts.org.uk – … Read more

Rise in insecure work is costing Exchequer £4bn a year, warns TUC

Treasury losing more than £75m a week through explosion of low-paid and insecure jobs Rise in zero-hours contracts and low-paid self-employment has led tax shortfall and higher in-work benefit payments The growth of insecure employment– those working without guaranteed hours or baseline employment rights – is costing the Exchequer an estimated £4bn a year, according … Read more

TUC challenges surge in racist abuse following EU vote

Unions, employers and the government must redouble efforts to tackle the increase in racism following the vote to leave the EU, according to a new TUC report released today (Monday). The UK has seen a major spike in reports of racist and xenophobic incidents since the referendum, with the National Police Chiefs’ Council reporting a … Read more

Government trade union reforms are a stain on the spirit of Magna Carta, says TUC

Speaking ahead of today’s (Monday) 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “On the day when we rightly celebrate human rights and access to justice, our government is busy working on reforms aimed at shutting down dissent and weakening people’s rights at work. “The Conservative Trades Union Bill is a cynical … Read more