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  1. April 14, 2014

    Self-employed not creating jobs, says study

    Britain’s surge in self-employment is being driven by people working for themselves, rather than starting job-creating...

  2. March 29, 2014

    Terms unveiled for review into union dispute tactics

    Ministers have announced revised terms for a much-delayed and heavily diluted inquiry into alleged union intimidation in...

  1. March 24, 2014

    Pay inequality soars in London, says TUC

    Wage inequality has increased almost three times as much in London than in the UK as a whole since the millennium, according...

  2. Business Blog

    March 19, 2014

    Grandma's words of wisdom

    Marian Robinson with Barack and Malia Obama Michelle Obama’s secret weapon for this week’s China trip has been unveiled: she...

  3. March 19, 2014

    Number of self-employed rises sharply in the UK

    The number of self-employed people in the UK has risen sharply to its highest level since comparable records began in 1992,...

  4. March 19, 2014

    Labour considers rail fare freeze after general election

    Plans for a freeze in rail fares after the general election are being discussed at senior levels in Labour as a fresh way to...

  5. March 16, 2014

    Employers face greater challenges, says Acas chairman

    Workplace relations in the UK are at a critical juncture, with employers facing greater pay pressures and potential...

  6. March 13, 2014

    Huge fall in employment tribunal claims prompts fears over fees

    Employment tribunal claims fell sharply in the final quarter of last year, prompting accusations that new fees for bringing...

  7. Westminster Blog

    March 11, 2014

    What has happened to David Cameron’s review into “trade union tactics”?

    The massive industrial dispute at Grangemouth refinery in Scotland last autumn prompted David Cameron to launch an inquiry...

  8. February 18, 2014

    Underemployment and pay in focus before UK jobs data on Wednesday

    The darker side of Britain’s labour market performance – underemployment and a squeeze on real wages – will be under...

  9. February 3, 2014

    TUC-backed study points to carbon capture to cut UK energy bills

    Household energy bills in the UK would be slashed by £82 a year if the government boosted carbon capturing equipment on...

  10. January 23, 2014

    Union leaders challenge Duncan Smith on welfare reforms

    Iain Duncan Smith has been challenged by union leaders after saying that the coalition’s welfare changes have helped make...

  11. January 16, 2014

    Minimum wage stirs debate as business frets over productivity

    Political pressure to raise the national minimum wage above inflation could be “quite dangerous” if not matched by higher...

  12. January 5, 2014

    Miliband attacked over plan to close opt-out on equal pay

    Employers have accused Ed Miliband of putting jobs at risk after the Labour leader announced on Sunday that he wanted to put...

  13. December 19, 2013

    Vince Cable proposes limited reform of zero-hour contracts

    Employers could be banned from using exclusivity clauses that tie workers on zero-hours contracts to one business, under...

  14. December 5, 2013

    Autumn Statement 2013: NIC changes for under-21s criticised

    Labour market analysts warned that George Osborne’s plan to remove employers’ national insurance contributions for under-21s...

  15. November 28, 2013

    TUC chief’s career has never been blown off course

    Many people start out on a career only to be blown off course. This is not the case for Trades Union Congress chief, Frances...

  16. November 20, 2013

    Building workers to be told if they are included on blacklist

    More than a thousand construction workers are to receive letters from the UK’s data watchdog telling them they may be on an...

  17. November 18, 2013

    London needs higher minimum wage, says report

    London should have a higher minimum wage than the rest of the country, according to research that suggests raising the...

  18. November 8, 2013

    Ministers look to water down final-salary schemes

    Companies could opt out of paying annual inflation increases to members of final-salary schemes, leaving them thousands of...

  19. October 30, 2013

    Pension charges plan set to boost savings

    Excessive fees levied on pensions are set to become the next target in the government’s attack on the cost of living, as it...

  20. October 28, 2013

    Expect calls for bigger pay rises if recovery picks up, says TUC

    Workers will demand higher pay rises if the recovery gathers pace the Trades Union Congress warned, as union leaders tried...

  21. September 10, 2013

    Ed Miliband tells unions that Labour will make tough choices

    Ed Miliband on Tuesday warned trade unionists that Labour would have to be “credible” about tackling the deficit and would...

  22. September 10, 2013

    Full text: Ed Miliband’s speech to the Trades Union Congress

    Frances, thank you so much for that introduction. And let me pay tribute to you, as the first female general secretary of...

  23. September 9, 2013

    Ed Miliband presses on with financial reform despite union critics

    Ed Miliband will seek to make history on Tuesday by vowing to shake up the financial link between the trade unions and...

  24. September 9, 2013

    Strikes, Ed Miliband and workers’ pain

    The Trades Union Congress sometimes struggles with the fact that the media seems interested in only two stories: strike...

  25. September 9, 2013

    Ed Miliband, like most of the left, misread Lehman

    Almost exactly five years after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy and a credit crunch became a crash, Ed Miliband will on...

  26. September 9, 2013

    TUC leader decries government ‘war on working people’

    The head of Britain’s union movement has demanded a return to the goal of full employment and new measures to tackle low...

  27. September 8, 2013

    Union chief warns on feud with Labour party

    The fight between Ed Miliband and Labour’s union backers over funding could cost the party the next general election, a...

  28. September 6, 2013

    When will the big squeeze on wages end?

    Workers in Britain are in the sixth year of a squeeze on their incomes that has cut real wages by more than 9 per cent since...

  29. September 6, 2013

    TUC warns of threat of unrest over low pay

    Britain risks seeing protests such as the recent widespread strike by US fast-food workers if low earners do not share in...

  30. September 5, 2013

    Unions react angrily to changes in business transfer rules

    Unions have reacted angrily to changes in regulations covering terms and conditions of staff at businesses transferring to...

  31. September 5, 2013

    FTSE 100 directors enjoy £400,000 boost to their pension pots

    The average pension pot for a FTSE 100 director increased by £400,000 last year to £4.73m, with one director amassing a fund...

  32. September 4, 2013

    UK manufacturers sell drinks, drugs and cars, but less heavy metal

    For UK manufacturing, the post-recession hangover has been long and painful, with output struggling to return to its...

  33. September 4, 2013

    GMB threat to Labour may be less blood curdling than it seems

    The GMB has threatened to cut the “affiliation funds” it automatically gives to the Labour party from £1.2m to £150,000, as...

  34. August 30, 2013

    Delay your state pension – boost your income

    Savers are being encouraged to put off the date they begin collecting their state pensions to take advantage of generous...

  35. August 30, 2013

    UK’s state pension age rise risks widening inequality

    Raising the state pension age in line with higher life expectancy risks increasing inequality in retirement benefits, with a...

  36. August 29, 2013

    Ministers warned lobby bill threatens charities’ campaigning role

    Charities will be severely constrained in their campaigning activities as a result of the lobbying bill which comes before...

  37. August 28, 2013

    TUC questions economic recovery claims

    Britain’s economy is still smaller than in 2010 on a per person basis and will take another five years to regain its...

  38. Westminster Blog

    August 14, 2013

    The Tories tighten up their anti-Labour operation

    If the Tories appear to be gaining traction in the political debate of recent months it may reflect the decision to focus on...

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