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  1. 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...

  2. June 14, 2013

    Knighthood for mainstream pragmatist who led TUC in tough times

    The career of Brendan Barber, former general secretary of the Trades Union Congress – who gets a knighthood – spanned a...

  1. June 14, 2013

    Queen’s birthday honours list gets back to business

    Michael Hintze, the hedge fund boss and Conservative party donor, has been created a knight in the Queen’s birthday honours...

  2. December 18, 2012

    Government to make it easier to fire staff

    The 90-day consultation period before large-scale redundancies can take place is to be halved to 45 days from next April,...

  3. December 16, 2012

    Unions in ‘time of opportunity’ despite cuts

    Austerity may be hitting members hard but this is nonetheless a “time of opportunity” for trade unions, says Brendan Barber,...

  4. December 10, 2012

    UK recruitment rate shows strength

    Hiring increased in November at its fastest rate for more than 18 months, recruitment companies have said – suggesting that...

  5. November 28, 2012

    One in 10 workers now underemployed

    One in 10 workers are now underemployed, an increase of almost half since the economic downturn began in 2008, a study by...

  6. November 25, 2012

    Investor voting varies widely

    Institutional investors continue to take hugely different stances on issues such as executive pay, according to a survey on...

  7. November 22, 2012

    Public sector pay outpaces private

    Public sector workers saw their pay rise by 1.6 per cent last year, slightly more than the increase in the private sector,...

  8. November 8, 2012

    Graphology challenge: the final assessment

    This series of reports on various individuals’ handwriting was to have concluded this week with my analysis of the eighth...

  9. November 6, 2012

    Rebellion reins in directors’ pay deals

    FTSE 100 directors’ median pay rose by 10 per cent last year – more than six times the increase in overall average earnings...

  10. October 23, 2012

    CBI proposes union law shake-up

    A leading business group has angered the Trades Union Congress by proposing a shake-up of trade union laws, including...

  11. October 20, 2012

    Thousands join London march against austerity

    Trade unions have called for a general strike after tens of thousands of people marched through central London to protest...

  12. October 10, 2012

    Owner-employee plan poses unfair dismissal risk

    From Mr Steven Lorber. Sir, The chancellor’s proposal for a new type of employment contract for “owner-employees” has...

  13. October 8, 2012

    Osborne delights Tory right with speech

    George Osborne has delighted the Tory right with plans to let bosses strip new staff of employment rights in exchange for...

  14. October 4, 2012

    Graphology Challenge

    In a series that tests the accuracy of graphology as a recruiting tool, our expert analyses handwriting samples. Identities...

  15. October 4, 2012

    Recruitment Diary: October 4 2012

    ● Bad starts Nearly 40 per cent of senior executives starting a new job find their first three months to be so bad that they...

  16. September 13, 2012

    Cable signals lower unfair dismissal cap

    Vince Cable will announce plans on Friday to cut the compensation limit for unfair dismissal and streamline employment...

  17. August 29, 2012

    Fall in number of workless households

    The number of households where no adult aged 16 to 64 is in work has fallen for the second year in a row, giving...

  18. August 28, 2012

    Jobless young must work for benefits

    Young unemployed Londoners wll be forced to do three months of unpaid full-time work experience or be refused benefits under...

  19. July 13, 2012

    Tribunals fee move sparks anger

    Plans to introduce a fee of up to £1,200 for taking claims to an employment tribunal do not go far enough, employers...

  20. July 12, 2012

    TUC’s first woman leader urges growth

    The woman chosen to head the Trades Union Congress at one of the most difficult moments in its recent history is seeking to...

  21. July 10, 2012

    O’Grady to replace Barber as TUC chief

    Frances O’Grady is to become the first female general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, taking over from Brendan...

  22. June 21, 2012

    Business welcomes job loss move

    Business has welcomed government plans to cut the time large companies must consult staff over redundancies, while the...

  23. June 11, 2012

    Bosses failing to tighten their belts

    The explosive controversy over exec­utive pay goes on. The median rise of 10 per cent in FTSE 100 chief executives’ total...

  24. May 30, 2012

    Three new members join BoE’s Court

    The Bank of England on Wednesday said that an Australia-based member of its governing body, the Court, would step down two...

  25. May 21, 2012

    Mixed response to looser labour law ideas

    Business welcomed Adrian Beecroft’s proposals to loosen employment regulation – including, with varying degrees of...

  26. May 15, 2012

    Food sector accused over migrant workers

    A campaign group has attacked the UK food industry for the exploitation and poor working conditions of migrant workers,...

  27. May 3, 2012

    Recruitment Diary: May 3 2012

    ● Redundancy And so to Congress House in London, home of the TUC, for a debate on redundancy and its alternatives, featuring...

  28. April 18, 2012

    Barber bows out after decade as TUC leader

    Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, is to retire at the end of the year after a decade in the...

  29. April 17, 2012

    TUC sees jobs lost in sectors vital for young

    Almost 1m jobs have been lost since 2007 in sectors that traditionally employ young people such as manufacturing,...

  30. April 9, 2012

    Employers dodging temp pay rules

    Almost two-thirds of employers are exploiting loopholes to escape the worst impact of new rules giving temporary workers...

  31. March 19, 2012

    Minimum wage frozen for young people

    The government is to freeze the minimum wage for young people, pleasing business but angering trade unions. Vince Cable, the...

  32. February 19, 2012

    Employers press to cut redundancy period

    Business groups have provoked trade union anger by proposing to relax requirements to consult staff about redundancies as...

  33. February 2, 2012

    Pay deals in private sector rise above last year’s levels

    Private sector pay settlements in recent weeks have been running above last year’s levels, bringing workers some relief from...

  34. December 20, 2011

    Unions agree outline of pension deal

    Taxpayers will save tens of billions of pounds over the next 30 years under outline agreements to reform public sector...

  35. December 19, 2011

    Breakthrough in public-sector pension dispute

    A serious breakthrough in the dispute involving millions of public sector workers was achieved on Monday night after a...

  36. December 10, 2011

    TUC chief shows gift of prescience

    From Mr George Yeadon. Sir, Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, is quoted (report, December 3) as saying that “pensioners...

  37. December 2, 2011

    Unions offered olive branch on pensions

    Ministers are holding out an olive branch to the unions as they push for a deal on public sector pensions reform following...

  38. November 30, 2011

    TUC calls for coalition action on dispute

    Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, told public sector workers on Wednesday they were “right to...

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