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  1. June 23, 2014

    Council and school staff vote to strike

    Britain faces one of its biggest protests against the effects of government spending cuts after local government workers...

  2. February 7, 2014

    High Court rejects union plea on employment tribunal fees

    The High Court has rejected a trade union plea to halt the government’s imposition of fees on workers who bring employment...

  1. March 25, 2013

    Trade unions challenge over social issues

    Britain’s largest trade unions are joining forces to challenge companies over issues such as excessive executive pay and the...

  2. 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...

  3. Westminster Blog

    October 1, 2012

    Unions let Balls off the hook over support for pay freeze

    What’s in a word? In politics, often rather a lot. The Labour party was braced this morning for a conference motion that...

  4. September 24, 2012

    CBI urges ministers to outsource services

    The UK’s largest business group is urging ministers to open public services to competition more quickly despite the row over...

  5. September 9, 2012

    Two unions on path to merger

    Two of the largest trade unions have set themselves on a path that could lead to a 2m-strong “super union” and warned of...

  6. August 27, 2012

    ‘Pay windows’ open way to dodge clamp

    When George Osborne announced in 2010 that public sector workers would endure a two-year pay freeze, the news was attacked...

  7. Money Supply

    May 30, 2012

    Financial stability at what price?

    Half price. Buried in the footnotes of a statement on the latest appointments to the Bank of England’s Court, was this...

  8. March 30, 2012

    Miliband lists Labour donor meetings

    Ed Miliband has released a list of 43 meetings he attended with Labour donors since his election as party leader 18 months...

  9. December 1, 2011

    Clarkson sorry for ‘shoot strikers’ remark

    Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken BBC presenter, remained at the centre of protests despite apologising for saying striking...

  10. 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...

  11. November 30, 2011

    Unions and government clash over strike

    Union leaders warned ministers they would have to show a “real will to move” if they wanted to settle the public sector...

  12. November 29, 2011

    Women’s support sought by both sides in strike

    Unions and ministers are vying for the support of women – seen as one of the coalition’s vulnerable points – as up to 2m...

  13. November 28, 2011

    Britain prepares for strike disruption

    Britain is facing its biggest strike for a generation on Wednesday, as up to 2m public sector workers mount a 24-hour...

  14. November 3, 2011

    Ministers urge Unison to rethink strike

    Ministers and employers pleaded with Britain’s largest public sector union to “think again” after members voted for strikes...

  15. October 10, 2011

    Unison expects legal challenges over ballot

    The main public sector union said it expected legal challenges by employers as it launched the biggest industrial action...

  16. September 19, 2011

    Britain can feel proud of Tata

    Jaguar Land Rover’s £355m engine plant is a boost for the coalition’s hopes of rebalancing the economy: George Osborne’s...

  17. September 14, 2011

    Unions plan ‘day of action’ over pensions

    The Trades Union Congress has called a nationwide “day of action” for November 30, pledging the biggest trade union...

  18. September 9, 2011

    Unison leader edges towards calling strike

    Dave Prentis, edging towards what may be the UK’s most serious industrial dispute for decades, recoils at the suggestion...

  19. June 26, 2011

    Leaders warn strike defeat could break unions

    The looming dispute over pensions reforms could “make or break” the trade union movement, union leaders have warned...

  20. June 22, 2011

    Unison votes to strike if pension talks fail

    Public sector workers raised the prospect of mass walk-outs in the autumn over pension changes as they voted on Wednesday to...

  21. June 21, 2011

    Unison chief rallies members for ‘fight of our lives’

    Public sector workers will stage the “fight of our lives” in a sustained campaign of strikes to defeat the government’s...

  22. June 13, 2011

    Union chief warns of ‘sustained’ strikes

    More than 1m public sector workers will be balloted on a “sustained” programme of strikes to take place this autumn unless...

  23. June 6, 2011

    Union heckles Cable over strike law stance

    GMB members show their disapproval as Vince Cable speaks Delegates to the GMB’s annual conference heckled and slow-clapped...

  24. May 15, 2011

    Union attacks Tories over PFI deals

    The government is pushing ahead with billions of pounds worth of privately financed deals despite Conservative pledges when...

  25. April 1, 2011

    Councils fail to protect social care

    Almost half of councils are not protecting adult social care from cuts, a survey conducted by the Local Government...

  26. March 21, 2011

    Pickles scraps deal that protects job rights

    Eric Pickles has scrapped a deal protecting the rights of new recruits when local authority services are outsourced and...

  27. March 11, 2011

    Hutton bats away googlies on a level playing field

    Towards the end of my cricketing career, some years back, I turned out for my club 3rd XI in an away fixture against the...

  28. March 10, 2011

    Reactions to Hutton pensions report

    Unions: Reforms may light touch paper for action Brendan Barber, TUC chief: “Public-sector workers are already suffering a...

  29. March 9, 2011

    Unions threaten action on pensions

    Public sector unions are threatening to take industrial action over sweeping changes to members’ pensions to be outlined...

  30. Westminster Blog

    December 19, 2010

    David Cameron meeting union leaders in Downing Street on Monday

    I revealed back in August that David Cameron wanted to invite Britain’s union leaders for a meeting, a surprising overture...

  31. November 26, 2010

    Probation’s ‘pay by results’ plan

    The private sector will be allowed to compete in the £1.6bn probation market for the first time under proposals drawn up by...

  32. October 21, 2010

    Coalition eyes setting targets on outsourcing

    The coalition government is considering setting targets for the share of public services that should be outsourced to the...

  33. Westminster Blog

    September 13, 2010

    Are we heading for mass public sector strikes?

    It’s the only question that matters up here at the TUC conference. And weirdly, no one is quite sure. For all the headlines...

  34. September 13, 2010

    Unions in anti-cuts crusade

    General secretary Brendan Barber at a protest against job cuts at the TUC conference Trade unions were facing their biggest...

  35. September 9, 2010

    Irate unionists vie for the vexed factor

    The Trades Union Congress next week will resemble a kind of left-wing political talent show that might be badged Britain’s...

  36. August 10, 2010

    Right to demand time off for training under threat

    Workers’ right to demand time off for training could be scrapped as part of a government review into red tape. John Hayes,...

  37. June 23, 2010

    Huge jobs cull looms as services hit

    Hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs look set to go as government departments other than health face their biggest...

  38. June 23, 2010

    Corporal punishment for the body politic

    It was appropriate that the task of giving the body politic a sound fiscal thrashing should fall to George Osborne. The St...

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