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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. February 16, 2011

      Europe grapples with youth unemployment

      British policymakers are not alone in grappling with the problem of youth unemployment as the number of young jobless in the...

    2. Brussels Blog

      January 11, 2011

      Commission gets early warning shot from unions

      Much of the attention around the eurozone crisis has now shifted to Portugal, the latest of the PIGS peripheral eurozone...

    3. September 29, 2010

      Unions across Europe protest over cuts

      Strikes disrupt transport in Madrid Spanish trade unions organised the country’s first general strike in eight years, in...

    4. December 8, 2009

      Monks warns on stimulus exit

      One of Europe's top trade unionists has argued against cuts in public spending before mid-2011, warning that a premature...

    5. December 7, 2009

      Union chief warns over early stimulus exit

      One of Europe’s top trade unionists has argued against implementing cuts in public spending before mid-2011, warning that a...

    6. May 7, 2009

      Europeans agree plan to fight unemployment

      European governments, employers and trade unions called on Thursday for reduced labour costs, more apprenticeships for young...

    7. April 29, 2009

      Attempt to kill off opt-out on working time fails

      Trade unions reacted with dismay after attempts by left-leaning members of the European parliament to eliminate the UK's...

    8. April 29, 2009

      UK work time opt-out survives

      UK trade unions reacted with dismay after attempts by left-leaning members of the European parliament to eliminate...

    9. March 24, 2009

      Accusations fly over cancelled EU jobs summit

      The cancellation of a high-profile “European jobs summit” in which national leaders were to discuss rising unemployment...

    10. March 24, 2009

      Accusations fly over jobs summit

      The cancellation of a high-profile jobs summit by the European Union has led to accusations of "complacency" from a top...

    11. February 13, 2009

      Union leader seeks change to EU directive

      Europe’s top trade unionist on Thursday warned European Union policymakers that protectionism, economic nationalism and...

    12. February 13, 2009

      Union leader seeks change to EU rules on foreign workers

      Europe's top trade unionist yesterday warned European Union policymakers that protectionism, economic nationalism and...

    13. February 4, 2009

      Saying 'auf Wiedersehen' to unfair treatment

      John Monks, former general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, remembers how hundreds of British builders, desperate...

    14. February 3, 2009

      Saying ‘auf Wiedersehen’ to unfair treatment

      John Monks, former general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, remembers how hundreds of British builders, desperate for...

    15. January 30, 2009

      New thoughtfulness?

      John Monks, general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, blogging from Davos: On this, my fourth visit to...

    16. FT Alphaville

      January 28, 2009

      It's Davos

      The annual gathering that is the Davos World Economic Forum gets underway in the small Swiss Alpine resort on Wednesday 28th...

    17. December 11, 2008

      Unions offer 10% pay cut to save Corus factory

      Unions representing British steelworkers have offered to take a 10 per cent pay cut across Corus's entire UK workforce of...

    18. December 11, 2008

      No rise in workers’ militancy, says unionist

      Labour unrest in Greece and Italy does not reflect a more general increase in militancy across Europe as workers are more...

    19. October 10, 2008

      Matthew Vincent: The appealing sound of death knells

      Is this the end of capitalism as we know it and should I pack tinned goods and head for the hills?” That was a question put...

    20. October 2, 2008

      ‘1979 moment’ for casino capitalism

      At its congress in Seville in 2007, the European Trade Union Confederation resolved to expose “casino capitalism” and...

    21. June 11, 2008

      Opt-out deal is victory for realpolitik

      As so often in Brussels, entrenching the UK’s opt-out from the EU’s 48-hour maximum working week came down to the raw...

    22. June 11, 2008

      French pact secures breakthrough

      As so often in Brussels, Britain's opt-out from the European Union's 48-hour maximum working week was entrenched only after...

    23. June 11, 2008

      Opt-out deal is victory for realpolitik

      As so often in Brussels, entrenching the UK's opt-out from the EU's 48-hour maximum working week came down to the raw...

    24. June 3, 2008

      Mohair man

      Yet another tale from John Monks, general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (much more of this and I will...

    25. May 28, 2008

      The Queen, briefly

      UK Notebook (Brian Groom) : Here is a story from John Monks, general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation....

    26. May 27, 2008

      Pride of Pudsey

      I recently recounted a tale told by John Monks, general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation. Here is...

    27. May 21, 2008

      UK clears way for EU deal on temp workers

      A long deadlock over the rights of Europe's temporary workers moved close to resolution yesterday after Britain struck a...

    28. May 16, 2008

      Europe’s monstrous market misgivings

      Europe’s politicians have long expressed ambivalence about the virtues of financial markets. But this week they turned up...

    29. March 2, 2008

      Europe loses when it legitimises low wages

      Decision-makers in ancient civilisations sought answers from an oracle, an infallible authority who gave wise counsel. The...

    30. February 26, 2008

      Great band leader

      I am pleased to see the Hallé Orchestra - celebrating its 150th anniversary - back among the world's great orchestras under...

    31. January 18, 2008

      Caravan capitalism

      Consensus is a fine thing but, come election time, the manners of the grandest of coalitions may not be, well, grand. So it...

    32. November 26, 2007

      EU rights sought for UK temporary workers

      The trades unions will on Monday seek to use their links with Labour MPs to persuade the government to drop its opposition...

    33. November 7, 2007

      Investor power

      The Wallenbergs know all about wielding shareholder power, as Sweden's most powerful family investors, so Hermes pulled off...

    34. June 11, 2007

      New voice for private equity

      The Private Equity Investor Relations Association will be launched this summer to improve the industry's communications with...

    35. June 8, 2007

      These locusts feast on wealth destroyers

      From Mr Scott Monroe. Sir, John Monks suggests that private equity groups act as locusts - gobbling up prized national...

    36. FT Alphaville

      June 7, 2007

      Lunch Wrap

      FT Alphaville’s Lunch Wrap is a round up of the top news and views on FT Alphaville and FT.com as at about noon, London...

    37. FT Alphaville

      June 7, 2007

      Private equity strikes back: Echarri answers Monks

      The debate over the role of private equity only gets more heated in Europe, where an opinion article by trade union chief...

    38. June 7, 2007

      Private equity is fully regulated and benefits the pension funds of millions

      From Mr Javier Echarri. Sir, The debate for and against private equity is not helped by rants such as John Monks' piece...

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