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  1. July 1, 2014

    Unite becomes first big union urging Labour to back EU referendum

    The leadership of Labour’s biggest donor, Unite, has become the first major trade union to back David Cameron’s plan to put...

  2. March 11, 2014

    Charismatic union leader with a quick wit

    Bob Crow, the RMT transport union leader who has died aged 52, was the stand out figure of the UK’s trade union movement; a...

  1. January 30, 2014

    Labour election and funding reform will take five years

    Labour will introduce a “one member, one vote” system to elect its leader and reform the way it raises money from the unions...

  2. 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...

  3. Westminster Blog

    July 9, 2013

    How the Miliband reforms may give even more power to the unions

    It has taken 24 hours to work it out, and I warn you: It’s complicated. It’s head-scratching stuff. But if you are wondering...

  4. January 2, 2013

    Aer Lingus flags up Irish pension woes

    When Irish airline Aer Lingus unveiled plans to close its woefully underfunded pension plan last year, it highlighted a...

  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. July 20, 2012

    G4S fiasco puts business in dock

    Another week, another big company in the stocks. Amid controversies over Barclays, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and...

  7. 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...

  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. January 17, 2012

    Unions raise stakes over Labour’s stance on cuts

    Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite, will up the ante against Ed Miliband by raising the prospect of Labour’s biggest donor...

  10. October 26, 2011

    Leaked report advocates employers’ right to sack

    Employers should be allowed to sack unproductive workers without explanation as a means of boosting UK growth and...

  11. September 12, 2011

    Miliband warns unions of need for change

    Ed Miliband angered some union leaders on Tuesday by warning that they needed to “meet the challenges of the future” and...

  12. Westminster Blog

    September 12, 2011

    Plenty of discontent at TUC conference

    This blog has in the past been cautious about the prospect of mass industrial action in the UK, given the tendency for union...

  13. June 9, 2011

    Cable rules out bail-out of Southern Cross

    The government will not bail out the ailing care homes operator Southern Cross, Vince Cable, the business secretary, said on...

  14. Westminster Blog

    June 6, 2011

    Has Vince Cable launched an attack on the unions?

    You would think so: judging by this morning’s headlines: “Cable: I’ll use law to curb union power“, “Cable warns restive...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. June 23, 2010

    Unions attack 'vintage Thatcher' job cuts

    The future of the labour market became a rhetorical battleground as trade unions flayed the chancellor's "vintage Thatcher"...

  18. June 23, 2010

    Unions attack ‘vintage Thatcher’ job cuts

    The future of the labour market became a rhetorical battleground as trade unions flayed the chancellor’s “vintage Thatcher”...

  19. March 30, 2010

    Pigs and camels

    Even more moderate union leaders, such as the GMB's Paul Kenny, are getting in on the act. A grandfatherly figure, who was...

  20. March 29, 2010

    Awkward squad turns awkward

    They became known as the “awkward squad” – a new generation of leftwing union leaders elected between 2000 and 2003 to the...

  21. October 19, 2009

    Hiring temps will 'inflame' row, says union

    Royal Mail will only "inflame" the bitter industrial dispute with its workforce by employing 30,000 temporary staff, union...

  22. October 18, 2009

    Hiring temps will ‘inflame’ row, says union

    Royal Mail will only “inflame” the bitter industrial dispute with its workforce by employing 30,000 temporary staff, union...

  23. September 14, 2009

    Unions give stark warning to Brown

    Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, at the opening of the congress in Liverpool on Monday Gordon Brown will be finished...

  24. Westminster Blog

    September 14, 2009

    "Tory landslide": Union boss utters the dreaded words

    Derek Simpson, co-chief of Unite – Britain’s biggest union – told an audience today that the UK is heading towards a big...

  25. September 10, 2009

    Unions warn of strife over job cuts

    Days lost through strikes this year have so far been at a historic low but the current disruption at Royal Mail is likely...

  26. May 20, 2009

    Jobs pledge set to end wildcat strikes

    Wildcat strikers claimed victory in a dispute over foreign labour on Wednesday when a contractor at a liquefied natural gas...

  27. February 27, 2009

    Big unions join Labour rebels in battle over sell-off

    Gordon Brown will face a ferocious Labour backlash tomorrow against the government's "snake oil" plans to part-privatise...

  28. February 26, 2009

    Unions join Labour rebels in Royal Mail battle

    Gordon Brown will face a ferocious Labour backlash against the government’s “snake oil” plans to part-privatise Royal Mail,...

  29. December 15, 2008

    Car industry’s short week catching on

    A decision last week by 200 textile workers in Hawick, the Scottish border town, to accept less pay to work fewer hours was...

  30. December 11, 2008

    Crackdown divides opinion in city with scarce jobs

    Paul Kenny takes a dim view of benefit claimants. "They're getting money for nothing: they want it on a plate for them," he...

  31. September 3, 2008

    Union targets Ofgem in row on pensions

    Ministers have been asked to intervene in a row over proposals that could restrict the ability of electricity and gas...

  32. September 3, 2008

    Union targets Ofgem in row on pensions

    Ministers have been asked to intervene in a row over proposals that could restrict the ability of electricity and gas...

  33. August 27, 2008

    M&S cutbacks worker to face hearing

    A worker at Marks and Spencer who blew the whistle on plans to cut redundancy pay for the company’s 70,000 staff is being...

  34. August 23, 2008

    Strike threatens Stansted travellers

    Bank holiday travel plans of passengers flying from Stansted airport are set to be disrupted by a strike over pay, writes...

  35. August 1, 2008

    Unions aim to curb Miliband momentum

    Labour's left wing is mobilising to stop momentum building behind David Miliband as a potential successor to Gordon Brown....

  36. July 31, 2008

    Unions prepare to block Miliband bid

    Labour’s left wing is mobilising to stop momentum building behind David Miliband as a potential successor to Gordon Brown....

  37. June 10, 2008

    GMB union cuts funding to Labour MPs

    A junior minister, several ministerial aides and a vice- chairman of the Labour party are among about 30 union-sponsored...

  38. June 10, 2008

    GMB union cuts funding to Labour MPs

    A junior minister, several ministerial aides and a vice-chairman of the Labour party are among about 30 union-sponsored MPs...

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