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    1. September 22, 2014

      Pressure mounts on Ed Miliband over stand on Europe

      Pressure is growing on Ed Miliband to change his stance on Europe with Labour’s two biggest union donors calling for him to...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    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. 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”...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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,...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    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. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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....

    37. 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....

    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...

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