Trade unions need to reinvent themselves in the eyes of the public as organisations that are not about strikes and industrial disputes but about helping the economy to grow, the outgoing head of the Trades Union Congress has warned.
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Friday 11 May 2012
The cost of living has been rising more quickly for the poorest households as a result of higher energy and food bills, according to new research.
Wednesday 25 April 2012
There were fresh calls for the Government to scale back its austerity measures today after figures confirmed the UK had returned to recession.
Tuesday 27 March 2012
Unions questioned official figures today showing an 8% gap in the average hourly pay of public and private sector workers, warning that the figures could now be "widely misused."
Monday 19 March 2012
The number of dole claimants per job vacancy is more than twice as high in parts of the North than in the South, illustrating a “stark” regional divide, according to a new analysis of unemployment figures.
Thursday 15 March 2012
The Government today sparked a fierce debate over employment rights after calling for evidence on whether rules covering the dismissal of workers were too “complex” and should be changed.
Wednesday 14 March 2012
The Government was accused today of being the most "female-unfriendly" in living memory following new research showing how difficult it is for women to find well-paid part-time work.
Tuesday 06 March 2012
One in five new graduates is out of work, while many more are being forced to take jobs that do not require a degree, official figures show.
Sunday 26 February 2012
Trade unions have urged workers to avoid pension unlocking firms, which loan money secured against a pension or transfer pension cash into a high risk investment.
Friday 24 February 2012
The proportion of people in a workplace pension has fallen below half for the first time in at least 15 years, prompting calls for confidence in schemes to be rebuilt.
Friday 20 January 2012
Jonathan Stephenson was born into a family of English diplomats, but the causes he espoused were anything but establishment. He was a spokesman for the trade union movement at a time when the unions were in constant battle with the Thatcher government and, despite the threat of physical violence, went on to become a leading figure in Northern Irish politics, one of the few Englishmen to make such a political commitment.
Thursday 19 January 2012
The number of people being forced to take precarious part-time work has shot up to a record high as the economic slump deepens.
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