Inquest opens into Cumbria train derailment death

A woman called out "Mum! Mum! Mum!" as her mother lay fatally injured in the Grayrigg train crash, an inquest heard today.

Cameron's fury at plan to curb rich backers

David Cameron has intervened directly in an independent inquiry into political funding to demand a more favourable outcome for the Conservatives and a severe clampdown on Labour's trade union donations.

Curry workers turn up heat for better conditions

A new union is striving to win fairer job rights for some of the UK's 100,000 Bangladeshi-British chefs

Tube drivers vote for action

London Underground drivers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a row over safety, it was announced today.

Unions ready to defy Miliband after giving him a rough ride over strikes

Trade unions will today defy Ed Miliband's plea for them to hold back from striking over cuts to public sector pensions by backing a wave of co-ordinated industrial action this winter.

Ed Miliband to warn trade unions that they must modernise

Ed Miliband will today warn the trade unions they must modernise outdated workplace practices so they can play their part in Britain's "new economy".

One in four railway ticket offices could close

One in four railway ticket offices in England and Wales could close, with the loss of over 1,000 jobs, under recommendations in a Government-commissioned report "buried" in the small print, a leading transport union warned today.

£1bn UK Crossrail jobs hopes raised

Hopes were raised today that a British trainmaking company that recently lost out to Germany on a big UK order could win a £1 billion contract for the cross-London Crossrail scheme.

Rally held over Plymouth City Council union row

Workers will hold a rally today in protest at a council's decision to derecognise a leading trade union.

Train drivers to strike over pay

Train drivers are to go ahead with two 24-hour strikes in a row over pay which are set to hit passengers, including music fans going to a festival.

Stagecoach founders net £88m windfall

Sir Brian Souter and his sister Ann Gloag, the founders of Stagecoach, will receive £51m and £37m respectively from a scheme to return cash to shareholders unveiled by the transport company yesterday.

Transport union leader to step down

A trade union leader is to step down from his post at the end of the year, it was announced today.

Alf Parish: Trade union negotiator who fought for the printers in an era of radical changes

Alf Parish was one of the print unions' leading negotiators at a time when the industry faced unprecedented challenges. The collapse of the Maxwell empire and Murdoch's moonlight flit to Wapping all occurred on his watch, as did the introduction of new technology across the board. But with the industry in turmoil, Parish, cigar in hand and with acerbic wit, remained a model of calmness.

Age of the pain as commuters face 8 per cent rise in ticket prices

Rail passengers are set to see ticket-price rises of around 8 per cent after an increase in the amount operators can raise fares over the rate of inflation came into effect. The changes mean that a monthly season ticket between Oxford and London is likely to increase by £31.52 to £425.52 per month.

John Prescott backs union voting reform

Labour's former deputy leader Lord Prescott today said it was "time for change" in the party's relations with the trade unions.

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