From the TUC

Big Ben Bong Bonkers

15 Aug 2017, By

August is usually called “The silly season” by journalists because there is so little news around as Parliament is not sitting and politicians are away on holiday. As a result they have to fill their papers with stupid stories that would normally be consigned to their delete box. This year is no exception. This morning…

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If we don’t protect our arts organisations, we will lose them

10 Aug 2017, By

For almost 25 years, Greenwich Dance has been a meeting place for dancers. Professional and professional and aspiring artists come together for classes, performance space and professional support. But in June the Arts Council of England withdrew its support for Greenwich Dance, threatening the future of its work. But in June, the Arts Council of England cut 100%…

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Fines rise, but prosecutions fall for H&S crimes

10 Aug 2017, By

I was very pleased to read that, between February 2016 and February 2017, the total value of fines imposed on businesses for health and safety offences was £73.2 million. That was up from £35.4 million for the previous 12 months. This is more than double the previous total and is mainly down to new beefed-up…

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Man vaping in office

To vape or not to vape at work?

02 Aug 2017, By

Last month the Government issued a Five Year Tobacco Control plan for England. Several newspapers reported that this proposed that routine bans of vaping products at the workplace or in public spaces should cease, in order to “maximise the availability of safer alternatives to smoking”. However the plan said no such thing. There is very…

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Campaigners and staff wish the NHS Happy birthday

25 Jul 2017, By

On 5th July 2017 the NHS was 69. The TUC, health unions and Health Campaign Together activists joined forces outside hospitals around the country to raise awareness about the impact of the squeeze on funding and pay is having on the NHS. The NHS is facing a funding crisis – and it’s not new. And…

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