From the TUC

Union reps

Supporting union executives: Lay Leadership Programme

23 Aug 2012, By Guest

The Guardian recently put up an article profiling a group of upcoming Conservative MPs who are spearheading a range of proposals which are designed to ‘unchain Britain’.  These ideas include a raft of changes to employment legislation which would make it easier to sack  workers.


Union reps: A better investment than a FTSE250 company

24 Jan 2012, By

Today, the TUC releases new research that shows the significant benefits that workplace union reps produce for employers and taxpayers.  The report also reveals serious inaccuracies in figures used by the so-called Taxpayers Alliance relating to the cost of paid time off. “Facility Time for union reps – separating fact from fiction” not only updates…

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Union reps: The user manual

16 Jan 2012, By

Trade union representatives are the unsung heroes of Britain’s workplaces. There are over 200,000 of them in every sector of the economy, giving up their time and energy for free simply to help and support their work colleagues. Unions are just as relevant, and necessary, today as they have ever been. Millions of workers have…

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Attack on union reps defeated

11 Jan 2012, By

Earlier today I blogged about MP and former investment banker Jesse Norman’s 10 Minute Rule Bill attacking union reps.  I’m pleased to report that Mr Norman’s motion was defeated by 79 votes. You can read Jesse Norman’s speech introducing the Bill, and John Healey’s response on TheyWorkForYou. Such is the deep seated antipathy towards unions…

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Investment banker attacks workplace volunteers

11 Jan 2012, By

If I was to tell you that today, a former employee of an industry that in 2009 received a bailout from the taxpayer amounting to over £1 TRILLION (and that still owes over £450 BILLION) was to move a motion attacking volunteer workplace union reps and demanding that unions should be forced to repay employers for the…

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Pay bargaining and injustice

19 Dec 2011, By

On 21 February the TUC will be holding its annual Pay Bargaining Forum with Incomes Data Services. (More details, or register) It’s about equipping union representatives with facts and arguments that will be useful in the 2012 pay negotiations; this is the bread and butter of trades unionism, but we’re consciously putting that in the context…

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