From the TUC

A massive step backwards for health and safety

31 Mar 2014, By

The government has chosen the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act to make one of the most dangerous changes since the legislation came into effect in 1974. It has decided that Britain’s 4.3 million self-employed people should no longer be subject to the provisions of the Act unless they also employ…

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Fair pay letter from America #2: higher wages would boost the US economy

30 Mar 2014, By Guest

Union campaigns for higher minimum wages and living wages in the USA have stressed that the poverty wages paid by billionaire corporations force workers and their dependents to claim food stamps, at significant expense to American taxpayers. Retail and hospitality workers are often paid so little that they are forced to depend on public assistance.…

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Taking the Fair Pay message to South London

29 Mar 2014, By

This week as part of Fair Pay Fortnight, I joined the Southern and Eastern Region TUC and Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Council to run a series of street stalls across South London. We started out outside Wandsworth Town Hall, where we were joined by local GMB and Unison branch reps and activists. We spoke to…

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Underemployed, underpaid and overqualified

28 Mar 2014, By Guest

The words in the title of this blog post are familiar statements but it’s often hard to connect to the reality of what it involves. I am underemployed because I work part time hours – despite wanting and needing more to live and thrive – and because, for this work, I barely earn over the…

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ILO gets tough with Fiji over workers’ rights while Commonwealth gives in

27 Mar 2014, By

The fortnight-long tripartite ILO Governing Body meeting in Geneva that ends tomorrow has got tough with Fiji over its abuse of workers’ rights, under pressure from global unions, supported by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. It’s good news that the ILO has insisted on its ‘direct contacts mission’ being re-admitted to Fiji in time to report…

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#AskFrances – live twitter Q&A with young workers

26 Mar 2014, By

As part of the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight and Young Workers’ Month 2014, I did my first ever live Q&A on twitter, to take questions from young workers, using the #askfrances hashtag. Here’s a record of the event, many thanks to everyone who took the time to get involved with it.