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TUC Congress news in brief

Issue No. 2370

Prentis makes a promise on pay

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, predicted a pay revolt by the end of 2014. 

He also raised the spectre of it not happening until 2015 in the first few months of a Labour government.

He said, “We will be working with other unions for an end to this pay cycle. 

“There will be major action around pay and it will be coordinated.”


Inquiry call on Shetland crash 

Delegates passed an emergency motion calling for a full inquiry into the Shetland Super Puma helicopter disaster.

Four people died when it crashed last month.

The motion supported workers who refuse to travel on this type of helicopter unless their safety concerns have been addressed.


TUC says don’t bomb Syria

The TUC passed a motion reaffirming its opposition to Trident.

It also issued a statement opposing military intervention in Syria.


Stop assault on workers’ rights

Delegates slammed new plans to make workers with household savings of £3,000 pay the full cost of going to an employment tribunal. 

From next month they will have to pay the maximum £1,200 fee even if they are in a low-paid job or on means-tested benefits.


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