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Keir Starmer’s speech woos union leaders but offers too little to workers

Keir Starmer’s speech woos union leaders but offers too little to workers Labour leader Keir Starmer promised very little for workers and rank and file trade unionists when he spoke to the TUC union congress on Tuesday.

TUC union conference—we need a fightback

TUC union conference—we need a fightback The TUC union federation congress this week heard plenty of denunciations of the government, but very little sign of a serious fightback.

Care staff shortages follow from low pay

Care staff shortages follow from low pay Few things better illustrate the broken social care system in England than the 170,000 staff vacancies expected by the end of the year.

Trade union membership rises in pandemic—but no room for complacency

Trade union membership rises in pandemic—but no room for complacency More workers are getting organised against bosses’ attacks. The number in trade unions in Britain rose by 118,000 last year to 6.56 million.

Thousands of British Gas workers let down by union

Thousands of British Gas workers let down by union The fight against bosses’ fire and rehire tactics requires a unified struggle argues Sophie Squire

After British Gas sackings, unions must shift now

After British Gas sackings, unions must shift now This week saw the final sacking of British Gas workers who had refused a 15 percent pay cut and other assaults.

Should having no jab mean there’s no job for workers?

29 March 2021
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said the Tories are considering compulsory Covid-19 jabs for NHS staff. In this column from March, we argued for persuasion, not compulsion.

Struggles to tear out the roots of sexism

23 March 2021
United class struggle can undermine sexism and offer hope of liberation. But that doesn't mean sidelining the battle against oppression, writes Isabel Ringrose

Tory failures worsen women’s lives

10 February 2021
A report published by the Women and Equalities Committee has warned the Tories are “turning the clock back” on gender equality.

Stop the jobs massacre when furlough ends

15 September 2020
People are being thrown out of work at the sharpest rate since the recession in 2009

Class isn’t just oppression—it’s the power to fight back

17 September 2019
Union leaders agreed to define class as a form of discrimination. But it’s not just another oppression, argues Sadie Robinson

Trades Union Congress unites against no-deal Brexit, but what comes next?

08 September 2019
With the Tories reeling, it's time for workers' struggle

Workers thousands of pounds worse off than a decade ago—time for a pay fight

17 December 2018
Wages are still worth a third less in some parts of Britain than a decade ago

Workers face ‘growing epidemic’ of stress at work, says TUC

31 October 2018
Excessive workloads and bullying in “toxic” workplaces are part of the problem.

Union leaders aren’t doing enough to unite workers in action

12 September 2018
If the ambitions of the trade union movement are going to be realised then we need to go beyond sectional battles

TUC congress backs Stand Up To Racism unity demonstration against racism and fascism

12 September 2018
The Trades Union Congress has unanimously passed a motion backing an anti-racist and anti-fascist demonstration in November.

Fighting unions are needed to beat May

11 September 2018
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady challenged Theresa May to call a general election after accusing the Tories of “bankrupting” public services and doing “absolutely nothing” to help workers

Trade unions join call for ‘People’s Vote’ on Brexit

11 September 2018
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady fought to shift the union federation this week behind growing calls led by the right and big business for a “People’s Vote” on Brexit.

We need a fightback and a general election, not ‘People’s Vote’

09 September 2018
 TUC union federation general secretary Frances O’Grady joined growing calls led by the right and big business for a “People’s Vote” on a Brexit deal on Sunday. 

Unions must lead action against the Tories

04 September 2018
There is a glaring gap between the scale of the Tory crisis and the level of resistance from unions.

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