Saturday, February 24, 2018

Unions

1 in 7 children of public sector workers living in poverty, says TUC

TUC analysis found 550,000 children with a parent working in the public sector will be living in poverty by the end of the current financial year.

Government urged to ban the scourge of zero-hours contracts

TUC says insecure work allows employers to treat some workers like "second class citizens", many of whom struggle to "budget for their weekly shop".

‘Carillion-style Pandora’s Box’ could hit patient care in the NHS, warns Unite

Jeremy Hunt urged to prevent further private limited companies being established by NHS trusts in England.

Theresa May ‘behaving like Scrooge’ over Universal Credit hardship

Thousands of families are "facing utter misery" over Christmas due to Universal Credit wait, says Unite.

Hammond urged to give public sector workers a ‘generous’ pay rise

Public sector workers have been battered by pay austerity since 2010, says Unite.

Mental health cuts ‘leave staff facing violence and aggression’

Unison report reveals that more than two in five mental health workers have been attacked in the last year.

UK businesses ‘addicted’ to zero-hours contracts, says Unite

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show there were 1.4 million workers on zero-hours contracts in May 2017.

Jeremy Corbyn condemns ‘epidemic of low pay’ in speech to TUC Congress

Labour leader told delegates that an 'epidemic of low pay' is 'leaving workers and their families locked in poverty'.

Public sector pay cap to be lifted next year, No 10 says

Cabinet agrees pay rises for prison and police officers this year but prison union says offer amounts to real-terms cut.

One in eight workers struggle to afford food, finds TUC survey

Report released before annual congress exposes in-work poverty, with people skimping on food and heating despite having jobs.

McDonald’s workers to go on strike in Britain for first time

Staff in Cambridge and Crayford branches to protest over low wages and zero-hours contracts in action backed by Corbyn.

Black workers in the UK are STILL paid less than their white counterparts

Findings fly in the face of Theresa May’s pledge to tackle "burning injustice" and build a Britain "that works to everyone".

One in three LGBT people have been harassed or bullied at work

TUC call for a 'zero tolerance attitude' to help reduce harassment and bullying of LGBT people at work.

Ministers vow to end employment tribunal fees after court defeat

Supreme court rules fees of up to £1,200 are ‘inconsistent with access to justice’ and government may have to pay back £27m.

Incomes in south-east of England ‘are 25% higher than in West Midlands’

TUC urges government to act as IFS report highlights growing north-south divide and regional concentration of poverty.

Doctors union blasts ‘abhorrent attack on low income families and children’

British Medical Association condemns 'shameful' tax credits 'rape clause'.

‘Poverty pay should be outlawed’, says union

Government urged to introduce a 'real living wage' that reflects the rising cost of living.

Public service workers cutting back on food and turning to food banks

Theresa May urged to give public service employees and 'long overdue' pay rise, as survey shows many are struggling to make ends meet.

Health unions urge Theresa May to ditch NHS pay cap

Unions representing cross-section of healthcare staff increase pressure on government to use Queen’s speech to lift 1% restriction on pay rises.

NHS nurse shortages ‘putting patients lives at risk’

Survey by Unison finds that almost two-thirds of nurses believe hospital wards are understaffed, affecting patient care and safety.

Call for prosecutions as record number of ‘minimum wage dodgers’ named and shamed

Unions have called for tougher prosecutions and higher fines for employers who "deliberately flout the law".

Insecure employment ‘costing the UK economy billions every year’

Employers using zero-hours contracts and low-paid self-employment to escape paying tax and national insurance, TUC report warns.

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