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TUC expecting 2011 to be ‘horrible’ year

TUC expecting 2011 to be ‘horrible’ year

Job losses resulting from the Government’s spending cuts is expected to bring widespread industrial action next year, unions have suggested. In his New Year message, Brendan Barber, the TUC’s general secretary, claimed 2011 would be a “horrible” year of cuts and will also be tough for the Government. Unemployment will undoubtedly rise, said the union. [...]

December 30, 2010 | 0 Comments More
TUC attacks Government’s spending cuts

TUC attacks Government’s spending cuts

October 19, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Britain’s trade unions support strikes against austerity measures

Britain’s trade unions support strikes against austerity measures

It has been announced that the tough austerity measures introduced by the coalition Government are set to lead to industrial action following a trade union gathering in Manchester today. At the annual Trades Union Congress (TUC) meeting, union leaders urged delegates to “stand up and fight” against the massive spending cuts. The motion was supported [...]

September 13, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Iain Duncan Smith calls for massive shake-up of benefits system

Iain Duncan Smith calls for massive shake-up of benefits system

In the Government’s emergency budget in June, it was revealed that the benefits system would be in line for a radical overhaul. One option being considered would see unemployment benefits and tax credits abolished and replaced with a single payment, Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has announced. The move is designed to cut [...]

August 1, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Unemployment expected to hit 2.5m

Unemployment expected to hit 2.5m

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is to publish UK unemployment figures this morning and analysts expect the figure to be around the 2.5 million mark. Figures last month revealed that UK unemployment rose by 21,000 in the three months to October to 2.491 million, taking the unemployment rate to 7.9% - a 13-year high. [...]

January 20, 2010 | 0 Comments More
TUC: Official figures show long-term unemployment soars

TUC: Official figures show long-term unemployment soars

According to the TUC, the number of people spending their second consecutive Christmas claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has almost doubled. Using their calculations from official claimant count data, figures show the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s allowance for more than a year rose to 201,015 in November 2009, from 103,930 in December 2008. Furthermore, the TUC [...]

December 23, 2009 | 0 Comments More
IoD calls for increase in pension age

IoD calls for increase in pension age

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is calling for the UK state pension age to increase to 70 as soon as “reasonably practical” due to “greatly increased” longevity. The group argued that the state and private pension systems had become so complex that people were being deterred from saving for their retirement. The group is also [...]

October 19, 2009 | 0 Comments More
TUC warns of double-dip recession and 4m unemployed

TUC warns of double-dip recession and 4m unemployed

According to the TUC’s general secretary, Brendan Barber, Britain could be faced with a “double-quick, double-dip” recession if future Governments try to cut public sector jobs. The TUC leader described the outlook as “very precarious” and cuts in public spending could result in over four million people unemployed. Official figures show that unemployment increased by [...]

September 13, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Seaside towns hit by unemployment

Seaside towns hit by unemployment

Despite the latest trend for “staycations”, British seaside resorts are being hit by unemployment. Staycations are a result of the recession as families tighten their purse strings, more people are holidaying in the UK to save money. However, according to the TUC, the trade union body, unemployment was at “crisis level” in many of England’s [...]

August 21, 2009 | 0 Comments More
CBI proposes ‘Alternative to Redundancy’ scheme

CBI proposes ‘Alternative to Redundancy’ scheme

In a bid to prevent rising job losses, the CBI is proposing an “alternative to redundancy” scheme. The scheme would mean employees would remain at home for up to six months, with a view to being called back to work when economic conditions improve. Alternatively, if demand is still low, employees would then be offered [...]

July 6, 2009 | 0 Comments More
TUC predicts continued job losses through 2010

TUC predicts continued job losses through 2010

The Trade Unions Congress (TUCs) has predicted that unemployment will continue to rise in the UK until autumn 2010, with the labour market not fully recovering until 2015. It made the prediction by comparing the current economic climate with official figures from the financial downturn during Britain’s last recession in the 1990s. According to the [...]

June 18, 2009 | 0 Comments More
TUC warns of rising unemployment

TUC warns of rising unemployment

Despite the positive news that the recession may be coming to an end, a report today has revealed that unemployment will continue to rise until the end of next year - long after economic recovery. The Trades Union Congress (TUC), general secretary, Brendan Barber said: “Some now say that we have a recovery. But even [...]

June 16, 2009 | 0 Comments More
TUC urges Government to tackle unemployment issue

TUC urges Government to tackle unemployment issue

Brendan Barber, the head of the TUC, has warned that 2009 will be a ‘grim year’ due to ‘mass unemployment’ and is urging the Government to take immediate action. Mr Barber said unemployment is set to increase every month next year and in a New Year message said that a top priority for the Government [...]

December 30, 2008 | 0 Comments More