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Why are we still talking about this? A first-timer’s experience of the TUC Black Workers' Conference

The Windrush scandal, the 25 year anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder and 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King made this year’s TUC Black Workers’ conference particularly poignant. As a first time visitor to the conference, and to any trade union conference, I was intrigued to see what...


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Unions do have reasons to be cheerful

Young people have an overwhelmingly positive view of trade unions and the future of the economy means that there is a clear case for the benefits of union membership. The challenge is to combine these facts into a compelling pitch and get more union sign ups.


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Further update on cashing in defined benefit pensions

This blog is an update on one written in January, with additional information relevant to members considering whether to cash in the pension they have built up in a defined benefit pension scheme. It is important to read this in conjunction with the earlier blog.


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Gauging the true scale of work-related stress

Rates of work-related stress and depression are at record highs, according to official figures. One person a minute develops stress because of excessive workloads, poorly designed jobs and a lack of support from their managers. While that figure seems high, the stigma that still dogs mental health could be preventing...


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Reporting gender pay gap figures needs to be start of the process, not the end

The deadline has passed and the results are in. The UK’s most comprehensive attempt yet to understand pay inequality has resulted in thousands of UK employers across the public and private sector publishing their gender pay gap figures. But what does the data tell us, and what do the next...