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Same-sex pension rights: the government has finally acted on a landmark court ruling

The government has finally responded to last year’s Supreme Court ruling on equal pension benefits for same-sex partners in the event of a scheme member’s death.


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Data protection: all you need to know about GDPR

The 1998 Data Protection Act sets out the rules on the use of people’s personal information that UK unions and other businesses need to follow. It followed a 1995 Directive from the EU on the protection, processing and movement of data.


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Well-being hour: how one employer is taking positive steps to help ease work place stress

I have previously written a blog on mental health and how work-related stress has particularly affected me. Given that April is stress awareness month, I thought it might be helpful write another blog with some further reflections on how stress is addressed by my employer, the Welsh Government. Recent developments, following...


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.