Government cleaners work 80-hour weeks to afford living costs
A group of workers are paid so little that some of them have work more than 80 hours a week. That’s almost 12 hours a day, seven days a week.
Plumber wins ‘gig economy’ case – big implications for freelance workers
It’s a case that touches at the heart of workers’ rights in the UK. Today the Supreme Court ruled that plumber Gary Smith was wrongly classed as self-employed by his bosses and should receive holiday pay. But is this a landmark decision with implications for workers in other types of jobs in the ‘gig economy’,…
Pay cap lifted for police and prison officers
Seven years of capped pay for public sector workers. Today, police officers were told they’d get a one per cent rise and a one per cent bonus, with prison officers securing a 1.7 per cent rise. But both deals are well below inflation, and the extra money for police is to come from their existing…
TUC concerned EU bill could affect workers’ rights
The government’s Brexit negotiating strategy has been under attack from the Trades Union Congress boss Frances O’Grady, who told delegates at their conference in Brighton that the repeal bill would mean “open season” on workers’ rights if it’s allowed to go through the Commons unamended.