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TUC calls for ‘urgent’ action to support young workers hit hard by pandemic [TUC] 2021-04-20

Unions call for investigation into Tory croneyism [Union News] 2021-04-18

England Win! UNISON cancels strike action as NHS trust brings jobs back in-house [Union News] 2021-04-18

Trade union leaders write to PM calling on him to reject ‘insulting’ report and act on race equality at work [TUC] 2021-04-18

TUC sounds alarm over 'stark' Covid mortality rates in insecure jobs [TUC] 2021-04-16

Almost 40% of UK workers ‘get less than a week’s notice of shift patterns’ [Guardian] 2021-04-15

TUC – compulsory vaccinations for care staff is 'ill-thought through' [TUC] 2021-04-14

GDP: Sectors with greatest ground to make up need more targeted support [TUC] 2021-04-13

TUC: ‘As we reopen the economy, we must not drop our guard on workplace safety’ [TUC] 2021-04-12

Translink colleagues rally in support of bus driver caught up in attack during rioting [Irish News] 2021-04-08

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Today's labour news


Scotland Chivas Brothers workers balloted as Unite moves towards industrial action 2021-04-20 [Unite the union]

Challenge to help young people and their schools recover from the pandemic 2021-04-20 [NEU]

Devonport naval base faces more disruption as tugboat crew to strike 2021-04-20 [Unite the union]

Government must act over minimum wage laws affecting care workers 2021-04-20 [UNISON]

Doctors in Unite protest - London GP practices being sold-off to private US healthcare company 2021-04-20 [Unite the union]

TUC calls for ‘urgent’ action to support young workers hit hard by pandemic 2021-04-20 [TUC]

Proposed job cuts at Cadent Gas are irresponsible and unnecessary 2021-04-20 [UNISON]

Labour focusses on 'A brighter future for our high streets' 2021-04-19 [USDAW]

Northern Ireland We demand justice for Lyra McKee and safety for Northern Ireland journalists 2021-04-19 [EFJ]

RMT response to RAIB interim report into Carmont tragedy 2021-04-19 [RMT]

Fire-and-rehire is a brutal way to rebuild a company. It must be banned 2021-04-19 [Guardian]

Independent inquiry into NHS lobbying urgently needed, says Unite 2021-04-19 [Unite the union]

Only a fifth of DWP staff feel safe going into jobcentres 2021-04-19 [PCS]

Scotland Train crash at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire August 2020 2021-04-19 [ASLEF]

Tackle poverty and inequality to reduce crime, says police chief 2021-04-19 [The Guardian]

Kill the Bill: Thousands take the streets to protest over the weekend 2021-04-19 [Morning Star]

Unions call for investigation into Tory croneyism 2021-04-18 [Union News]

England UCU launches petition against closure of departments at Aston University 2021-04-18 [Union News]

Royal College of General Practitioners staff vote to recognise Unite 2021-04-18 [Union News]

Northern Ireland NUJ renews calls for justice two years on from Lyra McKee’s killing 2021-04-18 [Union News]

England Win! UNISON cancels strike action as NHS trust brings jobs back in-house 2021-04-18 [Union News]

PCS condemns the Sewell report 2021-04-18 [PCS]

Scotland Fourth day of strike action by Scotrail conductors 2021-04-18 [RMT]

Trade union leaders write to PM calling on him to reject ‘insulting’ report and act on race equality at work 2021-04-18 [TUC]

Downing Street race report is an insult to workers, say union leaders 2021-04-18 [The Observer]

‘Fire and rehire’ tactics rife at firms that are in profit and claiming Covid cash 2021-04-18 [The Observer]

New Magellan development exposes a 'devastating miscalculation' 2021-04-17 [Unite the union]

Will the British Gas sackings be a harbinger of doom for workers’ rights? 2021-04-17 [The Guardian]

‘Staff have been treated like cannon fodder’: NHS bosses issue stark warning on future of health service 2021-04-17 [Independent]

Unions demand sharp rise in sick pay for Covid self-isolation 2021-04-17 [Guardian]

Supermarket shortages expected as workers at Banbury coffee plant start overtime ban 2021-04-16 [Unite the union]

Northern Ireland Manuel Cortes calls for end to attacks on public transport workers 2021-04-16 [TSSA]

TUC sounds alarm over 'stark' Covid mortality rates in insecure jobs 2021-04-16 [TUC]

Staff at The Royal College of General Practitioners vote overwhelmingly for Unite to be their recognised trade union 2021-04-16 [Unite the union]

Almost 40% of UK workers ‘get less than a week’s notice of shift patterns’ 2021-04-16 [Guardian]

Government must do more to persuade care staff to have the jab 2021-04-16 [UNISON]

Workers in insecure jobs twice as likely to die of Covid, TUC research finds 2021-04-16 [The Guardian]

England Burnley Hospital security staff cancel planned two-day strike 2021-04-16 [The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times]

Northern Ireland More than 100 workers down tools at flagship university campus build For more info 2021-04-16 [Irish News]

Matt Hancock and sister own shares in NHS contract firm 2021-04-16 [BBC]

Footballers’ unions say concussion trial has jeopardised some players’ safety 2021-04-15 [Guardian]

Census workers forced to take unpaid time off after death of Prince Philip 2021-04-15 [The Guardian]

Some Hermes drivers working for free for hours a day, union says 2021-04-15 [The Guardian]

London - Fresh London bus strikes as peace talks fail 2021-04-15 [Unite the union]

It's one rule for bosses another for the frontline workers at Abellio… 2021-04-15 [RMT]

1,200 threatened jobs at Asda bakeries must be saved 2021-04-15 [GMB]

Footballers’ union PFA calls for temporary concussion substitute trials 2021-04-15 [PFA]

Almost 40% of UK workers ‘get less than a week’s notice of shift patterns’ 2021-04-15 [Guardian]

Court tells Uber to reinstate five UK drivers sacked by automated process 2021-04-15 [Guardian]

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This month in labour history


6-04-1912 After 37 days, Britain's first national coalmining strike ends. It results in the passage of the Coal Mines (Minimum Wage) Act. [more]

10-04-1984 The House of Commons meets for an emergency debate on the role of police in the miners strike, [more]

15-04-1856 Tom Mann, British syndicalist and a leader of the dock strikes in 1889 and 1911, is born [more]

23-04-1914 First publication of the classic socialist novel 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' [more]