Frances O'Grady


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If there's another way of getting a frictionless trade deal that protects jobs and rights at work, trade unions would love to
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Jul 30 2017
The latest quote from Frances O'Grady is: “With serious trade talks, government prepares by speaking to business and unions. But that's not happened here. Ministers should be focused on getting the best possible deal with the EU, rather than leaping into bed with Donald Trump.”. It comes from the British business chief warns against swift US trade deal article. You’ll find on this page 38 articles with Frances O'Grady quoted on topics such as Europe, envy and service. Frances O'Grady has been quoted 59 times in 38 articles.
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Jun 24 2017 - Uber

For me, the heartbreaking bit is the generation of workers who don't know any better – who think that this is

Jun 24 2017 - Uber

Surely it should be possible for workers to have the right to be represented by a union and also to have a right for unions to bargain on their behalf. Because in the end, particularly with vulnerable workers, banding together is your only chance of resetting that power and balance. I don't think governments of any colour can duck their responsibility or outsource their responsibility or use reports to delay. They should be getting on with the

Jun 24 2017 - Uber

My feeling is that the government needs to get its act together pretty fast. I am not overly optimistic on this front. But if they learned anything from that election campaign, then they should have learned there is a real appetite for real change in the

Jun 24 2017 - Uber

Matthew's job is to make recommendations to

Jun 24 2017 - Uber

Yes it is about falling real wages, yes it is about people's anxieties about what sorts of jobs their kids are going to go into – but there are these immediate, urgent issues of some employers running riot with exploitative contracts that are not just robbing those workers of a decent job and livelihood but robbing the exchequer

Jun 22 2017 - Brexit

A no-deal Brexit would be devastating for jobs and the UK economy – and after the election result, the prime minister has no mandate for

Jun 22 2017 - Brexit

A good Brexit deal for working people means tariff-free and barrier-free trade with Europe. And it means a level playing field for workers' rights written into the Brexit deal. That deal must protect all current rights and make sure hardworking Brits do not miss out on new protections enjoyed by EU workers in

Jun 20 2017 - Pollution

Obviously shorts and flip-flops won't be the right attire for all workers, but no one should be made to suffer unnecessarily in the heat for the sake of

Jun 20 2017 - Northern Ireland

Theresa May failed to win a mandate at the ballot box for her no-deal Brexit. Instead, we need a Brexit deal that puts jobs and rights at work

Jun 14 2017

Ministers must focus on delivering better-paid jobs across the UK. And it's time to bin the artificial pay restrictions on nurses, midwives and other public sector workers. Britain needs a pay rise, not more pressure on household

Jun 02 2017

Black, Asian and ethnic minority workers are being forced into low-paid, insecure work. And it's getting worse. This problem isn't simply going to disappear. Dealing with insecure work has to be top of the list for the next government. And we need a real national strategy to confront racism in the labour

May 30 2017 - London

To keep strikes at historic lows, the next government needs to get wages rising, and we need new laws to improve workplace rights and give people more voice at

May 30 2017 - Equal Pay

With the average annual wage still worth £1,000 less than a decade ago, it is not surprising that many strikes are about fair

May 25 2017

A lot more government support is needed for the parts of Britain where well-paid jobs are in short supply. Communities that lack good jobs today could thrive tomorrow if they get proper investment in training, transport links, broadband and decent

May 24 2017

We've got this problem because wages haven't recovered. Credit cards and payday loans are helping to prop up household spending for now, but millions of families are running on empty. The next government must act urgently to deliver the higher wages Britain needs for sustainable growth. They must boost the minimum wage, and end pay restrictions for public servants like nurses, firefighters and

May 16 2017

The last thing Britain needs is another real wage slump. But rising prices are hammering pay

May 16 2017

Working people are still £20 a week worse off, on average, than they were before the crash. That's why living standards must be a key battleground at this election. All the parties need to explain how they'll create better-paid jobs, especially in the parts of the UK that need them

May 14 2017

I don't think it's going to be good enough at this stage to talk about reviewing things or developing things. I don't think that's going to cut much

May 11 2017

Let's not pretend that life at the sharp end of the labour market is getting easier. There is growing evidence of firms employing staff on short-hours contracts to avoid the bad PR associated with zero-hours jobs. These contracts guarantee as little as one hour a week, and like zero-hours contracts leave workers at the beck and call of their

May 11 2017

While it's good that some companies are moving away from using them, there are a staggering 1.7m zero-hours contracts still in use. Let's not pretend that life at the sharp end of the labour market is getting easier. There is growing evidence of firms employing staff on short-hours contracts to avoid the bad PR associated with zero-hours jobs. These contracts guarantee as little as one hour a week and, like zero-hours contracts, leave workers at the beck and call of their

Apr 28 2017 - London

This analysis shows that, with London and the south-east dominating economic growth, too many people are missing out on the chance of a decent job just because of where they live. That's not sustainable, and it's why more than ever we need an industrial strategy that delivers good jobs where they're needed most. Britain needs great jobs – and all the political parties must explain in their manifestos how they will deliver growth in every corner of the country, not just the

Apr 26 2017

Under the government's current plans, NHS workers will lose thousands of pounds from their salaries. This is unfair, it will demoralise staff and it will increase the number who decide to quit. We hope all the parties will make an election pledge to scrap the unfair pay restrictions and give our hard-working NHS staff the pay rise they

Apr 25 2017 - McDonald's

MPs aren't the only ones feeling insecure in their jobs right now. If nothing changes, hundreds of thousands more Brits could be stuck in insecure work, being treated like disposable labour. That's the same as 13 extra Sports Directs, or the entire working population of Sheffield. Paying rent and bills can be a nightmare when you don't know how much you've got coming in each month. And planning childcare is impossible when you're constantly at the beck and call of

Apr 16 2017 - Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

There is an opportunity to do this one differently, to ensure that workers' rights are seen as a core standards, rather than an add on, that any arbitration mechanism is not only transparent, but fair. I hope people have learnt lessons from trade deals, like TTIP and Ceta, and public concern over arbitration mechanisms. If you are going to have standards for goods and services, why not have standards for labour as well, to make sure there is a level playing field and you don't get competition on the back of workers being treated

Apr 16 2017 - Brexit

She is going to have to have something compelling to inspire confidence that people's lives are going to get

Apr 12 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

Pay packets are taking a hammering from rising inflation and falling wage growth. We now need urgent action to stop another living standards crisis. Working people will want to know when Theresa May is going to do something to help. We need more investment in skills and infrastructure to build strong foundations for better paid jobs. And it's time to scrap the pay restrictions hitting midwives, teachers and other public

Apr 05 2017 - Uber

These clauses are not legally enforceable but they're being used as a scare tactic to stop workers from challenging bad working conditions. The Government urgently needs to reform employment law so that employers who use these appalling clauses are

Apr 05 2017

British people are fed up with the bad behaviour of big business. Workers are getting a raw deal, and our economy is harmed by short-term thinking in the board room. Reform is badly needed, and the government should take up many of the excellent ideas in this

Mar 31 2017

Today's figures should set alarm bells ringing. The last thing our economy needs right now is another consumer debt crisis. People raiding their piggy banks and borrowing more than they can afford is what helped drive the last financial

Mar 23 2017

The UK is in the relegation zone when it comes to decently paid maternity leave. Many European countries offer decent support to new mums. But lots of parents here are forced back to work early to pay the bills. My advice to all new mums is to join a union. It is the best way to improve your pay and

Mar 21 2017

If the government doesn't wake up, we risk sleepwalking into another living standards crisis. We urgently need more investment in skills and infrastructure to build strong foundations for better-paid jobs. And it's time to scrap the pay restrictions hitting hardworking teachers, nurses and other public

Mar 15 2017

Zero-hours contracts allow bosses to treat workers like disposable labour. If you're on a zero-hours contract you have no guarantee of work from one day to another. Put a foot wrong and you can be let go in a heartbeat. Turn down a shift because your kid's sick and you can be left with little or no

Mar 09 2017

We are really a nation of mucus troopers, with people more likely to go to work when ill than stay at home when well. Sickness absence rates have fallen steadily over the past decade, and let's not forget that working people put in billions of pounds' worth of unpaid overtime each

Feb 15 2017

With prices rising faster, real pay growth is now slowing down. This will be worrying for families whose have still not seen their living standards recover following the financial

Jan 03 2017

British commuters are forced to shell out far more on rail fares than others in Europe. Many will look with envy at the cheaper, publicly-owned services on the

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