Frances O'Grady

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Millions remain at risk of poverty in retirement because they are saving nothing, or very little, in a pension scheme. We urgently need the government to help more low-paid workers join schemes. And ministers must set out a plan for increasing contributions from employers.feedback
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Oct 08 2017
The latest quote from Frances O'Grady is: “I'm concerned that the prime minister is being held hostage by her hardliners. What has become increasingly clear is that we need a transition period so that we don't go off the cliff edge, and that we need to play by the rules during that period so that we can focus on the long-term deal that protects jobs and rights.”. It comes from the Former Europe minister Caroline Flint to defy Labour whips on EU bill article. You’ll find on this page 46 articles with Frances O'Grady quoted on topics such as Europe, envy and service. Frances O'Grady has been quoted 68 times in 46 articles.
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Jul 18 2017 - London

The government has to get on with its much-trumpeted industrial strategy if we are to create good jobs where they're needed most. And they must put serious investment behind it.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - London

Action must be taken to close Britain's regional income gap. People are still missing out on the chance of decent, well-paid work because of where they live. These findings cannot be shrugged off. Ministers need to explain how they'll deliver growth and boost living standards in every corner of the country. Not just wealthier parts of the capital.feedback

Jul 18 2017

The government must stop this cost of living squeeze. Many working people are caught in a vice as rising prices crush their pay. Ministers claim they are listening to struggling families. But now is the time to prove it. Britain needs a pay rise across the public and private sector.feedback

Jul 12 2017

Three months of falling pay is three months too many. The clock is ticking while workers wait for the government to act. Ministers must set out a plan to get real wages rising across the public and the private sectors. They should start by scrapping the unfair pay restrictions on nurses, midwives and other public sector workers. And the minimum wage must be raised to £10 as quickly as possible.feedback

Jul 12 2017

This is a damning verdict on so-called 'pensions freedom'. Workers who are facing insecurity in their working lives now risk being plunged into insecurity in old age. Savers are increasingly dipping into their pots early. And others are following the path of least resistance and risk buying rip-off products.feedback

Jul 06 2017

Britons are getting poorer. Having just lived through the longest wage squeeze since Victorian times, their living standards are in freefall again. The government cannot sit on its hands and watch the crisis unfold. It needs to help create better-paid jobs in the parts of Britain that need them most. And lift the unfair pay restrictions on public sector workers.feedback

Jul 06 2017

The government needs a proper plan to get wages rising. Ministers must stop holding down the pay of public sector workers, and give them their first proper pay rise in seven years. The minimum wage needs to rise faster, to reach £10 an hour as soon as possible.feedback

Jun 30 2017

These figures make for grim reading. People raiding their piggy banks is bad news for working people and the economy. But with wages falling as living costs rise, many families are having to run down their savings or rely on credit cards and loans to get through the month.feedback

Jun 24 2017 - Single market

If we leave the single market, working people will end up paying the price. It'd be bad for jobs, for work rights & for our living standards.feedback

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 normal.feedback

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 job.feedback

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 workplace.feedback

Jun 24 2017 - Uber

Matthew's job is to make recommendations to government.feedback

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 too.feedback

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 it.feedback

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 future.feedback

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 appearances.feedback

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 first.feedback

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 budgets.feedback

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 market.feedback

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 work.feedback

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 pay.feedback

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 housing.feedback

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 midwives.feedback

May 16 2017

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

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 most.feedback

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 ice.feedback

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 bosses.feedback

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 bosses.feedback

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 capital.feedback

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 deserve.feedback

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 employers.feedback

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 badly.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Brexit

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

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 servants.feedback

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 fined.feedback

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 report.feedback

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 crash.feedback

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 conditions.feedback

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 servants.feedback

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 work.feedback

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 year.feedback

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 crisis.feedback

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 continent.feedback

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