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The latest UK-wide unemployment figures published on 18 January 2012 are even worse than previous bleak economic forecasts predicted.
The Trades Union Congress is hosting a major seminar on developing a positive agenda for disability and employment in face of government reforms and cuts.
If they become unemployed, low-paid workers are most likely to be on the dole for more than six months, according to a new TUC analysis.
A union initiative will give savings from today's 'pension robbery' and anti-cuts strike to grassroots groups fighting poverty in Britain.
Employees spend nearly 200 hours a year travelling to and from work - adding up to around five weeks extra work - according to a TUC analysis.
Some 35,000 people have descended on the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester to oppose 'vicious' cuts in public spending.
Public sector unions planing a day of action over government cuts are aiming to build alliances with private sector workers and the wider anti-cuts movement.
Merchandise produced for the London 2012 Games should be produced in factories free from exploitation, the TUC has declared.
Members of churches, trade unions and community groups are pledging to live on £1-a-day from 2-6 May to raise funds and in solidarity with the global poor.
Britain's trade unionists have been taking part in International Workers' Memorial Day, to remember thousands who have died at work.