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Total unemployment in the UK is currently 4.78 million, close to double the headline unemployment figure, says new TUC analysis.
Public transport campaigners say that the government is colluding with private rail companies to inflict more pain on passengers.
Research from the Local Government Association (LGA) in England has highlighted the true destruction and dislocation caused by UK welfare cuts.
Only one in five voters (21 per cent) are in favour of re-privatising the East Coast Main Line railway, according to new polling published yesterday.
Figures published by the Office for National Statistics this week show that 250,000 people were employed on zero hours contracts last year.
The TUC has warned that government plans to remove regulatory powers from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority will put thousands of vulnerable workers at risk.
The Lough Erne declaration on tax, agreed today (Tuesday 18 June) at the G8 summit, is too easy to get round, a senior trade unionist has warned.
The value of South West England's overall pay packet has fallen by 10per cent since 2007, according to fresh TUC analysis as part of its latest campaign.
Rail privatisation has failed to deliver for rail users, has cost taxpayers huge sums of money, and brought in little private sector investment.
Research published by the TUC suggests that almost 4 in 5 of 18-34 year olds could not afford to live in London away from home to become even unpaid interns.