LATEST NEWS

  • On Saturday 1 October, the national minimum wage went up for young workers under 25, which is welcome news. But whilst the gap is closing a bit on the higher 'national living wage' brought in for over 25s in April, the government is still retaining...
    2nd October 2016
  •   The fair relationships that unions foster between workers and employers take time and effort to negotiate, but the results speak for themselves: on average, staff in unionised workplaces enjoy significantly better pay and conditions, as well as a...
    22nd September 2016
  •   The Prime Minister is fond of saying that "Brexit means Brexit", but exactly what it means for working people is still not at all clear. The people have spoken in the referendum, and at some point the UK will leave the European Union. But what...
    22nd September 2016
  • With the temperatures set to soar to over 30oC in parts of the UK this week, the TUC is calling on employers to make sure their staff working outdoors are properly protected from the sun and the heat. Staff working outside in high temperatures are...
    16th August 2016
  • More than half of women, and nearly two-thirds (63%) of women aged 18-24 years old, said they have experienced sexual harassment at work, according to major new research from the TUC and the Everyday Sexism Project. The study is the largest of its...
    10th August 2016
  • */ There will be no escaping the buzz and excitement of Rio Olympics 2016 this summer and people across the country will want to be right in the middle of the action as the games unfold. What if the game you want to watch is during work hours? As...
    5th August 2016
  • Only a few weeks after the EU referendum result was announced, there has been a surge in racially motivated violence and hate crime on the streets and hate messages on social media. Police reports show there has been a 57 per cent increase in hate...
    13th July 2016
  • Euro 2016 is underway and a very sizable proportion of the country will be football fanciers for the next few weeks. Many people at work will want to watch the matches so the TUC has urged bosses not to score an own goal and allow staff who wish to...
    13th June 2016
  • At workSMART, we're following the EU referendum campaign closely, as so many workers’ rights in the UK are underpinned by EU rules. If the UK were to leave the European Union, it could mean risking a lot of things we currently take for granted at...
    25th March 2016
  • UK workers gave their bosses an astonishing £31.5 billion of unpaid overtime last year. To break that down, more than five million people put in an average of 7.7 hours extra work a week in unpaid overtime in 2015. This would add up to £6,114 a year...
    26th February 2016

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