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The TUC publishes regular expert analysis of the UK economy and our place in the world. Here are links to our most recent economics briefings and reports. You can find older material by using the search facilities. There are separate areas of the site where we feature our research on employment and the labour market and our work on partnership and the stakeholder economy.

The most recent documents available on this subject are:

TUC on May interest rates decision
Commenting on today's decision to raise interest rates to 5.5 per cent, the TUC's Head of Economics and Social Affairs, Adam Lent, said: “Today's rise was widely predicted but hardworking homeowners and business people will hope the Bank will give the increase enough time to take effect before deciding whether to put up rates again.
10 May 2007

Midlands TUC supports formal investigation into migrant worker underclass
Following the BBC exposé of licensed gangmasters Focus Staff Limited, the TUC has called for a thorough investigation into all the agencies and labour suppliers involved.
27 April 2007

TUC and MCB join together to combat Islamophobia and far right threat
The TUC and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) are to hold a joint seminar to look at how trade unions can work more closely with the Muslim community to improve the job prospects of Muslim workers and combat the threat the far right poses to the UK's many diverse communities.
12 April 2007

New minimum wage rules signal crack-down on cheating employers
The TUC has today (Monday) welcomed the publication of new Government guidance on the use of the national minimum wage accommodation offset. The accommodation offset allows employers who provide their workers with accommodation to pay them slightly less than the standard minimum wage. The offset is currently £4.30 per day up to a maximum of £29.05 per week. Accommodation is the only benefit in kind that can be deducted from the minimum wage.
2 April 2007

Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 1125, which calls for facilities and facilities time for trade union Environmental Representatives
23 March 2007

Welcome for carbon capture, but more ambition needed
Commenting on the environmental aspects of today's Budget, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “We welcome the competition launched today to develop the UK's first full-scale carbon capture and storage project. This has enormous potential to deliver huge cuts in CO2 emissions and new industrial investment. But this competition needs to be cast on a genuinely ambitious scale, backed by serious Government funds and delivered to a tight timetable.
21 March 2007

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