Grandparents should be allowed to take unpaid leave from work because of the growing numbers looking after their grandchildren, a new report by the TUC has urged.
Research for the TUC suggests three out of five grandparents provide regular childcare, primarily as a way for the child's parent to avoid paying costly nursery fees.
The TUC held a protest in Birmingham this morning against the blacklisting of construction workers who were illegally targeted for pushing for better health and safety on building sites.
The demonstration took place outside the offices of Sir Robert McAlpine on Paradise Street in Birmingham city centre before moving to Wolverhampton where it will continue later this morning.
Other TUC protests are taking place around the country today alongside the construction unions GMB, UCATT, and Unite who will lobby MPs to call for justice against blacklisting.
In 2009, it emerged that more than 40 construction industry employers in the UK had been using a list of more than 3000 building workers in order to keep activists out of work. These workers have never been told they have been blacklisted, nor paid any compensation.
The TUC are calling for an inquiry into the practices and say the aim of today's protests is to hold the industry account.
Around 1000 people have marched through the streets around the International Convention Centre in Birmingham where the Tory party conference is taking place.
The march was organised by the TUC.