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More women in low paid jobs, study finds

Three times more young women are employed in low paid, low skilled jobs than 20 years ago, according to a new study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Three times more young women are employed in low paid, low skilled jobs than 20 years ago, according to a new study.
Three times more young women are employed in low paid, low skilled jobs than 20 years ago, according to a new study. Credit: PA

The TUC said the proportion of 16 to 24-year-old women in jobs such as office and hotel cleaning has increased from 7% to 21%, while the figure for young men has increased from 14% to 25%.

The research also showed that gender plays a huge part in career choice, with only 1% of women working in skilled trades compared with a fifth of young men. Four times as many young women worked in occupations such as hairdressing, leisure and travel, said the report.

Police praise protestors for 'peaceful' manner

Protesters outside the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester Central.
Protesters outside the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester Central. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Police have praised the estimated 50,000 Trade Union Congress (TUC) protesters who staged "the largest protest Greater Manchester Police have had to manage" for their "peaceful and lawful manner".

"It was clear the intentions of the organisers and those who were involved in the march wanted to protest peacefully as is their democratic right to do so," Chief Superintendent John O’Hare said.

“It is pleasing that with a crowd of 50,000 there were only two arrests for low level offences."

One man, aged 19, was arrested for breach of the police while another man, aged 36, was arrested for a public order offence.

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50,000 form mile-long march near Tory conference

Cuts to the health service were central to the demonstration through Manchester. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Up to 50,000 people are marching through Manchester to demonstrate against austerity cuts on the opening of the Conservative Party Conference.

Police said the union protest was now a mile long as it snaked through the city centre, bound for a rally where union leaders will deliver a series of speeches condemning the impact of Government policies on jobs.

The marchers are also protesting against the "rapid sell-off" of the most lucrative parts of the NHS to private healthcare companies and spending cuts across the health service.

Pictures: Protesters march through Manchester against cuts

Union boss: 'No one can say the parties are all the same'

New TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said Ed Miliband's speech was a "defining moment" for the Labour leader. Credit: PA

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "This was a defining speech that rightly focused on the living standards crisis and went on to offer hope.

"At its heart was a clear break from the view that Britain succeeds by reducing the rights, pay and prospects of people at work.

"More importantly, the clear pledges made today and during the rest of this week showed that there will be a real choice at the next election - no one can now say that the parties are all the same."

Labour MPs praise Ed Miliband's TUC speech

Labour MPs have taken to Twitter to praise Ed Miliband's speech to the TUC conference:

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Ed Miliband commits next Labour Government to building the homes we need.

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Pleased to see @ed_miliband pressing ahead with party reform- right we ask how to get best out of working with each other in 21st century..

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Good response here at #TUC2013 to @ed_miliband 's determination Lab will work with TUs and for working people - while Cameron dismisses you.

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Harman: Union and party relationship not working locally

Speaking ahead of her appearance at the TUC conference, Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman said at a local level the relationship between the party and the trade unions is "in practice, not working at all".

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman. Credit: ITV News

She added there is not much connection between the party and members at this level and "that is what Ed Miliband wants to change".

Umunna: We're going to take a hit over policy reform

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has rejected suggestions a cut in union funding would mean financial meltdown for Labour.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, he said: "For us as parties, we've fundamentally got to change the way we operate if we are to make our parties relevant in the 21st century.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna. Credit: Press Association

"Part of that involves making sure we've got a better connection with our communities and our people. I think the trade union link gives us a huge head-start over other parties in that respect, because it gives us a direct link to three million working people.

"What we are seeking to do is to ensure that we've got a better link to individual members."

Mr Umunna added: "Undoubtedly, we are going to take a hit in terms of our finances, but that doesn't mean that it isn't the right thing to do."

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