AttentionThis site is no longer active, but is provided as an archive. Please be aware all links may not work.
For current TUC blogs, visit

Photo Getty Images Photo Paul Box / Photo Paul Carter Photo Paul Box / Photo Getty ImagesPhoto Crispin Hughes / Photofusion

ESOL with employment rights resource available free

The VWP has joined forces with the London Region of the Workers’ Education Association (WEA) to give workers the opportunity to learn English and, at the same time, know their rights at work by producing a course that embeds employment rights into ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). 

A different employment rights topic is used as a theme for each session. The course includes the difference between agency workers and employees, contracts, wages and getting paid, discrimination and getting help to resolve issues at work.

The course is accredited to the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum at Entry 1 and will run over 10 sessions each lasting 2 hours though flexible delivery can be considered. It is being made available as a resource, free, to training providers, union branches, voluntary sector groups and employers operating in East London.  

A meeting will be held on Wednesday, 24th September, 2.00pm - 4.00pm at Tower Hamlets Law Centre, 214 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BJ to discuss delivery with all interested parties. For more details contact Bob Blyth, Project Manager on 020 7467 1355, 

Next Vulnerable Workers Group Meeting………..

The next meeting of the Vulnerable Workers Group will be held on Thursday, 21st August from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at Tower Hamlets Law Centre, 214 Whitechapel Road. The topic for the meeting will be ‘Making your Employment Rights work’.There are employment protection rights for many of the issues raised but workers have difficulties in enforcing their rights. This session will look at what issues workers have faced and give guidance on how workers can use their rights at work to address many of these issues. the VWP Group meetings are open to everyone.

BBC video of Vulnerable Workers Group

A BBC video of the Vulnerable Workers Group in action helping workers to assert their rights is available - Watch the Stories of Vulnerable Workers.

August newsletter now on-line

The August edition of the VWP Newsletter is now on-line. This month’s edition gives practical help on how to make a successful complaint to make sure your employer pays you your full wages.

Employment Rights Information in translated forms

The VWP has produced information guides giving basic information on employment rights in Spanish, Portuguese and Somali as well as Polish and English.

Information available for Polish workers

The Vulnerable Workers Project, together with Primus Personnel, is targeting the Polish press and media to make sure that Polish workers in the Building Services sector to make sure that they have information about their employment rights. Click here for our Employment Rights Information for Polish workers or go to For workers in cleaning, security and building services page on the left hand side.  A briefing paper on Polish workers in the UK is also available to download.

Latest newsletter

VWP newsletter number 3 now available including latest news from VWP Group - go to Newsletter.

TUC Vulnerable Workers Project shares finding with unions

For press release click here

© Trades Union Congress 2007