In brief: Trades unions notch up record damages

Workers suffering from injury or ill-health as a result of their jobs were awarded u335 million in legal damages last year as a result of trade union action. Figures released by the Trades Union Congress show unions are winning record levels of damages – up by 8 per cent on the previous year's record of u310 million. Unions took action on behalf of more than 125,000 members, providing them with free legal advice and representation against employers, insurance companies and government compensation schemes.