Fact Service May 2017

issue 20 (18/05/2017) - UK unemployment falls by 53,000


78; Wages lose ground with inflation


; Fight for recognition at privatised IT firms


; Retail price inflation at five-year high

Issue 19 (11/05/2017) - Twenty-five executives share £66.6 million; MPs slam gig economy; Number of health and safety inspectors down; Training providers hit by funding cuts; Guarantee workers' rights post-Brexit; Firms getting around exclusivity clauses

Issue 18 (04/05/2017) - Forty executives share £89.4 million


; Launch of Institute of Apprenticeships


; North-South divide in economy to widen
; Tory benefit cuts to hit poorest families; Fire services sign up to Dying to Work
; DX faces legal action over pay and holidays

Issue 20

UK unemployment falls by 53,000
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The number of unemployed people fell by 53,000 to 1.54 million in the three-month period ending March 2017, Labour Force Survey figures show.
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Wages lose ground with inflation
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Workers’ living standards took another hit in March as growth in average weekly earnings lagged well behind the rise in retail price inflation.
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Fight for recognition at privatised IT firms
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Members of the PCS public and commercial services union are building campaigns for union recognition at two new government-owned companies set up to ...
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Retail inflation at five-year high
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Retail price inflation hit a five-year high in April, official figures show.
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Issue 19

Twenty-five executives share £66.6 million
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Yet another tranche of top executives, who received at least £1 million in their remuneration package last year, feature in the table on page 74. ...
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MPs slam gig economy 
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Gig economy companies are free-riding on the welfare state, according to a committee of MPs.
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Number of health and safety inspectors down
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Workers’ lives are being placed at risk due to the cut in the number of frontline health and safety inspectors. 
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Training providers hit by funding cuts
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Apprenticeship training providers have reacted with dismay to government cuts to the funding that helps support smaller businesses offering ...
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Guarantee workers’ rights post-Brexit
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A study that found that workers in low-skilled sectors face greatest risk from erosion of rights has brought a call from the TUC for workplace rights ...
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Firms getting around exclusivity clauses
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Firms keen to distance themselves from controversial zero-hours contracts are tying staff to deals which carry many of the same problems and ...
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Issue 18

Forty executives share £89.4 million
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Yet another 40 top executives, who received at least £1 million in their remuneration package last year, feature in the table on page 70. 
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Launch of Institute of Apprenticeships
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Details of how the Institute for Apprenticeships will operate, carry out its functions and improve the quality of apprenticeships in England have ...
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North-South divide in UK economy to widen 
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London and the South East will account for two-fifths of the UK economy by 2022 if current trends continue, according to a TUC analysis.
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Tory benefit cuts will hit poorest families
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Cuts to benefits have been small as yet, but government plans for future cuts would significantly reduce the incomes of low-income working-age ...
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Fire services sign up to Dying to Work
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West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service is the latest fire service to sign up to the Dying to Work campaign, following the Staffordshire service ...
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DX faces legal action over pay and holidays
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Mail and parcel delivery firm DX is to face legal action over the entitlement of its delivery drivers to various employment rights.
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