Fact Service June 2017

Issue 25 (22/06/2017) - Older workers a boost to the economy; Factory output shrinks in first quarter

; New dads miss out on paternity leave and pay; Landmark ruling on voluntary overtime

; Safe and comfortable working in a heatwave
; Scandal of unpaid holiday pay; Merger and takeover market much quieter

issue 24 (15/06/2017) - Earnings growth takes a big hit; Unemployment down by 50,000


; Apprenticeships are on the rise


; Inflation rates hit five-year highs

Issue 23 (07/06/2017) - Gig economy staff want work, any work; Sorrell to top executive pay list again? Ethnic minorities stuck in insecure work; Possible strike action at Bank of England; On-call care workers win rise for sleep-ins; UK will see real decline in earnings

Issue 22 (01/06/2017) - Trade union membership 2016; Growth in number and usage of food banks; UK economic growth revised down; Equal pay victory at Glasgow council; Increase in days lost to strikes in 2016

Issue 25

Older workers a boost to the economy
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Britain’s economy could be boosted by £80 billion a year if the country employed as many older workers as Sweden, recently published figures ...
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Factory output shrinks in first quarter
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The drugs industry has distorted the recent three-monthly figures for manufacturing output, according to the Office for National Statistics.
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News dads miss out on paternity leave and pay
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The TUC has called on the government to give new dads better paternity leave and pay entitlements.
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Landmark ruling on voluntary overtime
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Veolia Environmental Services was accused by the Unite general union of hiding behind Brexit when it failed to incorporate overtime pay into annual ...
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Safe and comfortable working in a heatwave
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The appearance of the sun and the rise in temperature has brought out useful reminders for workers of the risks associated with exposure to the sun's ...
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Scandal of unpaid holiday pay
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Employers are cheating British workers out of at least £1.5 billion a year in holiday pay to which they are legally entitled, a study has found.
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Merger and takeover market much quieter
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The start of 2017 saw a lower level of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity involving UK when compared with fourth quarter 2016 and with the ...
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Issue 24

Earnings growth takes a big hit
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The battering of workers’ living standards continued as growth in average weekly earnings lagged even further behind the rise in retail price ...
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Unemployment down by 50,000
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UK unemployment continued on its downward trajectory, official figures show.
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Apprenticeships are on the rise
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Employers are scaling up their apprenticeship programmes in 2017, with hiring expected to increase by 59%, according to the Association of Graduate ...
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Inflation rates hit five-year highs
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Price inflation in May was at its highest level since 2012, official figures show.
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Issue 23

Gig economy staff want work, any work
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Many employees working in the gig economy are desperate for any work rather than actively choosing this form of employment, according to research ...
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Sorrell to top executive pay list again?
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Thirty-three top executives, who received at least £1 million in their remuneration package last year, feature in the table on page 90. 
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Ethnic minorities stuck in insecure work 
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Black, Asian and minority ethnic people are over a third more likely than white people to be stuck in temporary or zero-hours work, according to a ...
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Possible strike action at Bank of England
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Staff at the Bank of England have begun voting on whether to hold a strike this year in protest at below-inflation pay rises, union sources told ...
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On-call care workers win rise for sleep-ins
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The charity Mencap has agreed to pay care workers above the National Minimum Wage for sleep-ins, following a successful campaign by public services ...
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UK will see real decline in earnings
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Real wages in the UK will fall by 1.2% in 2018, with nominal earnings growth of 1.5% outstripped by inflation of 2.7%, the OECD’s latest Economic ...
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Issue 22

Trade union membership 2016
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The overall membership of trade unions fell last year, and, allied with a growth in employment, union density fell again, the latest official figures ...
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Growth in number and usage of food banks
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There are at least 2,000 food banks operating in the UK, giving out emergency food parcels on a weekly basis to people in hardship, according to ...
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UK economic growth revised down
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The estimate of growth in the UK economy has been revised downwards in official figures.
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Equal pay victory at Glasgow council
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Public services union UNISON has won an equal pay victory which will affect thousands of low-paid workers in Glasgow.
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Increase in days lost to strikes in 2016

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The number of working days lost to industrial action in 2016 was the eighth lowest annual total since records began in 1891, the Office for National ...
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