Fact Service August 2019

Issue 33 (15/08/2019) - Real pay cut for lower and middle earners
; Unemployment back above 1.3 million
; RPI inflation pegged down a notch
; Average earnings growth slips back

Issue 32 (08/08/2019) - Lower-income families hit most since 2008


; Register to log workers affected by silica dust; Asbestos group wins access to court files; Scrap earnings trigger to close pension gap; Landmark victory over holiday pay; Asda threaten staff over new contract

Issue 31 (01/08/2019) - Study finds 4.5m plus in deep poverty in UK


; Number of workplace deaths increases; New protections for pregnant women?
; Approach to equality law needs to change; Eye-watering bills for holiday childcare

Issue 33

Real pay cut for lower and middle earners
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Millions of employees in lower- and middle-income jobs have suffered real pay reductions over the last decade, according to new TUC analysis of how ...
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Unemployment back above 1.3 million
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Unemployed posted an increase in the latest official count, pushing up the unemployment rate too.
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RPI inflation pegged down a notch
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Dearer holidays both here and abroad were offset by the travelling there, according to official data.
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Average earnings growth slips back
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Average weekly earnings growth fell back in June, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 
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Issue 32

Lower-income families hit most since 2008 
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The income squeeze that followed the last financial crisis has left low and middle income households more vulnerable to the next economic shock than ...
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Register to log workers affected by silica dust
 (308 words)

An online register to allow workers who have been exposed to silica dust to register their exposure, to assist with potential future legal cases if ...
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Asbestos group wins access to court files
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The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK can access court documents used in a legal case against the asbestos manufacturer Cape Intermediate ...
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Scrap earnings trigger to close pension gap
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The gender pension gap could be reduced by scrapping the earnings trigger for auto-enrolment pensions, says the professionals’ union Prospect.
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Landmark victory over holiday pay
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Holiday pay for permanent staff who only work part of the year should be calculated using their average earnings over a 12-week period and not ...
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Asda threatens staff over new contract
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Supermarket group Asda is threatening tens of thousands of workers with the sack if they don’t sign “punishing” new contracts.
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Issue 31

Study finds 4.5m in deep poverty in UK
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More than four million people in the UK are trapped in deep poverty, meaning their income is at least 50% below the official breadline, according to ...
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Number of workplace deaths increases
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There was an increase in the number of workers fatally injured at work in Great Britain last year, according to the latest official figures.
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New protections for pregnant women? 
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Pregnant women and new mothers could receive up to two years of legal protection against redundancy, with new protections being extended for an ...
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Approach to equality law needs to change
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There should fundamental shift in how equality laws are enforced as the current approach is not fit for purpose, says the Women and Equalities ...
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Eye-watering bills for holiday childcare
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Working parents are facing a holiday childcare bill of up to £800 — more than double the cost of term-time childcare, according to an annual ...
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