Fact Service April 2021

Issue 14 (08/04/2021) - Unions criticise 'miserly' sick pay rise; Action on Amazon launches with ad campaign; Government bows to advice on masks in schools; New figures reveal pensions gaps; School cleaners win case two days into strike; Unions welcome V&A's restructuring rethink; EU making 'very slow progress' on decent work

issue 13 (01/04/2021) - Asda women workers win 'massive victory'; Some recovery in economy from overall lows; One in three earning less than £10 an hour; AI advances 'demand new legislation'; Youth jobs crisis could continue post-pandemic; Child poverty rose alongside living standards pre-pandemic; Fire death 'due to cuts'

Issue 14

Unions criticise 'miserly' sick pay rise (353 words)

Unions have hit out at this week’s rise in statutory sick pay (SSP) from £95.85 to £96.35 a week – an increase of just 50p. ...
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Action on Amazon launches with ad campaign (237 words)

Unite has launched an advertising campaign promoting a confidential whistle-blowing hotline as part of its Action on Amazon (@ActionOn_Amazon) ...
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Government bows to advice on masks in schools (530 words)

The government appears to have listened to the concerns of school staff, after announcing that face coverings must continue to be worn in secondary ...
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New figures reveal pensions gaps (274 words)

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that, while 86.4% of people in full-time work are enrolled in a pension scheme, only 57.8% ...
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School cleaners win case two days into strike (178 words)

The United Voices of the World (UVW) union has announced a “historic victory” two days into a planned 40-day strike at the La Retraite Roman ...
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Unions welcome V&A’s restructuring rethink (305 words)

Prospect, the FDA, and PCS – three unions that represent staff at London’s Victoria and Albert museum – have welcomed its announcement that it ...
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EU making 'very slow progress’ on decent work (141 words)

No EU country has a sustainable and fair economic model, and the EU as a whole is making “very slow” progress on decent work, the ETUC (European ...
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Issue 13

Asda women workers win ‘massive victory’ (316 words)

Asda supermarket workers have won a victory in their campaign for equal pay after the Supreme Court upheld a ruling that lower-paid shop staff, who ...
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Some recovery in economy from overall lows (119 words)

The UK economy exceeded expectations by growing by 16.9% and 1.3% in the third and fourth quarters of 2020, in an otherwise very poor year that saw ...
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One in three earning less than £10 an hour (140 words)

As the new minimum and living wage rates come into effect this week, the TUC has urged the government to raise the minimum wage to £10 an hour. ...
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AI advances ‘demand new legislation’ (491 words)

The TUC has unveiled a report into artificial intelligence (AI) with the warning that, unless laws are modified, it could lead to discrimination and ...
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Youth jobs crisis could continue post-pandemic (621 words)

The crisis in youth unemployment is likely to continue once the economy recovers from the Covid pandemic, according to a report from the Learning and ...
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Child poverty rose alongside living standards pre-pandemic (287 words)

Before the pandemic Britain was experiencing a “mini-boom” in the standards of living, coupled with a rise in child poverty, according to the ...
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Fire death ‘due to cuts’ (169 words)

Firefighters’ union the FBU has warned a county council that there could be more deaths, after it took 14 minutes for a fire engine to arrive at a ...
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