Workplace Report July 2017

Pay in engineering - to the backdrop of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions conference, Workplace Report surveys 2017 pay settlements in the engineering sector; School teachers’ pay - teachers in England and Wales will suffer another real-terms pay cut even though their pay review body appeared to recommend a rise that would break the government’s 1% pay cap; Latest case law on contracts of employment and tribunal procedures

Pay and prices

Settlements stick at 2.4%
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The median percentage increase for settlements from LRD’s Payline database of collective agreements was 2.4% for the third consecutive month. At ...
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Labour Research Department’s Payline Database (233 words)

Percentage increases on lowest basic rates (by agreements covered)
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Average weekly earnings (AWE)
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Regular pay excluding bonuses. Percentage annual increases
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Full-time weekly average earnings
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ASHE 2016 median uprated by AWE. ...
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to June 2017 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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2017 forecasts (38 words)

1 Fourth quarter ...
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Bargaining news

Real terms fall in pay but small rise in incomes
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There was further evidence this month of the cost of living squeeze that workers are continuing to endure, as well as the damaging impact of the ...
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Bentley workers agree multi-year pay deal
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General union Unite has reached what it calls a “groundbreaking, multi-year pay deal”, including a reduced working week, with luxury car maker ...
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Will firefighters’ deal breach pay cap?
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The FBU firefighters’ union is consulting its members on an offer of an immediate 2% pay rise from employers that would break the public sector pay ...
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BT facilities deal favours lowest paid
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Members of the CWU union working for BT’s in-house facilities services provider BTFS have voted to accept a pay deal weighted towards the lowest ...
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Bank of England strike
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Staff at the Bank of England have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action — the first for 50 years. 
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Union reps under attack in Northern Ireland
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Prominent union officials in Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities (DfC) have been told they must give up their full-time union posts, in ...
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Flat pay rise and extra holiday for further education support staff in Scotland
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Support staff in further education colleges in Scotland are being asked to back a pay proposal for this year of a flat rate pay rise of £425 with ...
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Cinram job cuts
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A redundancy package for workers at the Cinram multimedia distribution company who recently lost its major contract with Universal Pictures to rivals ...
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Workers accept revised BMW pension offer
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After a long-running dispute, members of general union Unite making Mini and Rolls-Royce motor cars have accepted a revised offer from owner BMW to ...
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Equality news

Women suffer as gender pension gap grows 
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The gap between women’s and men’s annual average expected retirement income has grown by £1,000 in the past year, according to an annual study ...
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Tiny fraction of higher paid job ads offer flexibility
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Only one in 10 jobs paying £20,000 or more is advertised with flexible working options and the higher the salary the less likely it is that flexible ...
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Landmark pension ruling
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A man has won his five-year legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his husband in a landmark victory for LGBT rights.
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Data on gender pay gap
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The Department for Education (DfE) has become the first government department to publish its gender pay gap figures. 
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Learning and training news

Taylor review
 proposals on skills in gig economy
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The Apprenticeship Levy should be developed to “work better for those working atypically”, says the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

Tribunal backs rep’s right to time off
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A health and safety activist with the GMB general union has won the right to time off for training against the wishes of his employer at an ...
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European news

Changing nature of work highlighted by Eurofound
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New light is shed on the development of non-standard forms of employment in Europe and particularly on the growth of some forms of self-employment ...
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Union urgency for pay deal
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Spain’s two main union confederations, CCOO and UGT, are pressing hard for the employers to finally agree a deal on pay for this year. The two ...
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Law - Contracts

Contracts - 
the law (416 words)

Employment rights depend, as a minimum, on the presence of an “employment relationship”. There are important legal distinctions between an ...
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More than three-month gap breaks series of deductions requirement
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Mr Fulton and Mr Baxter were employed by Bear Scotland as road workers. They received basic pay plus overtime and payments for being on stand-by. 
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Claims for minimum wage while on call or sleeping in (927 words)

These three appeals relating to the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 were heard together: Focus Care Agency v Roberts, Frudd and another v Partington ...
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College marked down on strike pay deduction calculation 
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Members of the NASUWT teachers’ union were involved in lawful industrial action in 2011 at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge. The College ...
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Were lorry drivers employees or independent contractors?
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Although this was a case pursued in the tax tribunal, it has relevance to the issue of employment status as it revolved around whether the drivers ...
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Law - Tribunal procedures

Employment tribunals - 
law (482 words)

Nearly all tribunal claims must be brought within three months less one day of the matter complained of. Tribunals can extend the time limit in an ...
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Claim rejected over significant differences in respondent’s name 
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Mr Giny resigned from his employment with SNA Transport (SNA) and then decided to pursue various claims against them, including constructive ...
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Tribunal entitled to award costs despite damages-based agreement
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Servisair, an airport baggage handling firm, lost its contract with Thomson Airways to rivals Swissport. 
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Health & safety news

Call for counsellors and mental health first-aiders
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Unions across a range of public services are calling for action on mental health. 
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Postal delivery staff still face vicious dog attacks 
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Communication workers’ union, the CWU, has called for stronger sentences and stiffer penalties for irresponsible owners of out-of-control dogs ...
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Water down the Tube
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Transport unions Aslef and RMT have condemned moves by Transport for London (TfL) to remove drinking water units from tea points and locations where ...
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Asbestos in schools
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Unions held their first national conference to discuss the protection of children and staff from the dangers of asbestos in schools and colleges was ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Reported work fatalities just tip of deadly iceberg
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Official figures showing the annual toll of work-related deaths, released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) earlier this month, are the tip of ...
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Bring in legal maximum temperature at work
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Hot weather in many parts of the country over recent weeks has prompted renewed union calls for a legal maximum temperature at work.
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Opposition to break up of specialist railway police 
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Transport union TSSA says its campaign to save the British Transport Police (BTP), which is being broken up by the Scottish government, has the ...
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Construction inspections
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The number of unannounced inspections in the construction industry fell by 14% between 2015-16 and 2016-17, according to the results of a freedom of ...
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Third of settlements win bigger increase in 2017 than in 2016
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That was the mixed picture that emerged at this month’s conference of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions — Unite, GMB, ...
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Another real-terms pay cut for those who educate our children
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The report of the School Teachers Review body (STRB) earlier this month appeared to advocate breaking the government’s cap of 1% on public sector ...
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