Workplace Report September 2017

Pay in Northern IrelandWorkplace Report takes the temperature of the bargaining climate in Northern Ireland to see if it’s different from the UK and how it compares with across the border in the Republic; Pay gaps - The Equality and Human Rights Commission has laid bare the pay gaps for women, ethnic minorities and disabled staff. Workplace Report looks at the gaps, their causes and the commission’s strategy for tackling them; Latest case law on discrimination

Pay and prices

Workers’ living standards hit
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The median percentage increase for settlements from LRD’s Payline database of collective agreements was 2.4% in the three months to August. The ...
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Labour Research Department’s Payline Database 
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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 August 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

Concessions won’t end calls to scrap the cap
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The government is under mounting pressure to abandon its 1% public sector pay cap. It has made a very limited concession to police officers and ...
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Unions demand decent pay rises as Scottish cap scrapped
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The Scottish government is to end the 1% public sector pay cap next year as part of its Programme for Government and has urged the UK government to ...
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British Airways pension closure attacked 
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To the dismay of unions, British Airways (BA) is to launch a consultation on the closure of one of its defined benefit pension schemes to future ...
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Glasgow fight for justice over equal pay
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Glasgow Pay Justice campaigners are challenging City Council leader Susan Aitken over her decision to seek leave to appeal against an important equal ...
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#Justice4Jannies success
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A marathon dispute to win a better deal for Glasgow school janitors ended in victory last month. The new school term began with a pay rise for 196 ...
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Code sets out good practice on handling of tips
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A new code of practice on the treatment of tips has been agreed between the Unite general union and the trade body, the Association of Licensed ...
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Food service staff demand a decent wage not chickenfeed
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Two very different sides of the food service industry have been subject to industrial action, high street fast food chain McDonald’s and canteen ...
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Zero-hours falling out of favour?
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The popularity of zero-hours contracts may be on the wane.
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Equality news

Parents in England can now claim more free childcare
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Working parents of three- and four-year-olds will be entitled to 30 hours a week of free childcare for 38 weeks a year from this month.
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Less privileged miss out on degree apprenticeships

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Degree apprenticeships risk becoming the “preserve of the privileged” due to parents’ lack of awareness of their existence, according to ...
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Black staff earn less than white counterparts
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Black workers whose highest qualifications are A-levels earn 10% less than their white peers – missing out on an average £1.20 an hour, according ...
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Learning and training news

Teaching Assistant apprentices ‘cheap labour’
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Three-quarters of teaching assistant apprentices are paid just £3.50 an hour, research from the general union GMB reveals, prompting the union to ...
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Handy tips on getting quality
 apprenticeships (80 words)

The TUC has published a leaflet, Apprenticeship Levy — 15 useful negotiating tips, which can be used by reps and negotiators to help ensure that ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

New take on organising insecure shopworkers 
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Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has come up with an idea called “cluster reps” as a way to recruit and organise insecure workers in convenience stores. ...
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Wider Prospect at Babcock
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Prospect, the specialists’ union, has reached agreement with Babcock Mission Critical Services to extend union recognition to mechanics as well as ...
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European news

Above inflation rises in minimum wage in Poland and Czech Republic
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Polish and Czech governments have announced a real-terms 
increase in their country’s national minimum wage. 
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Irish unions agree staged deal
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The Public Services Committee of the ICTU, the Irish trade union confederation has backed a new deal for Ireland’s public service workers by a ...
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New pay and training in German insurance
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The German services union Ver.di and the employers have reached agreement on new pay and training arrangements for the 170,000 people employed in ...
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Eight years wait over for Italian health workers? 
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Around 550,000 workers in the health sector in Italy are finally getting close to a pay increase after more than eight years of waiting. 
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Law - Discrimination

Discrimination - the law
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Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). The EA10 lists nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender ...
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Store staff can use distribution workers as equal pay comparator
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The GMB general union is supporting ASDA store worker members in the largest ever private sector equal pay claim, which involves thousands of women. ...
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Discrimination claimants don’t bear initial burden of proof
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Mr Efobi was a postman. He is a black African, born in Nigeria. Efobi made around 33 unsuccessful applications for IT-related jobs with Royal Mail. ...
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Same sex couples have same survivor pension rights as others 
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Mr Walker was employed by chemical firm Innospec for over two decades, during which time he contributed to the company pension scheme. In 2003, he ...
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Court of Appeal confirms 10% uplift in compensation
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Ms De Souza was employed as a cleaner at London Underground’s premises in High Holborn. She was originally employed by Rentokil Initial Facilities ...
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Part-time worker was treated less favourably than full-timer 
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Ms Pinaud initially worked full-time for British Airways (BA), but on her return from maternity leave she worked part-time until she took voluntary ...
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Not discriminatory to discipline minister over homophobic views
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Mr Trayhorn worked as a gardener/horticulturalist at HM Prison Littlehey. He is also an ordained Pentecostal minister. 
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Health & safety news

Line managers often main source of racist bullying
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More than a third (37%) of black or minority ethnic (BME) workers have been bullied, abused or singled out at work, new TUC research shows. 
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Bill of rights demands safe working conditions 
for bus drivers (259 words)

London bus drivers, members of the Unite general union, demonstrated outside City Hall earlier this month in protest at their “shocking” working ...
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School safety post-Grenfell
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Delegates at the TUC’s annual congress earlier this month unanimously backed calls for an urgent audit of all school buildings in the wake of the ...
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Long hours and irregular heart beat findings
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People who work long hours are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than those working standard hours, according to new research by an ...
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Take a break from sitting
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It’s not only the total amount of time spent sitting, but also the way in which sitting time is accumulated during the day, that can affect the ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Europe-wide demands for cuts in workplace cancers
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Head of health and safety Hugh Robertson set out the TUC’s five key demands to reduce occupational cancer in a live TUC education webinar broadcast ...
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Tips on how spot signs of modern slavery
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Lincolnshire police has issued guidance on how to spot the signs of modern slavery after 11 members of the same family received jail sentences for ...
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HSE campaign to cut work-related ill health
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The HSE has launched a new Go Home Healthy campaign to tackle work-related ill health
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End light-touch regulation
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A motion from the airline pilots’ union BALPA to scrap light-touch regulation, which it says is inherently unsafe and is putting the public and ...
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Pay caps and skills shortages just part of bargaining climate
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Workers in Northern Ireland are under similar if not greater economic pressures than elsewhere in the UK, but their labour market is different and ...
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Fairer opportunities for all: a strategy to reduce pay gaps
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has just published its comprehensive strategy for tackling gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps. ...
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