Workplace Report October 2017

2016-17 pay round - Real growth in pay is hard to come by Workplace Report finds. The headline figure of an overall rise of 2.0% in the latest annual survey of collectively agreed settlements means there’s been no change on the previous survey’s headline rise; Latest case law on dismissal, transfers and redundancy

Pay and prices

Settlements show a dip
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The start of the 2017-18 pay round has seen some slippage in pay settlements.
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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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All workers £547.30 All male £587.00 All female £488.20 Managers £810.40 Professionals £737.40 Assoc professional £603.20 Admin & ...
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to September 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

Little chance for many to climb out of low pay 
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Around one in four low-paid workers are permanently stuck in low-paid jobs, while around a half move out of low pay at some point without managing to ...
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Draft major budget film agreement out to ballot
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BECTU, the media and entertainment sector of the Prospect union, are balloting members in the film industry on proposals for a Major Motion Picture ...
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TUC identifies pensions blackspots 
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TUC analysis of official workforce data has highlighted the extent of pension blackspots in some industries, despite the introduction of automatic ...
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University pensions
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The UCU university staff union is moving closer to strike action, after a national consultative ballot showed overwhelming support for industrial ...
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Bullying and harassment statement from Equity
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Following the recent media coverage of sexual assault and harassment in the film industry, actors’ and performers’ union Equity has issued a ...
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Tesco rewards staff for ‘everything they do’
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Supermarket giant Tesco has given its pay rates a big boost this summer, in a move that should set the tone in the retail labour market. 
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Wages left in the wake of growing cost of childcare 
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The cost of childcare for young children has risen more than four times faster than wages since 2008, according to a new TUC analysis of Labour Force ...
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Time for parents to grieve
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Under a proposed law, employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will have the right to two weeks’ paid leave to allow them time to ...
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Possible strike action over unpaid travel time
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The PCS union has called on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to clarify whether its driving examiner members have a workplace, and can ...
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Let them eat cake
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A cruise company has taken a novel – if unwelcome – approach to employment compensation.
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Equality news

Under 25s earn less for doing same work
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Workers aged under 25 are missing out on up to nearly £6,300 a year because they are not entitled to the National Living Wage, according to the ...
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Over 50s working longer to support families
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Almost two million older workers are juggling supporting their family while planning for their own retirement, reveals insurance giant Aviva.
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Outlook for pay at Met Office is fair
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A deal ending the long-standing gender pay gap at the Met Office has been struck between professional workers’ union Prospect and the weather ...
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Learning and training news

Gender gap in training favours men
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More men than women are offered work-related training by their employers, new research has found.
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Recruitment and organisation news

CWU blitzes telecoms and financial services
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The CWU communications union is in the midst of a month of intensive organising and recruitment activity across the telecoms and financial services ...
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Different routes to organising 
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Two unions have reached a deal paving the way for voluntary recognition at a new air crew base at Heathrow Airport run by Irish company CAE. 
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European news

Company-level bargaining is widespread in France, report shows 
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A picture of negotiations at company level is given in a report from DARES, the statistics and research body in the French ministry of labour, which ...
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End to ‘two-class workforce’ in Austria
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In future, manual and non-manual employees in Austria will have be treated equally at work, with the last distinctions between what the unions have ...
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Pay rises in Spain lag behind inflation
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The latest figures from the Spanish ministry of labour show average pay increases gradually creeping up, reaching 1.4% in September. However, this is ...
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Germany’s metalworkers want substantial pay rise 
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The leadership of IG Metall, Germany’s biggest union, has presented its key pay demands for next year’s settlement for the 3.5 million people ...
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Law - Dismissal

Dismissal - the law (669 words)

f Employees dismissed unfairly can go to a tribunal if they have been working for at least two years. Some specific types of dismissal do not ...
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EU court sets limits to employers’ right to monitor staff emails
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Mr Barbulescu was employed as a sales engineer in the Bucharest office of a Romanian company. 
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Broad advice on public interest test in whistleblowing claims
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Mr Nurmohamed was employed by Chestertons Estate Agents where a new system of commission payments was introduced. Nurmohamed was of the view that the ...
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Law - TUPE

Transfers - the law (198 words)

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) are intended to protect the rights of employees on the transfer of ...
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Does share sale mean a TUPE transfer has taken place?
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Mr Berry was employed by ICAP Management Services Ltd (IMSL) as chief executive officer of the global e-commerce division. IMSL provided services to ...
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Law - Redundancy

Redundancy - the law (231 words)

A redundancy situation exists where an employer closes or intends to close the workplace or reduce the number of employees doing a particular kind of ...
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UK crew on ships travelling worldwide have right to be consulted over redundancies
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Members of the Nautilus union were employed by Seahorse Maritime Ltd to work on ships worldwide. Seahorse supplied crews for ships operated by ...
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Protective award claim for parks police given go-ahead
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This case was brought by Mr Vining and Mr Francis and their trade union, the public service union UNISON and represents a significant victory for ...
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Health & safety news

Workers with mental health problems need support on their return to work
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Employees returning to work after being off work sick with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and adjustment disorders, need ...
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Ambulance staff overworked
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Frontline ambulance workers are in the midst of a stress and anxiety epidemic, according to the GMB general union. 
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Pay out over dean’s failure
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College lecturers’ union UCU member Kate Rawnsley has won £159,000 in damages in a personal injury stress case against Bradford College after a ...
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40 years of safety reps
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The TUC is to launch a campaign to mark 40 years since trade union health and safety representatives had a legal right under the 1977 Safety ...
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Fire safety guide (39 words)

The TUC has published a new Fire safety guide in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, so reps can help make sure that fire safety is a major part of ...
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MEPS reject criteria on endocrine disrupters
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Campaigners have welcomed the European Parliament’s rejection of the “illegal criteria” to identify endocrine disrupters (EDCs) proposed by the ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Medical tests for asbestos workers every three years not two
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TUC head of health and safety Hugh Robertson says that Health and Safety Executive (HSE) proposals to increase the interval for mandatory medical ...
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Experts to evaluate night work-breast cancer risk
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The HSE has asked its Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) to evaluate the risk of breast cancer associated with night work and report back by ...
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Anger over dog attack sentence
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The CWU communication workers’ union has reacted angrily to a court’s failure to order the destruction of two Doberman dogs after they savagely ...
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Unite want mobile crane testing
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The Unite general union is calling on transport secretary Chris Grayling to introduce compulsory testing and new regulations to ensure that mobile ...
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Pay settlements stuck in rut as overall rise is 2.0% once again
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The public sector pay cap has been a brake on real growth in pay and earnings across the labour market, but next month’s Budget could see the cap ...
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