Workplace Report February 2018

Workers' voice - the TUC’s Great Jobs Agenda includes a demand for the workers’ voice in the boardroom. A Workplace Report survey reveals how 79 workplaces consult; Union advantage - the trade union premium on pay is just one of the advantages of being a union member; Latest case law on employment contracts and tribunal procedures

Pay and prices

January’s 3% the real deal
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Pay settlements started the year as they finished 2017, LRD Payline data shows.
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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 2017 median uprated by AWE. ...
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to January 2018 ...
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Prices (78 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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2018 forecasts (39 words)

1 Fourth quarter ...
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Bargaining news

Four pillars of security for postal workers 
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Around 110,000 postal workers at the Royal Mail are being asked to back a ground-breaking new collective agreement that addresses pay, working time ...
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Report lays bare poor treatment of retail and hospitality staff
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The pernicious employment practices that are rife in the retail and hospitality sectors in Scotland are highlighted in a report by Labour MSP Neil ...
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High Court rejects change of inflation measure for BT Pension
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Telecoms giant BT suffered a rebuff last month when it went to the High Court to ask for permission to change the way that pensions for some of its ...
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Living Wage at Cambridge
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Public services union UNISON has welcomed the Cambridge University’s decision to become a real Living Wage employer, and has called on all ...
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Ballot on Telefonica deal
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The CWU communication workers’ union is balloting members over a pay deal at Telefonica (O2) with a recommendation to accept. 
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Strikes over employers’ attack on university pensions
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The UCU university and college staff union was set to launch 14 days of escalating action over four weeks covering 64 higher education institutions ...
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Three poultry factories to close with loss of 900 jobs
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Nine hundred workers face losing their jobs after the 2 Sisters Food Group announced the closure of three of poultry factories in the West Midlands ...
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Mears Manchester
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Agreement has been reached between the Unite general union and the Mears housing maintenance company in Manchester that settles a long-standing ...
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Gatwick bus deal
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Unite members employed by Omni-Serv to drive “airside” buses at Gatwick Airport have secured an improved pay offer from the company after voting ...
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Equality news

Government defeated on firefighters’ pension
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Firefighters moved one step further along the legal path when the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled in favour of firefighters who appealed a ...
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Review wants wide-ranging reform of women’s rights
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The UK legal system is failing women and needs fundamental reform, a report from the Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review (SDLR) Panel ...
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Tories finally get PIP
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Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has confirmed that the government will not appeal against a court ruling that changes to regulations ...
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Disability briefing
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People with disabilities have an unemployment rate of 9.0% against an unemployment rate for people without disabilities of 3.8%, according to a House ...
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Learning and training news

Poor apprenticeship take-up at start of academic year
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Further evidence of the failure of the skills system currently operating in England comes with the latest statistics on apprenticeship take-up.
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Recruitment and organisation news

CAC finding on Deliveroo employment status called into question
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A union representing Deliveroo food app couriers is challenging a Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) ruling that the couriers are legally ...
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 deal for Ryanair pilots in UK
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In a significant victory for the trade union movement, airline pilots’ union BALPA has signed a voluntary recognition agreement with the previously ...
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McDonald’s was the focus in ♥Unions week
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This year’s TUC’s HeartUnions week, which ran from 12-18 February, put special emphasis on McDonald’s workers, some of whom went on strike last ...
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European news

German union wins deal on pay and control of working time
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IG Metall, Germany’s biggest union has pushed through an above inflation pay increase for the country’s largest bargaining group — the 3.5 ...
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Growth in French women reps
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Research published this month by DARES, the research arm of the French ministry of labour shows that over 11 years the proportion of women elected as ...
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End to pay freeze in Italian public sector 
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More areas of the Italian public sector have settled, ending a pay freeze which has lasted in some cases for nine years. 
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Lidl Poland - 9.3% rise
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Around 15,000 employees of the supermarket chain Lidl in Poland will benefit from a pay rise next month, which, following earlier increases, means ...
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Law - Contracts

Contracts - the law (356 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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Tribunal allowed to construe contractual provisions in claim
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The company Nexus runs the Tyne and Wear Metro. Mr Anderson and the other claimants, all members of RMT transport union, were employed as maintenance ...
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Contract at outset was not invalid over illegality issues
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Ms Chikale is a Malawi national. She was initially employed by Mrs Okedina, who is also from Malawi, to look after her parents there. However, in 2013 ...
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EU court rules on right to carry over pay for untaken leave
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Mr King started working as a salesperson for Sash Windows in 1999. He was described as a self-employed contractor and received his remuneration in ...
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Law - Tribunal procedures

Employment tribunals - the law (630 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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Union/member correspondence not disclosable 
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Ms Dhanda was a TSB branch manager. She left a note in a communications book for a maintenance contractor’s employee to dispose of some old ...
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Pre-termination talks admissible where EDT is in dispute 
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By way of background, section 111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA96) provides for employers and employees to be able to have confidential, ...
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Instigating disciplinary was start of continuing discriminatory conduct not a one-off act
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Mr Hale was a surgeon and was employed by Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. He had line management responsibility for several junior doctors and ...
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Health & safety news

Lack of separate women’s toilets on building sites
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Nearly one in five construction sites are failing to provide separate toilet facilities for women workers, according to the general Unite union. 
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Delay failed bereaved family, says FACK
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The disillusioned mother of a young worker, who died after being crushed in a lift while transporting furniture at a pub in Swansea, has criticised ...
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Night work cancer link
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There is an increased risk of cancer for workers who carry out night or shift work, a review has concluded.
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Well-being in Wales
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Civil service unions — the FDA, PCS and Prospect — have struck a deal with the Welsh government, providing a dedicated hour of well-being for its ...
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Psycho-social risks
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A guide on tackling psycho-social risks and third-party violence in central government workplaces has been published by the European public services ...
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Lone working guide
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Public services union UNISON has published a revised version of its Working alone guide. 
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

TUC warns over new international standard
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TUC head of health and safety Hugh Robertson is warning that gaining accreditation to a new international health and safety standard will not, in ...
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Tougher guidelines bring Tata Steel a £1.4m fine 
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Earlier this month, steel producer Tata Steel was fined £1.4 million after pleading guilty to breaches of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work etc Act ...
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Teachers quit over increasing workloads
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There is a “crisis brewing in English classrooms”, according to the House of Commons public accounts committee, which pointed to workload as the ...
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Asbestos medical tests
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Unions have welcomed the HSE’s decision to abandon its plans to reduce the frequency of asbestos medical examinations for licensed contractors from ...
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Leaflet puts risks faced by fast food staff in spotlight
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Many young and vulnerable fast food workers are facing a future of ill health and the risk of injury on a daily basis as a result of savage cuts to ...
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Workers’ voice is top of the jobs agenda for the TUC
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It has been a long-standing demand of the TUC that there should be a place in the boardroom for workers — it happens elsewhere in Europe. A ...
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Union membership good for pay and better workplaces
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As highlighted during the TUC’s ♥Unions week this month, trade union membership brings many benefits not only for workers’ pay and conditions, ...
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