Workplace Report April 2018

Gender pay gap - questions are being raised about the gender pay gap in some of the 10,000 or so organisations required to report; Health and safety sentencing - ten years ago a law on corporate manslaughter was introduced, but is the law fit for purpose or are employers still getting away with murder?; Latest case law on dismissal, transfers and redundancy

Pay and prices

Deals stick at 3.0%
 (101 words)

Crunching the numbers on LRD Payline database shows that over the past year collectively agreed deals peaked at 3.2% in December and since then the ...
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Labour Research Department’s Payline Database 
 (225 words)

Percentage increases on lowest basic rates (by agreements covered)
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Average weekly earnings (AWE)
 (245 words)

Regular pay excluding bonuses. Percentage annual increases 
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Full-time weekly average earnings
 (42 words)

ASHE 2017 median uprated by AWE. ...
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to March 2018 ...
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Prices (77 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

National Trust deal heralds prospect of new approach to pay
 (848 words)

The National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, together with its recognised trade union Prospect, will be embarking on a new approach to ...
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University strikes suspended to allow panel to examine pensions
 (397 words)

Further industrial action over changes the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension scheme has been suspended after agreement was reached on ...
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Unions consult members over multi-year NHS England deal
 (311 words)

NHS trade unions are consulting on a three-year pay offer to apply to all NHS employers in England.
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Auto-enrolment pensions
 (146 words)

Minimum contribution amounts payable into auto-enrolment pensions are required to gradually increase at set times.
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Injury to feelings
 (161 words)

Part of the compensation that can be awarded by tribunals for unlawful discrimination are awards for “injury to feelings”. 
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Drop in inflation doesn’t affect water pay deals
 (451 words)

The fall in rates of inflation came too late to undermine April pay settlements, where the median pay increase recorded on the LRD Payline database ...
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An end to pay cap for school teachers in Scotland and Northern Ireland?
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School teachers in Scotland and Northern Ireland are pushing for pay settlements that go beyond the old 1% pay cap. 
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SSE settlement ‘a good deal’ for members
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A negotiated “alternative solution to performance pay” is at the heart of a one-year pay deal agreed at energy giant SSE at the start of the ...
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Equality news

Commission wants end to sexual harassment at work
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Corrosive working cultures have silenced the voices of victims and normalised sexual harassment, said the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) ...
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Pay penalty greatest for women in their 50s
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Women earn less than men at every stage of their career with the gender pay gap at its widest when women hit 50, finds new analysis by the TUC.
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Cost of living a deterrent to London move
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The massive pay premium for moving to the capital has grown over the last decade, but this is not enough to entice more people to London most likely ...
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Learning and training news

Unite calls for training overhaul
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General union Unite is calling for a radical overhaul of how construction training is undertaken, after a freedom of information (FoI) request to the ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

Unions gain bargaining rights by various routes
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Bakers and food union BFAWU has won a union recognition ballot in convincing style at food wholesaler Wealmore. The union will be entitled to ...
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SNP council’s U-turn on facility time
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The SNP-led West Dunbartonshire Council has performed a dramatic U-turn on its decision to slash trade union facility time. A week after gaining the ...
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European news

Inflation-busting deal in German public sector agreement
 (340 words)

Unions and employers have reached agreement on a pay deal for the 2.3 million employees in Germany’s central and local government, which provides ...
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Cleaners in Danish gig economy firm mop up new deal
 (409 words)

Denmark’s largest union, 3F, has signed a collective agreement with, a Danish start-up company providing cleaning services through an ...
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Škoda — 12% rise 
 (80 words)

Czech metalworking union OS KOVO has accepted the latest pay offer from the car maker Škoda, part of the Volkswagen group, which will result in pay ...
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Settlements in Spain
 (138 words)

Official data on pay settlements in Spain show pay increases this year are running at a slightly higher level than a year ago, but the pick-up has ...
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Dutch construction deal
 (98 words)

Unions and employers in the Netherlands have signed a new agreement for the construction industry. The deal runs for 21 months from 1 April 2018 ...
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Law - Dismissal

Dismissal - the law (774 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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Dismissal was unfair over failure to offer medic alternative post
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Dr Drzymala began working for the Trust as a locum consultant in the oncology department at Royal Surrey County Hospital in November 2011. She was ...
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Decision to dismiss didn’t have to be reviewed after pregnancy news
 (730 words)

Ms Thompson was employed by Really Easy Car Credit Ltd (RECC), a small second hand car vendor, as a telesales operator in June 2016. 
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Head teacher failed to reveal personal relationship
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Ms Reilly commenced employment as a head teacher of a primary school in September 2009. 
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Law - TUPE

Transfers - the law (218 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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Fragmentation of services and TUPE case goes to new tribunal
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Sevacare provided residential care services for the London Borough of Haringey from 2004. ...
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Law - Redundancy

Redundancy - the law (192 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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Kids charity failed on redundancy consultation obligations
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Keeping Kids Company (KKC), a charity for disadvantaged children, met serious financial difficulties and sought government assistance on 12 June 2015. ...
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Health & safety news

Workloads are taking their toll on teachers
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Four out of five teachers (81%) have considered leaving teaching in the last year due to workloads, according to the latest NEU teaching union’s ...
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Unions welcome Royal Mail support for women
 through the menopause (206 words)

The CWU communication workers’ union has welcomed the first ever Royal Mail Group menopause guide for managers. 
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Crumbling state of schools
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A significant increase in pupil numbers is adding extra strain on damp and crumbling school buildings, according to a new survey which paints a ...
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Rise in small claims limit for whiplash injuries
 (137 words)

Unions are opposing the Civil Liability Bill, which was introduced in the House of Lords last month. 
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Campaigner launches safety videos on blog
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Scottish Hazards and Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK) campaigner Louise Taggart is urging people to mark International Workers’ Memorial ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Poor management of killer dust in academies
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The HSE has only issued improvement or prohibition notices in relation to asbestos management to five multi-academy trusts (MATs) despite at least 54 ...
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Fine over Royal Mail
 yard accident
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Communication workers’ union, the CWU, has called on Royal Mail to work with its safety reps after the company was hit by its biggest ever safety ...
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New manual handling 
guidance up on web
 (154 words)

Employers should reorganise and redesign working practices to avoid and reduce manual handling risks, says the HSE. 
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Southern Health Trust failures attract £2 million fine
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Last month, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust was fined a total of £2 million after pleading guilty to safety breaches which resulted in the ...
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So Mr Chief Executive, why do you pay women less than men?
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Gender pay gap reporting may not be the last word in equality legislation, but it is giving union reps in thousands of workplaces across the UK a new ...
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Higher penalties still don’t deliver justice for safety offences
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The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (CMHA) aimed to reform the law so companies, particularly large organisations, could be ...
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