Workplace Report June 2018

Regional allowances - More workers outside of London are arguing that the high cost of living; Pay claims in local government - Local government unions are working on higher pay claims now that the 1% public sector pay cap has allegedly ended; Latest cases involving discrimination

Pay and prices

Uplift of 3.3% for pay deals
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Settlements put on a spurt in April and May, according to LRD Payline data. The three-monthly median (midpoint) for collectively agreed deals from ...
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Labour Research Department’s Payline Database 
 (224 words)

Percentage increases on lowest basic rates (by agreements covered)
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Average weekly earnings (AWE)
 (248 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 May 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

NHS England pay deal sends ripples across UK
 (852 words)

At the end of next month, NHS staff in England should see the first results, including back pay, of the Agenda for Change pay deal accepted on their ...
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Two-year construction deal is worth 3.2% in 2018 and 2.9% next year
 (403 words)

Approximately 400,000 construction employees who operate under the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreement will enter a two-year pay ...
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Boardroom-worker pay gap will have to be published
 (293 words)

Large firms will have to justify their chief executives’ salaries and reveal the gap between themselves and their average UK worker, under new ...
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TV licence staff settlement
 (138 words)

Members of the CWU communication workers’ union employed by television licensing contractor Capita TVL have endorsed a pay deal worth a minimum of 2 ...
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Retail price inflation under Lords’ scrutiny
 (150 words)

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has launched a short inquiry into the use of the RPI as an inflation measure. Witnesses will be asked ...
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Strike action pays off as further education colleges cough up on pay
 (440 words)

Tighter funding and a succession of mergers have shaken the further education (FE) sector up, but getting individual employers to honour ...
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Pay takes off at Gatwick and in Scotland 
 (328 words)

General union Unite is celebrating significant summer-time pay boosts in private sector companies at opposite ends of the country. 
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Payout to non-uniformed prison staff in Scotland
 (142 words)

The PCS public and commercial services union has secured significant payouts for hundreds of non-uniformed Scottish Prison Service Staff, the ...
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Recent settlements from LRD’s Payline database
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A buoyant trend in settlements has been recorded by LRD Payline (see page 2).
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Equality news

Disabled paid less and more likely to have no job
 (410 words)

The disability pay gap has increased to 15%, its highest level since 2013 when comparable data was first made available, according to TUC analysis. ...
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Shoppers shun firms guilty of discriminatory practices 
 (286 words)

Consumers are less likely to buy from companies that discriminate against people, finds research by the GMB general union.
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LGBT+ Rights could be vulnerable post-Brexit
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The TUC has released a briefing explaining how LGBT+ people could see their existing rights diluted or fall behind EU workers in the future. 
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Learning and training news

New qualification rolls out from 2020
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The government has announced plans to implement T-Level qualifications, the technical equivalent to an A-level, in order to provide an alternative to ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

Union member numbers up but density dips
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The number of union members edged up by 0.3% to around 6.24 million in 2016-17, according to the annual official statistics. However, this rise did ...
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Be smart — get WorkSmart app
 (114 words)

The TUC is piloting a new app to provide young people who are not involved in unions with advice on employment rights and other work advice.
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Unite signs deal at Ryanair
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The Unite general union has reached what it calls a “historic” recognition agreement with low-cost airline Ryanair on behalf of directly employed ...
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European news

Agreement on jobs at Opel but concessions on pay
 (388 words)

Germany’s largest union, IG Metall, and the company-wide works council at car firm Opel have reached an outline agreement with management on a jobs ...
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‘Prospect of equal pay’ with new posted workers rules
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The European Parliament has adopted new legislation on posted workers, which will reduce the difference between their conditions and those of other ...
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Public sector pay in Cyprus
 (129 words)

The Cyprus government has reached agreement with the island’s two main union confederations, SEK and PEO, on a gradual restoration of the cuts in ...
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Portuguese union out in cold
 (75 words)

The Portuguese government has reached agreement with the main employers’ organisations and the UGT union confederation on changes to the labour ...
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Transfer of holiday rights at GSK Parma
 (92 words)

An agreement at the drugs group GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Parma, Italy allows employees to transfer some of their holiday entitlement to colleagues ...
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Law - Discrimination

Discrimination - the law (1,013 words)

Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). The EA10 lists nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender ...
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Success of disability claim does not hinge on employer’s awareness
 (640 words)

Mr Grosset, a member of the National Education Union, was head of English at a secondary school. He has cystic fibrosis and this requires him to ...
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Equal pay claim not affected by comparators change of roles
 (382 words)

The claimants in this case were all female employees of Reading Borough Council. 
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Zero-hours worker could use full-time worker as comparator
 (511 words)

Mr Roddis was employed on a zero-hours contract as an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. He issued a claim against the university, ...
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New tribunal to rule on refusal to enhance parental leave pay
 (584 words)

Mr Hextall is a serving police constable. His wife runs her own business. ...
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No discrimination in failure to lift Shared Parental Leave pay 
 (612 words)

Mr Ali’s wife gave birth and he 
immediately took two weeks of paternity leave. 
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EAT confirms importance of ‘context’ harassment cases
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Mr Bakkali was employed as a bus driver by Stagecoach Manchester from 14 July 2008 until his dismissal on 28 October 2015. He identifies himself as ...
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Health & safety news

Bosses using new data law to block safety reps
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Some employers are using the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to stop safety reps getting information they are legally entitled to, ...
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#Metoo finds surveys on sex abuse at work
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A shocking picture of sexually inappropriate behaviour and serious sexual assault is painted in two union surveys. 
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Campaign against heavy workloads
 (151 words)

College and university lecturers’ union UCU has launched a new workload campaign under the slogan, It’s your time, let’s get it back. It says ...
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Menopause resources
 (100 words)

Campaign resources from the Wales TUC aim to change the way the menopause is treated in the workplace. 
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Mental health first aid
 (171 words)

Early findings from academic research looking at the impact of mental health first aid (MHFA) in the workplace has found evidence that some employers ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Hackitt review does not tackle failings of safety regime
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Unions say Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into building regulations and fire safety, commissioned by the government following the Grenfell Tower fire ...
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Unjust rise in personal injury claim limits
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Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has urged the government to reconsider its “unjust and unnecessary legislation” after a Justice Select Committee ...
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More protection for retail staff in Scotland?
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Retail union Usdaw has welcomed the results of a consultation on a Scottish parliamentary bill to increase protection from violence for retail and ...
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Widen Emergency Workers Bill’s remit — CWU
 (84 words)

The scope of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, which is currently making its way through parliament should be widened to include ...
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Enforce stress standards
 (124 words)

The Mental Health Foundation charity is calling for stronger government and HSE action to ensure employers treat physical and psychological hazards ...
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Victory on working time
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The High Court has ruled in favour of the FBU firefighters’ union and declared a duty system requiring firefighters to work 96-hour shifts unlawful. ...
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London and South East dominate regional add-on payments 
 (2,557 words)

Workers in new areas are fighting for compensation for the high cost of living where they work and live, while some employers pay extra to overcome ...
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Local government staff want decent pay rise after years of austerity
 (2,346 words)

Pay caps for the UK’s 5.36 million public sector workers are — we are told — over. Staff in the National Health Service have just agreed a ...
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