Workplace Report October 2018

2017-18 pay roundWorkplace Report examines over 1,000 settlements from the LRD Payline database to provide an overview of how workers fared in the 2017-18 pay round; Latest case law on discrimination

Pay and prices

Settlements dip to 2.8%
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Pay settlements have experienced a dip over the last two months.
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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 September 2018 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
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2018 forecasts (39 words)


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Bargaining news

No end to goverment dishonesty over pay cap
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The Conservative government’s attitude to pay in the public sector is once again in the spotlight, more than a year after it announced the end of ...
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Pay rise but Amazon cuts employee share scheme
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Online retailer Amazon this month has significantly hiked its basic pay levels, matching a similar move by the company in the USA. 
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UNISON success over pay at NHS subco
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Public service union UNISON is celebrating another success in its campaign to make NHS subsidiary companies (subcos) implement the Agenda for Change ...
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BECTU pens Birmingham Royal Ballet deal 
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BECTU, the entertainment sector of Prospect, have agreed a new deal for staff at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
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Additional parental leave at Southwark
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Parents of premature babies have been given extra leave by a south London council.
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Three out of four workers experience pay volatility
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A large majority of workers see their net pay fluctuate from month to month with lower earners experiencing more pay volatility, according to the ...
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Unite challenge secures London allowance for SSE staff
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Workers employed by energy firm SSE to maintain electricity meters have secured a London allowance after collective action and an organising campaign ...
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CWU members vote on two-year Post Office deal
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Post Office staff, members of the CWU communications workers’ union, are voting on a fully consolidated two-year pay offer.
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Equality news

Glasgow council staff take action over discrimination
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Thousands of low-paid women employed by Glasgow City Council went on strike earlier this month in a long-running dispute over equal pay. 
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Workers’ frustration over lack of flexibility in job
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Young workers, women and blue-collar workers are least likely to enjoy flexibility under current working arrangements, according to a report by ...
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Talks over gender pay gap at BBC Studios 
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The BECTU entertainment section of professionals’ union Prospect was due to meet with BBC Studios to discuss the gender pay gap results that were ...
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Should firms have to reveal ethnicity pay gap?
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The government has launched a consultation to look at whether mandatory reporting will help improve the pay and career prospects of ethnic minority ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

EE staff singing ‘All I want for Christmas is CWU’
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Collective bargaining for 
contact-centre workers at the EE mobile giant, now owned by BT, could be a reality by Christmas, according to the CWU ...
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Katmex recognition (51 words)

The GMB general union has won collective bargaining rights for over 100 workers at Katmex, the steel plate fabricator based in Stockton-on-Tees. In a ...
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Recognition
 claims fail on ballot rules
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Public services unions PCS and UNISON have fallen foul of the strict statutory recognition rules by winning recognition ballots but failing to get ...
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Learning and training news

Quality training ‘missing’
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The TUC’s learning and skills wing, Unionlearn, has welcomed a parliamentary report on the quality of apprenticeships which concluded that “too ...
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Over-skilled and underpaid
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More than one in three workers (37%) say they are over-skilled for the job they do, while one in eight (12%) feel they lack the skills they need, ...
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European news

German chemical workers pay rise beats inflation
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Germany’s 580,000 chemical workers have negotiated a pay deal where basic rates increase by substantially more than inflation and holiday pay ...
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Dutch union calls for largest pay increase for 30 years
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FNV, the biggest union confederation in the Netherlands, which also operates as a union in its own right, has called on its negotiators to press for ...
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UK pay hardest hit by 2008 crisis
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The 2008 financial crisis has had a bigger impact on real pay in the UK than in any other country analysed, finds a new report from Eurofound, the EU ...
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Law - Discrimination

Discrimination - the law (851 words)

Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA 10). The EA 10 lists nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender ...
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Barclays can be held liable for historic sexual assaults
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Between 1968 and 1984, Barclays Bank regularly sent job applicants, some as young as 15, to the home of a private doctor, Dr Bates (now deceased), ...
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Poor handling of early retirement request not discrimination 
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Dr Dunn worked as a prisons inspector until he was forced to take ill-health retirement due to a depressive illness and a heart condition. 
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‘Bad faith’ in victimisation claim simply means dishonesty
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Mr Saad was a medical registrar training to be a consultant — a lengthy process overseen by Health Education England (HEE). Concerns were raised ...
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Practice should have considered part-time option before dismissal
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The claimant, Dr Ali, was a GP in a small GP practice of four partners. He suffered a heart attack and was signed off work for an absence lasting 12 ...
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Email citing ‘health condition’ not enough to prove disability
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Francis Mutombo-Mpania was an employed agency worker with a zero-hours contract, who worked at a Royal Mail depot. His employer offered shifts by ...
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Health & safety news

Bullying and harassment in parliament ‘concealed’
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Trade unions representing House of Commons workers have welcomed a new report on bullying and harassment which back union calls to introduce a ...
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Tackle causes of mental health, say unions
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Public and commercial services union PCS urged its reps to take a proactive, campaigning approach to mark world mental health day this month. 
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Period dignity campaign launched by Unite
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Sanitary products in the workplace and places of education should be as normal as having access to toilet roll. That’s the message of the new ...
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Support for victims of domestic abuse
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The RCM midwives’ union has called on NHS Trusts and Health Boards to develop specific policies to support victims of domestic abuse and for all ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Regulatory changes have left workers at risk
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Some people with potentially life-changing work-related illnesses no longer come to the HSE’s attention as a result of regulatory changes ...
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Brexit threat to safety standards
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Unions are warning that a “no deal” or “hard” Brexit will put health and safety standards at risk. 
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Shopworkers want more protection from violence
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Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has called on MPs to support an amendment to a Bill passing through Parliament, which would help protect retail workers ...
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Features

Tight labour market puts new vim into pay deals
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The pay round in 2017-18 saw the strongest pay rises for six years in collectively agreed settlements as negotiators successfully responded to peak ...
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