Workplace Report November 2018

2017-18 pay round - The second part of Workplace Report's analysis of settlements from the LRD Payline database; ASHE 2018 pay round - Workplace Report examines the main findings of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings to see how pay has fared over the last five years; Latest case law on dismissals and transfers

Pay and prices

Sharp rise in settlements
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There was an autumnal boost for pay settlements on LRD’s Payline database.
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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 2018 median uprated by AWE. ...
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to October 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

Does it pay to move jobs or stay and progress? 
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In a tightening labour market, the recently published Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) sheds some new light on that old question: can ...
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New national deal for further education
 workforce in Scotland
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The further education workforce has seen difficult times, but two recent pay deals buck that trend. 
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Call to tackle causes of women’s poverty 
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In late November, shopworkers’ union Usdaw moved a motion at the Scottish Labour Women’s Conference on tackling women’s poverty.
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Real Living Wage rises
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Low-paid workers received a boost when new real Living Wage rates for 2018-19 were revealed earlier this month.
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Rates for National Minimum Wage in 2019
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New rates for the National Minimum Wage have been announced by the government.
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Going rate is 2% with add-ons for three public sector deals
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Three pay deals have been agreed in a range of public sector organisations, with 2.0% the bottom line
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Banked hours buffer in car industry slow down
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The UK car industry has been hit by falling sales, fuelled by a drop in demand for diesel cars, and Brexit-related uncertainty. It led to production ...
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Council to lock out staff from January
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Government austerity measures have taken their toll on Shropshire County Council. ...
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Equality news

Economic cost of denying asylum seekers work in UK
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Asylum seekers banned from working in the UK could make a net contribution of £42 million a year to the economy if rules preventing them from ...
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Negative attitudes towards others still rife in UK
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Three-quarters of people in Britain agree that there should be equality for all, but veiled prejudice and negative attitudes towards others are still ...
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Course aims to counter harassment 
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The PCS civil service union is launching a one-day sexual harassment awareness course as shocking reports have revealed a culture of bullying, ...
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Learning and training news

Staffing shortages amid failure to attract nursing degree apprentices 
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The number of nursing staff joining its register is increasing, latest figures from the professions’ regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

Campaigns sow seeds of growth
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Autumn has seen a range of recruitment activities across a number of unions, including public service union UNISON, which is coming towards the end ...
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European news

Some lost ground won back for Austrian metalworkers
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The Austrian unions PRO-GE and GPA-djp, representing manual and non-manual metalworkers, have negotiated a new 12-month deal with the employers that ...
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Busy time for collective bargaining in French industry (263 words)

The latest report on collective bargaining from the French Ministry of Labour indicates a continuing high level of activity. ...
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Germany and Czech Republic: minimum wage
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The national minimum wage in Germany is to increase for the first time since January 2017.
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Pay rises for emergency services in Poland
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Unions have called at halt to a long period of protest action which began in July, after the Polish government agreed to increases in the pay and ...
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Law - Dismissal

Dismissal - the law (675 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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Successful contractual appeal means dismissal ‘vanishes’
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Mr Patel worked as a care assistant in a nursing home until his summary dismissal for gross misconduct in April 2014. 
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Internal letter of notice of transfer not resignation
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Mrs Levy worked in the Records department of an NHS Trust. She was unhappy in the department: her manager had criticised her absence record and she ...
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Dismissal for ‘some other substantial reason’ fair
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Mr Hawkes worked as the business development manager for a small, newly-formed business, Ausin. Hawkes was also a volunteer reservist in the Marines. ...
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Law - TUPE

Transfers - the law (268 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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Withdrawal of travel time allowance not breach of TUPE
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A group of electricians had a contractual right to an Electricians’ Travel Time Allowance (ETTA). They were originally employed by Birmingham City ...
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Health team were engaged in ‘economic activity’
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The claimants in this case worked in the public health team of Croydon Primary Care Trust (PCT). There were two sets of claimants, one represented by ...
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Health & safety news

Employers should remove risk of diesel exhaust
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Diesel exhaust is now one of the biggest workplace killers after asbestos and a ticking time bomb for tens of thousands of UK workers, says the TUC. ...
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Wintry weather advice
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With winter on the way, unions have highlighted the risks of slips, trips and falls and travelling to work in extreme weather conditions.
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Acoustic shock case goes to appeal
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The Royal Opera House has been given leave to appeal a landmark High Court decision concerning acoustic shock, which is caused by the sudden onset of ...
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Clean air for children
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the NEU teaching union has given its backing to a newly launched national clean air for children programme that is demanding urgent government action ...
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Army of night workers needs protection
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A TUC analysis has found that there are now more than three million people regularly working at night — an increase of more than 150,000 (5%) since ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Increase in staff suffering from work-related stress
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New figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirm work-related stress is a growing epidemic, according to the TUC. 
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Current approach to dog control is failing
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The CWU communication workers’ union has welcomed the findings of an environment, food and rural affairs select committee inquiry that the ...
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HSE Talking Toolkit just part of tackling stress
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TUC head of health and safety Hugh Robertson has warned that a new HSE Talking Toolkit on preventing work-related stress must be a part of a bigger ...
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Fatigue under-reported in aviation, says BALPA
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Pilots’ union BALPA says a discrepancy between the number of official fatigue reports to the Civil Aviation Authority regulator (CAA) and what ...
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Bargaining agenda has been more than just pay rises
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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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Real growth in earnings over the 2014-18 period
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The Office for National Statistics produces the largest pay survey in the UK — the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. It provides a snapshot of ...
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