Workplace Report January 2019

Shift pay and premia - With the number of people working shifts on the rise, Workplace Report highlights the best collectively-agreed shift premia; Pay and prices - Euro survey - Workplace Report’s annual survey of pay and prices across Europe finds workers in most countries saw their pay increase in real terms; Latest case law on discrimination

Pay and prices

Settlements maintain rise 
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In December, pay settlements maintained the healthy increase of the previous month.
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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)
 (277 words)

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 December 2018 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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2019 forecasts (55 words)

1 Fourth quarter ...
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Bargaining news

Improve RPI don’t ditch it, say Lords (764 words)

The long-running row over the usefulness of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to measure consumer price inflation has taken a new turn, with the ...
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New NHS pay bands and pay progression in England
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A new pay progression system is being introduced as part of the NHS Agenda for Change (England) three-year pay deal and contract “refresh”. 
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Holiday pay entitlement for Cross Country managers
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Transport and travel union TSSA has won an extension of the new backdated holiday pay claim for all manager grades at Cross Country Trains, not just ...
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Acas highlights big issues for year ahead
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Employees think recruitment, technological change and productivity will be the biggest issues in their workplace this year, a survey by the ...
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‘Time for better pay’ the demand from Usdaw
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A petition, demanding minimum standards on hours of work, as well as the minimum wage has been launched by Paddy Lillis, general secretary of the ...
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Open University associate lecturers back improved contract
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Over 4,000 associate lecturers at the Open University (OU) now have more job security and better rights as a result of a new contract negotiated by ...
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NHS Pay Review Body process gets under way
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Pay increases for non-medical NHS staff were determined through collective bargaining last year, rather than on the advice of the NHS Pay Review Body ...
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Sodexo to pay NHS Agenda for Change rates
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Sodexo has agreed to implement the 2018 NHS Agenda for Change Pay Framework Agreement for its staff at Wythenshawe Hospital, in full and with back ...
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Equality news

Aim for gender equality on apprenticeships - TUC
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Unionlearn, the TUC’s learning and skills arm, has published a guide showing why trade unions should negotiate for gender equality in ...
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Huge ethnicity pay penalty for BME workers

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As a government consultation seeks view on introducing ethnicity pay reporting by employers, analysis by the Resolution Foundation think tank reveals ...
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Ambulance workers want to retire earlier
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The government is being urged by public services union UNISON to lower the normal retirement age for ambulance staff to bring them into line with ...
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Learning and training news

Adults failed by training system
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Adults with low educational achievements are among those facing the most significant barriers to improving their life chances, according to the most ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

Drivers demand recognition at Addison Lee
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The Central Arbitration Committee is considering an application for union recognition for private-hire cab drivers working for Addison Lee in Luton, ...
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Usdaw looks to boost membership
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The shop and distribution workers’ union Usdaw ran its annual recruitment week from 21-27 January with the aim of giving the union “a massive ...
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Heartunions Week (25 words)

♥ The TUC’s annual Heartunions Week will take place from 11 to 17 February. This year the focus is on banning zero-hours contracts. ...
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European news

Tidy increases in minimum wage for most Central and Eastern Europe
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January is typically the month when the national minimum wage is increased and this year has seen substantial increases across most of Central and ...
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Collective bargaining recovers 
in Portugal (163 words)

The latest figures from the Portuguese ministry of labour show a continuing recovery in the extent of collective bargaining in the country.
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General strike in Belgium 
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Belgium’s three union confederations have decided to call a general strike on 13 February to push for improved pay. 
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Central government agrees harassment guidelines 
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Unions and employers in central government at European level have agreed that the multi-sectoral guidelines on the prevention of third-party violence ...
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Law - Discrimination

Discrimination - the law (822 words)

Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). The EA10 lists nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender ...
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Landmark pension victories for firefighters — and judges
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In 2011, the government accepted recommendations made in the independent Public Service Pensions Commission, headed by Lord Hutton to cut public ...
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No unfavourable treatment in early retirement pension
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Mr Williams worked for Swansea University until he took early ill-health retirement at the age of 38 because of his disability. He suffered from ...
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‘Tendency to steal’ requires evidence of dishonest intent
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Mr Wood was an anti-social behaviour officer for Durham County Council. Before joining the council, he worked as a police officer for 17 years. 
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Loose causation test in disability discrimination claims
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Professor Sheikholeslami worked at Edinburgh University’s School of Engineering. 
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Health & safety news

Road traffic accident recording needs reform
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The Unite general union has called for urgent reforms in the way work-related road traffic accidents are recorded and investigated, after a Freedom ...
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More women diagnosed with mesothelioma
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An increasing number of women are being diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma, according to Thompsons Solicitors senior asbestos ...
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Mental health first aid guidance from IOSH
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Volunteer Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) do not tackle the root causes of mental health issues and new business guidance cautions against ...
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Gig economy guide 
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Public services union UNISON has published a guide on health and safety in the gig economy. 
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Council safety inspection visits rates plummet
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The average local authority-enforced business can now expect a health and safety inspection only once every 38 years, according to professionals’ ...
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Number of fire safety audits down by over 40%
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There has been a drastic reduction in the number of fire safety audits carried out in England, according to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate ...
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Hillsborough police chief’s trial begins
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The trial of match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster, David Duckenfield, has begun at Preston Crown Court. Duckenfield denies the ...
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Drone protection for airports 
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Airline pilots’ union BALPA has called on the government to ensure every airport invests in drone protection technology immediately, and to ...
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Sexual harassment rejection from Tories
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The government has rejected a recommendation from a select committee of MPs that the HSE “must take up its share of the burden of holding employers ...
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Rising number of workers now looking for shift pay premium
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The number of people working shifts is increasing, but what are the chances of getting employers to compensate staff adequately for unsocial and ...
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2018 a vintage year? No, but pay did increase across Europe
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Pay increased in most countries across Europe in 2018 and as with last year’s survey the highest increases were in Central and Eastern Europe. ...
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