Workplace Report March 2019

Banking and insuranceWorkplace Report examines the official data in the sector as well as the rather large remuneration packages given to executives; Northern Ireland - What’s on the bargaining agenda in Northern Ireland? Workplace Report examines what workers want; Latest case law on contracts of employment

Pay and prices

Pay deals post real-terms rise 
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Collectively agreed pay settlements posted a 2.8% increase in the three-months to February — the same increase as for the January period.
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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 February 2019 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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2019 forecasts (39 words)

1 Fourth quarter ...
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Bargaining news

Link top pay to rest of workforce, say MPs
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An “aggressive and proactive” regulator is needed to bear down on excessive levels of executive pay, MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial ...
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New people framework faces rejection by BT
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Unions at the BT telecoms giant have expressed serious concerns over the company’s “People Framework” which seeks to introduce new pay, jobs ...
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Landmark reached in Living Wage employer numbers
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The University of Manchester has become the 5,000th organisation to be accredited as a “Living Wage employer” by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF). ...
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Civil servants win race and age bias cases
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Dozens of civil servants have won compensation from the Home Office after being discriminated against because of their race or age. 
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Royal Mail pension scheme gets green light
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The CWU communication workers’ union has welcomed the government’s promise to allow the CWU/Royal Mail Collective Defined Contribution pension ...
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EE staff vote in favour of first collective pay deal
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Staff at the BT-owned EE mobile giant are to receive their first-ever collectively bargained pay rise after voting to accept a deal reached between ...
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CWU members overwhelmingly back Telefonica pay deal (62 words)

CWU members at communications giant Telefonica have voted by 96% in favour to accept an across-the-board pay deal of 2.75%, fully consolidated, the ...
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Above-inflation uprating in minimum wage rates
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Statutory minimum wage rates increase on 1 April. 
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Employment tribunal compensation limits increase next month
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New limits to the compensation payable in successful employment tribunal cases come into effect on 6 April.
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Equality news

Passport to help disabled people prosper at work
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The TUC and the GMB general union have launched a new disability passport to help the nearly one million disabled people who fall out of work or ...
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Inaction over closing pay gap
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One in three employers say their organisation has not tried to reduce its gender pay gap over the last year — and one in 10 say that women are paid ...
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Changes to Child Benefit have hit families hard
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Struggling families are losing out on hundreds of pounds a year as a result of changes to Child Benefit over the past decade, reveals public services ...
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Learning and training news

Single parents shut out from apprenticeships (414 words)

Although single parents are “ideal candidates to take up apprenticeships” there are substantial barriers preventing them from accessing and ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

Ballot victory for Boots pharmacists
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The long-running battle for collective bargaining rights for thousands of Boots pharmacists has finally ended in victory, after they voted ...
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NUJ looks to build on success at Springer
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The NUJ journalists’ union is starting the push for a further recognition agreement at magazine publishers Springer, after a successful campaign on ...
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European news

Two-year deal signed but not yet delivered in Belgium
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Negotiators for the unions and employers in Belgium have reached agreement on a two-year national deal which guarantees above-inflation pay increases ...
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Boost for lowest paid
 in German regional government (258 words)

A new 33-month settlement for 936,000 employees in German regional government provides above-inflation increases for all staff, with bigger increases ...
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Little progress on closing gender pay gap in EU 
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Women still earn 16.0% less than men in the EU according to the latest figures from Eurostat, the official EU statistics agency. The figures, for 2017 ...
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Real-terms increase in Fiat’s long-term deal 
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Italian car maker Fiat has agreed a four-year deal providing increases of 2.0% a year for its 87,000 staff, along with higher bonuses linked to ...
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Law - Contracts

Contracts - the law (446 words)

Employment rights depend, as a minimum, on the presence of an “employment relationship”. There are important legal distinctions between an ...
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Court of Appeal confirms that Uber drivers are workers
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The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Uber against the tribunal ruling that its private hire drivers are workers, entitled to worker rights, ...
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‘Huge win’ as Addison Lee drivers are ruled to be workers
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Addison Lee (AL), a professional private hire firm, has around 4,000 drivers. The claimants brought a tribunal claim for holiday pay and the national ...
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Right to written statement of employment particulars
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The claimants, who were Polish nationals, worked as waiting staff at the Maritime Hotel. They began work on various dates from 21 April 2016 until ...
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Implied contract terms and long-term disability benefits
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Mr Awan worked for American Airlines as a security agent. His employment contract entitled him to a valuable long-term disability benefit plan paying ...
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Deliveroo riders not ‘workers’ so denied statutory recognition
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In 2017, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) applied to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) for statutory recognition on behalf ...
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Health & safety news

Growing tide of violence and abuse across workplaces 
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Workers are being exposed to shocking levels of bullying, harassment and violence across a number of sectors, according to their unions.
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Concern over health and safety in disruptive Brexit
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The Unite general union warned the government that its failure to consult over Brexit planning risks the safety of road users and is likely to make ...
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‘Invisible women’ in workplace
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GMB national health, safety and environment officer Lynsey Mann used International Women’s Day in early March to highlight new research by the ...
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Repercussions of long hours among women
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Women who work more than 55 hours a week are at a higher risk of depression, according to a new UCL-led study with Queen Mary University of ...
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Drugs and drug testing — new guidance
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Drug testing is not a substitute for a good drugs and alcohol policy, the TUC makes clear in new guidance for workplace reps. 
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Bullying, harassment and violence in the NHS 
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The latest annual NHS staff survey, published at the end of February, shows that almost one in five staff report personally having experienced ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Campaigners call for removal of innovation principle
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Over 70 trade union, safety and environmental organisations have called for the immediate and complete removal of “an industry-created tool to ...
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Unions set out their air safety demands
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Trade unions from across Europe are calling on the European Parliament and Commission to oppose measures they say would restrict the right to strike ...
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Best practice on mental health first aid
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The CWU communication workers’ union has welcomed new best practice guidance for employers on how to implement mental health first aid (MHFA) in ...
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Letter box victory for CWU
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The government is set to change the building regulations following an intensive campaign by the CWU communication workers’ union to prevent the ...
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Consultation on fire safety design in schools
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The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a call for evidence on how non-statutory guidance, Building Bulletin 100: design for fire safety in ...
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Gender pay gap still as big a problem than ever in banking and insurance
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It’s now 12 years since the banking system went into meltdown. Workplace Report looks how pay in the banking and insurance sector has fared since ...
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Northern Ireland plays catch up on pay but picture is still less than rosy
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All eyes are on Northern Ireland as the Brexit process enters its decisive stage. Critical as that is, particularly for workers most affected by ...
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