Workplace Report April 2019

Pay round 2018-19 - Negotiated pay settlements were averaging 3.0% in the first half of the latest pay round, according LRD’s Payline database; Diesel fumes - Tackling dangerous diesel fumes is the focus as health and safety campaigners mark International Workers’ Memorial Day; Latest case law on discrimination

Pay and prices

It is 2.8% yet again for deals 
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Settlements have maintained their level in the first three months of the year. The median (midpoint) increase for pay deals on LRD’s Payline ...
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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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1 The latest three-month average ...
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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 March 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

School teachers demand better pay and conditions
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School teachers are one of the big workforce groups most affected by pay restraint and austerity, so signs of a pay breakthrough in Scotland are ...
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Harder stance over pay gets ‘yes’ vote from Santander staff
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Members of the CWU communication workers’ union at Santander bank have voted decisively to accept a substantially improved pay deal that was ...
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UK’s long-hours culture no solution to productivity gap
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Workers in the UK are putting in the longest hours in the EU, according to a TUC analysis of Eurostat data. 
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New right on payslips
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From 6 April, the statutory right to receive an itemised payslip was extended to all workers, including those under casual or zero hours contracts. ...
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Increase in compensation for injury to feelings
 (115 words)

The sums that can be awarded by an employment tribunal for injury to feelings in discrimination cases — known as Vento bands — increased this ...
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‘Insulting proposal’ voted down by FBU firefighters
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Firefighters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal from the 
employers side to enter into open-ended contracts. 
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Protests over payroll change that hits low-paid NHS staff
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Low-paid staff, contracted by outsourcing firm ISS, at a number of sites across the north of England have staged protests over the firm’s plans to ...
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Interserve staff react to attack on terms and conditions
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Members of the PCS union working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for beleaguered contractor Interserve are due take industrial action. 
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Equality news

Jobs of women and young workers at higher risk
 from automation (433 words)

Women and young people are among those at highest risk of losing their jobs to automation, according to analysis by the Office for National ...
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Pay policies under scrutiny
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Following complaints that female employees were not being paid equally to men, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been in ...
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Younger workers get raw deal on minimum wage
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Young workers are missing out on £200 million a year in minimum wage pay, according to a TUC analysis published earlier this month.
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Learning and training news

Charter calls for refocus on young people
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Apprenticeships should be 
refocused towards young people and have education at their core, according to a new charter launched this month by ...
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Wide range of skills themes at Unionlearn conference
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The annual conference of the TUC’s learning and skills arm, Unionlearn, is being held on 11 July at Congress House, London. 
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Recruitment and organisation news

CWU seals agreement for outsourced BT staff at ISS
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The CWU communication workers’ union has negotiated a “comprehensive recognition agreement” covering some 1,000 security and housekeeping ...
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UNISON goes for growth
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Public services union UNISON is to conduct another month-long recruitment and retention campaign in May following the success of a similar drive last ...
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European news

Steel unions in Germany and Netherlands pen deals
 (559 words)

Dutch and German unions have both signed new two-year pay agreements in the steel industry. In both countries they provide above-inflation increases ...
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Pay on road to recovery
 in Spain (289 words)

Pay increases are running at 2.2% a year in Spain. This is faster than the rise in prices, which was 1.3% in March, and well up on a year ago. 
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Irish employers will have to publish gender pay gap
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The Irish government has published draft legislation which will require employers to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisations.
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Mediation in Swedish healthcare pay dispute 
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Mediators have been appointed in an attempt to reach agreement on pay increases for around 90,000 people employed in the Swedish health care system. ...
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Law - Discrimination

Discrimination — the law
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Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). The EA10 lists nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender ...
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Gay teacher’s dismissal for sexual activity discriminatory
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Mr Aplin was a 42-year-old openly gay primary school head with 19 years’ teaching experience. 
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No harassment where claimant ‘gave as good as he got’
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Mr Evans worked as a sales rep for 11 months until he was dismissed due to his poor sales record. Three colleagues were similarly dismissed or ...
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Effect of fibromyalgia likely to be long-term despite no diagnosis
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Mrs Nissa was a science teacher at an academy school for just under a year until she resigned in May 2016. She brought a tribunal claim for ...
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No discrimination in treatment due to employer’s beliefs
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Ms de Groen worked as a teacher for an ultra-orthodox Jewish nursery until she was dismissed. Her dismissal stemmed from a conversation at a ...
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Claimant was mistaken about link to disability
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Ms Wood suffered from degenerative osteoarthritis. She believed that her condition was aggravated by damp and cold conditions. She worked in a ...
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Admin error in sending email was not discrimination
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Ms Jackson was on maternity leave during a redundancy exercise. An important email asking her to report her redeployment preferences to HR as soon as ...
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Health & safety news

NHS safe staffing levels a demand from UNISON conference 
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A lack of safe staffing is putting both patients and NHS staff at risk, delegates were told at public services union UNISON’s health conference in ...
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Heavy workloads affecting teachers and lecturers
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“Workload is out of control and driving people out of the profession,” was the stark warning from an NEU teacher’s union survey, released in ...
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More survey evidence of violence in retail
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Retail union Usdaw has renewed its call for government action to tackle violence against shop workers after its own survey and evidence from ...
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Driver Only Operation dispute third anniversary
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The campaign against Driver Only Operation (DOO) reached its third anniversary this month.
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Pause in secondment of HSE staff to south east Asia
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Professionals’ union Prospect has welcomed the HSE’s decision to pause deployments to Brunei. The move followed an outcry from its members that ...
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Offshore workers demand shift pattern be scrapped
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The Unite general union has called on oil multinational Total and other offshore operators to immediately scrap new rotas and return to safe working ...
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Shiftwork and heart disease
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People who work shifts are more likely to develop heart disease, with each year spent on this working pattern increasing the risk by almost 1%, ...
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Increase in health and safety fines
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The introduction of a new sentencing guideline in 2016 resulted in an expected increase in fines for large organisations sentenced for health and ...
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No verdict on Hillsborough match commander 
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Thirty years on from the Hillsborough disaster, a jury at Preston Crown Court was unable to reach a verdict on police match commander on the day of ...
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Upward trend in collectively agreed pay settlements
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From the start of this month employers have been required to pay any employee aged 25 or older at least £8.21 an hour, 4.8% higher than the previous ...
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One can wish upon a star, TUCAN make a dream come true
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Diesel fumes will be a major focus as union and safety campaigners around the world mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April with calls ...
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