Workplace Report June 2019

Regional allowancesWorkplace Report surveys the latest regional allowances paid in London and the South East as well the remoter corners of the UK; Pensions - Union reps have set out the many issues facing them over the various types of occupational pension and the State Pension. Workplace Report provides some of the answers; Latest case law on tribunal procedures and contracts

Pay and prices

No change on 2.8% increase
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Taking into account revisions to earlier months, settlements have seen no change in 2019.
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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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All workers £587.80 Male £629.10 Female £525.90 Managers £862.70 Professionals £769.70 Assoc professional £640.70 Admin & secretarial £461. ...
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to May 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

Staff turnover a problem in parts of public sector
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Pay may be loosening up after years of restraint, but does the public sector still have a staff retention problem? 
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Judges rule employer can bypass union negotiations
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In a judgment described by the Unite general union as bitterly disappointing, the Court of Appeal (CA) has overturned a ruling that goes to the heart ...
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Northumbria jumps from NEST to NHS pension
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Public services union UNISON has launched a consultative ballot of members working for the subsidiary company of a north east NHS trust over pension ...
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Campaign on precarious work
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A new campaign to tackle widespread insecurity over hours and provide workers with some control over their lives has been launched by the Living Wage ...
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Add-ons make 3% deal for Scottish civil servants worth 4%
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Members of the Prospect, PCS and FDA unions representing staff working at the Scottish Government have voted to accept a pay offer which offers a ...
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Tax-hike compensation for armed forces in Scotland
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Over 7,000 soldiers, sailors and Royal Air Force personnel who were adversely affected by the Scottish Government’s tax hikes last year will ...
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Heathrow baggage staff check-in with 9.1% rise
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Baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by GH London at Heathrow Airport have secured a 9.1% pay increase after workers overwhelmingly backed ...
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An end to unfair two-tier workforce at Argos site
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Argos warehouse workers employed by Wincanton in Kettering, Northamptonshire are getting a 19% pay increase in a move to equalise pay among staff.
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Equality news

A quarter of new fathers miss out on paternity pay
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One in four men who became fathers in the last year didn’t qualify for paternity pay, according to a TUC analysis for Fathers’ Day.
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Women under-represented in construction industry
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It will take nearly 200 years to achieve gender equality in the construction industry according to analysis by the GMB general union. 
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Employees are worried about age bias 
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More than half of workers aged over 60 say they are not ready to retire, but, according to research by insurance company Aviva, more than a third of ...
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Learning and training news

Young aren’t getting right skills
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Ministers are failing to address intergenerational unfairness and the government needs to do more for younger people by improving their employment ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

Increase in membership numbers but young recruits needed
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union membership rose in 2018 for the second year in a row, according to the official Trade union membership: statistical bulletin, while the ...
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Boos for Boohoo over union voice
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Retail union Usdaw is continuing its campaign for recognition at online clothes retailer Boohoo, despite intimidatory tactics by the employer.
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European news

Sweden's gender pay gap closes again
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The gender pay gap, the percentage difference between men’s and women’s earnings, has fallen again in Sweden. The national figures, which have ...
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EU go-ahead for work-life balance directive
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The Council of the European Union, which is composed of ministers from all EU member states, has formally approved two new directives, concluding the ...
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Failure to agree on pay in Czech Republic
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Unions, employers and the government in the Czech Republic have failed to reach agreement on a budget for 2020, with public sector pay rises a key ...
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Italian unions sign deal with Amazon
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Transport unions from all the main Italian confederations have signed an agreement with e-commerce giant Amazon covering employees delivering its ...
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Law - Tribunal procedures

Employment tribunals - the law (545 words)

Nearly all tribunal claims must be brought within three months less one day of the matter complained of. Tribunals can extend the time limit in an ...
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Chef couldn’t afford tribunal fee so missed out on claim
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This case examines the tribunal’s discretion to extend time to claim unfair dismissal where the deadline was missed because the claimant could not ...
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Employer missed deadline but did provide written statement
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Mr Denton worked for Govdata, a specialist adviser to businesses on government procurement. 
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How to support claimants with mental ill health in hearings
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Ms Anderson succeeded in her claim for sex discrimination against her former employer, Turning Point EESPRO, a social care charity. Subsequently, she ...
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Law - Contracts

Contracts - the law (396 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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Right to guaranteed overtime fell outside collective agreement
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Mr Lozaique worked for Tesco as a store security man until 2005 when he was offered a new job at another store as a CCTV operator, where he still ...
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Personal liablility of directors over payment of minimum wage
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A group of Lithuanian nationals worked for a chicken catching business, DJ Houghton Catching Services Limited. Their job was to catch chickens, ready ...
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Ambulance drivers’ holiday pay must include voluntary overtime
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The claimants were ambulance drivers who brought a tribunal claim for unlawful deductions from their holiday pay. 
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Health & safety news

Teachers want answers over safety at schools
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Education unions are demanding urgent action and answers to questions about “significant concerns over the health and safety of pupils and staff” ...
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Safety week’s message is wear seat belts in vehicles 
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Wear your seat belt at all times when driving was the key message from the CWU communication workers’ union and Royal Mail during Road Safety Week ...
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Climate-proof our work day of action
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Union reps were urged to join a global day of action on 26 June and demand their employer “climate proofs” their work. 
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Unions demand action on suicides 
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Coroners should treat deaths caused by incidents at work as work-related fatalities, says train drivers’ union Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan. ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Action needed on fire and building safety system
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The FBU firefighters’ union is calling for urgent action on fire and building safety as it launches a joint campaign with the Daily Mirror ...
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Is there breast cancer link to shift work
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There are conflicting opinions about the possible link between shift work and breast cancer.
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Vitamin D supplements
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Delegates at the GMB general union’s annual congress have backed a call for employers to provide free vitamin D supplements to workers at greatest ...
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Two new union HSE board members
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Claire Sullivan, director of employment relations and union services at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, and Ged Nichols, general secretary ...
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£5 million fine over deaths
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Oil refinery owner Valero Energy UK has been handed the joint third highest fine — £5 million with £1 million in costs— after it pleaded guilty ...
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Unions in constant battle to win or uprate allowances
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Inflation may be an ever present, but for some workers the London Weighting allowance, which is supposed to compensate workers for the higher cost of ...
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Many pitfalls faced by workers before they get a pension
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The need to improve defined contribution pensions is a high priority, but so too is protecting “quality” defined benefit schemes, and access to ...
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