Workplace Report July 2019

Pay in FE colleges - Further education staff have faced a tough pay environment nationally in recent years, but unions have been fighting back at a local level; Board-level representation - Few companies in the UK have acted on new corporate governance rules that make the choice of the appointment of worker-directors a possibility; Latest case law on discrimination

Pay and prices

Sixth 2.8% increase
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It’s as you were with collectively agreed pay settlements. 
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Labour Research Department’s Payline Database 
 (226 words)

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 June 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

Public servants face cap on pay-offs once again
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An issue that unions hoped had gone away has returned to cloud the horizon for long-serving public servants. HM Treasury consultation has just ...
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Tories refuse to fully fund inadequate pay increase for teachers
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A recommendation from the school teachers pay review body (PRB) for an above-inflation pay award for teachers and school leaders in England has been ...
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Contract row blows up at Nottingham College
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Nottingham College faces weeks of walkouts in September and October after members of the UCU university and college lecturers union announced plans ...
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Two million lose out on holiday entitlement
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One in 14 UK workers are not getting their legal holiday entitlement, a recent TUC analysis reveals. 
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Non-teaching college and uni staff face pension threat 
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The government has been consulting on plans to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of offering the local government pension scheme ...
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Proposal for single labour market enforcement body
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The idea of a single labour marker enforcement body has been put out for consultation by the government, but unions have reservations about the ...
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Plan to end one-sided flexibility 
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Hundreds of thousands of flexible workers could benefit from new rights and extra protections if they lose out on work, under proposed government ...
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Equality news

BECTU and the arts in Wales tackle lack of diversity
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More than 25 theatres and arts organisations across Wales are joining together with media union BECTU to address the under-representation of ethnic ...
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Analysis shows race still plays a role in pay
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The latest government statistics on earnings and employment for different ethnic groups show that “race still plays a real role in determining ...
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The UK has an LGBT+ pay gap, says LinkedIn 
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The incomes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or other (LGBT+) professionals in the UK are on average 16% less than their heterosexual peers, ...
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Learning and training news

Disturbing reduction in training
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A sharp drop in workplace training is revealed in research from the TUC. 
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Recruitment and organisation news

Boots pharmacists prepare for collective bargaining
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Pharmacists at the Boots chemist chain will now have their pay and conditions covered by collective bargaining and will be consulted on other key ...
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GMB in Seventh Heaven
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Dancers and staff at Glasgow lap-dancing venue Seventh Heaven will now have their pay and conditions covered by collective bargaining after the GMB ...
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Unite deal in Never Never land
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General union Unite has secured a recognition deal with the Peter Pan Nursery in Wrexham, North Wales. The agreement came after a 22-month battle by ...
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European news

Real-term pay increases in German banking and retail
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The German services union Ver.di has agreed pay increases in two major industries, retail and banking, which both deliver real terms increases this ...
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Italian unions at Lamborghini win enhanced benefits for staff
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Italian metalworking unions have signed a new company deal at the sports car maker Lamborghini which provides a high level of benefits.
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Gender pay gap in France
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New earnings figures — broken down by industry-level collective agreement — show the extent of the gender pay gap in France. 
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Pay on the rise in Spain
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The average pay increase in Spain in the first half of this year was 2.2% compared with 1.6% in the same period in 2018, according to the latest ...
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Mental health workers in Netherlands get 9.6%
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Some 89,000 workers in mental health provision in the Netherlands have received a pay increase worth a total of 9.6% over 30 months for a worker on ...
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Law - Discrimination

Discrimination - the law (854 words)

Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). The EA10 lists nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender ...
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Shared Parental Pay and Leave doesn’t discriminate against men
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The Court of Appeal (CA) has ruled that it is neither direct nor indirect sex discrimination to pay only Statutory Shared Parental Pay to men taking ...
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No religious discrimination in shift pattern
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Mr Harvey is a practising Seventh Day Adventist whose faith requires him to observe the Sabbath. This means no work from sunset on Friday to sunset ...
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Police force unlawfully blocked transfer of PC with hearing loss
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Ms Coffey is a police officer in the Wiltshire Constabulary with mild hearing loss. It has never caused her problems at work. 
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Appeal hearing not too late to reveal disability 
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Ms Baldeh lost her job as a housing association support worker after completing her six-month probationary period. The reasons for dismissal included ...
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No discrimination against teacher with writing pain
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Mr Ahmed has dyspraxia and is disabled under the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). ...
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Health & safety news

Dire conditions suffered by sleep-in care workers
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Care workers “sleeping-in” on overnight shifts are enduring shocking conditions, with some having to bed down in offices or on dirty mattresses ...
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Convention ‘a major step forward for labour rights’ 
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Unions have welcomed the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) adoption of a new convention on violence and harassment in the world of work. ...
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GMB calls for more prosecutions
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General union GMB has called for arrests over attacks on emergency workers to be matched by prosecutions, tougher sentencing and culture change. Its ...
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Guidance on air pollution 
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The Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN) marked Clean Air Day on 20 June by publishing new guidance on air pollution for union reps. The national ...
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MPs call for ‘urgent action’ two years on from Grenfell
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The government has been “far too slow” in reforming the building and fire safety regime and is still not doing enough to remove dangerous ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Rise in number of workers killed in the workplace
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The number of workers killed in incidents at work rose to 147 in 2018-19, according to provisional figures released by the Health and Safety ...
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Remove killer from schools
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The Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) has called for “serious action” after it was reported that the Department for Education (DfE) has ...
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Sign up to enforce health and safety standards
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The HSE has called on councils to sign up to a statement of commitment to deliver “their legal duty as enforcers of workplace health and safety” ...
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New HSE chief executive
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Sarah Albon has been appointed the new chief executive of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
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College unions take local route to national bargaining on pay
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Neglected and underfunded, further education staff have been denied reasonable pay increases for years. In the English colleges, unions have stepped ...
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Workers in UK still absent from the company boardroom
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The possibility of worker directors in UK companies has been given a boost. But few companies seem likely to take this path and so far the experience ...
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