Workplace Report January 2020

Shift work - Shift premia paid in the private and public sectors are revealed in a Workplace Report survey based on agreements from LRD’s Payline database; Europe: pay and prices - the Netherlands was the odd country out in the EU as inflation outpaced pay. Elsewhere, workers saw real-terms pay increases; Latest case law on tribunal procedures and contracts

Pay and prices

December rise of 2.6%
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Last year finished on a down as far as pay settlements are concerned.
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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 2019 median uprated by AWE. ...
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to December 2019 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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2020 forecasts (39 words)

1 Fourth quarter ...
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Bargaining news

Statutory National Living Wage rise fails to meet Tory target
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Last December, the government announced that the statutory National Living Wage (NLW) will rise to £8.72 from £8.20 an hour. 
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Living Wage
 victory for workers at Greenwich University
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Café workers, cleaners and security guards at the University of Greenwich won the voluntary London Living Wage of £10.75 an hour this January. 
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Nurses’ strike off as unions consult on pay and staffing
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On 16 January, union representatives and the Northern Irish Department of Health reached an agreement after hours of negotiations that put an end to ...
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RPI inflation-matching deals from Payline
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Workers have won inflation-proof rises, deals from LRD’s Payline database show.
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National Living Wage 
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During the general election, the Conservative Party pledged that it would raise the National Living Wage to £10.50 an hour by 2024. Yet this may be ...
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Staff at five FE colleges go local for pay increases
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Staff at five further education (FE) colleges have won pay rises that are above the derisory 1% recommended by the Association of Colleges (AoC) ...
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Inflation-busting rise takes off at EasyJet
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Easyjet cabin crew will start the new decade with a juicy new pay deal won by Unite members.
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Official measure of ‘quality work’ 
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A new experimental measure of Job Quality was published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last December.
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Equality news

‘Work with us’ on tackling sexual harassment — TUC
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The TUC has called on the government to work with unions as the Equalities Office launches a survey of thousands of victims of sexual harassment in ...
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Firefighter ruling will apply to all public sector pensions
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The FBU firefighters’ union claimed victory at the end of last year after an employment tribunal ruled that up to 6,000 firefighters who had been ...
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Pay equality key for Boots pharmacists 
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In a union pay survey, pharmacists employed by health retailer Boots were asked to provide their feedback on the pay settlement negotiated with Boots ...
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Learning and training news

One in five apprentices underpaid
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Compliance with National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for some apprentices has got worse, the latest annual Apprenticeship Pay Survey from the Department ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

Workers at Lear car parts plant win recognition 
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General union Unite has won a substantial union recognition case on behalf of 366 workers at the Sunderland-based car parts 
manufacturer, the Lear ...
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♥unions takes on harassment
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February will see the fourth annual Heartunions week which aims to encourage union reps and activists make the case for union membership to ...
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European news

European Works Councils reps have only limited clout
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More than 90% of members of European Works Councils (EWCs) say that their companies’ economic and financial situation and the overall corporate ...
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Above-inflation rise and end to extra hours in Finnish technology
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The Industrial Union (Teollisuusliitto) has reached agreement with the employers on a two-year, above-inflation pay deal for the 93,000 employees in ...
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Pay deal in Italian banks
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Unions and employers have agreed a three-year settlement for the 282,000 employees in Italian banks. The deal, which runs from the start of 2020, ...
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Agency staff in Germany
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The DGB union confederation has signed a pay deal for the around 800,000 workers employed by agencies. The deal runs from 1 January 2020 until 31 ...
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Spain’s public servants get promised 2.0% 
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More than 3.2 million public servants in Spain are receiving a 2.0% pay increase this January — one of the first acts of the new coalition ...
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Law - Tribunal procedures

Employment tribunals - the law (609 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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Striking out a claim ‘draconian’ and seldom appropriate
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Mr Mbuisa —a litigant in person, that is, an individual making a claim without legal representation from a solicitor or barrister — brought a ...
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Claim deadline must be met for extra time under Acas EC
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Mr Pearce was the managing director of an international bank. He alleged that he made several important protected disclosures about regulatory ...
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Request to add co-respondent would have come as no surprise
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Mr Shinh was contracted by Pontoon Europe Limited (part of the Adecco Group), through his personal service company, to provide services to National ...
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Solicitor’s email over chance of redundancy ‘privileged’
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Mr Curless was a senior legal counsel at oil giant Shell. He suffered from Type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnoea. ...
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Law - Contracts

Contracts - the law (353 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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Refusal to work linked to rest breaks must be spelt out 
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Mr Pazur worked as a kitchen porter who was assigned to different clients. On 23 November 2017, he was sent to Client L to work an eight-hour shift ...
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Health & safety news

Union concerns over prison staffs’ health and safety
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The Joint Unions in Prisons Alliance (JUPA) coalition has written to prisons minister Lucy Frazer raising growing concerns about threats to the ...
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Dockers’ Clause welcomed
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Maritime union Nautilus has welcomed the international Dockers’ Clause which came into force on 1 January 2020. 
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Safety concerns over crew replacement
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Transport union RMT has called for government action after discovering that the P&O shipping group was planning to replace Portuguese “OBS” ...
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Online resource to tackle teachers’ workloads 
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Scottish teaching union, the EIS, has launched a new online resource to support its Time to Tackle Workload campaign. It includes the TUC, HSE and ...
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Threat to academics’ mental health
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Lecturers’ union UCU has highlighted research revealing intense threats to the mental health of academics working in UK universities. 
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Building safety regulator to be part of HSE
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A new building safety regulator to give oversight of the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings will be part of the Health and ...
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Make 2020 a safe year for demolition workers
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General union Unite is demanding action from the demolition industry and enforcement agencies to ensure 2020 is a safe one for demolition workers ...
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New workplace exposure limits published
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The HSE has published a revised version of EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits, which contains the list of limits for use with the Control of ...
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Decent shift pay the price for working unsocial hours
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Night and shift work are becoming more widespread, but seem less likely to fall into one of the usual recognisable patterns – getting a fair reward ...
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Real-pay cut in Netherlands but increases elsewhere in EU
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Real pay grew almost everywhere in the EU in 2019, but again it was the countries of Central and Eastern Europe that fared the best, with France, ...
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