Fact Service September 2013

Issue 38 (26/09/13) - Economic outlook; Threat to facility time in schools; Golden goodbyes; UNISON takes on payday lenders; Reforms aim to tackle weaknesses in pensions; Bedroom tax woes; Minimum wage rises; More City fat cat consultants

Issue 37 (19/09/13) - RPI inflation rate up, CPI inflation down; Appeal allowed over landmark ruling; Initiatives to combat homophobia; Take-home pay fillip for service sector; A quieter year for shareholder revolts; Fat cat consultants; Living Wage claim for academy support staff

Issue 36 (12/09/13) - Average weekly earnings gloom; Platinum-plated pensions for fat cats; Government attack on TUPE transfers; Zero-hours contracts in higher education; Unemployment dips below 2.5 million

Issue 35 (05/09/13) - PCS success over check off challenge; Complaint over temps' pay goes to Europe; Million more earning less than Living Wage; HSE nets £2.7 million from fee scheme; Mergers and takeovers; Shares for employment rights scheme starts; Shares for employment rights scheme starts; Crossrail worker reinstated

Issue 38

Economic outlook (207 words)

Confidence about the economy has grown just, according to the latest forecast from around 40 City and institutional forecasts for the economy, ...
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Threat to facility time in schools (390 words)

The Department for Education (DfE) is the latest government department to attack facility time for union reps. It has launched a five-week call for ...
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Golden goodbyes (169 words)

Mike Kennedy, the former chief operating office of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has walked away with a golden goodbye of over £300,000. He ...
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UNISON takes on payday lenders (237 words)

The public service union UNISON is the latest union to take on the growth of payday lending firms, by creating a nationwide network of credit unions ...
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Reforms aim to tackle weaknesses in pensions (536 words)

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has reached agreement with business and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) on a set of reforms to the £275 billion ...
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Bedroom tax woes (360 words)

Nearly one in three council housing tenants affected by the bedroom tax have fallen behind on their rent since its introduction earlier this year, ...
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Minimum wage rises (325 words)

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rises from 1 October, but the rises to the various elements are well below the rate of inflation. ...
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More City fat cat consultants (134 words)

The average profit (pay) of members of two financial consultant firms fell last year, their latest accounts show. ...
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Issue 37

RPI inflation rate up, CPI inflation down (424 words)

The two main measures of price inflation took different routes in August. ...
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Appeal allowed over landmark ruling (288 words)

To union anger, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has granted the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills the right to appeal against the ...
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Initiatives to combat homophobia (407 words)

A new guide for union reps on how to combat homophobia in the workplace has been published by the TUC. ...
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Take-home pay fillip for service sector (181 words)

Private sector pay had its biggest increase for 11 months in the three months to August — while the public pay squeeze seems set to continue — ...
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A quieter year for shareholder revolts (517 words)

A handful of companies that have bucked the trend in 2013 for “quiet diplomacy” by failing to respond effectively to shareholder concerns about ...
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Fat cat consultants (137 words)

It was large doubles all round as the average member’s share of profit at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC)— the world’s largest accounting and ...
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Living Wage claim for academy support staff (225 words)

Public sector union UNISON is to submit a Living Wage claim to all academy school chains where the union has national recognition. ...
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Issue 36

Average weekly earnings gloom (547 words)

There appears no recovery in sight for the official average weekly earnings figures. ...
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Platinum-plated pensions for fat cats (555 words)

Last year, the average pension pot of a FTSE 100 director increased by £400,000 to £4.73 million, according to the TUC’s annual PensionsWatch ...
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Government attack on TUPE transfers (382 words)

Government plans to weaken the Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations will drive down terms and conditions for ...
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Zero-hours contracts in higher education (236 words)

The extent of casualisation among teaching staff at higher education institutions has been revealed in a survey by the UCU university and college ...
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Unemployment dips below 2.5 million (577 words)

Under the Labour Force Survey (LFS) count, unemployment fell by 24,000 to 2.49 million in the three-month period ending July, compared with the ...
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Issue 35

PCS success over check-off challenge (197 words)

Taxpayers face a £90,000 legal bill after a High Court judge ruled in favour of the PCS civil service union and said that the communities ...
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Complaint over temps’ pay goes to Europe (599 words)

A formal complaint has been lodged by the TUC with the European Commission over the UK government for failing to implement the Temporary Agency ...
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Million more earning below Living Wage (559 words)

The economic downturn has pushed a further 1.4 million employees below the Living Wage — the rate deemed necessary for a basic standard of living, ...
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HSE nets £2.7 million from fee scheme (250 words)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has raised over 5,700 invoices and nearly £2.7 million in revenues through its Fees for Intervention (FFI) ...
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Mergers and takeovers (257 words)

There was a big increase in both the number and value of takeovers in the UK by foreign companies in the second quarter of the year, according to ...
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Shares for employment rights scheme starts (217 words)

Chancellor George Osborne’s turkey of a proposal for employees to sell their employment rights for shares became law on 1 September. ...
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Crossrail worker reinstated (103 words)

An electrician on London’s Crossrail project who claims he was blacklisted for raising health and safety concerns has been reinstated to his job. ...
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