Fact Service January 2020

Issue 4 (30/01/2020) - Thousands die before being repaid benefits
; Shareholders benefit as workers suffer
; Evening emails bad for work-life balance
; AA staff face 'nightmare' of pension closure
; Checklist for achieving better mental health

Issue 3 (23/01/2020) - Unemployment falls at slower rate; Workplace harassment and bullying ignored
; Universal credit - the losers and gainers; Average earnings growth recovers

Issue 2 (16/01/2020) - Retail price inflation: no movement at year end
; New EHRC guidance on harassment; Economy in doldrums; Males still dominate positions of power
; Ban pay secrecy - TUC

Issue 1 (09/01/2020) - Unemployed numbers cut by 13,000; Big dip in average earnings growth; Retail inflation rebounds
; Main minimum wage rates to rise by over 6%
; High Pay Day 2020 has already gone

Issue 48

Public workers £1,000 worse off before freeze (431 words)

With unions continuing to condemn the chancellor’s pay freeze for many public sector staff (see last issue) a new analysis shows these workers are ...
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Debenhams and Arcadia woes show need for immediate action (465 words)

The liquidation of retail giant Debenhams and its 124 department stores – with the possible loss of 12,000 jobs – has dramatically signalled the ...
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First of four strikes held at Heathrow (85 words)

Unite has reported that the first of four one-day strikes at Heathrow Airport (see last issue) went off well. ...
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Taskforce launched over tech fears (333 words)

The TUC has launched a taskforce to look at the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in managing people at work. ...
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Who's policing mask use on buses, union asks (100 words)

Transport union the RMT is seeking to clarify who is policing the wearing of facemasks on buses, and to what extent it is actually happening. ...
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Xmas food factories could be ‘super spreaders’ (342 words)

The TUC has warned that, with Christmas approaching, food processing factories could become coronavirus “super spreaders”. ...
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UK's net worth falls (164 words)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its estimates of the national balance sheet for 2020 – essentially a measure of the UK’s ...
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ITUC: ‘break up Amazon' (188 words)

International union confederation the ITUC has called for retail giant Amazon to be broken up. ...
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