Fact Service June 2021

Issue 24 (17/06/21) - Job market 'recovering' from Covid; Inflation jumps; Covid precautions must continue, unions say; Care staff denied full pay when sick; Survey finds staff forced to work; Teachers' union announces long Covid initiative

Issue 23 (10/06/21) - Questions raised over promise of 'powerful' workers' watchdog; Judgment wins protection from mistreatment; TUC: third of disabled workers treated unfairly; Low-paid and young face unemployment risk as furlough ends

Issue 22 (03/06/2021) - Union membership up for fourth year; OECD predicts UK recovery; Inequality rises despite taxes and benefits; Union agrees deal with Uber; Organisations report rising demand for mental health support; Legislation 'needed to stop tips deductions'; Workers 'charged out at double their rate of pay'

Issue 24

Job market ‘recovering’ from Covid (1,063 words)

The job market is showing signs of recovery, with unemployment dropping slightly and vacancies reaching pre-pandemic levels, according to the Office ...
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Inflation jumps (268 words)

Inflation rose unexpectedly sharply to 2.1% CPI (consumer prices index) in May, up from 1.5% in April, its highest rate in almost two years, ONS ...
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Covid precautions must continue, unions say (373 words)

General union Unite has called on the government to retain the rules on mask wearing and reduced capacity on public transport after 19 July, when the ...
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Care staff denied full pay when sick (224 words)

A third of care staff are only receiving Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or less when having to shield or self-isolate, public services union UNISON has ...
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Survey finds staff forced into work (156 words)

The TUC has warned that some employers are ignoring official guidance by forcing staff to “needlessly” work in offices and other workplaces. ...
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Teachers’ union announces long Covid initiative (144 words)

Teachers’ union the NASUWT is launching a campaign for long Covid to be legally recognised as a disability under the Equality Act 2010. ...
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Issue 23

Questions raised over promise of ‘powerful’ workers’ watchdog (619 words)

The UK government’s announcement of a planned new workers’ rights watchdog has won little praise from unions, instead attracting suggestions on ...
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Judgment wins protection from mistreatment (366 words)

Employers will no longer be able to get away with mistreating workers who take part in union-organised workplace disputes, UNISON has announced. ...
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TUC: third of disabled workers treated unfairly (236 words)

Nearly a third of disabled workers say that they’ve been treated unfairly at work during the coronavirus pandemic, the TUC says. ...
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Low-paid and young face unemployment risk as furlough ends (1,115 words)

Young and low-paid workers face the greatest risk of unemployment when the CJRS furlough scheme ends in September, according to the Resolution ...
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Issue 22

Union membership up for fourth year (732 words)

Trade union membership increased by nearly 120,000 to 6.56 million in 2020, the fourth year of growth in a row, according to the Department for ...
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OECD predicts UK recovery (348 words)

The UK’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be stronger than previously thought and faster than many of its trade ...
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Inequality rises despite taxes and benefits (316 words)

Taxes and benefits have failed to stem rising income inequality over the last decade, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show. ...
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Union agrees deal with Uber (353 words)

General union the GMB has struck what it calls a historic deal with Uber, under which the taxi company will formally recognise the union, allowing it ...
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Organisations report rising demand for mental health support (109 words)

Demand for mental health support from employees has risen significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a poll by online publication ...
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Legislation ‘needed to stop tips deductions’ (256 words)

The government must introduce promised legislation to prevent employers keeping tips given to staff, according to the Unite general union after it ...
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Workers ‘charged out at double their rate of pay’ (165 words)

The Guardian has reported that call centre workers for NHS test-and-trace who are being paid £9.50 an hour were charged out to the government’s ...
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